Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals, and pioneering major research initiatives, Children’s Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 546-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. As a charitable, tax-exempt organization, Children’s Hospital relies on donations to advance its mission—making a difference in the lives of children.
CHOP physicians are internationally-recognized experts in every pediatric specialty, including but not limited to cancer, cardiac care, fetal medicine, orthopaedics, neonatology, gastroenterology, and urology. Children’s Hospital is also consistently recognized as a national leader in the advancement of healthcare for children.
U.S. News & World Report named CHOP No. 2 on its 2017-18 Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals in the nation.
The CHOP Foundation raises funds to support the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia enterprise and the revenue it generates accounts for a significant part of the Hospital’s net revenue (in addition to clinical revenue and investment gains). Philanthropic support for CHOP has increased substantially in recent years, fueled by transformational executive leadership, a talented and dedicated development team, highly engaged and influential volunteer leaders, and compelling stories of medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives. The CHOP Foundation is in the midst of a 10-year, $1 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign. For Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs: The Campaign for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was launched publicly in October 2017 and is supporting breakthroughs in research and discovery, the patient-family experience, training and education, advocacy, and outreach.
The CHOP Foundation seeks candidates for the newly created role of Chief of Staff (COS). The COS is a senior advisor to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and manages a wide variety of administrative and executive responsibilities working with both internal and external stakeholders, including Hospital leadership, board members, other external constituents, and Hospital friends. The COS reports to the CDO, enabling the CDO to focus on growing the Foundation’s philanthropic revenue, to serve as the external face and voice of philanthropy for the Foundation to the community, and to engage and build relationships with and support from the CHOP Board of Trustees and the CHOP Foundation Board of Overseers. The COS is responsible for the following: strategically coordinating the Hospital President and CEO and the CDO’s development-related activities and communications, including participation in events; coordinating and monitoring long-term organizational strategy, annual operating plans for all Foundation programs, and integration with the Hospital’s priorities and strategic plan; serving as the senior operating officer for CHOP’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, overseeing the planning, integration, and execution of all major components thereof; and overseeing high-level Foundation interaction and support with the Foundation Board of Overseers and related committees, and the Hospital’s Board of Trustees. The COS manages and leads internal Foundation meetings/functions and planning, and handles questions, issues, and requests on the CDO’s behalf with support from the Executive Assistant to the CDO. The COS helps to ensure that the executive management of the Foundation operates effectively and efficiently. S/he oversees the offices of Campaign Operations and Board Relations, respectively, with direct reports including the Executive Director of Campaign Operations and the Executive Director of Board Relations. The COS will also collaborate on a regular basis with the Associate Vice President for Individual Giving and the Assistant Vice President for Institutional and Events Fundraising, who provide strategic oversight and direction to the fundraising programs for the Foundation, as well as with the Associate Vice President for Operations.
The Chief of Staff is the key figure in facilitating a seamless partnership between the CHOP Foundation and senior internal and external stakeholders, notably CHOP’s Executive Office (C-suite leaders), board leadership, and key clinical and research leaders. S/he will identify and leverage opportunities to collaboratively engage and guide these partners in advancing the work of the CHOP Foundation and in promoting an institution-wide culture of philanthropy, appropriately coordinating with and complementing the work of the CDO and other Foundation colleagues. Given the varied demands on the CDO, the COS will at times serve as proxy for the CDO vis-à-vis said partners, thereby demonstrating commensurate leadership stature and strategic decision-making ability. The COS ensures that the CHOP campaign is employing best practices, and that the Foundation’s internal communications and the Hospital President and CEO and the CDO’s Foundation/development-related correspondence consistently reflect the requisite professionalism and excellence. The COS serves as one the Foundation’s principal thought leaders, with a focus on enhancing internal processes and high-level messaging in ways that support the continued evolution of CHOP’s charitable brand.
Required qualifications and experience: dedication to the mission and goals of CHOP; bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred; minimum of 10 years of experience as a senior leader in a healthcare, academic, or nonprofit environment of similar complexity, preferably serving in a chief of staff, administrative leadership, or development leadership capacity and inclusive of a leadership role in a major fundraising campaign (planning, implementation, management, and successful conclusion); demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction to a team in a complex healthcare, nonprofit, or development office, with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including creating and managing a budget; working knowledge of and preferably direct experience with the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, including in the field of healthcare (motivations for giving and volunteering, development research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques, and development office functions); skilled at goal setting and measuring success, and agility in addressing alternate program directions to meet goals when necessary; experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring strategic plans to address current and future needs; demonstrated ability in planning and executing integrated, strategic communications in support of achieving fundraising and/or other organizational goals; experience in identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers, particularly board members; ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient, and independent decisions about strategy and process; working knowledge of modern data management practices and techniques, including database information systems, data modeling, and analysis is a plus.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment and need special assistance or an accommodation, please contact the Talent Acquisition Department or call 866.820.9288.
The Hospital is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, disability, victim of domestic or sexual violence status, covered veteran status, or other protected classifications to the extent required by applicable laws. The Hospital will comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing employment practices.
CHOP has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search processes. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Practice Leader – Development and Philanthropy
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, NY 10174