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Senior Director of Development

Posted May 22, 2018

Company: Gilchrist Hospice Care
Senior Director of Development
Baltimore, Maryland

This is an exceptional opportunity for the highly accomplished fundraising leader who possesses deep knowledge of the Greater Baltimore philanthropic community and a desire to use his/her skills at a first-rate, highly regarded nonprofit organization.

The largest hospice provider in Maryland and an affiliate of Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) Healthcare, Gilchrist cares for more than 840 terminally ill individuals every day -- 5,400 patients each year. The organization provides care in three inpatient centers -- Gilchrist Center Towson, Gilchrist Center Howard County, and Gilchrist Center Baltimore -- as well as in patient homes, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, and group homes. “Gilchrist Kids” is the organization’s pediatric hospice, specializing in caring for children with life-limiting diagnoses.  

In addition to hospice, Gilchrist strives to ensure that individuals with serious illness receive coordinated care and guidance. The organization’s Elder Medical Care program provides comprehensive healthcare assessments, management and coordination of care, guidance on advanced care planning, and 24/7 phone access to the Gilchrist primary care team. The organization also offers a wide array of counseling and bereavement services through its Grief Center. Gilchrist’s model of offering hospice, elder care, and counseling is nationally recognized.   

This position reports directly to the President of Gilchrist who also serves as Vice President of Continuing Care Services for GBMC Healthcare, and is currently President of the Hospice Alliance in Maryland.

Position Summary

Reporting to the President of Gilchrist, the Senior Director of Development will oversee a comprehensive philanthropic effort that raises $2 to $3 million annually through nearly 7,000 gifts. The Senior Director is responsible for developing, implementing and managing strategy for major, corporate, foundation, and planned gifts; capital campaigns; special events; and annual giving to meet the short and long-term goals of the organization. As part of these efforts s/he counsels the President on solicitation strategies, serves as lead staff for the Board Philanthropy Committee, carries a portfolio of donors, and effectively leads the development team.   

Qualifications/ Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, master’s preferred; 10+ years’ senior-level development experience (healthcare preferred); broad knowledge of and expertise in leading comprehensive, mission-driven fundraising programs, including capital campaigns and planned giving; and experience representing the organization externally in a high visibility role.

This is an exclusive retained executive search of The Watershed Group, working in partnership with Exceptional Executive Search.
For more information contact:
Nicole Gakidis at or Susan Rogers at

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