At UW Medicine, we work to improve health for all people through excellence in clinical, research, and education and training programs. As the only comprehensive clinical, research and learning health system in the five-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region, UW Medicine provides the most up-to-date care for each individual patient, leads one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive medical research programs, and provides innovative learning programs for students, trainees and practitioners in the health professions.
The passionate, 70-person team at UW Medicine Advancement works collaboratively to connect donors with meaningful opportunities to enhance patient care, expand educational opportunities and advance research at UW Medicine. This inspiring, challenging and rewarding work provides team members an opportunity to grow their careers, while making a difference in people’s lives, in our community and around the world. In the 2022 fiscal year, UW Medicine Advancement raised $284 million in gifts and private grants (46 percent of the University of Washington’s total) from nearly 14,000 donors to support the mission of UW Medicine.
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To promote inclusivity and foster a welcoming work environment, UW Medicine Advancement maintains an active EDI Committee. This committee works to identify opportunities for learning and actionable steps to incorporate equity, diversity and inclusion values into our fundraising efforts and improve our office culture.
Successful job candidates will value and demonstrate respect and commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity.
UW Medicine presents a unique opportunity to work with world-class physicians, researchers and educators who are leading the way by inspiring the next generation of medical professionals, caring for the health of our community, and discovering new treatments and cures for some of humanity’s deadliest diseases. The work environment is collaborative yet competitive, inspiring yet challenging, rewarding yet daunting. Individuals who want to test themselves to work with the very best will have the opportunity to grow their careers, while making a difference in people’s lives, in our community and around the world.
UW Medicine Advancement leadership understands the difficulties of working in a fast-paced, high-profile institution and is committed to creating a balanced, supportive culture. We strive to provide the resources and environment needed for you to succeed. And we are committed to helping you develop your career and grow your professional skills with in-house trainings, mentoring programs and networking opportunities. In turn, UW Medicine expects the highest standards of performance excellence and professionalism from all employees.
The University of Washington (UW) offers a wide range of benefits as part of your total compensation package. Choose from top medical and dental insurance programs; plan for your future with tax-deferred investing through the UW retirement options; enjoy generous vacation and sick leave policies; and protect yourself and your family with life insurance and long-term disability insurance.
UW Medicine Advancement is a hybrid work environment, in which employees split their time between telework and onsite work.
Our office is located in South Lake Union at 850 Republican Street, Seattle, WA 98195-8045.
UW Medicine Advancement is comprised of more than 70 staff members, who work across the following teams:
Frontline Fundraisers (FLFs): These are major gift officers who collaborate closely with UW Medicine faculty and their donors to support clinical care and research at UW Medicine, as well as education at the UW School of Medicine. FLFs are organized into different teams, generally based on disease areas. Most of our FLFs are focused on individual gifts and we also have a Corporate and Foundation Relations team focused on institution giving from corporations and foundations.
Donor Relations: This team focuses on gift processes and stewardship to express appreciation to our donors and share the impact of their contributions.
Pipeline: This team concentrates on attracting new donors to UW Medicine and renewing existing donors. The team also leads Engage, our grateful patient faculty and clinician training program that partners faculty with FLFs to learn fundraising strategies together.
Communications: This team manages UW Medicine Advancement and UW School of Medicine Alumni Associate website properties and email programs, shares stories of the difference philanthropy makes to the health of the community, and supports the fundraising and stewardship efforts across Advancement.
Special Events: This team develops engaging experiences to connect donors with faculty and departments that benefit from their generosity.
Administrative and Finance Professionals: Our central team provides advancement coordination and financial expertise in support of all of the teams at UW Medicine.
You can meet our whole team here.
UW Medicine Advancement provides each new staff member with a personalized onboarding program that typically spans three months. This program includes scheduled appointments with our team and project leaders, senior leadership, faculty members from UW Medicine and key campus partners. The primary objective of these meetings is to enable new staff to establish meaningful relationships with their colleagues and obtain a foundational understanding of the intricate UW Medicine system. Additionally, every new staff member is assigned a buddy from another team to serve as a valuable resource for questions and to further enhance their understanding of UW Medicine.
The Assistant Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) will work to cultivate, solicit and steward organizations (foundations, corporations, associations and other types of organizations). Assistant Director will secure gifts and grants primarily from private organizations for clinical, translational and basic research as well as the educational and health systems at UW Medicine. The Assistant Director serves as a strategist and resource for corporate and foundation fundraising and will manage a portfolio of major gift/grant level prospects. The portfolio may include a number of individual giving prospects as well as organizational prospects. The Assistant Director will be expected to work closely with faculty, staff, alumni, and volunteers to develop and advance departmental fundraising priorities.
