Vice President Of Development

Job Requisition #: JR56117

End Date: 5/31/2021

Location: Wilmington, Delaware

Position Type: Professional

Shift: Day Shift, No Rotation

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Reporting to the Chief Communications and Experience Officer, the primary responsibility in this position is to direct the Development team tasked with securing philanthropic support for the mission of Christiana Care Health System through identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. Serves as lead strategist for developing and growing sustainable revenue streams and fostering a culture of philanthropy and stewardship for the organization.  Acts as liaison between the department of Development and the Christiana Care board members & Council of Advisors as well as other departments and external constituencies. 


  • Creates and implements annual development plan and strategy for Christiana Care Health System, including Major Gifts, Annual Fund, and other key areas of strategy that encompasses prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major donors to Christiana Care Health System (CCHS), that incorporates all Hospital  gift activity, that focuses on patients and friends; and ensures coordination with the broader Hospital efforts.
  • Leads fundraising strategy for Christiana Care Health System and subsidiaries to raise an annual seven-figure-plus goal.
  • Trains and leads development staff to meet their individual fundraising targets and the overall departmental goal.
  • Develops and manages Board and Council of Advisor fundraising; provides guidance and direction to the Manager of Partner Engagement and Experience for the Council of Advisors.
  • Cultivates and nurtures relationships with current and potential corporate & foundation sponsors, and individual donors.
  • Organizes fund-raising efforts for specific Christiana Care programs, including, but is not limited to, special events, identifying and researching funding sources and developing presentations on the importance of philanthropy for Christiana Care.
  • Assists in providing regular progress reports to management, Board of Directors and Board sub-committees as appropriate on the status of fund raising and potential pool of donors.
  • Serves as a Director-level leader for the Department of External Affairs.
  • Works in a multi-disciplinary, "team-oriented" environment.
  • Fosters key relationships and developing and implementing plans for the success of the Development team, including stewardship activities for existing and new donors. 
  • Becomes conversant with the needs, programs, and procedures of Christiana Care health System. 
  • Maintains communication with Hospital physicians and faculty and increase and manage the level of their involvement to enhance fundraising activities.
  • Writes or assists in drafting proposals, newsletters, and other collateral as necessary; assist with arrangements on important gifts, programs, accomplishments, or events.
  • Sets multiple priorities, organizing resources, and facilitating projects among groups and departments within the Christiana Care family and with external audiences such as the Council of Advisors, special committees, and volunteers, as related to Development activities.
  • Assists in presenting plans and programs in both written and oral form to various audiences communicating program progress and detailing upcoming fundraising initiatives.
  • Develops, manages, and meets all assigned project timetables and deadlines.
  • Performs assigned work safely, adhering to established departmental safety rules and practices.  Reports to Chief Communications and Experience Officer, in a timely manner, any unsafe activities, conditions, hazards, or safety violations that may cause injury to oneself, other employees, patients and visitors.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Frequent contact with Chair of the Board of Directors, President & CEO, CFO, Council of Advisors members, Donors, Community Leaders, System Leadership and Medical Leadership.


Development Staff


Chief Communications and Experience Officer


  • Bachelor's Degree. CFRE preferred
  • Ten years with successful leadership fundraising experience, preferably in academic teaching hospitals.
  • Significant experience with face-to-face solicitations of major gifts ($100,000 +); proven success developing and implementing major gifts strategies for individual donors.
  • Experience diversifying donor base to include donors from historically underrepresented groups a plus.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.


Ability to work successfully in a multi-disciplinary, team-oriented environment.

Ability to maintain confidential information and materials.

Ability to make a positive impact/influence others.

Ability to exercise judgment, tact, and diplomacy.

Ability to be goal oriented, motivated, and able to maintain composure in a fast-paced atmosphere.

Ability to be both collaborative and decisive.

Ability to demonstrate proven success in building relationships with key volunteers, administrative colleagues, donors, and volunteers.

Ability and willingness to travel.

Knowledge of local and national philanthropic communities.

Skill in superior communication to express, orally and in writing, the mission and fundraising goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion.

Skill in oral and written communications.




Frequent sitting for extended periods with intermittent standing and walking.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a person with disabilities to perform the principal duties and responsibilities.


Generally pleasant office environment.

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For the Love of Health.

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At ChristianaCare, we’re committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect. We believe in a safe, inclusive work environment that fosters collaboration between caregivers from all walks of life. We know that each unique viewpoint is vital in delivering high-quality, safe patient care to everyone who walks through our doors. Our policies, benefits, hiring practices, employee resource groups, and corporate citizenship demonstrate our commitment to inclusion and diversity throughout our system.

Why do we embrace inclusion and diversity? For the Love of Health.

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We serve together in Love and Excellence. Our unique values, Love and Excellence are bold and powerful, and they are the reason why working for ChristianaCare is special. The behaviors associated with our values guide how caregivers interact with everyone they work with and make for an exceptional work experience. We believe that when you lead with Love, Excellence is inevitable.


ChristianaCare’s comprehensive total rewards package is one of the most competitive in the region. We are proud to offer excellent benefits that reflect the organization’s commitment to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow.

At ChristianaCare, we provide access to high-quality and affordable benefits designed to meet our caregivers where they are. You can tailor your benefits to meet your needs now and adjust them as your priorities change.

Take advantage of ChristianaCare’s wide-ranging benefit offerings from supporting optimal health through medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage to valuable wellness and work/life programs, which include paid parental leave, coverage for infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, an employer-funded short-term disability program, and more.

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