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VP, Planned & Legacy Giving

City of Hope
Irwindale, California
Closing date
Jan 19, 2022

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Life Sciences
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About City of Hope

Focused on eliminating cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses, City of Hope has established itself as a world-class leader in transforming the future of health. Raising the philanthropic resources to fuel its leading-edge research, its exceptional and compassionate clinical care, and its advancement of biomedical education and training, is a vital component of City of Hope's model of success.

Our Mission: City of Hope is transforming the future of health. Every day we turn science into practical benefit. We turn hope into reality. We accomplish this through exquisite care, innovative research and vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes.

City of Hope's Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

City of Hope's diversity, equity and inclusion strategy aims to formulate a policy and systems-focused approach that addresses social determinants of health and responds to implicit bias and structural racism. Since its inception more than a century ago, City of Hope has been dedicated to providing equitable treatment to all the people we serve. This focus on inclusion is the cornerstone of our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) strategy and reflects our commitment to those founding principles. Our mission, "to infuse DEI into the DNA at City of Hope," will serve as our north star and help ensure the tenets of diversity, equity and inclusion are an integral part of our day-to-day engagement with each other, our patients, their families and caregivers, and our broader community.

Office of Philanthropy Vision Statement

Philanthropy is at the heart of City of Hope's mission in turning "hope into reality." We offer an extraordinary donor and volunteer experience, one that invites, delights, and deepens relationships over time. City of Hope Philanthropy is one of a handful of premiere, exceptionally-regarded, and top-producing programs in the country.

Recruiting and developing exceptionally talented team members are hallmarks of the Office of Philanthropy. We demonstrate our commitment to our people through continuous learning and development opportunities and aim to foster an environment where each individual can thrive, personally and professionally. We increase the effectiveness of our team through transparency and accountability, building trust within teams; celebrating diversity and inclusion; enhancing team communications and removing roadblocks to maximize activation.

Position Summary

The Vice President, Planned and Legacy Giving reports to the Senior Vice President, Individual Giving and is responsible for designing and delivering an array of ‘best-in-class' programs and services that lead to sustainable growth trends for bequest and gift annuity revenue streams. Position leads a comprehensive marketing strategy to support the program's goals and objectives, working in collaboration with other senior leaders within the Office of Philanthropy. Additionally, the position will design an institutional program that leverages, maintains, cultivates, and enhances legacy donors and volunteers through existing regional and former chapter programs. Designs and implements a program focusing on gifts of real estate and other non-cash assests.

The Vice President interacts on a regular basis with financial, estate, and tax advisory professionals, and creates educational and relationship-building opportunities. As part of the overall donor-centered focus of the department, the Vice President ensures that deferred giving opportunities and program strategies are interwoven within the entire philanthropic enterprise and that staff have educational opportunities to become more familiar with deferred giving vehicles. Serves as a senior leader of the Office of Philanthropy and shares responsibility for cultivating a culture of excellence, collaboration, accountability, and efficiency throughout OOP and moving toward the vision of a model of excellence among elite fundraising programs.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Manage program teams and develop individual and team performance to achieve maximum effectiveness and efficiencies.
  • Monitor, assess, and maintain the expectancy pipeline to determine annual and multi-year fundraising goals for all deferred giving programs.
  • Design and deliver a comprehensive, integrated, measurable multi-year work plan to consistently grow the pipeline of identified donors, deploying a multi-channel marketing program, a customized stewardship effort, and ongoing trainings for departmental staff.
  • Portfolio management and execution of strategies related to high new-worth prospects and donors who have planned giving elements in their overall gift strategies.
  • Work closely with technology/database team members to measure and report on performance against quarterly and annual revenue goals and identify best utilization of CRM and data capabilities to support the execution of key philanthropic strategies.
  • Deliver a strategy to reinforce, institutionalize and leverage relationships with identified legacy volunteers and groups.
  • Leadership responsibilities and representation throughout Office of Philanthropy and City of Hope.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of fundraising or equivalent experience required.
  • Experience with designing and implementing fundraising programs, including developing donor-centered communications is required. Experience working within a national organization with a local chapter structure is desirable.

Basic education, experience and skills preferred for consideration:
  • Master's Degree

Additional Information:
  • To protect the health of patients and staff and to comply with new State of California mandates, City of Hope staff are required to show proof of full vaccination prior to start date. Compliance is a condition of employment.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

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