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Senior Director of Development
Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Date Posted 08/06/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to support the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a global leader in research on nutrition and chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes, cancer, and dementia, among others. The discoveries made by Pennington scientists have changed the way America eats, exercises, and ages for over 30 years. The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is a campus of Louisiana State University, Louisiana’s flagship public university. As one of the top nutrition research centers in the country, Pennington’s discoveries have paved the way to new treatments and cures for chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

The Senior Director of Development will be responsible for creating PBRF’s high-level fundraising strategy and managing implementation of all of PBRF’s fundraising efforts. The Senior Director of Development will work closely with the President/CEO and Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented and motivated individual to play a key role in expanding PRBF’s reach nationally and globally.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy reflective of national and international giving trends

  • Lead and manage implementation of the fundraising strategy

  • Create and grow a major gifts program focused on identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of philanthropic support

  • Build strong relationships with a diverse base of 50-100 current and prospective donors

  • Work in close coordination with the President/CEO and the Board of Directors

  • Oversee a high-quality donor experience through correspondence, donor engagement, professional proposals, mailings, in-person meetings, and acknowledgments

  • Develop, cultivate, and nurture strong relationships with PBRC Faculty

  • Perform other duties as required


  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to speak and write effectively and persuasively

  • Must be able to draft compelling proposals and solicitation letters

  • Must be a self-starter and demonstrate confidence to design a comprehensive fundraising strategy, as well initiate donor visits and calls

  • Positive and optimistic attitude

  • Proven track record securing five and six figure gifts while creating and maintaining meaningful relationships with donors

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree preferred; CFRE certification desired

  • Excellent comprehension of current fundraising best practices in terms of protocol, procedures, and data management

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in professional fundraising, preferably with a science, health, or research nonprofit

  • Ability to work independently and part of a team

  • Ability to manage time well when facing competing priorities

  • Proven ability to work effectively and build strong working relationships with a diverse group of external and internal stakeholders

  • High degree of integrity, initiative, and resourcefulness

  • Familiarity with national and international giving trends

  • Willingness to travel desired

  • Previous experience managing a team of development professionals desired

Competitive compensation and benefits package includes: health, life, disability, vision, and dental insurance; a 403(b) retirement plan; and vacation, parental, and sick leave.

The location of this position is flexible.

Please send a cover letter and resume to

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