Title:  Executive Director, Development

Division:  Institutional Advancement & Alumni Affai
Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range: 
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  10207


The Executive Director of Development, reporting directly to the Assistant Vice President of Development, will provide leadership and overall program strategy in the planning, coordination and implementation of fundraising for a regional team of frontline fundraising professionals working at all levels of major, principal and transformational gifts.  This position will be a thought leader and contributor to strategic fundraising initiatives and campaign priorities and will partner with the Assistant Vice President of Development and campus leaders on design, implementation, and stewardship of all fundraising activities.


The Executive Director of Development will coordinate with the Assistant Vice President of Development to assure that all development activities are in accordance with the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs (OIAAA) priorities and policies. This position will provide strong leadership in strategizing and facilitating opportunities for major, principal and transformational gifts from the community and alumni, and will carry a portfolio of high net worth prospects. This position will also create and promote an environment that enhances communication and encourages collaboration both on and off campus with all stakeholders of the OIAAA programs.


The internal title is Director, Development; the working title is Executive Director, Development.


The Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs serves the mission of Baylor College of Medicine, the No. 1-ranked medical school in Texas for research and primary care, the largest recipient in Texas of National Institutes of Health research funding and home to the No. 1-ranked genetics department in the U.S.  As part of the OIAAA team, you will inspire donors and Baylor alumni to give through a variety of ways to advance the College’s priorities across four mission areas: healthcare, education, research and community.  

OIAAA activities encompass fund development – at all levels up to major, principal and transformational gifts – alumni relations, philanthropic communications, corporate relations and volunteer programs. You’ll also play a mission-critical role in Baylor’s quest to power the future of health, from helping secure funding for cutting-edge cancer research to obtaining scholarships for aspiring physicians, health professionals and scientists. Our success depends on attracting, promoting and retaining top-notch talent like you.   


OIAAA is committed to Baylor's values of respect, integrity, creativity, teamwork and excellence. We strive to maintain a welcoming and supportive environment where you can apply and grow your talents and skills in support of our vision of improving health through science, scholarship and innovation. To go far, we must go together. Consider joining Baylor College of Medicine and its 120-year legacy of caring for Houston, the state of Texas and the world.

Job Duties

  • Contribute organization, management, planning, evaluation and successful fundraising, both individually as well as on behalf of a regional team of frontline major and principal gifts officers.
  • Work directly with the Assistant Vice President of Development to plan and implement a comprehensive, fundraising infrastructure to support and sustain Baylor College of Medicine’s fundraising priority programs.
  • Administer results oriented team and individual goals that form the baseline of fundraising productivity.
  • Recruit, retain, mentor, and provide oversight for a regional team of frontline major and principal gifts fundraisers, including their professional development and enrichment, training and career planning.
  • Adhere to and provide leadership and oversight concerning Baylor College of Medicine policies and procedures, institutional values, development policy, management controls, accountability, risk management, compliance issues and strategic planning.
  • Actively engage in pipeline development and cultivation through interdisciplinary interactions within the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, volunteer and leadership organizations, faculty and staff of Baylor College of Medicine.
  • Project manage sensitive and confidential assignments at the direction of the Assistant Vice President of Development that pertain to the wellbeing of the professional staff, campaign activities, executive and volunteer leadership and other select audiences.
  • Participate as a thought leader and senior advisor to the Assistant Vice President on his/her leadership team, and work effectively and collaboratively with the OIAAA senior management team regarding budgetary and financial issues, development and implementation of funding agreements, and continual assessment of budgetary and staff requirements for all areas of responsibility.
  • Manage an individual portfolio of high capacity donors and donor prospects, with responsibility for raising principal and major gifts in consultation with the Assistant Vice President of Development and other appropriate leadership, including the president’s office as well as other frontline colleagues.
  • Personally identify, cultivate, solicit, and provide stewardship for gifts in excess of $1M.
  • With the Assistant Vice President of Development, set fundraising priorities and solicitation strategies for programs and projects initiated by administration and faculty in the $1M+ range.
  • Engage in regular annual and multi-year planning and ongoing assessment of approaches in order to establish and sustain a donor-centered operation that serves the increasing demand for philanthropic resources across all institutional priority program areas.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Eleven years of directly related experience with four years of supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and seven years of directly related experience with four years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience in direct frontline major and principal gift fundraising and management.
  • Healthcare fundraising experience is preferred.
  • Experience communicating with community stakeholders.
  • Skilled in composing letters, memos, articles, proposals, and other written communications. 



Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.


Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.