About the Dermatology Foundation
The mission of the Dermatology Foundation is to provide research support that helps develop and retain tomorrow's teachers and researchers in dermatology, enabling advancements in patient care.
Established over 50 years ago by a group of visionary dermatologists who viewed ongoing research as the keystone of the specialty’s future, the Dermatology Foundation is dedicated to fostering the careers of talented young investigators who have the potential to shape the future through their laboratory or clinical research and their teaching expertise. Today, the Foundation is the leading private funding source for skin disease research and career development of physicians and scientists in dermatology. Through their generosity, and countless hours of volunteer time, $3 million is now allocated annually to fund research. With the Foundation’s support, talented physicians and scientists go on to uncover new knowledge in all areas of the specialty. Their innovative, ground-breaking research benefits all dermatologists. It is what strengthens the specialty, and leads to new concepts about skin disease and cutting edge treatments.
The Dermatology Foundation (DF) is seeking an exceptional Director of Development to direct its fundraising programs. The Director of Development will work closely with the Executive Director to develop new fundraising opportunities, establish annual goals and develop and implement effective strategies to achieve desired results.
The successful candidate will cultivate relationships with individual donors and oversee the annual giving campaigns to maintain and expand the DF’s strong national membership base. S/he will manage and motivate a national network of volunteers while facilitating Board and committee fundraising activities. The Director of Development will be highly professional and a positive, open, and collaborative leader who will build upon the existing base of annual support from members and corporate partners, while creating a major and planned giving program to grow philanthropic revenues and increase the funding of research that supports the profession. S/he will also play a significant role in national events and meetings.
Candidates must have a minimum of five to seven years of development experience with a successful track record in individual fundraising, including annual campaigns. Major gifts and deferred giving experience are a plus. The selected candidate will be highly motivated, have a strong professional presence and excellent relationship-building skills. Strong management skills, creativity, and a positive and persuasive writing style are necessary to meet the requirements of this position. Candidates must also have a willingness to meet the high standards of the organization and work as a team member in support of the work of the Foundation. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive development plan that will grow annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate support, and foundation grants.
- Identify and build strategic partnerships and networks around emerging funding opportunities.
- Develop and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships with and provide effective stewardship and ongoing communications to the executive team, staff, board, volunteers, donors, and other stakeholders.
- Provide staff support to Board of Directors and manage their solicitation activities. Staff the Board’s Annenberg Circle Committee and Leaders Society Committee.
- Prepare proposals, reports and collateral materials for volunteers and the Executive Director.
- Staff cultivation and stewardship events.
- Manage and support the Executive Director’s time and portfolio assignments with top donors and prospects to assure timely and productive engagements.
- Create persuasive annual giving communications.
- Manage the development budget.
- Advocate and advance best practices in fundraising on behalf of the Foundation.
- Travel as needed and attend evening and weekend events.
Within the first 12 to 18 months, the Director of Development will achieve the following major objectives:
- Establish trust and confidence quickly with the executive team, staff, Board members and volunteers, through capable leadership.
- Create a strategic fundraising plan to expand membership of young dermatologists and achieve long-term, sustainable growth.
- Identify and cultivate an increasing base of volunteers to be Young Leaders (dermatologists who made their commitment to Leaders Society membership within five years of completing their residency).
- Continue to build and engage a strong national campaign network of younger volunteer dermatologists