Grand Rapids, MI

President, Spectrum Health Foundation, Spectrum Health

The Organization

Spectrum Health is seeking an experienced, energetic, sincere and visionary leader to serve as the President of the Spectrum Health Foundation (SHF) located in Grand Rapids, MI. This is a career defining opportunity at one of the most respected and progressive health systems in the U.S. SHF was established in September 1997 (following the merger of two major community hospitals) to serve as the philanthropy arm for Spectrum Health.  The Foundation has been instrumental in leveraging philanthropy to help develop Spectrum Health into a world-class medical center and health system.

Position Overview

Spectrum Health is a $7.3 billion enterprise serving Southwest and West Michigan with 14 hospitals, 31,000 employees, 4,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, and Priority Health, a health plan with one million members served. The Foundation has a comprehensive philanthropy program including annual giving, principal gifts and grants, stewardship, finance and operations, including CRM. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (HDVCH) has been a Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospital since 1990.

The President of the Foundation serves as the chief philanthropy officer for Spectrum Health, sets the overarching strategy and vision for advancing philanthropy and provides strategic leadership to developing and advancing a comprehensive philanthropy program across the System. Reporting to the President and CEO of Spectrum Health, he/she provides leadership to the Spectrum Health and HDVCH Foundation Boards, provides guidance to Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation and serves as president of the Foundation corporation, ensuring the system infrastructure and resources to elevate performance at all divisions. He/she serves as the principal gift officer for the system with some of the most committed donors and promising prospects.

The Foundation President’s overarching responsibility is to promote philanthropic investment to fulfill and advance the mission of Spectrum Health. This encompasses working with the Health System President & CEO, Foundation board members, executives, physicians and internal allies (providers, program/administrative leaders, and individual team members) to foster a culture that understands, appreciates, supports and advances gratitude, giving, stewardship and engagement that goes beyond transactional fundraising to building lasting, deep relationships with donors. The Foundation President will be an inspiring and visible leader who will engage the collective talents and energies of the Foundation leadership team and staff, and in collaboration with Spectrum Health leadership will steer the Foundation forward in an innovative manner. He/she will have a passion for the mission of Spectrum Health.  Recruitment for this positon is currently underway due to the upcoming retirement of the current SHF President, Vicki Weaver, who has thoughtfully led the System’s philanthropy program and its strategic direction for nearly 28 years.

How To Apply

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile found at Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Spectrum Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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