Chief Development Officer

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation

Chicago, Illinois

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is the largest pediatric provider in the region. Built on a 130 year old legacy, Lurie Children’s provides superior pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. The research arm, the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute, is devoted to the understanding, prevention and investigation of pediatric illnesses and injuries with over 200 investigators, 500 staff members and 100 trainees who contribute to six growing programs. Lurie Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in Illinois to be ranked in all 10 specialties by U.S. News & World Report and was ranked 10th in the country among pediatric hospitals, according to an exclusive survey by Parents magazine.

Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs and services for children and families. The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation recently completed its most ambitious fundraising initiative to date, the Heroes for Life Campaign. This campaign was one of the nation’s largest on behalf of children’s health and concluded with more than 250,000 donors and raised $675 million, representing gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. These generous benefactors helped to create the 23-story, state-of-the-art Lurie Children’s Hospital, funded programs, advanced research and supported the recruitment of leading pediatric specialists. Although the campaign has concluded, needs continue in order to fulfill the promise of what this new building and its programs will mean for children and their families. Philanthropic support will continue to drive transformational care in the future to ensure that all children have access to the latest treatments and cures.

The Opportunity

The Chief Development Officer will be a senior level strategist who will oversee all aspects of the Lurie Children’s Hospital Foundation. Working closely with the Medical Center CEO, members of the Hospital and Foundation boards, the Hospital’s leadership team and Foundation staff leaders, the Chief Development Officer will develop short and long-term strategies to increase philanthropy for Lurie and maximize donor contributions for the Hospital. A natural and experienced leader, the chosen candidate will develop fundraising policy and provide management oversight. This high-visibility position will have chief accountability across several areas leading to the Foundation’s success including strategic growth, brand identity, donor and volunteer satisfaction and successful financial outcomes. The ideal candidate will be a savvy strategist and seasoned fundraiser who will use his/her talents to personally manage a pool of top-tier prospects. A minimum of 12+ years in not-for-profit management at a complex, mission-driven, diverse academic institution is an essential requirement for this position, as is experience and demonstrated success in directing an innovative development department. The incumbent will have natural interpersonal skills, finesse and adaptability and will possess a high degree of personal motivation and commitment to the mission of a children’s hospital and children’s health in general.