Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Director of Development, Department of Surgery
About BIDMC and the Department of Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a major teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is renowned for excellence in patient care, research, teaching, and community service.
Located in the heart of Boston’s medical community, BIDMC serves more than half a million patients annually from New England and throughout the nation. Since its origins in the 19th century, the Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery is one of the preeminent, busiest, and oldest surgical departments in the nation and is recognized for groundbreaking initiatives and renowned internationally for its excellence in patient care, research, and education.
Under the leadership of Chairman Elliot Chaikof, MD, PhD, the department now has 14 divisions, more than a dozen multidisciplinary clinical programs, and over 200 clinical and research faculty. With approximately 30,000 operative procedures performed by its surgeons a year, it is one of the busiest hospitals for surgical care in the nation. In the past year, there were also over 100,000 patient care visits in the department’s outpatient clinics. The Department of Surgery provides inpatient and outpatient care in Boston and eight owned and affiliated sites in Eastern Massachusetts, as well as outpatient care at 13 additional sites.
The Department of Surgery has a long history of clinical innovation. Some of the new notable clinical programs include the
BIDMC Pancreas and Liver Institute
an innovative multidisciplinary and interdepartmental program that was initiated to support, promote, and integrate surgical services for patients with liver and pancreatic disease across the Divisions of General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, and Transplant Surgery; the
BIDMC Brain Aneurysm Institute,
a state-of-the-art, comprehensive clinical service created to provide care for patients with complex cerebrovascular disease, which has quickly become one of the busiest centers in the region for open surgery and endovascular interventions for complex cerebrovascular disease; and the
Robotic Surgery Programs
for pancreatic, colorectal, thoracic and bariatric surgery, and total cystectomy and diversion. Many of the department’s surgeons are national leaders in evaluating the role of this new robotic technology and a number of the programs have recently emerged as among the busiest in the region. These programs have led to the development of new curricula for trainees and established surgeons, as well as team-training programs to enhance patient safety, such as the management of intraoperative emergencies during robotic surgery.
BIDMC’s Department of Surgery is among the top academic surgical departments in the nation in research support from the National Institutes of Health. Its total research funding in 2015 was $14 million, with over 180 research grants with all of its 14 divisions actively participating in research. While its research spans many areas, the major investigative thrusts include inflammation and immunity, vascular biology, nutrition and metabolism, wound healing and regenerative therapy, glycoscience, and cancer biology. The Department of Surgery has recently established the Center for Drug Discovery and Translational Research to further accelerate basic scientific discovery across multiple disciplines and advance the development of new molecular and biologic agents to treat patients with cancer, Crohn’s disease, atherosclerosis, and other prevalent conditions.
The Department also has a longstanding commitment to education and is home to one of the most highly sought-after General Surgery Residency Programs in the world. In addition to training students from Harvard Medical School, the Department offers numerous surgical fellowship programs designed to develop exemplary surgeons who will serve as future leaders, advancing the field of surgery and impacting patient care through innovative clinical research. These programs are extremely competitive – only 9 General Surgery interns are selected each year from over 1,700 applicants. Through the Clinical Scholarship Program, these 9 first-year categorical General Surgery residents are paired with a faculty research mentor, who guides the residents throughout the year as they acquire the requisite skills to develop and implement a clinical research project. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn minimally invasive techniques in BIDMC's Carl J. Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center, the first of its kind to be accredited in the nation.
In 2012, the Department of Surgery and Harvard Medical School (HMS) introduced, the “Surgical Boot Camp”, a new course, which prepares fourth-year HMS students for their surgical internships. The course strives to improve the quality of care, reduce medical errors, and control costs and features an interactive, practically based curriculum designed to equip students with the skills to perform basic operating room and emergency procedures, make sound decisions, and communicate effectively so they can easily transition to — and excel in — their first year of surgical training.
The Department also hosts a Distinguished Visiting Professors Series, which features lectures by internationally renowned surgical leaders on a broad range of timely topics. This lecture series, held at BIDMC during Surgical Grand Rounds throughout the academic year, is open to all interested individuals. In addition, it supports a number of symposia, such as the IDEAS™ (Innovation, Design and Emerging Alliances in Surgery) Seminar. An annual event founded in 2011, IDEAS seeks to highlight opportunities for innovative problem solving at the interface of surgery and other disciplines, including engineering, and the physical, biological and social sciences. This year’s topic “Defining Grand Challenges for Surgery and Robotics” featured distinguished faculty from around the country speaking about the latest advances and innovations in the rapidly developing field.
