Director of Advancement for Neurosurgery


WittKieffer is proud to be supporting the University of Utah Health Office of Advancement in its search for a new Director of Advancement for Neurosurgery.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Advancement and the Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, the director works to actively identify potential donors, cultivate and nurture positive relationships, and solicit philanthropic support for key department initiatives. The role requires a tenacious, positive and collaborative personality and a willingness to try creative strategies to meet goals. The director is responsible for managing a dynamic portfolio of 25-50 major gift prospects capable of making gifts of $25,000 or more. In close collaboration with the department chair, the director will develop an annual workplan outlining key departmental fundraising priorities and donor strategies.

The director of advancement for neurosurgery will identify major gift prospects, develop and implement a solicitation strategy for each prospect, and make at least 150 meaningful contacts per year. They must solicit a minimum of 12-15 major gifts annually. The director will also prepare written proposals, informational materials, endowment agreements, gift illustrations and other materials needed to secure major gifts. The ideal candidate will have a background in grateful patient fundraising and experience in academic medicine, and be very comfortable partnering with clinicians to coordinate their participation in major gift fundraising activities. At least five years of progressively responsible experience in institutional development/advancement with a focus on major gifts is required; equivalent experience outside of higher education may substitute for experience in education. A bachelor's degree is preferred.

Through world-class patient-focused care, innovative clinical and laboratory research, and specialized academic training, the Department of Neurosurgery provides complete neurosurgical expertise to patients with cranial and spinal diseases and disorders. The department chair, William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD, is recognized internationally for his expertise in skull base surgery and is a past president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. The University of Utah Health has been ranked in the top 10 in the nation for quality of care for more than a decade and is actively growing. Salt Lake City offers a spectacular mix of city life and nearby natural solitude with plenty of family-friendly activities and a diverse population of more than 1.2 million.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. The search process is currently underway and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials should be submitted by using the WittKieffer Candidate Portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Ben Haden and Kati Sweaney at

As a part of the University of Utah, the University Advancement division is deeply committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).  We embrace this commitment to grow and maintain a diverse, safe, and inclusive workplace culture for all employees in University Advancement.  With an increasingly diverse population of alumni and donors, we recognize that nationally the most successful advancement offices employ individuals who can connect with these diverse communities and understand approaches that mirror a broad perspective of cultures, values, and experiences.  The long-term strength and viability of the University of Utah stem from the ongoing EDI practices, and we work intentionally to ensure these efforts are reflected in all aspects of our fundraising and advancement work.  We highly encourage applications from historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military, and others who would bring additional dimensions of education and experience to our team.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email: .

Specific details

Organization University of Utah Health
Contact Person Ben Haden
Phone 6309901370
Closing Date ---
Salary Range Not Specified