Annual Giving, Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship
Working collaboratively with the Board of Directors and Leadership Team the Director of Development is responsible for developing and implementing the annual and ongoing strategies to maximize and strengthen philanthropic support from an assigned portfolio of donors and new prospects. The Director of Development provides strategic leadership and oversight to the Development Team. The Director of Development works in close partnership with the Director of Research to support their ongoing fund development efforts
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Expand the individual donor pool and deepen the level of support from existing donors in their portfolio.
Assess MMRI’s current development program, make recommendations and implement plans to grow the organization.
Develop and successfully execute strategies for securing gifts from individual and corporate prospects.
Collaborate with Board Members, scientists, staff, senior management team, Freemasons and members of the community as necessary.
Assist in the full range of activities required to expand and strengthen fund raising and public relations of the institute.
Successfully and proactively solicit and close gifts with an emphasis on maximizing the philanthropic potential of each donor.
Develop and execute timely cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies to motivate donors and maintain a high level of constituency satisfaction.
Manage a pipeline process for new gift prospects – this includes new prospect identification.
Direct and participate in event planning
Oversee layout, production, printing, and mailing of print appeals.
Develop and adhere to an annual budget.
Supervises Assistant Director of Development, Development Associate and Intern(s)
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent. Master’s Degree or CFRE preferred.
A minimum of 7 years annual fund and/or leadership level fundraising from individual donors, with a preference for those with a background in academic medicine or the sciences or equivalent work experience.
Articulate, gracious, and persuasive in both public and written communications.
Prioritize and coordinate tasks with attention to deadlines, concurrent management of projects and ability to create and follow a set strategy for short and long-term goals and objectives.
Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to interact comfortably with prospects and donors and establish immediate credibility.
Demonstrated success and proven success in all phases of identifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding gifts from individuals with financial results and superior service.
Must have 3-5 years demonstrated success in managing and coaching a development team.
Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to recommend solutions.
Successful track record of networking, cultivating and collaborating with in individuals, foundations, government representatives, agencies and press.
Become an expert on MMRI Scientific projects for the purpose of effective donor communications.
Use of sound judgment to make appropriate, timely decisions in complex situations in complex situations for which there are not set procedures.
Travel required, weekends and evenings for special event attendance.
Adept with Microsoft Office, database management, direct mail, spreadsheets and electronic communications: email, creating newsletters, web design, creating distribution lists and participating in list servers.
Excel in PURLs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media.
About Masonic Medical Research Institute
The Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for all humankind. The Institute’s primary mission is to conduct high quality basic biomedical and clinical research aimed at generating knowledge and information necessary for understanding molecular mechanisms of disease and development of medical cures and treatments of tomorrow. We are also committed to providing education and training to basic scientists, clinical researchers and students who will perpetuate and extend the fight against disease worldwide.
Our vision is to build scientific teams that can combine molecular biology, chemistry, computation, technology and engineering to create novel approaches to understanding and deciphering causes of disease. Using this knowledge, we will advance basic research to clinical application, therapeutics and cures. The Institute will foster an environment of creativity, risk-taking, and open sharing of data and research. We will seek collaborations, both within the Institute and worldwide, in our mission to combat disease.
MMRI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welc...omes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the institution’s research, teaching and clinical missions.