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Main work location: Redwood City CA (hybrid work schedule of 2 days per week on-site)

To be considered, please submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application.


Stanford University is one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

Stanford Medicine is a world-class academic medical institution comprised of Stanford University School of Medicine, a research-intensive medical school, and Stanford Health Care, a regional hospital system that is nationally recognized for quality patient care and leading-edge technology. Stanford’s top-ranking Medical Center Development (MCD) team supports the goals and purposes of Stanford Medicine including a significant focus on securing resources to realize the aspirations of the medical enterprise in alignment with the Stanford University-wide strategic vision.  


MCD seeks an experienced Senior Director of Principal Gifts to identify, cultivate, solicit or arrange for the solicitation of individuals, families, and family foundations with the philanthropic capacity to make a gift of $10M+ for the School and Hospital’s highest priorities. In this role, you will manage the Principal Gifts team with five direct reports. The Principal Gifts team includes three full-time gift officers, one patient relationship manager, and four administrative staff. In addition, you will partner with MCD and Office of Development colleagues to identify fundraising opportunities.  In this role, you will report to the Assistant VP of Medical Center Development.  The Principal Gifts program raises a significant portion of MCD’s annual fundraising totals and will play a fundamental role in securing lead philanthropy underpinning institutional priorities. 

In this role, you will:

  • Lead the Principal Gifts program of Medical Center Development including carrying out all aspects of fundraising and staff development.  
  • Personally manage approximately 30 – 50 relationships with consistent focus and high - touch engagement, cultivation and stewardship that leads to successful solicitation strategies. Demonstrated success in raising 8 and 9 figure gifts for the institution.
  • Focus extensively on prospects in Silicon Valley and globally who are new relationships for the university entering through the Stanford health care system and representing the ability to broaden the reach and scale of MCD’s fundraising and relationship network.
  • Collaborate closely with university leaders, faculty, and volunteers to foster relationships that will be productive for Stanford Medicine and shape compelling ideas that will attract transformational gifts based on institutional initiatives and presidential priorities. Accompany leaders on calls where appropriate.
  • Work with grateful patients, hospital and school executive leadership, community members, alumni, parents, and friends of Stanford Medicine and their advisors. Will often work behind the scenes through high-level volunteers, both external and internal to the university.
  • In coordination with Assistant VP of Medical Center Development, partner with colleagues in the University Principal Gifts program and with senior officers of other schools on donor centric strategies
  • Maintain a current body of knowledge about Stanford Medicine’s development priorities, the university-wide priorities of the president and provost, and programs and aspirations of all seven of Stanford's schools and units where Principal Gifts are needed.
  • Collaborate with other teams within Medical Center Development, particularly Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Research, Donor Relations, and Development Communications.
  • Provide stewardship for Principal Gifts donors managed centrally, in coordination with other stewardship units and field fundraisers.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.


To be successful in this role, you will bring

  • Bachelor's degree and 10 years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Experience leading and managing a fundraising program with a team of highly experienced fundraising professionals.
  • Proven ability to achieve results working through others – facilitating and enabling others to act will be as important as actions taken directly.
  • Commitment to a collaborative culture, with the patience, persistence, and flexibility to build consensus and facilitate decision-making across multiple constituencies.
  • A high level of comfort and effectiveness working with high net worth individuals, business executives, and community leaders.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and engage through highly effective presentations and communication. A clear and confident communication style that shows spirit, enthusiasm, and integrity.
  • Superior listening skills with an ability to collaborate, build team spirit and achieve results within diverse populations.


Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care, and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!

As demonstrated by the IDEAL initiative (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access in a Learning Environment), we believe that diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand and we hire individuals with a commitment to work effectively with colleagues and donors from diverse backgrounds. A major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. https://ideal.stanford.edu/

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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