Vice President and Chief Development Officer

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Froedtert Hospital seek a collaborative, energetic, innovative and dynamic leader as their next Vice President and Chief Development Officer (CDO). This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced development professional to set the vision and lead the infrastructure in support of the development and alumni functions at a thriving academic medicine enterprise on a trajectory of innovative growth.

MCW is a private, nationally recognized, freestanding health sciences university widely respected as an academically productive center for the education and development of scientists and researchers; graduate and undergraduate medical education programs; basic, translational and population health research initiatives and overall clinical excellence. It is the largest private research institution in Wisconsin and the cornerstone of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus with regional campuses in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin supporting medical education and training.

Froedtert Hospital is a 606-bed academic tertiary care facility and the principal adult hospital affiliate of MCW. Froedtert and MCW form the only academic medical center in Eastern Wisconsin, serving as a regional referral center for advanced medical care. Froedtert is a major teaching and research hospital with more than 1,000 medical, nursing, pharmacy and health technical students in training and participates in over 2,000 clinical trials and research studies each year. In addition, the hospital is one of only two Level I adult trauma centers in the state.

This leader will be an experienced development professional with significant leadership experience, preferably in academic medicine. The CDO will oversee a high-level portfolio of leadership and principal gift prospects, inspire a culture of philanthropy, and lead a team that models high performance, collegiality and professionalism throughout the development organization. The CDO will lead the process by which leadership gift prospects are regularly reviewed and evaluated for the next steps in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. S/he will collaborate with the senior leadership teams of MCW, Froedtert Hospital and their respective Boards to create a unified strategy for the current campaign initiatives.

The CDO will possess a successful track record as a collaborator, builder of teams and programs and a visionary with an impressive strategic planning and campaign experience. This leader will have the interpersonal and communication skills necessary to establish strong relationships and partnerships internally and externally. Experience with grateful patient fundraising would be a decided advantage. Additional information, including a Leadership Profile, can be found at

Nominations and applications should be submitted, preferably via e-mail, to the consultants supporting Medical College of Wisconsin in this search. All materials will be treated as confidential. To make a confidential inquiry please contact our search consultants: Mercedes Chacon Vance or Kim Brettschneider at Witt/Kieffer: or via phone: 630-575-6175.

The material presented in this leadership profile should be relied on for informational purposes only. This material has been copied, compiled, or quoted in part from Medical College of Wisconsin documents and personal interviews and is believed to be reliable. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the original source documents and factual situations govern.