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MD Anderson Cancer Center Director, Special Programs & Events (Philanthropy) in Houston, Texas

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 2022-2023 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The Director, Philanthropy, Special Programs & Events is responsible for conceptualization and execution of events that embody MD Anderson's mission in a manner that leads to increased philanthropic engagement and support by event attendees and supporters. In essence, it aims to build strategic stakeholder engagement. This position is responsible for leading special programs and events that cover traditional fundraising, cultivation and educational events, third party review and oversight as well as peer-to-peer event logistics.

The ideal candidate can lead and manage suppliers, vendors and other contributors on flawless execution of all assigned deliverables and programs on schedule and within budget. Must be adept at managing multiple ongoing projects/events simultaneously. Additionally, the candidate will interface with board members, volunteers, donors, vendors and/or corporations associated with various events. This position requires travel throughout Texas and the US and willingness to work some nights and weekends.


Leadership and Project Management (55%)

Drive execution of strategic plans and lead decision making around stakeholder relationships, special projects and initiatives and the orchestration of strategic approaches. Continuously capture and collect significant data points, execute deliverables with precision, develop actionable strategies and allocate appropriate resources to execute work functions. Serve as a coach, mentor, and sponsor, enabling others to thrive in a dynamic and changing environment. Provide oversight of various budgets associated with a wide variety of events.

Consultation with Critical Evaluation (35%)

Provide guidance to internal and external stakeholders utilizing subject matter expertise. Use critical evaluation skills to interpret information and make business decisions and

recommendations to internal and external stakeholders. Possess and use cross functional knowledge to understand interdepartmental connections and help others to make these associations.

Interpersonal Competence (10%)

Demonstrate leadership, professional assertiveness, and relationship management. Motivate volunteers and internal stakeholders, persuasively engage stakeholders in meaningful engagement opportunities, display optimism and integrity. Show ability to interact with others and the community by building and maintaining relationships for the institution's benefit. Demonstrate comfort by creating relationships through collaboration.


Required: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related field.


Required: Eight years experience in private fund development to include four years in a management role. Successful completion of the LEADing Self Accelerate program may substitute for one year of required supervisory or management experience.

Preferred: Experience in public relations, marketing or fundraising activities, including creating and implementing comprehensive communications plans, multimedia content and measurement reports. Demonstrated experience working with faculty, leadership teams, campaign/board members and fellow development professionals to execute fundraising strategies.


Required: Must pass pre-employment skills test as required and administered by Human Resources.

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.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 160631

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Work Week: Days

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 84,500

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 105,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 126,500

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Work Location: Hybrid Onsite/Remote

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Referral Bonus Available?: No

  • Relocation Assistance Available?: Yes

  • Science Jobs: No