Henry Ford Health System Senior Development Officer in Detroit, Michigan


Under the direction of the Vice President of Major Gifts, the Senior Development Officer, Philanthropy is responsible for developing, organizing and managing all fundraising strategies and activities within one of the Henry Ford Health System’s Centers of Excellence.


The Senior Development Officer develops and implements fundraising plans for one of our innovative Centers of Excellence. Fundraising plans include annual giving activities, major gifts, cultivation activities, planned giving, stewardship/donor recognition activities, prospect research, proposal writing directed toward the capital and programmatic needs for the Center. This position requires the ability to identify, cultivate and solicit major donors for $25,000 and above gifts.

  • Solicits donations for Henry Ford Center of Excellence projects from various sources including individuals, foundations, and corporations.

  • Works to identify giving opportunities within their department to include, but not limited to, capital, programmatic and endowment needs.

  • Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops and professional affiliations.

  • Works closely with medical leadership to identify grateful patients as potential major gift donors whose interests coincide with Henry Ford Health System. Works closely with other leadership to leverage community relationships they have established with individuals, volunteers, corporations and other community partners. Works with research manager to research relationship to HFHS, interests including those outside of HFHS, giving history, gift ranges, giving potential and similar information of current and prospective donors.

  • Creates strategies and manages relationships with current and prospective major gift donors; facilitates meetings between current and prospective donors and HFHS physicians, community physicians and leadership; plans strategy for prospect cultivation and donor recognition events.

  • Working closely with system and medical leadership to identify and develop case statements representing product lines that match Henry Ford Health System priorities; works with appropriate internal and external staff to develop written case statements that match System priorities with donor interests.

  • Spends approximately 70% of time interacting with donors, volunteers, community leaders, hospital leaders and prospective donors. Manages a portfolio of approximately 100 prospects.

  • Engages appropriate major gift donors and prospects in the programs at Henry Ford Health System: Provides on-going information on relevant programs and overall strategies that may be a funding fit; provides on-going information on use and impact of gifts; engages donors and prospects in System activities and ensures proper recognition of all major gifts; plans targeted outreach activities aimed at increasing the donor pool and cultivating/stewarding existing prospects; cultivates and educates prospects and donors through personal visits and written and oral communications.

  • Develops a proposal strategy for major gift solicitations from individuals, corporations and foundations which clearly articulate the need for a contribution and links this need to the prospective donors' giving interests.

  • Assists in prioritizing proposals and may research, write and edit correspondence to current and prospective donors including introduction letters, gift acknowledgments and reports on the use of grant funds.


  • Minimum of Bachelor's degree from four-year college in related field


  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in fundraising including Capital Campaign and Major Gift Solicitation or related experience.


    Henry Ford Health System, one of the largest and most comprehensive integrated U.S. health

    care systems, is a national leader in clinical care, research and education. The system includes

    the 1,200-member Henry Ford Medical Group, five hospitals, Health Alliance Plan (a health

    insurance and wellness company), Henry Ford Physician Network, a 150-site ambulatory

    network and many other health-related entities throughout southeast Michigan, providing a

    full continuum of care. In 2015, Henry Ford provided $299 million in uncompensated care.

    The health system also is a major economic driver in Michigan and employs more than 24,600

    employees. Henry Ford is a 2011Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. The

    health system is led by President and CEO Wright Lassiter III. To learn more, visitHenryFord.com.


    Whether it's offering a new medical option, helping you make healthier lifestyle choices or

    making the employee enrollment selection experience easier, it's all about choice. Henry

    Ford Health System has a new approach for its employee benefits program - My Choice

    Rewards. My Choice Rewards is a program as diverse as the people it serves. There are

    dozens of options for all of our employees including compensation, benefits, work/life balance

    and learning - options that enhance your career and add value to your personal life. As an

    employee you are provided access to Retirement Programs, an Employee Assistance Program

    (Henry Ford Enhanced), Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Employee Health and Wellness

    and access to day care services at Bright Horizons Midtown Detroit, and a whole host of other

    benefits and services.

    Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

    Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Henry Ford Health System is committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, size, height, weight, marital status, family status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and genetic information, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.