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Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health | Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Job Title: Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations
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New Hampshire
Job Search Ends:
March 17th, 2018
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a nonprofit academic health system serving communities in northern New England. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-H H) provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine at the flagship Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, the system's 429-bed flagship teaching hospital; the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 45 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; four affiliate hospitals (New London Hospital, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, Cheshire Medical Center, and Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital); 24 ambulatory clinics across New Hampshire and Vermont; and through Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire. In 2016, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was named one of “100 Great Hospitals in America” by Becker's Hospital Review. The D-H H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research in partnership with the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont. As New Hampshire's only academic medical center and only Level l trauma center, D-H H is the largest provider of health care in New Hampshire and the second largest in Vermont.

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

The Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine (Geisel) at Dartmouth, founded in 1797, strives to improve the lives of the people it serves: students, patients, and local and global communities. The School builds healthier communities through innovations in research, education, and patient care. As one of America's top medical schools, the Geisel School of Medicine is committed to creating new generations of diverse leaders who will help solve our most vexing challenges in health care.

In addition to the MD degree, Geisel also offers extensive graduate education programs in the biomedical sciences, as well as public health and health services research. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Tuck School of Business jointly offer a master of health care delivery science degree. The combination of The Dartmouth Institute's advanced research expertise in health care outcomes with the Tuck School's proven success in teaching leadership and teamwork, finance, and operations creates an educational opportunity unmatched by other programs.

Job Summary

The Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations (Vice President) for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth will have an extraordinary opportunity to help advance patient care, medical education, and research, as well as the creation of a national model for how to accelerate scientific discovery and transform health care in the US and around the world. The Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations will be well-positioned to reach new levels of philanthropic support for D-H H and Geisel, leveraging stable and dedicated senior leadership after a period of institutional transitions; outstanding educational programs; an ethos of collaboration across institutions and academic units, including partnerships throughout Dartmouth College; and a long history of preeminence in health care and academic medicine. The Vice President will be charged with enhancing the partnership between the two institutions, achieving new levels of prospect and donor engagement, and leading the planning and execution of a major capital campaign as part of Dartmouth College's comprehensive campaign.


The Vice President fosters a major-gifts-focused culture of philanthropy within the D-H H system and Geisel, and assures that the organizations' corporate culture, systems, and procedures support fund development. The Vice President leads staff and volunteers to institutionalize philanthropy and fund development within the two organizations to benefit medical services and research. S/he plans, coordinates, and assures implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions to support the mission, vision, and values of D-H H and Geisel. The Vice President assures growth and maintenance of appropriate systems to fund development, including but not limited to volunteer and donor management, research, cultivation, gift processing, and recognition, while maintaining accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources. The Vice President reports dually to the CEO and president of D-H H and the dean of Geisel, with a dotted-line reporting relationship to the senior vice president for advancement for Dartmouth College. S/he leads a budgeted staff of 52.


Required qualifications and experience: commitment to the respective missions of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and Dartmouth College, and a working knowledge of key issues in health care and biomedicine; bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred; minimum of 10 years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, planned giving, stewardship, alumni relations, board relations), oversight of comprehensive philanthropic program, and leadership in a major capital campaign; demonstrated ability to work successfully in a large, complex academic and/or health care setting is strongly preferred; demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with previous supervisory experience, including creating and managing a budget; membership in a professional fundraising association is expected; baseline certification in fundraising, the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), is preferred; particular strength in developing the case for support and strategic, complex fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives; demonstrated ability to think strategically and to shape targeted messaging in order to move individuals and institutions across the spectrum of prospect development, culminating in solicitations appropriate to organizational priorities and donors' interests; demonstrated history of securing six, seven, and eight-figure gifts, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual fund strategies to effectively groom the next generation of annual leadership and major gift donors; demonstrated ability in planning and executing marketing and strategic communications to complement development initiatives and achieve overall organizational goals; experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating board or other volunteer leaders, and a sophisticated understanding of their role in building an effective fundraising network; skill at short and long-term planning, goal setting, and measuring success, and agility in addressing alternate program directions to meet goals when necessary; ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process; ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally.

How to Apply

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