Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth | Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Director of Development, Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Lebanon, New Hampshire
The Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) transcends the traditional boundaries between medicine, public health, the sciences, engineering, business, and the liberal arts to create innovative, advanced, and patient-centered solutions to cancer. From immunotherapy to image-guided surgery, from rural cancer care delivery to protecting against cancer in the earliest stages of life, NCCC takes a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the challenges and opportunities in the world of cancer.
Jointly operated by the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H), NCCC is one of 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a designation that recognizes its excellence in research, patient care, and community outreach. The Cancer Center is a pioneer in immunotherapy, image-guided surgery, and precision medicine. For example, approximately 50 percent of all immunotherapies currently on the market are based on discoveries made at Dartmouth, and NCCC is one of only five gene-sequencing centers chosen by the National Cancer Institute for a national precision medicine cancer treatment trial (MATCH).
The Cancer Center’s location in Northern New England, which includes both densely populated and rural, underserved communities, gives the institution a unique perspective on cancer prevention and care delivery. This coupled with Geisel's expertise in epidemiology, population health sciences, and health care delivery science drives innovations in the way NCCC delivers care to the dispersed and socioeconomically diverse region. These innovations in cancer prevention and treatment offer scalable solutions for any location. In addition, NCCC consistently ranks among the very top nationally for patient satisfaction.
Simply put, the Norris Cotton Cancer Center is one of a kind. Its location and deep integration with Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock make it an incubator for bold ideas. Its entrepreneurial spirit, success in partnering with biotechnology companies, and collaborations with dozens of other institutions catalyze the translation of discoveries and innovations into meaningful outcomes for patients.
New leadership over the Cancer Center and the joint Office of Development and Alumni Relations serving Geisel and D-H is ushering in heretofore unseen levels of communication, collaboration, data-informed strategy, and ambition, and the Cancer Center is poised for its greatest philanthropic achievements to date. Amid this eminently positive backdrop, Geisel and D-H seek candidates for the new role of Director of Development for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The Director of Development will be responsible for formalizing and advancing a comprehensive development program for NCCC, inclusive of the annual, multifaceted community-building and fundraising event known as The Prouty that is facilitated each summer by the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. To date, there has not been full-time, dedicated leadership of the NCCC development program, and The Prouty has operated independently of the development program. The Director of Development will manage a seven to eight-member team that will initially be comprised of the Assistant Director of Major Gifts and the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center staff that is being newly integrated with the development program, and s/he will grow the development program over time to meet NCCC’s philanthropic needs. The Director of Development will report to the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, with a dotted-line reporting relationship to the Director of the Cancer Center. The Director of Development is a member of the Geisel and D-H joint Office of Development and Alumni Relations senior leadership team.
Required qualifications and experience:
- Commitment to scientific understanding and discovery and the respective missions of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, and Dartmouth College.
- Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred.
- Minimum of eight years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas of development (individual, institutional, and planned giving; stewardship; board/volunteer relations; development operations). Experience working in a complex, decentralized academic or health care environment and in a large, multi-year comprehensive campaign environment.
- Demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including creating and managing a budget.
- Strength in developing the case for support and strategic, complex, and innovative fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives.
- A history of securing six to eight-figure gifts, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual giving strategies for grooming the next generation of annual leadership and major gift donors.
- Proven ability to develop, balance, and coordinate donor bases on a national scale.
- Demonstrated ability in planning and executing strategic communications to complement philanthropic initiatives and achieve goals.
- Experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating board or other volunteer leaders, and a sophisticated understanding of their role in building an effective philanthropic network.
- The ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about prospect/constituency engagement strategy and process.
- Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock have retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Founder and Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, NY 10174