The TGen Foundation seeks a highly accomplished and innovative development professional to serve as the Vice President, Institutional Philanthropy. The Vice President will be a senior leader charged with identifying, developing and securing high-value partnerships with foundations and corporate foundations resulting in strategic and transformational investment at the regional and national level.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the President of the TGen Foundation, the Vice President will be accountable and responsible for securing mission critical and tactical, strategic investments that will sustain, enhance and grow the capacity and national profile of TGen.To accomplish this, the Vice President must be exceedingly opportunistic and entrepreneurial, developing and executing targeted strategies to secure donor investment and proactively position TGen as the leading institution of choice in accelerating genomics research into the clinical setting and rapidly translating discoveries into diagnostics, prognostics and therapies for cancer, neurological, metabolic and other complex diseases.
TGen pushes the limits of cutting-edge research and technology to discover the genetic cause of disease, and TGen scientists and researchers have an intense and urgent desire to move their research into the clinical setting and to the patient. To ensure their success, the Vice President will collaborate, consult and work closely with cross-functional teams of world-renowned engineers, geneticists, clinicians, biologists, and computational experts to build high-quality, long-term relationships with regional and national foundation and corporate foundation investors to accelerate discovery and improve patient health. This will be accomplished through strategic visits to institutional donors at the highest levels, on-site visits, meetings and other targeted interactions integral to solicitation, partnerships, and investment across TGen. These efforts will include broad and diverse constituencies, including executive leadership, volunteer board and committee members, administrative staff, and key partners and champions of TGen.
Because TGen's research leads to solution-milestones in the treatment of various conditions, conveying the value proposition of a particular research thread can be complicated. The Vice President will bring the ability to translate highly complex science, medicine, biomedical research and healthcare concepts into superior proposals and solicitations, requiring impeccable written communication and public presentation skills. The position requires the presence and ability to interact and communicate with a wide range of people in manner that inspires confidence and high trust. This will include research scientists, senior business professionals, biomedical and biotech industry experts, and philanthropic leaders, with an important distinction that the return to investors is measured not in financial terms but in terms of accelerated research and new treatment options.
The successful candidate will bring significant experience (8+ years) in development with an emphasis on major and principal gifts from national foundations and corporate foundations, as well as a background in leading a team and engaging diverse and complex constituencies. The successful candidate will have an established track record of securing principal gifts of $1 Million and above from national foundations and corporate foundations, serving as the primary institutional contact for foundation staff and trustees in a complex, dynamic and entrepreneurial environment.
The Vice President will possess a deep understanding of the national foundation and corporate foundation landscape and have strong connections across the field through professional organizations, networks and contacts. (S)he will demonstrate sound knowledge of trends in medical, scientific and biomedical research; clinical study and trials; and national healthcare and healthcare policy.
An integral member of the TGen Foundation’s leadership team, the Vice President will be responsible for leading by example and will be accountable for TGen Foundation’s institutional giving function to increase the level of involvement and financial commitment of institutional donors in advancing TGen’s mission. The Vice President shares responsibility for cultivating and instilling a culture of entrepreneurship, excellence, collaboration, high accountability and efficiency across the organization.
- Provide leadership, direction and oversight in developing a comprehensive and entrepreneurial philanthropic plan to secure investment from institutional investors (foundations and corporate foundations) at the regional and national level
- Identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects capable of making major and principal gifts to TGen to support mission critical and strategic, tactical investments that will enhance and grow the capacity and national profile of TGen
- Primary responsibility and accountability for the management and execution of the institution’s solicitation strategies with foundation and corporate foundations at the $250,000+ gift capacity, with critical emphasis on gifts of $1,000,000+
- Lead development and execution of solicitation strategies resulting in investments that will maximize support from each institutional donor and secure new sources of support, working collaboratively and in consultation with executive leadership, researchers, finance and administrative staff
- Establish, manage and support executive-level relationships between TGen executive leadership, board and national committee members with the highest levels of national foundation and corporate foundations in support of partnership and investment across TGen
- Maintain and grow long-term relationships with institutional donors that maximizes investment and positions TGen as the leading institution of choice in accelerating genomics research into the clinical setting and rapidly translating discoveries into diagnostics, prognostics and therapies for cancer, neurological, metabolic and other complex diseases
- Lead the craft of superior written proposals, letters of inquiry, concept papers, presentations and funding applications, as well as reports and other communications, that results in investment, partnership and long-term relationships with institutional donors
- Position, prepare and appropriately support other leaders of TGen to solicit major and principal gifts from institutional donors; board and national committee members for the purpose of enhanced donor identification, contact and solicitation; coach and support others in order to advance fund development initiatives, including colleagues, junior fundraising professionals, senior research scientists, board members, donors, etc.
- Travel regularly to national and regional prospects/prospect headquarters with TGen leadership, researchers and scientists, board and committee members to cultivate, solicit and steward high-value partnerships and investment
- Develop and execute a high-level stewardship plan for institutional donors to TGen to include strategic engagement with executive leadership, volunteer board and committees, scientists and researchers and the organization’s impact on scientific and medical discovery and patient health
- Work collaboratively and efficiently across the organization, with a volunteer board and national committees, and serve as point person for the President of the TGen Foundation to advance critical opportunities for investment and partnership
- Serve as a collaborative partner across TGen, sharing information with leadership, researchers and colleagues on strategic development and philanthropic support from institutional donors, consulting and contributing perspective to philanthropic strength and success of the organization
- Supervise the work of assigned reports, leading by example and with accountability; cultivate and instill a culture of entrepreneurship, excellence, collaboration and efficiency across the organization