at Duke University and Duke University Health System

Durham, North Carolina

School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.


As a member of Duke Cancer Institute’s (DCI) Development team, the Director of Strategic Event and Community Partnerships will be responsible for the strategic development, implementation, management, evaluation and overall success of the community engagement   fundraising program. This position provides direction, fosters growth and innovation and sets strategy for community partners, signature events, corporate and foundation partners, communications, digital promotion and stewardship, building a philanthropic pipeline through DCI fundraising events.


The position will be responsible for raising the profile of DCI in the community and across the country through fundraising and community engagement events, digital fundraising campaigns and social media.  The director will contribute to and support the overarching strategy and direction of DCI by enhancing    the donor pipeline and stewarding donors, and will oversee the development of strategic messaging that enables and enhances all development efforts promoting DCI’s benefit events.


The director develops key relationships with targeted audiences, including but not limited to donors, community members, corporate sponsors, foundations, physicians, patients and their families. The director will manage one staff member, report to the Senior Associate Director for DCI Development, and work collaboratively with colleagues in Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs in addition to working collegially throughout the Duke University community to maximize financial support for Duke Cancer Institute.



Strategic Direction and Relationship Development (30%)

Provides strategic philanthropic direction on benefit events, signature events, and online giving campaigns. This position will establish and implement comprehensive event metrics and advise on fundraising trends to ensure a data driven approach to our work. The director will provide strategic advice on community partner and benefit event programs to increase philanthropy and community support and partnership. The Director of Community Engagement will foster partnerships with third-party fundraising events with the intent to position DCI as a premier community philanthropic partner.


  • Identify, cultivate, and facilitate the development of a community of fundraisers focused on raising money for DCI. 
  • Create an effective pipeline of annual donors to provide a steady flow of prospects, donors and volunteers to higher levels of giving.
  • Serve as the liaison in key relationships with partners, such as benefit event organizers, cause marketing partners, foundations, DCI board members, physicians, staff, and volunteers.


Event & Campaign Oversight (30%)

  • Manage DCI signature fundraising events, such as Tee Off vs. Cancer, Tackle Cancer Tailgate, etc.
  • Manage and support 3rd party events as needed.
  • Orchestrate and manage all facets of donor and Board of Advisors salon events.
  • Identify individuals and organizations interested in raising unrestricted or programmatic support on behalf of the DCI.  Strategically pursue ways to increase the number of events which benefit the DCI.
  • Work with DHDAA Director of Engagement to manage the DCI relationship with Blackbaud. 
  • Directly support personal fundraising initiatives and establish digital fundraising campaigns through our Blackbaud platform always looking to enhance our digital fundraising presence by staying on top of industry best practices in digital fundraising.
  • Identify faculty members to feature at events. 
  • Prepare event briefings and assist with staff travel arrangements and event preparation.  Provide staffing as appropriate. 
  • Assist with faculty symposiums as needed to include sponsorships, marketing and event day management
  • Attend events as necessary, speaking on behalf of DCI and coordinating check presentations and follow up publicity.


Program and Staff Management (20%)

Manage the Project Coordinator for Community Engagement, including hiring, onboarding, training, and performance management.

  • In collaboration with the Senior Director, determine program annual fundraising goals and expectations, align and manage staff resources accordingly to achieve goals.
  • Analyze donor giving results, event ROI and trends. Make recommendations for appropriate gift strategies and follow-up.
  • Contribute to decisions relating to operations and budget prioritization.
  • Work with business office to ensure processing of all event donations and registration fees.
  • Order necessary merchandise for events maintaining a stock of DCI giveaways.
  • Oversee ordering and tracking of DCI Boutique merchandise.
  • Manage the DCI relationship with the V Foundation Victory Ride
  • Oversee the Blue Devils vs. Cancer Program


Stewardship and Pipeline Building (10%)

  • Develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for benefit event organizers and individual prospects, working with administration, faculty, and volunteers as appropriate.
  • Work with Duke University Alumni Relations and Duke Medicine School of Medicine and School of Nursing Alumni Relations as needed to raise the profile and involvement of DCI with Duke Alumni.  Formulate and coordinate a strategic plan for involvement by key faculty to participate in alumni events across the country, thereby raising the awareness of the DCI.
  • Work with the Executive Director of Development, senior leadership, and faculty in the recognition and prioritization of institutional and departmental funding needs; keep abreast of institutional programs and suggest potential ways to utilize technology to build pipeline.
  • Oversee the development of the program’s stewardship plans for event organizers and participants, assist in drafting proposals, content for websites, and other materials as necessary
  • Coordinate a follow up stewardship and communication plans for participants in each DCI event.


Communications (10%)

  • Develop, evaluate, and refine plans and timetables for communication strategies and messages for major initiatives.  Identify constituencies to target, develop messages and overall strategies to increase exposure at events and encourage attendance.
  • Create marketing and communication plans for online fundraisers utilizing social media and partnerships across Duke Health to assist with promotion.
  • Design and distribute event promotional materials as needed
  • Make recommendations for strategic partnerships that have media and marketing implications.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.



The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.





  • A well-developed understanding of fundraising, demonstrated leadership abilities as well as a history of developing collaborative partnerships and prospects.
  • Development or related experience, including events management, volunteer management, prospect management and successful track record of solicitations and stewardship.
  • Must possess strong project management skills
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills
  • High level of creativity, initiative and motivation
  • Strategic and innovative thinker
  • Must demonstrate sound judgment and pledge to honor the privacy and confidentiality rules and policies of Duke Cancer Institute and Duke University.
  • Position demands excellent interpersonal and written communications skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Team orientated and collaborative
  • Proven ability to develop community relationships
  • Healthcare experience is a plus
  • Experience with Blackbaud and digital fundraising is a plus
  • Experience with Smartsheet is a plus
  • Some travel, nights and weekends may be required



Minimum Qualifications




Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.




Work requires six years experience in alumni affairs, public relations, sales and promotions, marketing, fund raising, student activities, program administration or a related field to acquire skills necessary to coordinate a variety of special events and administer related activities.  OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Durham, North Carolina

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

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