Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Assistant Vice President for Development

Portland, OR

Position Description

Executive Summary

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Oregon’s premier academic medical center, and the OHSU Foundation, seek a dynamic and highly accomplished fundraising professional to serve as the strategic leader, principal fundraiser, and chief spokesperson for all OHSU child-health philanthropy programs and services including Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the Department of Pediatrics, and all programs focused on the health of children and mothers. This is a wonderful opportunity for a seasoned fundraising executive to build off of incredible institutional momentum and volunteer leadership engagement to raise private philanthropic support for OHSU children’s programs to even higher levels.

One of the two constituent hospitals of OHSU, Doernbecher serves children and mothers throughout Oregon and southwest Washington, delivering high-quality care, accelerating new cures for hard-to-treat children’s diseases, and providing excellent education for the next generation of pediatric specialists. Founded in 1926 as the Pacific Northwest’s first full-service children’s hospital, Doernbecher has earned a reputation as a national leader in children’s healthcare and medical research, as well as a critical institution for the region. Compared to other parts of the country, the Pacific Northwest has a relatively diffuse population spread over a wide area, with families traveling hundreds of miles to Doernbecher for specialized care. About 40 percent of patients come from outside of Portland – some from as far away as Idaho and Alaska. Doernbecher and the OHSU department of pediatrics have a deep bench of physician scientists focused on childhood cancers, brain disorders, infection and immunity, lung health, diabetes, autism and much more.

The Assistant Vice President for Development will work collaboratively and strategically with colleagues across the OHSU Foundation, leading a team of seven development officers and administrative staff to develop more concerted major and principal gift programs. They will report directly to OHSU Senior VP of Development Dondi Cupp, who joined OHSU in 2019 from the University of Michigan, where he drove strategy for the $5B Victors for Michigan campaign. Co-conceived with Foundation President Matt McNair and members of the Foundation and OHSU leadership, Cupp’s vision for OHSU and Doernbecher centers equity and diversity in each effort while continuing to set ambitious goals for fundraising and volunteer engagement. Indeed, while Doernbecher is currently raising an impressive $20M annually, the capacity exists to grow this significantly. The AVP will lead efforts to increase both more dollars and partner engagement, crafting an inclusive vision to achieving this alongside OHSU academic and administrative leadership and philanthropic supporters.

The AVP will seek to propel the work of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, OHSU Department of Pediatrics, and children-related research at OHSU by harnessing the full range of fundraising, marketing and outreach activities at OHSU and the Foundation’s disposal, with a primary responsibility of raising significant levels of philanthropic support for child-related research, capital projects, and clinical pursuits. With a reorganized volunteer management operation, several flagship corporate partnerships (such as the Nike Doernbecher Freestyle program), and a hospital expansion project that will establish a brand-new NICU building there is incredible opportunity to match OHSU priorities and potential supporters. As with any children-focused philanthropy, Doernbecher appreciates the unique role of parent and extended family engagement in all forms, including peer-to-peer asks and networked events, to help drive philanthropic giving. The AVP will work closely with their team and OHSU Foundation leadership to develop new and creative approaches to events that prioritize health safety and harness the energies of committed families.

The ideal candidate is expected to have at least 10 to 15 years of experience with a proven record of cultivating, stewarding, and soliciting six-, seven- and eight-figure gifts and developing successful programs in major gift operations. Previous experience working in a complex organization, preferably in academic medicine and/or higher education, is highly desired, as is the maturity and acumen to successfully navigate and collaborate within such environments. The successful candidate will have managed a staff and worked with volunteer-based support. Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills are necessary, with a philosophy of teamwork, initiative, and curiosity.

A collaborative and accessible leadership style, well-suited to management in a complex, rapid change environment, is a prerequisite, as is the creativity, energy and political savvy needed to prioritize and champion new ideas. Strong managerial and motivational skills are required, as well as the compassion, clarity, and communication skills necessary to articulate clear philanthropic goals and empower OHSUF staff, OHSU faculty and the Institute’s influential supporters. An undergraduate degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred. The AVP will travel frequently both regionally and nationally.

To Apply


OHSU believes that diversity and equity are imperative to our success, which is why we are committed to creating and sustaining a culture where all employees are empowered to do great work—and where the best decisions are made because they’re informed by multiple, diverse perspectives.

To learn more, please reach out to President Tracy D. Welsh and Senior Associate Connor Daley and share your biographical materials via email at: DCH-AVP@talentcitizen.com
Position Description

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Tracy Welsh  

Connor Daley