The Jackson Laboratory

Vice President of Advancement

Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor | US-CT-Farmington
Posted Date 7 months ago(9/6/2019 4:39 PM)
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Reporting to the president and CEO and serving as a member of his senior leadership team, the vice president of advancement (vice president) will work closely with this group and other key constituents to set philanthropic strategy for JAX, define a vision for advancement, and design and implement appropriate infrastructure to support a comprehensive, best-practices program that fosters a culture of philanthropy, furthers organizational priorities, retains existing funders, and attracts substantial new philanthropic support from individual and institutional donors as JAX prepares for its next campaign. Additionally, the vice president will personally and successfully engage a select portfolio of high-net-worth prospects and donors.


The vice president may be flexibly based in New England or in the Greater New York region, but will be expected to travel monthly to meet with staff in both Bar Harbor and Farmington. The ideal candidate will be comfortable managing and engaging with staff and colleagues remotely or in satellite offices, and will be adept at using technology, including videoconferencing platforms, to communicate regularly.


Develop strategies to increase philanthropic revenue, the donor pipeline, and retention. The goals will be to increase the annual fund to $10 million/year, to secure endowment gifts with a minimum value of $150 million over the next seven to ten years, and to increase membership.

  • Work closely with senior management and the board of trustees to cultivate, solicit, manage, and steward a portfolio of principal gift prospects comprised of high-net-worth donors and foundations who will make seven- to nine-figure gifts to the laboratory.
  • Create a clear, specific operational plan with milestones to achieve progress toward long-term and immediate operational and fundraising goals that provide philanthropic support for the laboratory’s mission and strategic priorities.
  • Manage and maintain current donor relationships while cultivating new relationships with donors, corporations, foundations and other philanthropic organizations to build the laboratory’s nonprofit visibility, impact, and diversification of financial resources domestically and globally.
  • Advise the president and CEO, the senior management team, and the board of trustees on the strategy, execution and issues relating to the laboratory’s fundraising program.
  • Working with research scientists and leaders throughout the laboratory, lead the development of a compelling case for support, and provide critical insights that will help to guide the development of messaging and collateral that will appeal to prospective donors whose interests align with the laboratory’s research focus areas and priorities.
  • Maintain ties to national organizations and associations in the field of advancement to remain current with emerging new ideas and approaches to fundraising.


Ideally the successful candidate will bring most, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, characteristics, skills, experience, and personal qualities:

  • 10-plus years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization (research institution experience preferred) with demonstrated success in building a development program.
  • Success dramatically expanding philanthropic revenues in previous institutions including identifying and cultivating donors and securing transformational gifts; demonstrated experience in successfully working with the CEO or president and boards of trustees to secure transformational gifts.
  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) with the ability to translate and convey complex scientific and technical concepts.
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives and work well with individuals from a wide cross section of society.
  • High energy with a collaborative spirit. Inspirational to prospects, donors, the board of trustees, and colleagues.
  • Experience in transforming teams through performance management, realignment, and hiring to achieve higher performance levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, collaborate, and manage relationships in a highly matrixed environment.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to lead, mentor, train, and inspire others, including multiple staff members at different locations.
  • Knowledge of leadership skills and techniques with ability to motivate and guide others toward the accomplishment of individual and shared objectives. This includes experience in planning, prioritizing, executing/delivering, and assigning work; training staff across the organization; and monitoring their daily performance.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills, including the ability to plan, schedule, and carry out multiple simultaneous projects to successful conclusion.
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual and long-term strategic development plans.
  • Self-motivated professional with a passion for the JAX’s mission and vision, willing to take calculated risks while protecting the laboratory’s reputation, leveraging brand assets, and balancing creativity and organization to achieve organizational goals.
  • Organizational leader and team player capable of setting priorities and developing and implementing goals.
  • The ability to passionately model and demonstrate consistently high standards of professional ethics and integrity embodied in JAX’s values, philosophy, mission, and vision.
  • Willing to travel extensively.
  • A personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX, is a nonprofit biomedical research institute with over 2,300 employees whose mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for human disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. A National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, JAX has a mammalian genetics headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine, production facilities in Ellsworth, Maine and Sacramento, California, and a genomic medicine facility, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), in Farmington, Connecticut.

The Jackson Laboratory's 43-acre scenic Bar Harbor, Maine campus is nestled between the Gulf of Maine and the mountains of Acadia National Park. Some of the best hiking and biking in the world (over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, views, and dramatic coastline) is accessible from our campus. We are one mile from downtown Bar Harbor, which offers a vibrant downtown district with a plethora of restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries.

JAX-GM resides in the scenic town of Farmington, Connecticut, in the state’s capitol region. The Hartford region, which offers some of the best public schools in the country, is made up of both bigger cities and smaller, charming historic New England towns.  JAX-GM is also geographically located within 2 hours of Boston and New York and is close to multiple transportation systems, including bus lines, highways, railroads and international airports.

JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients’ lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!

Our Values:

INTEGRITY - Courage and commitment to do what is right

PEOPLE - Inspiring our people to enhance the health of all

ONE TEAM - Unified by our promise to transform medicine and science

EXCELLENCE - Achieving world-class results

INNOVATION - Leading with discovery and creative solutions

STEWARDSHIP - Caring for and enhancing the resources entrusted to us


What do we have to offer?

JAX offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, including a medical plan, outstanding retirement plan, generous paid time off, and tuition reimbursement. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program and an onsite full service cafeteria.


Most importantly, every position contributes to JAX’s mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.


The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.

To apply:

The Jackson Laboratory has engaged Jack Gorman of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the firm by visiting



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