Charleston, South Carolina
Mar 14, 2019
Apr 13, 2019
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time




The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) seeks a strategic, collaborative, and experienced fundraising professional to serve as vice president for institutional advancement (vice president) at a pivotal time in the university’s history. After a period of substantial growth in the depth, quality, and stature of the institution, MUSC recently completed an ambitious, $138-million capital campaign to build the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion, a state-of-the-art facility scheduled to open later this year. Under the visionary guidance of President David J. Cole, MUSC strives to build on existing success and significantly elevate and expand fundraising capacity in robust support of its mission.

The vice president reports to President Cole and is a member of the President’s Council. In collaboration with President Cole and key academic, clinical, and administrative leaders, the vice president will define and articulate a bold vision that will carry forward and build upon existing momentum and excitement about MUSC and its accomplishments and contributions. Utilizing recent assessments of the fundraising program and potential, and conducting new evaluations as necessary, the vice president will design and implement a comprehensive strategic plan to ensure that the university and health system (MUSC Health) are positioned for philanthropic success. In addition to significantly increasing engagement with alumni, prospective and existing individual and institutional donors, and volunteers, the vice president will build a robust, sustainable institutional advancement program, including the implementation of a significant principal gift program focused on transformative gifts as well as a grateful patient fundraising program.

With at least 15 years of leadership and management experience in successful development operations, ideally within academic medicine or highly complex institutions, the ideal candidate must possess strong managerial, strategic planning, and motivational skills; a keen understanding of advancement best practices and a comprehensive knowledge of all major development functions; and a track record of significant personal success in donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship at principal gift level. The vice president will be a seasoned team leader adept at maximizing, leveraging, and advocating for a talented staff, and facilitating team success; must demonstrate a high level of integrity and trust; and exhibit the credibility, diplomacy, maturity, judgment, and sophistication to effectively engage and partner with key internal and external stakeholders.

This individual must also possess extraordinary communication and negotiation skills, the political savvy to navigate a complex academic community, the ability to adapt to and lead through ambiguity in a dynamic environment, and the desire and wherewithal to build bridges and strong collaborative relationships with all members of an operation across an academic healthcare institution with a diverse body of donors and constituents. Finally, the ideal candidate will be a self-assured, results-oriented development professional with a collegial and accessible leadership style and a deep appreciation and passion for the mission, goals, and culture of MUSC, MUSC Health, and the office of institutional advancement. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

In accordance with its core values and mission, MUSC is especially interested in recruiting members from diverse communities and individuals with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Jack Gorman is leading this search with Jean Jacoby, Liz Neustaedter, and Michael Mozzicato. For more information, to submit a nomination, or to apply for this role, please visit:

It has been, and will continue to be, the policy of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and its affiliates to recruit, hire, train, and promote into all job levels the most qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification. All employment and promotional decisions are based upon job-related requirements, and must comply with the principles of equal employment opportunity.