Director of Development, Major Gifts

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) seeks an established fundraiser to serve as a new Director of Development, Major Gifts. This is a unique opportunity to join a philanthropy team helping support one of the most respected academic medical centers.

Founded in 1972, UTHealth Houston is a comprehensive academic health university in Texas, uniting schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, public health, biomedical sciences, and biomedical informatics. Located in the Texas Medical Center, considered the largest medical center in the world, UTHealth Houston consists of more than 60 owned buildings and leased facilities, with nearly 5 million square feet of usable space. Its mission is to educate health science professionals, discover and translate advances in the biomedical and social sciences, and model the best practices in clinical care and public health. UTHealth Houston has over 2,000 full and part-time faculty and nearly 7,000 staff. It has more than 5,700 students annually and more than 50,000 alumni making a difference around the globe.

This new Director of Development, Major Gifts, is an integral addition to the dynamic team of philanthropy leaders at UTHealth Houston. As they continue to witness a remarkable surge in philanthropic support, the incoming Director will join a distinguished team, contributing to the institution’s legacy and future aspirations across various campus areas. Their development team, comprised of dedicated professionals, has played a pivotal role in UTHealth Houston’s success, culminating in the historic MANY FACES. ONE MISSION. The Campaign for UTHealth raised an astounding $534.4 million in April 2023 – the largest gift of its kind in Houston’s history, thanks to the generosity of over 11,315 donors. With this remarkable achievement, they are excited to welcome a new Director who will help us build upon this incredible momentum. The Campaign raised $534.4 million and became the largest gift of its kind in Houston’s history. More than 11,315 donors contributed to the record sum. UTHealth Houston looks forward to building on the Campaign’s momentum.

The Director of Development, Major Gifts (Director), will play a key role on the development team. The Director will manage a portfolio of donors and look to raise $2 million annually. The Director will develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive fundraising and advancement efforts for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts, planned gifts, endowments, and annual giving programs to benefit the assigned service line or school within the UT Health Science Center at Houston. With the Campaign’s conclusion, UTHealth Houston has an opportunity to steward existing donors and engage new audiences.

The ideal candidate will be a distinguished fundraiser with a proven track record of major gift solicitations. The individual should be an intellectually curious team player. The ideal candidate should have at least five years of related professional experience, preferably in medicine, health care, higher education, or science. Candidates are eligible for hybrid or remote work, but will be required to reside in the state of Texas.

The Director will be deeply committed to advancing the quality of human life by enhancing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and injury and promoting individual health and community well-being. This commitment will be complemented by experience in highly matrixed, complex organizations, ensuring the selected Director can understand and learn organizational relationships and dynamics and use them to achieve objectives.

Please direct all nominations and inquiries to the WittKieffer Candidate portal or to Ashley Buderus and Anissa Conner via email at

Candidates should provide a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile. Application materials can be submitted by using the Candidate portal.

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

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