Assistant Director of Leadership Annual Giving in Development

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Assistant Director of Leadership Annual Giving in Development

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


Category: Administrative/Office Support

UTHealth Houston General Administration

Requisition #: 2300025L

Position Summary:

UTHealth Houston is looking for an Assistant Director of Leadership Annual Giving in Development. This employee works with new or existing donors within the annual giving program or with individuals qualified by prospect research, establishes or strengthens an individual's relationship with UTHealth Houston through suitable engagement and stewardship activity, discovers areas of interest, and secures annual gifts. Develops effective internal and external partnerships to expand the annual donor base with the ultimate objective to grow the major gift donor pipeline through upgrades.

This person will engage with top tier annual giving donors, and focus on individuals who donate annually at a higher level than our general contributors. You will need to have had some experience with front-line fundraising. This individual must be comfortable working with donors either over the phone or in-person. You should also be well versed in current fundraising trends.

Your home office will be in the heart of the Texas Medical Center at our University Center Tower. Our Development Department works a hybrid schedule with some days on premise and others remote. This role is eligible for all UTHealth Houston benefits including great medical coverage and a pension plan from the State of Texas.

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Works collaboratively with prospect researchers, development staff, faculty, and volunteers to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects to feed the giving pipeline. Assesses prospect interest, matching particular interests with school and institutional priorities.

  2. Manages a large rotating caseload of donors giving between $1,000- $99,999. Actively stewarding annual giving donors by participating in ongoing stewardship programs and assist with the creation of new stewardship initiatives to help retain and renew donors.

  3. Formulates solicitation strategies for annual giving prospects in conjunction with development leadership and coordinates implementation using a tiered one-to-many approach. Works to improve results and monitor metrics of giving participation, retention, acquisition, and upgrades.

  4. Help secure and promote matches and leadership gifts for fundraising campaigns and activities generated by the Annual Giving team.

  5. Develops effective partnerships across the University and provides internal and external partners with appropriate data and content and ensures adherence to quality standards and timelines. Works collaboratively to advance and achieve program strategic plans and goals.

  6. Researches and stays up to date on trends in the field of philanthropy, annual giving, and higher education advancement: suggests new initiatives or improvements to enhance the annual giving program as they arise. Perform other related duties as required.

  7. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills

  • Strong skills in maintaining donor relationships

  • Working knowledge of a CRM system

  • Exhibits required job knowledge

  • Demonstrates personal effectiveness and accountability

  • Delivers quality student, patient and customer service

  • Exhibits teamwork and collaboration

  • Exemplifies strong ethics, integrity and respect for others

  • Adheres to all work environment, health, safety and compliance standards

  • Promotes and values diversity

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's Degree required. May substitute required education with equivalent years of experience beyond the minimum experience requirement.

Minimum Experience:

Six (6) years of related experience in fundraising or equivalent transferable marketing background, preferably in higher education, health care, or nonprofit organizations required.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

If you are looking for a great healthcare career in Houston, visit!

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.