As Penn State looks forward to the conclusion of its historically successful fundraising campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence, a Children’s Miracle Network Director is needed to support the Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.
The University is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution and health system. We are dedicated to fostering institutional change required to realize a more socially just University and we value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.
Penn State Health Children’s Hospital is a 37-year member of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. The Children's Miracle Network Director creates and oversees the strategy, work plan and execution of all fundraising, marketing, allocations and administrative activities of Penn State’s affiliation with CMN Hospitals. This position manages staff, volunteer and advisory board activities in pursuit of CMN's mission to raise funds and awareness for Penn Health State Children's Hospital. It requires an energetic, goal-oriented, results-driven, hands-on leader with proven experience in cultivating, securing, and stewarding individual, corporate and foundation and community organizations.
Reporting to the Executive Director of Health System Development, and working closely with Penn State Health Children’s Hospital’s Executive Team, this role will:
- Supervise four full-time staff who support the fundraising efforts of the Children’s Miracle Network program including goal setting, performance reviews, oversight, and guidance on day-to-day activities
- Develop, implement, and evaluate strategies and programs to engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual, corporate, foundation, and community organizations
- Articulate Penn State Health and Penn State’s needs, ambitions, and values, including diversity, equity, and inclusion, through excellent informal and formal communications
- Manage all aspects of partnership contract with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals including national meeting attendance, webinar participation, reporting, liaising with area and regional directors, and maintaining relationships with CMN national partners headquartered in 10-county market area
- Personally manage a portfolio of leadership gift, corporate, foundation and community organization prospects, meeting gift officer metrics including but not limited to number of solicitations, dollars raised, and number of visits conducted
- Recruit and guide diversely representative external advisory board and volunteer committees charged with meaningful roles and responsibilities in the fundraising and events-based fundraising process
- Engage Penn State Health Children’s Hospital leadership, physicians, and care team in the fundraising enterprise
- Develop, implement, and manage three yearly fundraising events including strategy development, sponsorship solicitation, donor acquisition and retention strategies, event execution, and stewardship
- Work with Penn State Health Children’s Hospital leadership to execute an annual grant program allocating funds raised by CMN to support strategic pediatric priorities – research, patient care and equipment
- Propose and manage the development budget for the Children’s Miracle Network program
- Maintain a strong working knowledge of the use of protected health information in fundraising and provide guidance in this area to clinical staff at the hospital when engaging patient donors
This position typically requires 5+ years related experience and a Bachelor’s Degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will also possess:
- Experience establishing a shared vision and taking responsibility for the achievement of fundraising goals
- A dedication to and understanding of the skills required to build relationships with diverse communities
- Demonstrated knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Proficient ability in strategy development, project management, financial planning, and development of goals
- Demonstrated awareness of and adaptive actions to emerging trends within development and medical fundraising; ensuring that organizational practices remain current and effective
- Willingness to adhere to University and Penn State Health policies
- Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills
- A proven ability to self-motivate and work both independently and as part of a team
- A commitment to professional development, learning, and being mentored
Operation of a motor vehicle as part of the position’s duties and a valid driver's license are required. Successful completion of a motor vehicle records check, in addition to standard background checks, is also required, as well as the following: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check.