Department of Surgery Leadership
Dr. Elliot Chaikof joined BIDMC as Chair of the Department of Surgery in 2010, bringing a compelling vision for growth and innovation. Dr. Chaikof envisions a “Clinic of the Future” that will deliver an optimal patient experience along the entire clinical continuum that an individual will encounter during his/her treatment. He is also committed to recruiting top-tier faculty from around the nation who bring energy and innovation to the Department of Surgery, as well as expertise to emerging areas - the Division of Surgical Oncology, the Institute for Liver and Pancreatic Surgery, and the Center for Drug Discovery and Translational Research. The recently recruited Vice Chair of Basic and Translational Research is a renowned expert in glycoscience.
In addition, Dr. Chaikof has built the infrastructure for the department, engaging a Chief Administrative Officer to oversee strategic initiatives, and a Director of Communications to revitalize its external communications, elevating the visibility of the Department. Dr. Chaikof is also strongly committed to philanthropy. He invests the time to strategize with the Director of Development (DOD) and meets and cultivates donors.
For additional information on BIDMC’s Department of Surgery’s programs and to review faculty bios, please visit its website: www.bidmc.org/surgery
About the Opportunity
In order to support its ambitious plans in clinical, research and educational initiatives, the Department of Surgery requires significant levels of philanthropic support, and has already demonstrated its commitment to successful fundraising based on a strategic perspective. In this context, it is seeking a Director of Development to continue to build and expand the philanthropy program in support of Surgery and to implement and operationalize the recently developed strategic development planning effort led by the Vice Chair, Director of Development, and Division Chiefs. This position is housed directly within the Department of Surgery, alongside a partner program in communications, allowing for the closest possible collaboration with faculty and Surgery’s administration. The position will report directly to Dr. Chaikof and be a full member of the Surgical Administrative Leadership team.
The DOD will be heavily focused on major gift opportunities, working closely with faculty to further develop a grateful patient program, cases for support, and a plan for fundraising. The DOD is the primary resource to the department faculty and staff on other development related matters, managing requests or directing them to the central development office or other departments, as appropriate. As the program continues to become more successful, the Department will consider cost effective solutions to support growth in activity and program expansion.
Development strategic plans were recently completed for all divisions. An early objective for the DOD will be to work with Dr. Chaikof to prioritize divisions on which to focus and then begin work with the division chiefs and faculty to operationalize the plans by identifying a portfolio of grateful patients who can be approached to support the strategic initiatives.
Since the position’s inception in April 2013, annual gift revenue has increased from approximately $300,000 annually between FY 2010 and FY 2012 to over $3.3 million in FY 2015. Other notable successes include: the establishment of the Feihe Nutrition Laboratory through a $4.5 million corporate gift agreement; the Martin and Diane Trust Career Development Chair in Surgery at an endowed level of $1.5 million through a $1 million anchor gift; and the William S. Silen, MD Endowed Visiting Professorship at an endowed level of $372,000 through a cornerstone gift of $200,000. In February 2015, a commitment was received for a $3.3 million gift to fund a Professorship of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
The DOD will enjoy a collaborative relationship with BIDMC’s central development team, attend monthly meetings with the Senior VP of Development, participate in prospect review, and ensure Surgery’s efforts are integrated and coordinated with those of other development colleagues. The central development office will provide prospect research, gift processing, event support, and other shared services.
About the Position
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional with a strong strategic vision for fundraising and a drive to succeed. S/he will have experience working both with a developing faculty team and in charting new territory. S/he will possess tenacity, a keen entrepreneurial spirit, and be self-directed.
S/he will be familiar with the nature of faculty partnerships and experienced with HIPAA and grateful patient guidelines and sensitivities. Experience in a complex health care setting is highly desirable.
Further, the ideal candidate will demonstrate the intellectual rigor and curiosity required to support leading and innovative surgeons working in lifesaving and transformative clinical and research settings.
The Director will present with ten years of progressive fundraising experience including demonstrated success raising gifts of 6-figures and above.
10 years (or more) of progressive fundraising and leadership development.
Demonstrable experience closing gifts at 6-figures and above.
Strong leadership skills and a high level of motivation.
Ability to build a program by traditional as well as entrepreneurial means.
Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, goal setting, benchmarking, budgeting, and program evaluation.
Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
Collegial, collaborative, and communicative style.
Desire to manage the relationship between a freestanding development function within a department and the central Development Office and across the hospital.
Ability to exercise sound judgment, display sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy.
Must be able to produce clear and consistent documentation, especially in gift proposal, report writing, and other forms of donor communication.
Exhibit evidence of ability to work with a level of ambiguity and display resourcefulness.
E-mail resume and cover letter in confidence to:
Senior Vice President
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is one of the nation's preeminent academic medical centers. We are committed to excellence in clinical care, biomedical research and education and to the health and wellness of our patients and our communities.