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VP Development/Foundation President

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS Florida-Miami-NCHS Corporate Headquarters Miami, Florida Requisition ID 22330


Job Summary

Leads the fundraising, donor development, and stewardship activities for Nicklaus Children's Health System. Responsible for the operational and strategic leadership of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation including establishing organizational objectives, priorities, and reviewing and evaluating the progress and work for attainment of objectives and performance goals. Responsible for leading and directing the efforts of Foundation staff and volunteers. Responsible for bold revenue growth and performance.  Collaborates with senior executives and board members to build a culture of philanthropy across the System and galvanize key community members, philanthropists, business leaders, and other key stakeholders to advocate, donate, and commit to supporting Nicklaus Children's Hospital.  Regularly engages all System board members and works closely with the Office of the CEO to manage the Foundation Board of Directors.

Job Specific Duties

  • Provides the Foundation with the leadership to carry out its mission of raising funds to support Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. 
  • Seeks out opportunities to improve Foundation operations and function as a strong and cohesive team.
  • Works with the System CFO to ensure rigorous accountability and long-term stability through the fiscal management of resources.
  • Works closely with the President of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, President of Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists, other key executives, and physician leaders to identify and prioritize programs and capital initiatives for philanthropic support. 
  • Works directly with the various Boards of Directors to support and promote philanthropy across all the System entities.
  • Provides leadership and long term vision necessary to significantly increase the organization's preeminence in fund-raising. 
  • Develops new fund-raising initiatives to ensure resources are available to support programs by building endowment funds. 
  • Actively facilitates collaboration and partnerships by involving the community and by personally promoting participation, volunteerism, and philanthropy. 
  • Works directly with community leaders, major donors, and other leading philanthropists to raise funds and support for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. 
  • Leads staff, volunteers, physicians, and other key stakeholders in developing and implementing strategies to ensure successful annual campaigns and future capital campaigns.
  • Identifies, involves, educates, cultivates corporate, and individual major prospects. 
  • Solicits and stewards major individual and corporate donors, providing accountability, and recognition. 
  • Works with System Marketing and Communications to create ad campai


Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Law, Social Sciences, or related field
  • Master's Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Law, Social Sciences, or related field preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years direct fundraising experience
  • Minimum 8 years in a senior leadership role with a similar institution/organization
  • Experience and track record of fundraising success, including closing 7 figure plus gifts
  • Experience leading capital and other large scale development campaigns

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to build a culture of philanthropy and capacity for donor stewardship across the System.
  • Build strong relationships with System, Hospital and Physician practice leaders and key physicians.
  • Able to direct management responsibility for large-scale initiatives involving significant dollar amounts and implications and many diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Extensive experience working with volunteers.
  • Proven leadership and team building skills.
  • Ability to build consensus, rally support around common goals, and to motivate groups and individuals.
  • Proven negotiation and mediation skills.
  • Ability to overcome obstacles and foster harmonious relations.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Able to manage tight deadlines.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Ability to rapidly process and comprehend large amounts of detailed information; considers the implications and consequences of new facts and makes decisions.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively both written and oral communications skills.
  • Able to relate cooperatively and constructively with clients and co-workers.
  • Effectively monitor and develop the abilities of direct reports.
  • Ability to budget, track expenses, and campaign effectiveness to provide quality results.
  • Ability to interpret, adapt, and react calmly under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to use logical and scientific thinking to interpret technical data and solve a broad range of problems.
  • Ability to design, manage, and execute on a capital campaign.
  • Ability to align the foundation's goals with the System strategic plan.
  • Ability to develop and manage drive KPIs that drive performance.
  • Manage donor gifts and projects as they relate to key deliverables from the hospital and physician practice.

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Primary Location :

Florida-Miami-NCHS Corporate Headquarters

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Job Status

:Full Time

Joining a new organization can be daunting or overwhelming. But at Nicklaus, your colleagues make you feel welcomed. They taught me to celebrate our accomplishments and band together during challenging times. This is not easy to find in healthcare these days, so I’m grateful to have found an amazing place to work with people and leadership who have my well-being in mind.

Lova Renee Brunson Manager Accreditation & Regulatory

Collaboration leads to success.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Working together, we find solutions and methods we would never find alone, and at Nicklaus Children’s, we have fun doing it.

Responsibility drives us.

We all take responsibility here – for the children, their families, our work and each other. We meet our responsibilities head on and motivate each other to succeed.

Empower yourself, help others.

Nicklaus Children’s encourages team members to believe in their ability to affect positive change in the world through everything they do with us.

Advocate for the right way.

Advocate for children. Advocate for families. Advocate for yourself. But most of all, advocate for getting the job done right and you will find nothing but success and support in your career here.

Transformation is growth.

At Nicklaus Children’s, change is not to be feared. When you work here, you are always working with the most advanced tools and procedures available.

Empathy is everything.

We expect our team members to have empathy for the patients and families they treat, and in turn, we have empathy for them. We take care of everyone in the Nicklaus Children’s family with competitive benefits and our supportive culture.

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As champions for children, Nicklaus Children’s is committed to putting the health and safety of our patients, families, medical staff and employees first. With the increasing number of adults and children in our community experiencing illness from the coronavirus and its variants, our course of action is clear. Vaccination offers proven protection against severe COVID-19-related illness. All members of our team are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Accommodations are being made for those who have a medical reason where they cannot receive the vaccine or have a strongly held religious basis for not obtaining it.

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