Executive Director, Principal Gifts

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Executive Director, Principal Gifts

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Executive

UTHealth Houston General Administration

Requisition #: 230001V2

To be considered for the Executive Director, Principal Gifts UTHealth Houston opportunity,

please submit your letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position and your resume in confidence to:

Tracy Frederick, Senior Executive Recruiter, BRYANT GROUP


The Opportunity

UTHealth Houston seeks a strategic, dynamic and entrepreneurial development professional to serve as the next Executive Director, Principal Gifts. Reporting directly to the Vice President, Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives, the Executive Director, Principal Gifts will serve as a member of the Principal Gifts team and as a strategic thought partner to prioritize principal gift opportunities for institution-wide growth and academic, clinical and health care programs. In this creative environment an entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged to inspire and mobilize the aspirations of internal partners and prospective donors. The Executive Director, Principal Gifts will play a key role in developing a vision and plan for a strong principal gift pipeline that will advance the important vision and mission of UTHealth Houston.

UTHealth Houston pursues their mission - to educate health science professionals, discover and translate advances in the biomedical and social sciences, and model the best practices in clinical care and public health- in order to advance the quality of human life by enhancing the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injury as well as promoting individual health and community well-being.

Withover5,000studentsinapproximately30academicprograms,as well as over 2,300facultyandnearly8,000staff,UTHealthHoustonisthemostcomprehensive academichealthcenterintheUTSystemandintheentireU.S.GulfCoastregion. UTHealth Houston’s mission is to educate health science professionals, discover and translate advances in the biomedical and social sciences and model the best practices in clinical care and public health.

Position Description

The Executive Director, Principal Gifts will play a leadership role in creating and implement a strategic principal gift pipeline by identifying, engaging, stewarding and cultivating high wealth donors.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a successful track record of securing principal gift commitments at the $5 million level and higher essential to maintain and expand donor relationships to garner philanthropic investment on behalf of UTHealth Houston.

Position Key Accountabilities

  1. Manages a portfolio of existing and prospective philanthropic prospects with a capacity to make gifts of $5M+ and achieves annual goals as established by development leadership.

  2. Synthesizes institutional opportunities to attract transformational gifts and advance cultivation, engagement, solicitation, and stewardship of principal gift prospects.

  3. Assists with development of strategic initiatives across the institution to strengthen the case for support and translate to written documents and presentation materials.

  4. Partners with the principal gifts team to create, develop, and implement fundraising strategies to advance the principal gifts portfolio and achieve the principal gifts goals.

  5. Networks and connects regularly with volunteer leadership, donors, and prospective donors to build and sustain their positive relationship with the organization. Facilitates key donor visits for university and academic leadership.

  6. Prepares written briefing materials and stewardship reports for principal gift prospects.

  7. Collaborates with prospect research to develop strategies to build the pipeline for principal gift prospects, working with major gifts team to maximize outreach and growth.

  8. Participates in university development meetings as appropriate. Attends events and special functions as required.

  9. Responsible for the design, execution, and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance the operations are effective and efficient.

  10. Performs other duties as assigned.


Certified Fund-Raising Executive designation preferred.

Ability to be conversant in healthcare education and research of the university to a donor population.

Deep understanding of individual philanthropy, the philanthropic process, and complex giving structures.

Ability to effectively communicate complex information clearly in oral and written formats to a variety of audiences.

Experience working with faculty, senior leadership, board members and development professionals.

Ability to understand alumni, donors, and prospective donors' needs and show good judgment, diplomacy, and commitment to confidentiality.

Demonstrated time and project management skills and ability to work independently with little supervision.

Goal-oriented problem solver and strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Exhibits required job knowledge

Demonstrates personal effectiveness and accountability

Delivers quality customer services

Exhibits teamwork and collaboration

Exemplifies strong ethics, integrity and respect for others

Adheres to all work environment, health, safety and compliance standards

Leads and develops others

Promotes and values diversity

Sets vision, strategy and priorities for areas of responsibility

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree in related field. Master’s degree preferred.

Minimum Experience

Seven years of progressively increasing development experience in a complex academic or healthcare organization. Prior major, planned, and principal gift fundraising experience with a proven track record of securing 7-figure gifts and above, preferred.

Physical Requirements

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.