As a member of the Health System Philanthropy team, the Associate Director for Health System Philanthropy focuses on securing gifts $25,000+ and cultivating donors who have the capacity to give at that level. The Associate Director will work with the Director for Philanthropy, Assistant Vice President for Health System Philanthropy, Associate Vice President, Campaign, the Chief Advancement Officer, academic leaders, volunteers, and other Advancement staffs to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospective donors for gifts in support of UW Medicine. The Associate Director position provides strategic leadership and direction for critical and high-profile programs that support major fundraising programs. It coordinates activities across UW Medicine — Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics and Airlift Northwest — and must work collaboratively with diverse constituencies with diverse goals and expectations.
The Associate Director for Philanthropy, as part of a dynamic major gift fundraising team, focuses on securing major gifts ($25,000+), and cultivating donors at that level. The Associate Director will work with academic and hospital leaders, volunteers, and other Advancement staff to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospective donors for gifts in support of UW Medicine. The Associate Director reports to the Director for Philanthropy and will have assigned responsibility for oversight and coordination of major gift fundraising programs, supporting research, patient care, support for faculty initiatives, outright and endowed support, and interdisciplinary projects that span across UW Medicine including the Cancer Vaccine Institute, the Institute for Protein Design, and the Department of Dermatology. The Associate Director may have assigned responsibility for staffing one or more volunteer committees.
The Senior Director for Philanthropy is responsible for raising philanthropic support for the Institute for Protein Design (IPD). In this capacity, the Senior Director will have leadership responsibility for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to increase gift and grant support for UW Medicine. In this role, the Senior Director will work with institute leaders, department chairs, administrators and other academic leaders to develop fundraising strategies that support the IPD. The Senior Director will develop annual fundraising plans and manage a comprehensive campaign strategy for IPD. The Senior Director will also be responsible for managing a team of major gift officers focused on securing major gifts for priority campaign initiatives, focused on the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISRCM), Rehabilitation Medicine, the Division of Healthcare and Simulation Science, Departments of Pain Medicine & Anesthesiology, Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, and The Sports Institute.
The Assistant Director for Advancement Communications writes compelling philanthropic content, including solicitation letters and emails, cases, proposals, impact stories, stewardship materials and more, designed to inspire patients, alumni and others in the community to support our mission. This position will ensure that our communications to current and prospective donors are persuasive, inspiring, effective and follow the evolving best practices of philanthropic writing. Primary duties include: writing and editing; project management; and collaborating with Advancement teams. Note: we are hiring for two separate Assistant Directors for Advancement Communications.
The Director for Philanthropy (Director) focuses on securing major gifts ($75,000+) for UW Medicine and cultivating donors who have the capacity to give at that level. The Director will work with the Assistant Vice President of Development and Major Gifts and Senior Director for Philanthropy, other Advancement leadership, academic leaders, volunteers, and other Advancement staff to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospective donors for gifts in support of UW Medicine. The Director reports to the Assistant Vice President of Development and Major Gifts.
The Director will be the lead staff member generating philanthropic support for UW Medicine with a focus on the Departments of Pain Medicine & Anesthesiology, Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, and The Sports Institute. In this capacity, the Director will have leadership responsibility for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to increase gift and grant support for UW Medicine. In this role, the Director will work with department and institute leaders, administrators, and other academic leaders to develop fundraising strategies that support key programs in the Departments of Pain Medicine & Anesthesiology, Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, and The Sports Institute, and other beats as assigned.
The Associate Director for Major Gift Data Strategy and Reporting is responsible for managing data systems and strategy with the aim of identifying prospective major gift donors through UW Medicine’s constituency, which includes donors, grateful patients, alumni, volunteers and community members. This role will create and execute processes to ensure that data on identified prospects are efficiently and compliantly delivered to fundraisers and leadership.
The Associate Director will create reports and visualizations to demonstrate the impact of the fundraising efforts of UW Medicine Advancement. Additionally, the Associate Director will be reporting on engagement activity between Advancement and UW Medicine faculty partners.
The Assistant Vice President for Campaign (Assistant Vice President) reports to the Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning, Operations and Campaign and is accountable for many aspects of UW Medicine’s advancement program. The Assistant Vice President’s input and advice will help inform decisions related to the strategic direction and overall vision of the Advancement enterprise, including significant responsibilities in planning for and implementation of our next comprehensive fundraising campaign.
The Assistant Vice President will provide leadership and tactical direction and will consult and advise UW Medicine’s leadership and Advancement colleagues to promote and facilitate conversations that surface and articulate institutional vision and priorities.