Sr Director, Donor Communications (Development Office) | Houston, TX | MD Anderson

Sr Director, Donor Communications (Development Office)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The Senior Director, Development (Donor Communications) provides strategic and tactical direction for the Donor Communications team, including the overall management and coordination of activities to ensure the development of a broad range of high-quality fundraising multi-media content and communications strategies to support increased giving, donor loyalty and sustained transformational philanthropy. This position reports to the Associate Vice President, Philanthropic Engagement and occupies a highly visible leadership role within the division and institution, including participation in the planning and execution of MD Anderson's comprehensive philanthropic campaign. This position works collaboratively with Development and Institutional Affairs leadership, faculty, administration leadership, patients, volunteers and other stakeholders who contribute to MD Anderson's mission and success. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required for special projects.

The ideal candidate is an energetic, strategic and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image. The candidate has excellent writing and editorial skills, capable of translating complex cancer research information into an engaging, donor-friendly format. This person has great interpersonal skills and is highly professional, organized, detail-oriented, and great at leveraging the strengths of others. He or she also possesses excellent project management skills, presentation capabilities, and stewardship and client service skills. The Senior Director candidate needs to work quickly and efficiently, be results oriented, have strong time management skills and work enthusiastically in a constantly changing environment.


  1. Gift Proposal and Donor Reporting Strategy 40% - Leads the overarching Donor Communications team's multi-media strategy for proposal writing to support principal and major gift fundraising efforts, corporate and foundation fundraising efforts, and the content strategy to support donor impact reporting.
    • Acts as strategist and consultant to the Development Office leadership team and Principal Gift team on all elements associated with principal and major gift proposal writing, corporate and foundation proposal writing, and campaign-related proposal writing to advance institutional efforts in raising funds for MD Anderson initiatives
    • Coordinates collaboration between supporting departments and interdepartmental teams to secure the needs associated with proposal writing and donor impact reporting
    • Develops and implements processes and quality control measures to ensure production of brand-compliant, high-quality, compelling donor-driven cases for support, letters, presentations, videos, feature stories and other multi-media content to support fundraising proposals
    • Oversees the production of high-quality, compelling donor impact reporting materials to communicate impact of gifts in a timely, accurate and donor-centric format

  1. Team leadership 25% - Provides direction and management to the Donor Communications team by leading a collegial and professional work environment that contributes to employee professional development
  • Provides coaching, mentoring and opportunities for professional development to the team
  • Encourages creative thinking/new ideas to ensure enhancement/expansion of fundraising materials
  • Enables continuing growth opportunities for individual writers and the entire team via substantive goal-setting and other strategies designed to broaden/maximize experience and potential
  • Manages all personnel actions, including merit awards, leaves, promotions and terminations. Directly hires, trains, supervises and evaluates performance

  1. Donor Content Strategy 20% - Oversees development and execution of a cohesive donor print and online content strategy that aligns with the Development Division's fundraising goals and positively impacts increased giving and donor loyalty.
    • Oversees editorial strategy and production of Development print and digital publications to increase donor engagement and stewardship
    • Oversees the development and execution of a digital content strategy for MD Anderson donor-focused web and intranet sites
    • Work collaboratively with Institutional Affairs leaders to integrate efforts as needed to achieve institutional content goals

  1. Executive and Event Writing 15% - Oversees the development of fundraising and cultivation event materials, and the production of special documents and materials required by Development Leadership, including the Senior Vice President for Development and the President's Office to support donor engagement and stewardship
    • Oversees the development of various print and email communications for Board of Visitors, Advance team members, and certain major gift or principal gift donor communications from executive leadership
    • Develops and oversees quality control measures to ensure the production of high-quality communications from the Office of SVP to key donor stakeholders
    • Oversees the production of brand-compliant, high-quality materials and scripts to support virtual and in-person fundraising and donor cultivation events


Required: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related field.

Required: Seven years of experience in private fund development and two years of supervisory or managerial experience. Successful completion of the LEADing Self Accelerate program may substitute for one year of required supervisory or management experience.

Preferred: Experience leading donor communications efforts to support a comprehensive fundraising campaign, leading a team of writers and writing/editing to support fundraising goals and initiatives.


Required: Must pass pre-employment skills test as required and administered by Human Resources.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information
  • Requisition ID: 151685
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay
  • Work Week: Days
  • Fund Type: Hard
  • Work Location: Hybrid Onsite/Remote
  • Pivotal Position: Yes
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 113,000
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 141,500
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 170,000
  • Science Jobs: No