Assistant Vice President of Development - Institutional Advancement & Alumni Affairs

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

ID: 7069604 (Ref.No. 4733-en_US)
Posted: September 9, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Purpose

Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Institutional Advancement for Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), the Assistant Vice President of Development (AVP) will lead a professional staff of fundraising and special program professionals and serve as a key member and thought leader of the SVP’s leadership team. Working on behalf of the SVP and BCM executive leadership, the AVP develops short and long-term strategies for ongoing fundraising and special program initiatives. The AVP will align priorities into coherent fundraising messages and cases for support that amplify and accelerate performance.

Job Duties
  • Leadership responsibilities – Transformative, principal and major gifts; gift and estate planning; foundation relations; prospect pipeline, including building a mid-level program and improving grateful patient support; special programs; and donor relations.  
  • The AVP is responsible for developing a fully integrated annual business plan and budget to successfully manage and achieve annual goals and benchmarks for fundraising.   
  • Leadership, Mentorship & Oversight – the AVP will establish industry best practices, policies and procedures, and will organizing leadership, mentorship and oversight of all fundraising and special program functions, that will prioritize customer service, donor-centered philanthropy, and collaborative teamwork amongst its members.  The AVP will recruit, train and retain exceptional professional talent.
  • Faculty, Staff & Student Relations – the AVP will maintain optimum lines of communications and relations across all faculty, staff and student communities, providing direct points of contact and response to ensure timely and professional customer service to all internal stakeholder groups. 
  • Alumni, Volunteer & Donor Relations – the AVP will organize, implement, and support comprehensive donor engagement opportunities that give rise to optimal engagement from all external stakeholder groups. 
  • Fundraising responsibilities - The AVP will provide leadership and oversight in:
    • Individual Portfolio Management - the AVP will maintain and raise funds from a vibrant and dynamic portfolio of transformative, principal and major gift prospects representative of the most influential, supportive and actively engaged constituencies to the institution with annual goals agreed upon with the SVP.
    • Principal & Major Gifts - the AVP will provide leadership and oversight to the integrated platforms of transformative, principal, and major gift fundraising initiatives across all frontline development officers.
    • Gift & Estate Planning - the AVP will provide primary leadership and oversight to the gift and estate planning platform with a focus on integrating its functions with all other principal and major gift officers at Baylor College of Medicine.
    • Foundation Relations - the AVP will provide primary leadership and oversight to the foundations platform and will liaison with Grants and Contracts Administration and the Research mission leader and team on periodic gift/grant agreements that require special handling, coordination and cooperation.
  • Special Programs – the AVP will provide primary leadership and oversight of the special programs platform and will establish protocols, policies and procedures that comply with Baylor College of Medicine standards in Presidential and College events, volunteer, alumni and membership organizations, and third-party events. 
  • Goals & Metrics of Evaluation – the AVP will establish policies needed to implement, evaluate and facilitate fundraising goals through team involvement; integrate processes and protocols for evaluating staff performance and effectiveness; and work with all assigned areas responsible for the management of progress toward goals.
  • Fiscal & Administrative Oversight – the AVP will work closely with the senior leader of the OIAAA Business Operations to provide leadership and oversight for appropriate areas of fiscal responsibility, including annual budget planning and management, business plan design and integration with the Advancement business plan, and policies and procedures for expenditures in compliance with existing Baylor College of Medicine financial guidelines. 
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – the AVP will foster an environment of fairness, cooperation, and professionalism – principals of community that are vital to successful advancement and the well-being of all participating stakeholders.  
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • Twenty years of relevant experience with ten years of management experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree preferred





Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.



Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. - Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective. - Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve. - Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.


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