MD Anderson Cancer Center Assistant Director, Development - Foundation Relations Program in Houston, Texas

MD Anderson is seeking an Assistant Director, Development (Foundation Relations Program) in the Texas Medical Center.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The Development Office builds relationships with donors to secure and wisely steward their contributions. The connections that all of us make among patients, donors and the cancer community help raise awareness of MD Anderson and what we can accomplish together.

Ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree; a fundraising background; experience working with foundation grants and an understanding of medical and scientific terminology.

SALARY RANGE: $52,000 - $65,000 – $78,000


The primary purpose of the Assistant Director of Development (Foundation Relations Program) is to promote and support the mission of the Development Office through establishing and maintaining ongoing communication with professionally staffed national and local foundations, with the end objective of seeking additional foundation dollars. The scope of the position includes working with faculty and other campus stakeholders on developing strategy for investigation, approach and solicitation for foundations; conducting research to identify alignment of a foundation's funding interest to that of MD Anderson's priorities and funding needs; working closely with faculty members to understand their work; contacting foundation staff to enhance knowledge exchange on both ends; informal reporting/updating foundations with news and project updates; and writing/editing LOIs and introductory documents to foundation staff. The Assistant Director will focus on foundations with a grant-making capacity of $5,000-$50,000, both those with which MD Anderson has an existing relationship and new foundations from which we have not had prior contact or received funding.


Portfolio Support and Expansion

Support the expansion of the Foundation Relations Program into the lower- to mid-level grants space by building relationships with faculty to learn more about their funding needs, particularly in the $5K-50K giving range. Through phone calls, emails and meetings, engage with researchers and physicians, grant managers of departments, etc., and conduct formal presentations on the Program when necessary. Build and steward relationships with professionally staffed foundations with giving capacities up to $50K. This includes contact via email, phone calls and, if needed, face-to-face visits to introduce and talk about MD Anderson, its research, our faculty and areas of need that would align with a foundation's field of interest. Informal updates/reporting to foundations that have supported our faculty would be part of this role, as well.

Strategy Development

Work with the Administrative Director and Senior Associate Director of Foundation Relations to create investigation, approach and solicitation strategies for assigned targeted foundations. These may be leads arising from your own research, research conducted in the Development Office, suggestions/referrals by faculty, and/or Requests for Applications (RFAs) posted by foundations. Write introduction letters and emails to foundations. Work with faculty to write LOIs in response to RFAs to ensure that we are presenting the best possible projects before foundations.

Junior Investigator Portfolio Management

Manage portfolio of Junior/Early Career Investigator Awards, including tracking of annual RFAs, deadlines and foundation fields of interest. Network with relevant stakeholders at MD Anderson to identify best possible candidates for open RFAs and keep faculty informed of upcoming opportunities (Office of Translational Research, Focus on Junior Faculty group, Postdoc Association, department chairs and program managers, etc.). Assist faculty with grant application process as needed. Investigate and update portfolio with new leads.

Information Management

Gather, manage and continually update relevant information about assigned foundations and institutional programs and services whose funding needs fall under your purview. Work with Development Specialist to maintain up-to-date records on all assigned foundations and foundations under investigation within CMS (Monroe). Work with the Constituency Relations and Stewardship (CRS) staff that manage the SharePoint site on foundation grants to track foundations and approaching grant deadlines and to personally contact and alert faculty, when appropriate. Ensure that foundations handled by the Foundation Relations Program receive appropriate and timely updates/reports for any grants that do not meet the CRS cutoff for major gift reporting (currently any gifts under $100,000).


Required: Bachelor's degree in Advertising, Marketing, or related field.

Preferred: Bachelor's degree; science related field is a plus.


Required: Two years of experience in development operations, fundraising, marketing, advertising, public relations or patient advocacy. May substitute required education degree with additional years of equivalent experience on a one to one basis.

Preferred: Fundraising background; experience working with foundation grants; understanding of medical and scientific terminology.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.