Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation - Director of Planned Giving

FL, Tampa

Moffitt Cancer Center (Moffitt) is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research and robust training and education. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 7,500 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.4 billion. The cancer center opened its doors 35 years ago (1986), and today sees more than 475,000 outpatient visits a year in addition to inpatient admissions – from every county in Florida, every state in the nation and more than 130 countries. The original 364,000-square-foot hospital is now part of a 3.5 million-square-foot enterprise that includes expanded facilities within the original 17-acre footprint, as well as two off-site outpatient treatment centers, a new 10-story surgical hospital under construction and several outpatient programs located within affiliate institutions. Most excitingly, Moffitt recently recruited a new CEO, Dr Patrick Hwu, who began his tenure in November 2020. This new leader has ambitious, innovative and inspiring plans for Moffitt in the next ten years, which the Foundation will play a major role in delivering.

The Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, the fundraising arm of the cancer center, has also seen dramatic growth. It is now comprised of 40 professionals who last year raised $33.8 million. Foundation President Maria Muller assumed her position in December 2018 and quickly focused its advancement team on systematic cultivation of major and principal gifts, leading Moffitt to the highest fundraising total in its history in FY 2021. Her goal is to continue to increase annual revenues in a sustainable way and to build new relationships and pipelines to prepare the Foundation and Board for a major campaign. As she continues to build out her team with distinguished advancement professionals, she is now seeking Director of Planned Giving (DPG). Building on Moffitt’s momentum and the enormous potential pool of planned giving prospects who have raised their hands through an effective marketing effort, the DPG can create a best-in-class program that enhances overall fundraising at Moffitt and takes full advantage of the deep well of support and gratitude patients and their families feel for the cancer center.

The Moffitt Cancer Center DPG leads all gift planning marketing, cultivation and solicitation efforts for the cancer center and is a critical fundraising leadership position within the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation. The DPG reports to Susan St. Onge, Moffitt’s Associate Vice President for Individual Philanthropy Programs, and works closely with the AVP to formulate and implement strategies to maximize philanthropic revenues through the full range of planned giving vehicles and instruments. The DPG will lead and motivate a small, experienced team which is expected to grow under the DPG’s leadership. There is an opportunity to significantly shape this program and to use planned giving to impact broader Foundation goals.

The ideal candidate for DPG should have 10 years of professional experience with a minimum 5-7 years of progressive experience in development including extensive technical and practical experience in planned giving and 3-5 years of direct management experience. Demonstrated fundraising success in a complex organization is required, and experience in a healthcare or higher education institution is preferred. Also, a bachelor’s degree is required with a master’s degree or JD preferred. In addition, the successful DPG candidate will have excellent leadership skills to mentor and motivate a team, clear and persuasive communication skills, a successful record of creating productive planned giving partnerships with fellow development staff, and extensive planned giving expertise with a proven track record of initiating, steering and closing planned gifts on a consistent basis.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. WittKieffer is assisting Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made.

Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Greg Duyck and Jessica Herrington

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Moffitt Cancer Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or protected veteran or disabled status. We seek candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

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