June 18, 2019 – The Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston has selected recruitment firm Lindauer to lead its efforts to find a new chief philanthropy officer. Vice president Maureen Huminik is spearheading the assignment.
“This is an exceptional opportunity for a proven leader who will bring expertise in grateful patient fundraising, as well as deep experience working with friends and other top prospects,” said Lindauer, which is based in Boston. “The ideal candidate will be a skilled relationship builder who will inspire trust and collaboration with colleagues and donors. This is a rare opportunity for an accomplished fundraiser, skilled manager and mentor, and confident leader to join a committed team in a senior-level role.”
The chief philanthropy officer will be expected to provide strategic direction, leadership and daily management to a comprehensive philanthropic operation, said the search firm. The individual will oversee all aspects of fundraising, including prospect management, stewardship, principal and major gifts, annual giving, corporations and foundations, special events, cause marketing, planned giving and capital campaigns.
Essential responsibilities of the role include leading and mentoring a staff in all areas of philanthropy to ensure a cohesive and productive team, said Lindauer. The chief philanthropy officer will also be charged with implementing an organizational structure that enables the achievement of development goals and establishes performance standards that are aligned with departmental and organizational fundraising goals. He or she will develops and articulate a plan to ensure that the development staff functions as a unified team.
The role further calls for inspiring innovative thinking. The chief philanthropy officer establishes and executes strategies that result in continuously rising standards and expectations in fundraising goals, as well as individual levels of giving, to at least double Joslin’s annual philanthropy baseline. The chief philanthropy officer must also establish key metrics and other leading indicators to ensure that fundraising goals are on track and implement corrective actions when necessary, among other duties.
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience is required, said Lindauer. Candidates must have a minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in the design, implementation, execution and growth of a comprehensive fundraising program within a complex organization. They should also show demonstrated managerial experience and a proven ability to design and implement effective philanthropy strategies and processes.
Prospects must also have a background in developing and leading a full fundraising program, including: direct mail, annual campaigns, foundations and corporate grants, major giving and planned giving. A demonstrated background in issues related to basic and clinical research is desirable.
Working knowledge of biomedical and research-driven institutions is needed, said Lindauer. Candidates must have a record of successful solicitations from a variety of constituencies, including the design and execution of identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies. A deep appreciation for and an ability to successfully articulate the unique and focused mission and aspirations of Joslin is also important.
Why Recruiters Center On Fundraising Skills
Organizations nationwide are under pressure to find leaders who can act as de facto chief fundraisers – and recruiters are in lock step to find talent to satisfy the demand. These leaders need to be strategic thinkers who can motivate the stakeholders whose philanthropy pulls everything together.
Joselin Diabetes Center wants candidates to show demonstrated success in increasing the effectiveness of a fundraising unit through established objectives and performance standards to bring out the best in the fundraising staff. They should have proven experience in principal, major and foundation gifts cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, and managing a personal portfolio of principal and major gift donors/prospects.
Joslin Diabetes Center, founded in 1898, is dedicated to conquering diabetes in all of its forms. The non-profit is the global leader in diabetes research, care and education. Joslin research is at the forefront of discovery aimed at preventing and curing diabetes. The Joslin clinic develops innovative patient therapies that immeasurably improve the lives of people with diabetes. Joslin is an independent, institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and one of only 16 NIH-designated Diabetes Research Centers in the U.S. Joslin Diabetes Center treats 21,000 patients each year with its 50 board-certified physicians and 300 researchers working in 30 laboratories. Its programs span 24 countries and have impacted 10 million lives in five years. Its research saves two million eyes from vision loss each year.
Lindauer serves higher and secondary education, hospitals and academic research centers, think tanks, research facilities and foundations, and advocacy, public service, social justice and other mission-driven non-profits. It has led searches for the Boston YMCA, Center for Applied Special Technology, Healthy Minds Innovations/Center for Healthy Minds, the University of Texas at Austin and the Cockrell School of Engineering, among others.
Ms. Huminik has a range of charitable organization experience and a vast network of exceptional talent across every segment of the non-profit sector. She served such clients as City of Hope, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Stanford University, Kansas State University and Columbia University. Ms. Huminik has also placed numerous leaders including the VP for development for the Archdiocese of Boston, the executive director of development for the Archdiocese of New York, and the vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs at the University of Tennessee.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media