BJC Healthcare Philanthropy Executive Director in Saint Louis, Missouri

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Founded in 1879, St. Louis Children’s Hospital is the seventh oldest pediatric hospital in the United States and the oldest west of the Mississippi. More than 275,000 children receive care each year at Children’s Hospital, and it has seen patients from all 50 states and over 60 countries. St. Louis Children’s Hospital is ranked as one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation by US News & World Report and Parents magazine . The hospital’s academic and physician partner, Washington University School of Medicine, is consistently listed among the top medical schools in the country.

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Role Purpose

Responsible for executing a strategy for major giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving and donor relations. The Executive Director is responsible for leading a team of ten including a director, managers, and a team of professional staff. Additionally, as a senior member of the Foundation team, the Executive Director will work closely with the Foundation Vice President, Hospital President, Vice Presidents and clinical leaders at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) to identify fundraising needs and philanthropic funding priorities for the hospital and pediatric departments throughout WUSM.


  • Establishes strategic direction for the major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation, and donor relations teams. This includes identifying priorities, policies, and tactics to support the overall goals of the Foundation

  • Devises appropriate annual goals, and monitors progress on a regular basis to maximize staff performance in prospect identification, strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, physician partnerships and volunteer leader engagement.

  • Personally manages and staffs a portfolio of key major and principal gift level donors and prospects.

  • Has ultimate responsibility for major gift, corporation and foundation, planned giving and donor relations budgets.

  • Provides leadership to the Foundation Board of Trustee Gift Planning committee. Works closely with the chair to set priorities and goals for Board Members and track related progress.

  • Manages individual(s) including but not limited to: hires, trains, assigns work, manages & evaluates performance, conducts professional development plans. Ensures that the productivity and actions of that group meet/support the overall operational goals of the department as established by department leadership.

  • Develops and adheres to departmental staffing, revenue and/or expense budgets. Responds to changes in the business which may affect the ability to achieve the budget goals.

Minimum Requirements


  • Bachelor's Degree


  • 5-10 years

Supervisor Experience

  • 2-5 years

Benefits Statement

Note: not all benefits apply to all openings

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance, and disability plan options- Pension Plan/403(b) Plan- 401(k) plan with company match- Tuition Assistance- Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts-On-Site Fitness Center (depending on location)-Paid Time Off Program for vacation, holiday and sick time

Legal Statement

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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