Vice President Development

Job Code: 20-031

Torrance, US-CA  90502

Employment Status: FT 100 % for 40-hours per week (regular full-time benefits)
# of Openings: 1
Department: Development 1030
Minimum education requirements: Bachelors degree
Salary Range: Based on qualifications and experience
Last Updated: 4/27/20 3:42 PM


Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively more responsible development experience, with significant experience as a senior-level development executive;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership style and personal traits:
    • Commitment & Passion – demonstrated track record of commitment and passion to past efforts and initiatives, even in the face of adversity
    • Honesty & Integrity­ – actions, judgments and decisions demonstrate a consistent high level of honesty and integrity
    • Humility & Empathy – approach to relationships embodies good listening skills, seeking to understand and to serve others, effectively connecting with others
    • Leads by example – Inspires other through her or his actions and behavior.
  • An ability to assess and evaluate fundraising talent, and an ability to analyze and make recommendations for current and future staffing needs;
  • An ability to motivate and inspire higher levels of staff productivity and success;
  • Is highly creative, innovative, big-picture thinker with a preference for working in an entrepreneurial, start-up type of environment.  Willing to do what’s necessary to get the job done;
  • Has experience working in a biomedical research institute, hospital, academic medicine, or other healthcare/medically-related environment highly desired;
  • Has a proven track record developing grass roots fundraising programs through the implementation of best practice systems, processes and industry standards;
  • Has demonstrated success raising major and principal gifts at the seven and eight-figure levels; both as an individual contributor and as a team leader;
  • Can show demonstrated success growing and building donor pipelines both regionally and nationally;
  • Has a passion for the mission of biomedical research;

Description of Duties:

  • Assess, plan and implement immediate and future staffing needs that will support the Institute’s goals and objectives for increasing philanthropic support;
  • Investigate, educate and learn about the science being done at The Lundquist Institute in order to successfully communicate it to donors and potential donors.
  • Develop a five-year strategic fundraising plan that incorporates both short term philanthropic priorities and long term goals and objectives;
  • Implement best practice fundraising systems and processes and develop a robust, high-functioning and sustainable fundraising program;
  • Create new constituent engagement strategies and tactics that ultimately lead to broadening the existing donor pool through annual, major, corporate, foundation, and planned giving programs;
  • Expand the pipeline of major gift donors within and beyond the Southern California region to include national and international prospects;
  • Lead, inspire and motivate current staff to achieve greater levels of fundraising success;
  • Engage Institute leaders, physicians, scientists, researchers, board members, staff and others in the fundraising process and lay the foundation for creating an internal culture of philanthropy;
  • Work in close coordination with marketing and communication teams to optimizing development messaging;
  • Manage operations, including advancement services, reporting, IT, budgets, policies, procedures and systems to ensure the development program is in compliance with IRS and other federal and state guidelines, as well as adhering to industry standards of practice;
  • Serve as an advocate, thought leader and professional representative throughout the fundraising and advancement industry, and remain active with professional and industry associations.


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