Executive Director - Philanthropy

Chambersburg, PA | Professional | Tracking Code: 60419

Position Summary:


General Summary


Under the direction of the WellSpan system Vice President of Philanthropy and in partnership with the Summit Health Foundation board of directors, plans, implements, directs and evaluates a strategic philanthropy program which generates significant support for the Summit Health Foundation. This will include events, corporate giving, community fundraising initiatives and selected annual giving, special gift projects and programs. Implements donor solicitation, cultivation and stewardship events, employee giving, grateful patient and estate giving activities in accordance with system plans. Provides leadership to Foundation. Builds strong community relationships and enhances visibility in the community and the hospital for philanthropy. Works as one integrated philanthropy team to develop best practice philanthropic strategies, build a culture of philanthropy at WellSpan and build standard, efficient processes where appropriate.



Duties and Responsibilities:


1 Builds, maintains and solicits a personal portfolio of 75-100 donors and prospective donors capable of making major and planned gifts.
2 Responsible to meet the annual giving objectives as established by the foundation board.
3 Develops and implements plans to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors at all giving levels.
4 Implements a plan to cultivate planned giving prospects and is responsible to grow the estate gift inventory.
5 Ensures financial effectiveness of all events and interfaces with event beneficiaries. Evaluates ROI of events and recommends changes or adjustments.
6 Recruits and educates an active and engaged foundation board in partnership with WellSpan Summit Health president per established by-laws.
7 Provides input to the WS system solicitation, cultivation and stewardship plan and ensures adherence to same.
8 Provides input to the WS system budget.
9 Ensures that accurate financial and donor record keeping processes are adhered.
10 Follows established funding policies for approval of foundation priorities.
11 Encourages the integration of the foundation within the System and within the community through communication and active involvement.
12 Works collaboratively with the WS system development team to develop a common approach to fundraising and to provide system-wide services which strengthen the capacity and efficiency of development while keeping donor contact locally oriented.
13 Responsible to follow WS system policies and to educate the board and volunteers to same.


Required Skills

Excellent interpersonal skills and leadership skills

Demonstrated initiative, problem solving, analytical and judgement competencies.

Ability and knowledge in selecting, coaching and developing staff.


Ability to perform computer applications skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge);


Strong grant writing skills; ability to handle multiple tasks effectively.




Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree



Required Experience

10 years of successful development implementation including staff and volunteer leadership experience.

5 Years as a director of a non-profit

Experience managing major gift contributions 


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Why WellSpan Health?

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization comprises a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,500 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 19,000 employees and 170 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. We are committed to transforming the health of the communities we serve and to educating the next generation of clinicians, staff and leaders.

Employment Benefits

  • Sign-on incentives for new employees (click here for details)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Life and accidental death insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • PTO bridging
  • Short-term disability
  • Educational assistance
  • Forgivable loan
  • Flexible spending
  • Credit union
  • Employee recreational activities
  • Childcare
  • Complimentary medicine discounts

Diversity & Inclusion

Know, Respect, Include

WellSpan Health believes that diversity includes all the human characteristics that make each of us similar as well as different. We strive to make every person feel welcomed, respected and valued, while creating a safe and inclusive environment where we all have the individual freedom to express our uniqueness in a respectful manner.

WellSpan Health is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. WellSpan Health does, however, have a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy.

Quality of Life

Franklin County, named after Benjamin Franklin, was officially formed in 1784. One of its two main towns, the borough of Chambersburg, lies 13 miles north of Maryland, and is known for its "green, safe environment." In the southern part of Franklin County, the borough of Waynesboro sits just two miles north of the Mason-Dixon Line and is known for its rich industrial history.

Franklin County is in the heart of South-Central Pennsylvania where you'll find mountains, lakes, and a picturesque countryside coupled with theater, music, skiing, hunting, fishing, and much more. We're in the heart of America's fruit orchards, so peaches, apples, and lots of other local produce are available close by. The area features local wineries and breweries, along with a vibrant arts scene at the historic Capitol Theatre and Totem Pole Playhouse. Franklin County merges the best of small-town friendliness with easy access to metropolitan areas. (Patient population: 154,000)