Assistant Director of Advancement

Position: Assistant Director of Advancement

Job ID: 159921

Location: US-TX-Houston


Talent Area: Professional - Non-Clinical

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: 8am-5pm

About Texas Children's Hospital

The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (Duncan NRI) was established by Texas Children’s Hospital in 2010 as the world’s first basic research institute dedicated to childhood neurological diseases. Building on our considerable strengths in genetics, neuroscience, and pediatrics, the Duncan NRI provides scientists with a world-class technology infrastructure carefully designed to foster collaboration among 30 basic faculty and more than 300 clinician-scientists with the goal of accelerating the pace of discoveries from bench to bedside into developing treatments for both childhood and adult neurological diseases.   To join our community of dedicated team members, visit for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at   Texas Children’s is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions at Texas Children's without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.  


We are searching for an Assistant Director of Advancement for a world-class neurological research institute. In this position, you will oversee the campaign management and logistics, leading and supporting cultivation and stewardship of local, national and global donor relationships to drive multi-million annual fundraising goals. This includes but is not limited to prospect discussions with Philanthropy Advisors (major gift officers) and other MPRP (Marketing, Public Relations and Philanthropy) team members, writing and collaboration materials, prospect strategy, e-newsletters, power point presentations for faculty, Senior Director, Advancement and NRI Director, and videography coordination. The Assistant Director will also manage the pipeline development and oversee donor relations and be the primary person to synthesize information provided by NRI faculty to present to donors and philanthropy team. Further, the Assistant Director, Advancement will support NRI operations as needed.


Think you’ve got what it takes?

Responsibilities :

  • Guide donor management and support strategy for principal and major gift prospects
  • Provide guidance and rigorous interactions with MPRP team, especially major gift officers who have NRI prospects
  • Provide leadership support and strategy for NRI Advancement in partnership with marketing and public relations teams
  • Lead and manage the Donor Relations Advisor
  • Cultivate donors in New York and San Francisco, offering outreach and opportunities for the NRI Director and Senior Director, Advancement
  • Collaborate with NRI operations team and identify and create systems that support fundraising advancement
  • Support Institutional advancement agenda to position organization for future NIH support
  • Collaborate with all members of MPRP team, initiating innovative ways in which to communicate
  • Oversee e-newsletters, direct mail, and creative virtual communication platforms


  • Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any booster dose(s) of the COVID-19 vaccine recommended by the Centers for Disease Control when eligible, is required for all employees at Texas Children’s, unless approved for a medical or religious exemption.
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3 years fundraising experience required
  • 3 years project management experience required
  • 3 years major gift experience preferred
  • 3 years leadership experience preferred

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