The Assistant Vice President for Advancement (AVP) for Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute serves as the chief philanthropy officer leading a high-performing team.  Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Advancement, the successful candidate will provide visionary leadership to and strategic oversight of the programs, policies, processes and the highly skilled staff who manages them.  The primary responsibility will be to establish relationships and work collaboratively to ensure a unified and consistent donor experience.

The candidate will forge new relationships to build Winship’s visibility, impact and financial resources and will design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and other philanthropic support.

The successful candidate must have at least ten years of experience in higher education, advancement, fundraising, healthcare or equivalent experience in a non-profit institution with a minimum of five years managing staff.


Emory University is a private research university in Atlanta, Georgia founded in 1836. It is the second-oldest private institution of higher education in Georgia. It is a comprehensive research university, and Winship is Georgia’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Seeing over 17,000 new patients a year, Winship Cancer Institute serves as the coordinating center for cancer research, education and care throughout Emory University. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, the leadership at Winship is committed to providing comprehensive programs to treat the whole patient.

In addition to using state-of-the-art approaches to therapy, Winship facilitates cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship through support groups and integrated complementary therapies. Emory University Hospital’s cancer care through Winship is one of the top-ranked cancer programs in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.



Essential Job Functions (partial list)

§  Effectively communicate the university’s mission, vision and the university’s strategic plan, as well as other relevant information regarding the university goals and operations.

§  Manage a dynamic portfolio of high-net worth individuals for principal and major gifts prospects.

§  Work with volunteer leadership groups related to major gift activity.

§  Directs the planning for major gift functions, donor recognition and major gift stewardship.

§  Ensure dynamic processes in all phases of donor qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

Collaborate with other departments to create strategies for developing donor relations/stewardship standards across campus for the purpose of creating an energetic and enthusiastic culture of philanthropy.

Help further develop and orchestrate the implementation of the division’s strategic plan to advance institutional advancement efforts.
Assume responsibility for the day-to-day management of the development, and fundraising staff, working with them to design, implement, and direct an integrated and comprehensive development program, with special emphasis on identifying, cultivating, soliciting, engaging and stewarding support to provide long-term financial sustainability.
Manage and oversee all budgetary responsibilities for the area and assigned departments.
Assess, build, manage and lead a high-performing team of development professionals.
Preferred Qualifications:

Successful candidates will possess experience as lead solicitor, closing gifts of ($100K+ and $1M) from prospects, working in comprehensive campaigns. Prior experience in clinical/grateful patient fundraising with a preference for experience at an Academic Medical Center. An interest or aptitude for science, medicine, and scientific discovery.

§  Experience managing budgets and financial reports, working with various technologies including advanced knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office Suite, mass email applications, database and project management software and CRM systems.

§  Strong leadership, interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving skills with attention to detail, the ability to work with ambiguity, navigate a complex work environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

§  Experience leading teams and departments, working independently as well as collaboratively to achieve goals, with a commitment to delivering exceptional customer service.

§  Master’s level degree.

§  Superb written, verbal and research skills as well as effective presentation skills.

§  Possess a high level of professionalism and commitment to confidentiality with sound judgment and discretion.

§  Capacity to lead and develop a team’s skills through effective feedback and coaching, motivating and empowering colleagues while being institutionally minded, strategic and impactful.

§  Flexibility to accommodate changing priorities and deadlines.



For more information, click: Winship Cancer Institute


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Priority will be given to application materials received by January 30, 2023



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