Charleston, SC

President, Roper St. Francis Foundation, Roper St. Francis

The Organization

We’re on a mission

We live our mission of healing all people with compassion, faith and excellence. As the area’s only private not-for-profit healthcare system, we choose purpose over profits by putting our extra money back into our system to help meet the health needs of our community. We also provide millions of dollars in charitable services and care for our community through patient financial assistance, community-based programs and the incredible dedication and volunteerism of our teammates.

We’re vibrant and growing

We have four flagship hospitals: Roper Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital and Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital. In an emergency, we have six strategically placed ERs. With almost 6,000 teammates, we’re the Lowcountry’s second-largest private employer. We have nearly 1,000 doctors representing almost every medical specialty. Our 657-bed system consists of 117+ facilities and services across five counties.

We’re a healthcare leader

Our Heart & Vascular Center performs the area’s most adult cardiac surgeries and we treat more of the most commonly diagnosed adult cancers than anyone else in the area. We perform the most joint replacement surgeries in the state and our Magnet and Pathway to Excellence designated hospitals represent the nation’s highest recognition of nursing excellence. Roper St. Francis Healthcare continues to receive top national awards for patient, employee and doctor satisfaction.

Position Overview

Roper St. Francis Healthcare (RSFH) located in Charleston, South Carolina seeks a dynamic, distinguished executive to serve as its inaugural President of Roper St. Francis Foundation. This is a unique opportunity at one of the most respected healthcare institutions in the Southeast, in one of the most beautiful places in the country. The Foundation President will be responsible for leading all philanthropy efforts for a world-class institution, serving as a dynamic resource to the Board and Senior Leadership as Roper St. Francis continues to enhance the overall philanthropic efforts and fulfill its organizational mission.

RSFH has four flagship hospitals: Roper Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital and Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital. With over 6,000 employees, RSFH is the Lowcountry’s largest private not-for-profit employer, including 1,000 doctors representing almost every medical specialty. This 657-bed system consists of over 117 facilities and services across five counties, including six strategically placed emergency rooms.

The inaugural Foundation President will report to Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s new President and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey DiLisi, M.D. The Foundation President will provide overall strategic direction and operational leadership for philanthropy across RSFH. This leader will have oversight for all fundraising efforts across RSFH including identifying prospects, leading all aspects of development, major gifts, grateful patient giving, planned giving and events and implementing best practice fundraising systems and processes that improve the operation for fundraising for RSFH.

This leader will work closely with development staff, RSFH leadership and board members to provide vision, strategy, and oversight of development. The Foundation President will be an innovative leader, who is an advocate for RSFH in the community and expand our reach and our network of philanthropy beyond those who have traditionally been supportive of the hospital. It will be important for this leader to focus on building a broader external fundraising base and identifying new relationships and affiliations for RSFH. They will position the organization to continue to “tell its story” and ensure that the organizational structure is aligned to further the success of development initiatives moving forward. The Foundation President will serve as the Foundation’s chief fundraiser and principal gift officer securing financial support, while building infrastructure and fundraising programs to support capital campaigns. This leader should possess exceptional follow through and demonstrate a track record of significant achievements in development and fundraising, within a highly complex, multidivisional operation.

The successful candidate will be a sophisticated development professional who is knowledgeable about best practice fundraising strategies and tactics, and who can apply their skills toward strategically assessing and implementing a quality, high performing fundraising program. To this end, candidates with experience in a multi-stakeholder environment and those with inclusive, transparent leadership styles – characterized by wide consultation, dedicated followership and a commitment to equity and inclusion – will be particularly advantaged. Candidates will have a strong track record of leading large scale capital campaigns. Required are exceptional communication and relationship-building skills, energy and enthusiasm for advocating on behalf of RSFH, and aptitude and zest for philanthropic fundraising.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. The search process is currently underway and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Rachel Polhemus, Donna Padilla, Mercedes Chacon Vance and Ashlee Winters at

Roper St. Francis Healthcare values diversity, inclusion and health equity.  It is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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