University of Southern California, Assistant Vice President, Health Sciences Development
Company Profile

The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the most dynamic universities in the country.  Its remarkable trajectory in recent years has been marked by transformational gifts that have enabled the University to recruit superb faculty and to elevate programs across the University.  In doing so, it has become an increasingly selective and prestigious university.  USC’s vibrancy is matched by its home city of Los Angeles, a nexus of commerce, culture and intellectual capital.  


Under the leadership of President C. L. Max Nikias since 2010, USC claims a multitude of exceptional programs – in areas where it is traditionally strong as well as new schools and disciplines. In order to ensure that USC continues its ascent into the ranks of the most elite research universities, President Nikias has set forth a bold vision for the Keck School of Medicine of USC.  Just as digital technology defined the research focus and excellence of universities in the 20th century, so will the health sciences in the 21st.  The Keck School of Medicine strives to rank among the top private research medical schools in the nation.  This will be achieved through groundbreaking discoveries in basic science and clinical research, excellence in the school’s education of the next generation of academic clinicians and basic scientists, and the delivery of the most advanced patient care.


The Keck School of Medicine (Keck Medicine), located on USC’s Health Sciences Campus near downtown Los Angeles, comprises the integrated research, teaching and clinical care activities related to medicine and the health sciences at USC.  Keck is home to renowned faculty and prestigious research centers. Its clinical network–where research breakthroughs are translated into clinical care and students and residents receive hands-on training–includes three University-owned hospitals, two affiliated hospitals and a growing network of physician practices and outpatient facilities.  This integrated healthcare enterprise is poised to lead the medical field in the new century.


Job Description

The primary responsibility of the Assistant Vice President, Health Sciences Development is to plan, direct and execute the Health Sciences Campus advancement program as it relates primarily to department and institute fundraising and foundation relations fundraising. In partnership with the Dean of the Keck School of Medicine and the Vice President of Advancement and Health Sciences Development and other key advancement leaders, the Assistant Vice President will elevate and propel HSC’s current and future funding priorities through major and leadership philanthropic funding.  


The Assistant Vice President participates in the planning of the overall university development strategy, serves as the principal liaison between assigned clinical and institute program offices and university/HSC development, and personally manages a portfolio of leadership, principal and major gift prospects. The Assistant Vice President will report to the Dean of the Keck School of Medicine and the Vice President of Advancement and Health Sciences Development.  He/she oversees approximately 15 gift officers and two shared administrative staff.  The number of staff is expected to grow over the next five years as USC moves into the second phase of the Campaign for the University of Southern California.


In addition to the aforementioned responsibilities, additional duties include but are not limited to: work closely with the Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief of Staff at the Keck School on all issues related to Keck educational, research and clinical initiatives; work closely with the Vice President for Advancement and Health Sciences Development on fundraising strategy and execution, personnel issues, operations, and budget issues related to KSOM’s advancement program.  


In partnership and consultation with the Vice President, provide leadership and direction for the HSC and particularly KSOM’s major and leadership gift program, including direct supervision of professionals directing department major gift programs. Advise the Vice President for Advancement on the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects; frame strategy and tactics leading to timely solicitation of assigned major gift prospects; work closely with the Vice President and Dean with a high level of trust and confidentiality that ensures integrity of the advancement program and that of major donors and prospects.  



Date Created:
13 May 2017
Primary Contact:
Name: Mindy Cohen
Job Title: co-Founder/Vice President
Business Phone: 301-320-9007 ext 102
Secondary Contact:
Name: Diane Charness
Job Title: President
Business Phone: (301) 320 9007 ext 101