Associate Vice President, Philanthropy

Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital

In partnership with donors and community leaders, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations is responsible for meeting the strategic philanthropic priorities of MCW and the Froedtert Hospital Foundation. Together, MCW and Froedtert Hospital are engaged in an unprecedented philanthropic campaign addressing our most urgent priorities: Accelerating Research and Advancing Patient Care, Driving Health and Vitality with Our Community, Transforming Healthcare Education, and Leading the Way in Cancer Research and Care. As a member of one of the leading development teams in the state, you can have an impact on our vision to redefine health beyond healthcare and help us transform Hope into Health for patients and families.

Position Details

Associate Vice President, Philanthropy
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

The Associate Vice President, Philanthropy is responsible for driving the special, major, principal and planned giving efforts for the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital Foundation.


Leads all facets of major gift fundraising, including strategy setting, as well as staff and program design, implementation, and assessment. Collaborate with Chief Development Officer, and department leadership to promote a results-driven, collaborative work environment focused on strategic planning and process improvement within functional areas.

Works closely with the Vice President and Chief Development Officer, institutional leaders and department chairs to identify, quantify and understand the institution’s philanthropic priorities and develop strategies necessary to guide clinicians, researchers and staff to enhance philanthropic support for the institution’s highest priorities.

Supervises a large major gift team with assigned responsibility for major and principal gifts, planned gifts, corporate and foundation gifts. Provide leadership and guidance for gift officers to implement best practices in fundraising, with an emphasis on collaboration and accountability. Guide team in a creative and effective strategy to identify and cultivate new prospects, including the expansion of the grateful patient program.

Reviews priority prospect activity for each team member, and guide strategy. Ensure success towards goals for team and members, with metrics to track progress.

Manages a small portfolio of principal giving prospects as necessary, with an emphasis on building the principal gift pipeline. In some instances, serve as the secondary prospect manager to assist in managing key institutional donors.

Specifications: Appropriate education and/or experience may be substituted on equivalent basis.

Minimum Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Required Experience:

  • 10+ years in the Advancement field, with a preference for experience in the higher education or healthcare sectors

Preferred Experience:

  • 5+ years of experience in managing/supervising a major gifts team. 
  • Experience with grateful patient and/or alumni giving desired. 
  • Proven track record of cultivating and closing five-, and six-figure gifts in a complex organization.

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities:

  • Demonstrated success in campaigns and managing multi-member gift teams.
  • Demonstrated significant growth in fundraising revenue in roles with progressive responsibility. 
  • Exceptional organizational, analytical, and communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage in a complex organization and plan strategically with high-level faculty and administrators
  • Expert knowledge of all aspects of fundraising best practices techniques and procedures. 
  • Preferred knowledge of philanthropy software.

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