VP Philanthropy

Location: Plymouth, MA
Job ID: 169639-1A
Date Posted: Aug 16, 2021
Category: Professional

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Beth Israel Lahey Health. We are a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.  

About the Job

The Vice President reports to the Chief Development Officer of Beth Israel Lahey Health and the President of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth. The VP provides leadership and strategic direction for a growing major and principal gift program and will lead a critical capital campaign.    

They will work closely with hospital medical and executive leadership and executive team, partnering with the President to promote key funding initiatives designed to enhance and improve the delivery of healthcare, and to align philanthropic efforts around those priorities.  The VP will provide counsel to and engage medical staff and board leadership to expand the impact of philanthropy on BID-Plymouth.  They will serve as the key principal gift fund raiser for the institution, and will inspire a team of approximately 4 staff on best practices necessary for executing high-performing major and principal gift fundraising. 

The BID-Plymouth front-line team will be supported by the centralized services of Beth Israel Lahey Health Philanthropy, in the areas of operations, external relations and other support functions.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth


In January 2014, Jordan Hospital joined the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center family of hospitals and became Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth. In 1899, a group of leading citizens from Plymouth saw a need to build a hospital to serve residents and pursued the idea of "a hospital on the hill". They approached retail tycoon, philanthropist, and summer resident Eben Jordan, of the Jordan Marsh Company, and he donated $20,000 to build what was to become Jordan Hospital. In December 1903, Jordan Hospital opened its doors to the first patients and has remained a community hospital ever since.


Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth remains a private, not-for-profit hospital. We treat all patients, regardless of ability to pay. We proudly serve the communities of Bourne, Carver, Duxbury, Halifax, Kingston, Lakeville, Pembroke, Plympton, Plymouth, Marshfield, Middleboro, Sandwich and Wareham, as well as numerous visitors to our historic area.


Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designs and implements annual and multiyear goals and objectives for fundraising, to create a sustainable, comprehensive and high-performing development function. 

  • Leads and mentors a front-line fund-raising team to ensure staff engagement, alignment and productivity. 

  • Partners with CDO of BILH, senior leadership, President, and Board as appropriate to foster and build a culture of philanthropy. Partners with key board members and other volunteers to strengthen their relationship and commitment to BID-Plymouth and to foster their engagement in philanthropy.

  • Personally manages a portfolio of high level prospects and donors, while working to engage the next level of principal level prospects.

  • Oversees the creation and implementation of innovative cultivation and stewardship opportunities that inspire donors to elevate their level of support, engagement and commitment to BID-Plymouth programs, physicians, and caregivers.

  • Assures collaborative working relationships with all clinical Chiefs and department heads, including executive leadership.

  • Work collaboratively across BILH, partnering whenever necessary, on system level transformative gifts that may be multi-institutional. 

  • Works with BILH Philanthropy Services to develop donor-centric programming and tools to advance the front-line team’s goals and objectives.



Education required: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience.

Experience required: 

  • Minimum of 15 years of experience managing and developing a successful major gifts fundraising program that resulted in revenue growth, an expanded constituency base and board engagement.

  • Proven ability to close major and principal gifts along with a demonstrated record of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship best practices including the management of a personal portfolio.

  • Full understanding of all aspects of a comprehensive Development program, with a focus on major and principal gift strategy. 

  • Experience in medical philanthropy is preferred.


Additional Skills Required:

  • Visionary leader, who can coach staff and inspire loyalty and hard work to achieve philanthropic success for the team and for BID-Plymouth.

  • Extraordinary communication skills and the ability to elicit and translate sometimes complex institutional and campaign priorities from medical/scientific information to capital needs into a compelling case for support.

  • Ability to work across all levels of an organization—strong financial acumen and intellectual maturity, and skill at navigating institutional relationships. 

  • Commitment to continuous improvement. Understands the importance of strong work processes and is good at identifying and implementing meaningful performance metrics. 

  • Energetic and stimulated by fast-paced environment.

  • Warm, friendly and engaging, easy to approach and relates well to all kinds of people.  Track record of building solid relationships with others—donors, board members, medical staff, and employees.

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.