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MD Anderson Cancer Center Executive Director, Campaign Decision Science and Analytics in Houston, Texas


The Executive Director, Campaign Decision Science and Analytics (Executive Director) will build an end-to-end analytics solution to provide business insights, improve decision-making and provide empirical assessments of performance at the institutional, divisional, and team levels with respect to constituent engagement and philanthropy. This executive-level staff position serves as an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team ("SLT") for the Development Division and works in close collaboration with leaders in Development, Institutional Affairs and the Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Digital Officer. The Executive Director will oversee the day-to-day project management of the campaign, tracking various teams' progress towards milestones and communicating objective and rigorous assessment reports to institutional leadership.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced and transformational leader capable of navigating the institution through change in order to enhance the advancement analytics and operations infrastructure to greater levels of efficiency; facilitate analytics integration and adoption and foster a culture of decision science and data- informed decision making.


  • Serves on the divisional Senior Leadership Team ("SLT") and upholds MD Anderson's core values of Caring, Integrity, Discovery, Safety and Stewardship. Exhibits servant leadership at all times.

  • Participates fully in Senior Leadership Team meetings and huddles and engages with SLT colleagues collectively and individually.

  • Provides the SVP-CDO and the SLT with timely reports, analyses and recommendations on campaign, divisional and team-level operations and performance. Builds and communicates performance dashboards, highlighting areas requiring performance improvement, as well as areas of campaign priority and strategic opportunity.

  • Working with the SLT, serves as the "project director" by overseeing the tracking of major tasks and deliverables and ensuring the campaign's various work streams are meeting deadlines and budget constraints. Responsible for maintaining and communicating campaign project readiness reports of various sorts as needed.

  • Oversees all campaign reporting including, but not limited to, the campaign gift table, cash flow analysis, fundraising projections and fundraising totals.

  • Provides necessary campaign updates and numerical analyses to SVP-CDO, SLT, senior institutional leadership, and the Board of Visitors / Campaign Steering Committee.

  • Maintains a comprehensive campaign project timeline.

  • In coordination with Divisional teams and Analytics staff, develops insight and analysis into fundraising processes and performance, communicates these analyses effectively to relevant audiences, and drives positive change through collaboration.

  • Provides leadership and direction to prospect development and creates vision for leveraging tools and analyses to aid in prospecting efforts. This could include, though not limited to, the development of predictive models and other scoring methodologies utilized to create greater precision and efficiency in prospecting and prospect management, thereby impacting fundraising growth and performance.


  • 10 years of direct experience working in business intelligence, advancement/development services, or related technical fields of development.

  • Experience in academic healthcare, higher education, or a research institute in a comprehensive, multi-year campaign.

  • Experience in a comprehensive, multi-year fund raising campaign.

  • Bachelor's degree in statistics, computer science, data science, information management, business or related field.

  • Excellent project management skills with strong familiarity with one or more project management software packages.


  • Master's degree in statistics, computer science, data science, information management, business or related field

  • Certification or training in project management or change management.

  • Certification or training in data or business analytics.

  • Professional certification in CFRE or FAHP.


The Executive Director will be expected to manage the following work products and teams: Analytics team, Prospect Management & Research


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Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 138743

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Hard

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