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Director, Philanthropy Officer

American College of Rheumatology
Atlanta, Georgia / Remote in the United States/ Hybrid option if you live in the state of GA
$116,358 annually
Closing date
Feb 10, 2023

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Focus Areas
Diseases & Disorders, Healthcare, Philanthropy / Social Responsibility
Job Function
Development / Fundraising, Health / Medical
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level
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Position Title:  Director, Philanthropy Officer

LOCATION: Remote in the United States/ Hybrid option if you live in the state of Georgia

With nearly 8,500 physicians, health professionals, researchers, medical students, and scientists worldwide, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is the home of the rheumatology community.

Founded in 1934, ACR is a non-profit, professional membership organization committed to excellence in advancing the study of rheumatology and treatment of rheumatic disease. On the forefront of cutting-edge information with countless opportunities for rheumatology professionals to expand their networks and build strong education foundations for their teams, ACR empowers you to break barriers in patient care.

The Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP) is the interprofessional division of the American College of Rheumatology, supporting the needs of this diverse group of interprofessionals working in the medical subspeciality of rheumatology by providing professional training and development, research, advocacy, and practice resources.

Since its founding in 1985, the Rheumatology Research Foundation (the largest private funding source for rheumatology research and training in the U.S.) has invested more than $205 million directly into its two mission priorities: rheumatology training and development and targeted rheumatic disease research. Programs funded by the Foundation train the next generation of rheumatology professionals who are tackling rheumatology’s challenges and working toward discoveries to improve the health of people with rheumatic disease.


Title: Philanthropy Officer

STATUS:  Exempt

LEVEL: Rheumatology Research Foundation/Director-Level

DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Senior Director, Philanthropy  


Responsible for effective execution of major gift fundraising to grow private philanthropy in meeting critical financial goals consistent with the Rheumatology Research Foundation's mission and strategic plan.  Develop and implement strategies for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and closing major gifts ($50K - $500K) from potential and existing individual donors across the country. Must maintain aggressive donor prospect face-to-face meeting schedule (combination of virtual and in-person) visiting prospects with a minimum of 80% focus on developing relationships, gift solicitation and closing, and managing and staffing leadership volunteers.


  • Develop and implement strategies for ongoing discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift individual donor prospects
  • Manage a portfolio of 100-150 prospective major gift donors with focus on soliciting and closing gift requests ranging from $50,000 - $500,000, either alone or with appropriate executive staff or volunteer(s)
  • Manage extensive face-to=face donor prospect visit schedule to cultivate, solicit, and steward individual donor prospects
  • Meet or exceed regional minimum fundraising targets of $500K - $2M annually
  • Meet or exceed monthly, annual activity metrics, including, but not limited to number of contacts, visits completed, gifts closed
  • Enable success of executive leadership, and/or volunteers assisting on cultivation, solicitation, and/or stewardship visits to prospective major gift donors, by providing expertise and support, including, but not limited to, scheduling and visit logistics, developing/writing prospect strategy briefings and gift request proposals
  • Manage prospects’ moves in Raiser’s Edge database, including but not limited to, accurate, timely recording of contacts made, contact reports/visit notes, and other discovery information toward prospect moves’ strategy
  • Participate in short- and long-range planning, consistent with Philanthropy department goals and fundraising best practices; collaborate with other Philanthropy Officers toward shared goals
  • Oversee timely execution of stewardship activities related to donors in the Philanthropy Officer’s portfolio
  • Work closely with the Senior Director of Philanthropy in implementing cohesive strategy toward meeting or exceeding overall fundraising and department goals; meet at minimum on a bi-monthly basis for accountability and best-practices training
  • Any other duties as the Senior Director, Philanthropy or Vice President, Philanthropy may assign


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five to seven years of major gift fundraising experience with demonstrated success in securing gifts ($50K+) from individuals, in healthcare and/or higher education environment; working with physicians is highly preferred
  • Experience utilizing moves management techniques and prospect research
  • Advanced knowledge of gift transaction components and gifting vehicles, including stock transfers, estate, and life-income gifts
  • Advanced knowledge and demonstrated use of Raiser’s Edge or fundraising databases, internet-based research, Windows, Microsoft Applications, including MS Word and Power Point
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to communicate effectively and professionally, utilizing considerable tact and diplomacy, toward motivating and engaging a variety of constituents
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to maintain accountability and work independently while functioning as part of a team
  • Willingness and ability to schedule and maintain extensive travel
  • Advanced knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or fundraising databases, internet-based research, Windows, Microsoft Applications

The ACR provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. The ACR complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities or conducts business.

This is not a contract. The description and duties as they relate to this position are subject to change as reasonable business necessity dictates. In the event of such changes, a new job description may be created


Our Mission:

To empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty

We are a professional membership organization committed to improving the care of patients with rheumatic disease and advancing the rheumatology subspecialty. Founded in 1934, we are a not-for-profit, global medical society that serves over 7,700 physicians, health professionals, and scientists worldwide.

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