Burlington & Peabody, MA

Assistant Vice President, Philanthropy, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

The Organization

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (LHMC), a physician-led, tertiary medical center and teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, seeks a seasoned fundraising leader to serve as a thought partner to philanthropy leadership in building and strengthening a best-practice, front-line fundraising program currently raising $10+ million annually. The Assistant Vice President, Philanthropy (AVP) will guide and mentor a growing team of gift officers and champion a niche donor portfolio in achieving ambitious annual and multi-year fundraising goals.

LHMC is a member of Beth Israel Lahey Health, Massachusetts’ second largest health system comprising academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, and more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees serving 1M+ people. Founded in 1923 by Dr. Frank Lahey with the goal of coordinating all of patients’ needs under one roof, LHMC remains committed to putting the patient first, and ensuring the highest standards of patient care and safety (evidenced by an “A” grade from Leapfrog for the ninth consecutive year). It shares a collective mission with its partner organizations to expand access to exceptional and affordable care, improve patient outcomes, and advance the science and practice of medicine through ground-breaking research and education.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Vice President, Philanthropy (VP), the AVP serves as a key member of the philanthropy leadership team in driving annual and multi-year fundraising strategies, programs and goals. Bringing a growth mindset to the role, the AVP oversees a team of six toward successful achievement of individual and departmental fundraising goals, and personally manages a portfolio of 75+ highly-rated donors and prospects. The AVP may also have responsibility for philanthropy-related activities of one or more priority clinical or specialty areas, working with physicians, volunteers and lay leaders. Additional responsibilities include working with BILH Central Services to maximize prospect research, shape key institutional development-related messages, and ensure strategically and fiscally sound cultivation experiences – all toward building and strengthening LHMC’s donor pipeline; and working with colleagues to coordinate donor activity across the system to increase overall engagement and giving.


The ideal candidate is an accomplished fundraiser with success raising significant and complex major and planned gifts (six- to seven-figure) while guiding a team of front-line fundraisers; a values-driven team player who builds consensus while engendering trust, confidence and credibility; entrepreneurial and highly motivated with the confidence and expertise to contribute to strategy and goal-setting; organized with a strong operational focus and bias for action; and, is a superb communicator and consummate relationship manager, 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 10+ years’ progressive fundraising experience (5+ years’ supervisory). Healthcare fundraising experience a plus.


How To Apply

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