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MD Anderson Cancer Center Program Director - Principal Gifts in Houston, Texas

The Principal Gifts team is dedicated to securing transformational gifts in support of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's initiatives of highest value and priority. Gifts are secured and supported in partnership with Presidential and institutional leadership, as well as in collaboration with MD Anderson's network of committed Board of Visitors, faculty, major and planned gifts officers, and other volunteers that engage individuals in gifts of significance for the institution's initiatives. An integral part of the Principal Gifts Team is implementing and planning cultivation strategies for ultra-high net-worth constituents and stakeholders (new and established) for the purpose of securing philanthropic gifts of $10 million and more.

MD Anderson Cancer Center is seeking a Program Director, Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives. The Program Director will provide highly organized, coordinated and collaborative project management and program direction for the Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives Team. The position provides a fascinating window into the inner workings of principal and major gift initiatives aimed at maximizing lifetime donor engagement for the benefit of MD Anderson.

The Program Director will serve as a partner to the Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives team and will lead and operationalize administrative and project coordination to support the high-functioning performance of principal gift activities and strategies across the division and institution. This team member also interacts collaboratively with the CDO, senior leadership team members and staff across the Development Division and institution to track, facilitate and ensure the accuracy and quality of generated data reflecting principal gift management, ultimately informing the team on measures that impact campaign targets and objectives


  • Facilitate and direct PGT team operations for optimal performance

  • Work across the Development Division to drive, facilitate, monitor and track strategy and analytics related to PGT activities and advancement of principal gift constituents

  • Drive system for tracking and monitoring advancement of fundraising priorities as well as required PGT briefings for Presidents' CDO Office and other faculty according to Divisional procedures and processes.

  • Drive alignment and completion of donor strategy and /or developing campaign initiative work plans across the Development Division, prioritizing action items and creating timelines and monitoring practices

  • Oversee and evaluate the quality of all correspondence and communication materials with the President's Office, CDO, SLT and PGT constituents

  • Drive system for tracking, monitoring and developing required PGT briefings for President's, CDO Office and other faculty in advance of engagements

  • Proactively coordinate the preparation for PGT meetings with CDO, Senior Leadership Team and development staff, as well as related Campaign and BOV Committee meetings

  • Oversee the advance development of all presentations and associated materials for PGT reports submitted to the CDO and SLT, and other PGT related meetings with divisional staff


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


Required: Five years project/program management experience to include three years supervisory experience. May substitute required education degree with additional years of equivalent experience on a one to one basis. Successful completion of the LEADing Self Accelerate program may substitute for one year of required supervisory or management experience.

Preferred: Project or program management experience that required proficiency in managing multiple project deadlines and communication channels. Managing quality control of important documents and correspondence. Also, proactively preparing data reports and power point presentations.


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: 145279

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Remote Work: Hybrid Onsite/Remote

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 81,600

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 102,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 122,400

  • Science Jobs: No