Chief Development Officer, Academic Health Sciences

UVMMC - Medical Center - Main Campus
Location and Address
Location Address: 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington Vermont
Building Name
Building Name: UVMMC - Medical Center - Main Campus
The University of Vermont Health Network Top
Schedule Full Time / Regular
Standard Hours
Day (United States of America)
Primary Shift
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Weekend Needs
Weekend Needs
Rebecca Kapsalis
Job Requisition ID

Job Description


All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

WittKieffer is assisting in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Mercedes Chacón Vance and Jessica Herrington

The University of Vermont Medical Center is committed to treating all with whom we interact-including patients, family members, visitors, employees, staff, and potential employees or staff-in a non-discriminatory manner.


Reporting to the CEO of the UVM Health Network and the President & CEO of the UVM Foundation, the Vice President & Chief Development Officer (CDO) leads a comprehensive, collaborative development program for the Academic Health Sciences at UVM which includes the UVM Health Network’s affiliate organizations, the UVM Larner College of Medicine (LCOM), and the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences.  The CDO serves as the Executive Director of the UVM Medical Center Foundation; is a member of both the UVM Foundation and UVM Medical Center executive teams; and provides leadership in identifying and implementing the best opportunities for fundraising for each of the affiliate organizations in the UVM Health Network and the Network’s academic partners at the University.  The CDO is a member of the leadership group for LCOM, serving on the Larner College of Medicine Advisory Committee and the Dean’s Group.

The CDO works closely with key faculty, clinicians, administrators, department chairs, and volunteers and provides strong leadership for staff to develop and implement strategies for health sciences philanthropy. The CDO’s team secures philanthropic support from constituents in Vermont, northern New York, and across the country, including community members, grateful patients, alumni of UVM, existing donors, corporations and foundations, and others.   The CDO is expected to personally manage a significant portfolio of major and principal gift donors and prospects and provide ongoing support for the fundraising priorities of the CEOs, presidents, deans, and senior leaders of each associated organization.


Bachelor's degree is required. Advanced degree in health sciences, business, finance, marketing, communications or related field preferred.


Proven track record of building and running successful development operations in complex, matrixed environments. A strong, demonstrated track record of identifying, soliciting, and securing major, principal and transformative gifts. Proven ability to accurately forecast and aggressively attain fundraising objectives. Creativity and an innovative approach to development, with demonstrated skills in conceiving, initiating, and implementing successful strategies to engage new markets. A record of significant personal achievement in major gift fundraising at the level of seven-figures and above. An understanding and appreciation for development strategies for health sciences, including healthcare systems and academic medical centers. Comprehensive campaign experience. Demonstrated success as an effective manager with expertise in human resources management, strategic planning, program implementation, and fiscal planning and accountability. A collegial management and leadership style with a proven ability to motivate and to keep staff/team engaged, and focused on results. A proven success in building productive, long-term relationships with senior health care and university administrators, faculty, staff, institutional boards, volunteers, and donors. A track record of working in large, complex, and dynamic organizations and leading not only through authority but also through influence and collegiality.