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Chief Philanthropy Executive, Individual Giving

Chief Philanthropy Executive, Individual Giving

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Philanthropy and Fundraising

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The Chief Philanthropy Executive, Individual Giving serves as part of the department’s senior leadership team, oversees a staff of 26 in programs for Annual Giving, Philanthropic Gifts, and Planned Giving. This experienced professional will lead the strategic growth of Individual Giving on an annual basis and will be actively involved in planning Fred Hutch’s first comprehensive campaign.


He/She will also manage a small but high capacity portfolio of prospects and work collaboratively with the Vice President and the Chief Philanthropy Executive, Principal Gifts to significantly grow private support across all levels of support.


The role requires a significant commitment of time and energy to supervise personnel and operations to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Responsible for creating a holistic approach to Individual Giving with strategies for near-term and long-term growth.


Fred Hutch has relied heavily on a highly successful and strategic events-based fundraising program with 40-50% of annual dollars raised via events. Significant effort is underway to grow the personal solicitation program.


The Chief Philanthropy Executive, Individual Giving will work closely with Center leadership and Trustees.



  • A baccalaureate degree or 4 years of directly related experience.
  • 10+ years of successful professional fundraising experience, preferably in a research or medical setting.
  • 5+ years of management experience, including proven effectiveness at leading a team through change and building high-functioning, emotionally-healthy teams.
  • Proven success modeling, teaching, and leading best-practice fundraising skills for frontline fundraisers and assessing individual and collective results.
  • Proven ability to gather and analyze information effectively, making appropriate decisions even in the face of ambiguity.
  • Comprehensive campaign experience, having accomplished strong strategic planning, project management, and outcomes evaluation.
  • Experience soliciting and closing 6- and 7-figure gifts.
  • Proven ability to articulate, compellingly, the mission and vision of the organization.
  • Adept at engaging, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individuals from all walks of life and varying philanthropic capacity level. C
  • Proven ability to advance the interests of donors or potential donors while honoring and protecting the best interests of the organization.
  • As a high-profile representative of the institution, has ultimate integrity and treats respectfully all with whom he/she interacts, including donors, prospective donors, faculty, Board members, and staff.
  • Strong communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Innate sense of urgency combined with self-motivation.
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Advanced degree.