Oregon Health & Science University Foundation | Portland, Oregon
The Oregon Health & Science University Foundation (OHSU Foundation) seeks a mission-oriented and accomplished fundraising leader to serve as its next president. The successful candidate will function as the organization’s chief development officer and strategic leader, working closely with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) President, Dr. Danny Jacobs, and his senior leadership team to advance philanthropic initiatives and steward donor relationships in support of OHSU’s public mission of excellence in education, research and scholarship, clinical practice, and community service. The OHSU Foundation president will report jointly to Dr. Jacobs and the OHSU Foundation Board of Trustees. The president will also work very closely with the OHSU Foundation Board Chair. The OHSU Foundation exists to secure private philanthropic support to advance OHSU’s vital missions and is a separate legal entity.
OHSU focuses on discoveries to prevent and cure diseases, on education that prepares the health care and health science professionals of the future, and on patient care that incorporates the latest advances. As Oregon's only academic health center, OHSU is distinguished nationally as a research university dedicated solely to advancing health sciences. Additional recognition includes the #1 ranking in Oregon of OHSU Hospital and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals in 2022-23.”
As a national leader in science innovation and health care delivery, OHSU strives to improve the health and well-being of all Oregonians, as well as those who live beyond Oregon’s borders. In order to support OHSU in this endeavor, the OHSU Foundation seeks to develop new models of financial sustainability that include augmentation and diversification of philanthropic revenue streams. To this end, OHSU President Dr. Jacobs, the OHSU Board of Directors, and the OHSU Foundation Board of Trustees share a commitment to building a world-class advancement enterprise, to be led by a high-performing, innovative, and collaborative president who will, in partnership with key colleagues and staff, transform the existing program into one of unsurpassed effectiveness that achieves the potential that is clear and evident.
This is an especially exciting and pivotal moment to join the institution. There is alignment between leaders of OHSU and the OHSU Foundation around a shared vision and goals, along with a commitment to deeper collaboration. OHSU is currently focused on the implementation of its strategic plan, OHSU 2025. Select current funding priorities include the OHSU Hospital Expansion Project, a $650 million expansion which will add adult and pediatric patient resources, and the 30-30-30 plan, which seeks to increase the number of graduates from clinical programs by 30 percent and increase all OHSU learner diversity to 30 percent by the year 2030, among others. With a focus on OHSU’s most pressing priorities and objectives, the next president will conduct a strategic assessment of the foundation’s existing philanthropic strengths and opportunities, creating a road map for short- and long-term growth, including the identification of key learnings from the Knight Cancer Challenge and ONWARD campaigns, which concluded in 2020 with over $2 billion raised in support of transforming the field of early cancer detection and to benefit multiple areas across OHSU.
With responsibility for a $25 million budget, the president will lead, inspire, and empower a team of 110+ staff members. The president will recruit and retain top talent in Oregon, establishing the foundation as a broadly viewed employer of choice. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned and dedicated team leader adept at maximizing, leveraging, and advocating for a talented staff while facilitating team success. The president will also be responsible for leading the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion program and will be measured by a demonstrated, measurable commitment to building a diverse workforce.
In accordance with its core values and mission, the OHSU Foundation is especially dedicated to recruiting individuals with a demonstrated track record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and a demonstrated ability to raise funds to support mission-critical goals that advance access, diversity, and inclusion. The successful candidate should have measurable relevant experience and a proven track record of successful fundraising and senior leadership experience within an equivalent association, academic institution, foundation, or philanthropic organization of a similar or larger scope and scale. The successful candidate will be a highly ethical, self–assured, people- and results-oriented professional, with strong analytical, managerial, communication, strategic planning, and motivational skills; a keen understanding of best practices in fundraising; a comprehensive knowledge of all major advancement functions; and a track record of significant personal success in donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship at principal gift levels.
Rachel Ellenport is leading this search with Becky Piper and Megan Gorman.