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Principal Gift Officer

VMFH Division Support Services Seattle, Washington
Requisition ID 2022-276035 Employment Type Full Time Department Foundation Hours/Pay Period 80 Shift Day Weekly Schedule 8am to 5pm Remote No Category Philanthropy

In 2020 united in a fierce commitment to deliver the highest quality care and exceptional patient experience Virginia Mason and CHI Franciscan Health came together as natural partners to build a new health system centered around the patient: Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Our combined system builds upon the scale and expertise of our nearly 300 sites of care including 11 hospitals and nearly 5000 physicians and providers. Together we are empowered to make an even greater impact on the health and well-being of our communities.

As a part of our organization, we currently offer the following benefits:

  • Competitive starting wages (DOE) and training to grow within the company
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Flexible health spending accounts (FSA)
  • Matching 401(k) and 457(b) Retirement Programs
  • Tuition Assistance for career growth and development
  • Care@Work premium account for additional support with children, pets, dependent adults, and 
  • household needs
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and your family
  • Voluntary Protection: Group Accident, Critical Illness, and Identify Theft
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Wellness Program
  • Commute Trip Reduction Program - Earn cash back for participation!



This job is responsible for maximizing philanthropic opportunities for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health (VMFH) by engaging principal gift level philanthropists to transform health care and create healthier communities.  Work requires strong focus on a donor-driven approach to fundraising, which involves relationship-building with prospects/donors and providing them the opportunity to invest philanthropically.  Successful job performance also requires comfort/ease in a variety of settings, working routinely with high net-worth individuals, industry leaders as well as Foundation and VMFH leadership. 

An incumbent is responsible for leading the Foundation’s work specifically with high-capacity prospects and donors, ensuring that potential relationships are fostered and cultivated leading to philanthropic commitments of seven figures or more.  Work includes identification of appropriate prospects, portfolio development and management of very high net worth individuals ($1M or more), strategy development, and ongoing cultivation and stewardship activities.  An incumbent is responsible for securing philanthropic support for a changing set of projects and programs addressing specific needs within the individual hospitals/entities and division efforts.

Successful job performance requires considerable knowledge of philanthropic concepts, fundraising principles, the variety of methods/means in which donors make principal-level gifts, standards/practices of philanthropy and the art/science of related relationship-building.  Also requires the ability to demonstrate: 1) strong organization/communications skills; 2) self-motivation, confidence and perseverance in achieving established objectives and 3) the ability/skills to interact and build trust/relationships with very wealthy individuals from a range of social strata and backgrounds sufficient to secure $1,000,000+ philanthropic donations.

Travel will be required, both to meet with prospects and investors, as well as the various entities across the Pacific NW Division.  Work regularly extends beyond a typical work week to accommodate the needs of the specialized constituency.


Education/Work Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a related field, and ten years of related experience in individual donor development and/or fund development, including demonstrated success in securing principal gift support from individuals.   


  • Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) is preferred.

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