Chief Development Officer

Confidential Company  •  Duluth, MN

11 - 15 years experience  •  Patient Care

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/24/17 by Margaret Boehme
Duluth, MN
11 - 15 years experience
Patient Care
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/24/17 by Margaret Boehme

Position Summary

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) for Essentia Health Foundation (EHF) will provide visionary, strategic and operational leadership for Essentia Health Foundation (EHF), a not-for-profit foundation serving the Mission of its associated foundation members and Essentia Health.

 This will include creating, planning, coordinating as appropriate, and supporting the execution of successful initiatives in principal gifts, planned giving, grants and annual giving in partnership with local Foundations and hospital executive staff, physicians, and Board members of EHS Foundations. The CDO will lead collaborative fundraising initiatives, identify and support system-wide implementation of best practices, and provide centralized development services as needed and appropriate to fulfill the philanthropic potential of EHS. This position will foster a vibrant culture of philanthropy and be field centric in their approach to assure strategies, systems, and procedures are advanced to support a highly-effective development enterprise. 


·        In cooperation with local Foundations, creates and implements system-wide strategic philanthropy development plans to support annual and multi-year institutional vision and goals.

·        Gains consensus on and creates compelling philanthropic cases for local and system-wide support aligned with institutional vision and goals. 

·        Directly manages lead Foundation staff and includes local COOs and as appropriate, volunteers in the selection, development, motivation, and evaluation of human resources.

·        Builds the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the professional and support staff in the areas of principal and major gifts, events, volunteer development, annual giving, corporate partnerships, affinity groups, partnerships, and stewardship.

·        Creates effective, consistent and system-wide grateful patient programs in partnership with local Foundations, COOs, physicians and development staff.

·        Supports strategies for the identification, solicitation, cultivation, stewardship, and growth of prospects interested in multi-site or system-wide initiatives.

·        In partnership with local Foundations, builds and maintains strong, collaborative relationships with physicians and staff across the organization.

·        Assures effective planning processes are established for strategy development, goal setting, reporting, metrics, and evaluation of results.

·        Monitors and informs the CEO of EHS on the condition of EHS fund development programs and all important factors influencing it.

·        Works as part of the EHS and senior management teams building effective, collaborative relationships to advance philanthropy development.

·        Identifies, provides, and manages centralized services as needed and appropriate for EHS and development programs. 

·        Exercises expertise in evaluating and realigning structure and processes needed to meet objectives.

·        Recommends budgets for centralized services and provides support for developing budget recommendations of EHS fundraising units.

·        Represents EHS in speaking engagements at internal and external events as appropriate. 

·        Develops creative strategies for identifying and engaging diverse constituencies critical to the EHS fundraising goals.

·        Brings progressive thinking and understanding of philanthropic trends and best practices in donor-centered fundraising.


·        Bachelor’s degreerequired, Master’s degreepreferred. 

·        10-15years of comprehensive fundraising management and leadership experience, preferably in large, multi-site healthcare systems and/or in academic medical centers.

·        Experience in successfully soliciting and managing major and principal gifts. 

·        Major campaignexperience, including planning and implementation.

·        Experience in building, mentoring, and motivating a team in a complex organization with demonstrated skill in developing strong teams and collaborations.

Required Skills and Abilities 

·        Strong leadership ability, including management, strategic, analytical, and communications skills.

·        Ability to collect, analyze, and synthesize information from many sources. 

·        Highly innovative and creative.

·        Self-confidence, with a strong sense of presence.

·        A team player; playing a team support role when needed.

·        Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.

·        Results-oriented and personally accountable for expectations, timelines, and measures.

·        Political/organizational skills and tact.

·        Understanding of healthcare and academic medicine.

·        Comfort with ambiguity and ability to work in a matrix organizational structure.

Ability to work effectively with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds.

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