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UW Medicine Advancement

A Collaborative and Inspiring Workplace

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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About UW Medicine Advancement

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Career Opportunities

The Senior Director for Collaborative Fundraising Strategy 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 Senior Director will play a critical role managing and enhancing fundraising partnerships with a variety of affiliated parties, both within and outside of the University. The Senior Director will provide leadership and tactical direction and will consult and advise UW Medicine’s leadership and Advancement colleagues to promote and facilitate the overall success of these partnerships.

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The Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations serves as a strategist and resource for corporate and foundation fundraising and will be responsible for specific assigned focus areas related to campaign priority areas. To achieve goals, the Director directs, coordinates, and supports the Advancement activities of academic leaders, faculty, volunteers and colleagues within UW and UW Medicine. The Director works independently to implement and evaluate these efforts.

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The Advancement Services Officer (ASO) provides operational, administrative, research and project management to members of the UW Medicine Donor Relations team and the Senior Director of Philanthropy who collaborates closely with the Institute for Protein Design (IPD). The ASO will report to the Senior Director for Donor Relations.

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The Director for Philanthropy, Ophthalmology will be the lead staff member generating philanthropic support for the UW Medicine Eye 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 the department chair, administrators, and other academic leaders to develop fundraising strategies that support this key program.

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