Boston, MA

Philanthropy Director, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

The Organization

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a world-class academic medical center affiliated with Harvard Medical School, seeks a seasoned front-line fundraiser to join an ambitious, rapidly growing philanthropy team, playing a key role in developing and managing gift strategies and programs in support of institutional priorities, including a $750 million comprehensive campaign comprising $500 million for programmatic support and $250 million for its state-of-the-art New Inpatient Building. As a senior member of the Principal and Major Gifts team, the Philanthropy Director will build and champion a portfolio of individual and planned gift prospects and donors through strategic moves management.

Located in the heart of Boston, BIDMC, is a 673-bed, academic medical center of the newly formed Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH), a new, integrated health system comprising academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, and more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees. Guided by the motto “Working together, we can do more than we ever could on our own,” the BILH Philanthropy Team is actively engaged in a true partnership between and among local and system leaders and staff members. Staff are committed to advancing donor engagement in a collective mission that ensures affordable healthcare, improved patient outcomes, investments in research and education, and a healthier community – ultimately, measuring success by the difference made in people’s lives.

Position Summary: 

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Philanthropy, the Philanthropy Director devises, implements and manages creative, effective and original strategies designed to interest, engage and secure a wide range of key prospects and donors; and develops plans for building prospect pipeline through both traditional and non-traditional means. The Director will support BIDMC Surgical Programs, managing a personal portfolio of major/principal gifts prospects and donors ($100,000+) and establishing strong working relationships with department chairs, division chiefs, senior researchers, and others central to donor engagement in critical initiatives.


The ideal candidate is a mission- and values-driven team player with authentic comfort in matrixed organizations, and a record of success raising significant and complex gifts. Entrepreneurial, highly motivated and organized this individual must have the confidence and expertise to contribute to strategy and goal-setting, with a strong operational focus and bias for action. A superb communicator and consummate relationship manager, this person is adept at working with a wide range of individuals from administrative, clinical and lay leaders to sophisticated, affluent donors and grateful patients. Bachelor’s degree with 7+ years’ fundraising experience and success in major gift or related work.

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