Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
The EVP reports directly to the CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) as part of his leadership team and supervises a staff of 60. S/he will oversee an operation responsible for seeking private philanthropic support and directing associated engagement activities to fulfill the vision for the institution.
Guidance of Development Program
Assess the effectiveness and fundraising potential of VUMC; serve as architect and builder of a strategic advancement operation that will broaden and strengthen the medical center's outreach efforts to grateful patients and the community and provide philanthropic support that is sustainable, impactful and in keeping with the mission and core values of the institution
Build upon the strength of a growing grateful patient program; formulate strategies for the sustained growth of the program, and continue efforts to train physicians in the fundraising process
Provide qualitative and quantitative reports of progress and evaluate organizational functions and structures within the department
Strengthen relationships with existing donors; ensure that VUMC's stewardship of donors makes supporting the medical center and programs a personally fulfilling experience; convey to donors that VUMC and its leaders care deeply about its supporters and appreciate what they have done for the center; demonstrate the impact their contributions have on VUMC
Work closely with the marketing and communications team to articulate a clear and compelling case for support of VUMC to a variety of audiences; provide messages that project a clearly defined sense of the organization's mission, values, achievements, activities, and potential; and, following the separation from Vanderbilt University, help raise the public profile and visibility of the institution regionally and nationally and establish a more clearly defined identity
Work in conjunction with and maintain regular communication with counterparts at Vanderbilt University.
Engagement of VUMC Leadership
Support the medical center CEO in his role as a lead fundraiser for VUMC; strategize on ways to maximize lifetime engagement and support from the medical center's most affluent prospects and supporters; ensure that the CEO is highly productive in development activities
Lead efforts to strengthen and expand VUMC's senior leadership, physician and faculty engagement and create effective partnerships between senior leaders, physicians/researchers/faculty members and development staff in order to leverage philanthropic opportunities
Serve as the primary contact and maintain regular communication with medical center senior administration, directors, department and institute leadership, key volunteers and the board of directors and other important volunteer groups and ensure they are appropriately involved in development efforts.
Participate fully and enthusiastically as a member of the CEO's senior management team, providing input and critical analysis as the leadership team constantly shapes and implements VUMC's strategies across clinical care, research, and healthcare training.
Recruit, train and mentor a committed and productive staff that is well prepared and has the skills to meet the ongoing challenges and aspirations of VUMC; set clear direction and priorities for a staff of 60 professional staff members and administrative support personnel; promote excellence through well-defined and measureable goals
Ensure that staff members execute effective management strategies that result in meaningful engagement and successful solicitation of donors who provide support at all levels
Lead staff by example by soliciting and closing major and principal gifts from his/her own portfolio of prospects
Establish and evaluate standards of performance and professional behavior and adherence to VUMC organizational values for self and for staff members on an ongoing basis.
Undertake efforts to identify new prospects capable of making transformational gifts in support of VUMC, formulate creative cultivation plans to engage them in the activities of the medical center, and successfully execute effective solicitation strategies that lead to seven-, eight-, and nine-figure commitments; engage, guide and lead the CEO, senior leaders, and key volunteers in each stage of the development process
Formulate a keen understanding of the scientific research being conducted at the medical center, and its leading training programs; be able to articulate funding priorities, the VUMC's mission, and research milestones, in clear and compelling terms to current and prospective donors
Leveraging Vanderbilt's strong brand in the Southeastern US, develop and implement a comprehensive digital strategy for growing the philanthropic base of VUMC in partnership with VUMC's programs in marketing, communications, and engagement. Build VUMC's brand awareness and philanthropy in partnership with leadership in VUMC's Office of Engagement, nurturing VUMC's strong and growing relationship with music and entertainment leaders in Nashville and engaging key volunteers and ambassadors.
Travel throughout the United States and internationally, representing VUMC to build relationships with donors, prospects, grateful patients, and friends.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.
Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disea...se.
As the largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.
Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.