Director, Development - Major Gifts

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Director, Development - Major Gifts

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Executive

UTHealth Houston General Administration

Requisition #: 230003ND

Director of Development, Major Gifts

**WittKieffer is assisting UTHealth Houston in this search.Please direct all nominations and resumes to

Ashley Buderus and/or Anissa Conner via e-mail**

Position Summary

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ("UTHealth Houston") seeks an established fundraiser to serve as a Director of Development, Major Gifts. This is a unique opportunity to join a philanthropy team helping support one of the most respected academic medical centers.

Founded in 1972, UTHealth Houston is a comprehensive academic health university in Texas, uniting schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, public health, biomedical sciences, and biomedical informatics. Located in the Texas Medical Center, considered the largest medical center in the world, UTHealth Houston consists of more than 60 owned buildings and leased facilities, with nearly 5 million square feet of usable space. Its mission is to educate health science professionals, discover and translate advances in the biomedical and social sciences, and model the best practices in clinical care and public health. UTHealth Houston's development team is responsible for all private support to the organization from alumni, parents, friends and foundations. In April 2023, UTHealth Houston completed its largest comprehensive Campaign, MANY FACES. ONE MISSION. The Campaign for UTHealth . The Campaign raised $534.4 million and became the largest gift of its kind in Houston's history. More than 11,315 donors contributed to the record sum. UTHealth Houston looks forward to building on the Campaign's momentum.

The Director of Development, Major Gifts (Director), will play a key role on the development team. The Director will manage a portfolio of donors and look to raise $2 million annually. The Director will develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive fundraising and advancement efforts for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts, planned gifts, endowments, and annual giving programs to benefit the assigned service line or school within the UTHealth Houston. With the Campaign's conclusion, UTHealth Houston has an opportunity to steward existing donors and engage new audiences.

The ideal candidate will be a distinguished fundraiser with a proven track record of major gift solicitations. The individual should be a team player who is intellectually curious. The ideal candidate should have at least five years of related professional experience, preferably in medicine, health care, higher education or science.

The Director will have a deep commitment to advancing the quality of human life by enhancing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and injury and promoting individual health and community well-being. This commitment will be complemented by experience in highly matrixed, complex organizations, ensuring the selected Director can understand and learn organizational relationships and dynamics and use them to achieve objectives.

Please direct all nominations and resumes to Ashley Buderus and/or Anissa Conner via e-mail toUTHealthHouston_DMG@wittkieffer.comor via the WittKiefferCandidate Portal.

Position Key Accountabilities

  1. Develops strategy and solicits major gifts from primarily from individuals and occasionally from firms, corporations, and foundations. Identifies, cultivates, and manages a large pool of prospective donors and qualifies leads.

  2. Constructs a set of activities and initiatives leading to the solicitation of major gifts. Works with volunteers to identify individual, corporate, and foundation prospects.

  3. Works with Prospect Research team to develop strong and continuous donor pool.

  4. Participates in strategic planning, working with volunteer and advisory boards, communications and public relations planning; serves as an organizational liaison in planned giving, corporate and foundation relations.

  5. Travels primarily in state with occasional national travel to secure private support from alumni, individuals, corporate and foundation representatives.

  6. Stewards alumni involved with major initiatives, to include follow-up visits as needed, and works creatively to successfully close pending solicitations.

  7. Participates in University development meetings as appropriate. Attends events/special functions as required.

  8. Meets monthly goals for donor visits, and meets proposal, fundraising, program and planned giving goals as established by the central Development Office.

  9. Works with Dean and faculty to formalize funding priorities, and develops strategies for achieving service line or school’s major gift goals.

  10. Lead, as applicable, special fundraising initiatives such as priority programs or events that result in increased fundraising success.

  11. May manage Human Resources activities of department in regards to: recruiting and selection, hiring and termination, training, professional development, mentoring, counseling, performance evaluations, and salary planning.

  12. Responsible for the design, execution and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance that operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded; financial information is reliable and compliant with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

  13. Performs other duties as assigned.


Demonstrated experience working with senior-level and executive leadership. Ability to work with minimal supervision; demonstrated energetic and enthusiastic self-starter with the ability to relate well with and influence decisions of a diverse constituency. Proven track record of cultivating, soliciting, and closing gifts of $50,000 and above. Ability to systematically analyze complex issues and resolve problems quickly, using discretion with sensitive material. Ability to effectively communicate complex information clearly in oral and written formats to a variety of audiences. Skill in working cooperatively in a team environment.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree in related field. Master’s preferred.

Minimum Experience

Five (5) years of related professional fundraising experience. Prefer experience in medicine, health care, higher education or science fields.

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.