Vice-President, Philanthropy & Partnerships


Vice-President, Philanthropy & Partnerships{

Women's College Hospital Foundation


The opportunity

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Women’s College Hospital Foundation is located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

For 140 years, Women's College Hospital (WCH) has been at the forefront of developing groundbreaking healthcare solutions that address the most pressing challenges of our healthcare system. As Canada's first hospital dedicated to women's health, WCH is committed to achieving healthcare equity by ensuring that everyone has access to high-quality, compassionate, and efficient care. Today, WCH is a global leader in revolutionizing healthcare for women and advancing health system solutions for all.

The Women's College Hospital Foundation (WCHF) plays a crucial role in supporting WCH's excellence in research and healthcare. The Foundation engages donors and volunteers to elevate support for the hospital’s research, people, and care. Its individual, foundation and corporate donors and sponsors are instrumental in enabling it to support the hospital’s mission today and into the future. WCHF’s donor family today includes over 39,000 individuals and is focused on raising funds for the life-changing work taking place at Women’s College Hospital, including groundbreaking new women’s health research, and clinical care that puts the unique needs of women and their families first, and innovations that create a stronger health system for everyone.

It is within this context that Women's College Hospital Foundation welcomes applications and nominations for the appointment of its Vice-President, Philanthropy and Partnerships, commencing fall 2024, or soon after.

Reporting to WCHF President & Chief Executive Officer, Leslie McCarley, the Vice-President, Philanthropy and Partnerships (“Vice-President”) is an integral member of the senior leadership team who has the overall responsibility for the organization’s philanthropic activities, leading and managing the affairs of the Philanthropy & Partnerships program, including budgeting, program direction, supervision and evaluation of assigned staff. Working directly with the President, the Board of Directors, and senior staff, the Vice-President actively manages the philanthropy pipeline, strategies, and tactics to support the donor journey at every level of giving from Annual to Principal Gifts. The Vice-President supports and mentors the Foundation’s staff, guiding them through donor strategy and tactics, and by engaging them in donor visits and other activities, where appropriate. The Vice-President actively manages a portfolio of individual and corporate donors at various stages of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, and works collaboratively with the teams in the Foundation and Hospital to ensure that donors receive appropriate, consistent recognition and an accounting of the impact of their gifts. The Vice-President will act as an ambassador for philanthropy to WCH, consistently and convincingly demonstrating the role and importance of private sector support. Through professionalism, integrity, and accountability, the Vice-President will maintain and enhance the credibility of Women’s College Hospital and the Foundation.

As the ideal candidate, you have held progressively senior leadership positions in fundraising, have proven success in the areas of major gifts and corporate partnerships, and a broad base of philanthropic knowledge and experience from within the charitable/not-for-profit sector. As a tenured senior fundraising leader, you are comfortable working with high-net-worth individuals, with closing sensitive negotiations, and working across an organization to ensure that donor expectations are aligned with organizational strategy and needs. Colleagues refer to you as creative, strategic, and a strong communicator, with the ability to balance competing priorities, complex situations and tight deadlines. You enjoy leading a team and have successfully built and retained a best-in-class team by coaching, managing, and inspiring them. You understand and can articulate complex medical research to donors, and can collaborate effectively and respectfully with colleagues, physicians and researchers, academics, and board members. Experience with high-level volunteers and campaign cabinet volunteer recruitment are both considered strong assets. Candidates must be strong supporters of equity, diversity and inclusion. Candidates must hold a degree from a recognized University, and a CFRE designation is considered an asset.

Compensation - A salary of $190,000 - $215,000 commensurate with experience, and eligibility for merit pay. This is paired with a comprehensive group benefits and pension package through the Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP).

Applications must be received before 5pm ET Friday August 9, 2024.

To learn more about this impactful leadership opportunity with Women’s College Hospital Foundation, please submit a comprehensive resume along with a cover letter in confidence to Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) and/or Robin Noftall (robin@griffithgroup.ca).

Diversity and inclusion are essential to WCHF, and it seeks to hire top talent from all backgrounds. WCHF encourages applications from Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the diversification of our Foundation community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Please advise Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) should you require any accommodation to participate in the recruitment and/or assessment processes.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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