Office of Institutional Advancement

Careers in Jefferson's Office of Institutional Advancement


Everything we do in the Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) supports Jefferson’s mission: We improve lives. It’s a tall order, and it’s one we take very seriously. We can’t fulfill our mission without a team of incredibly talented, dedicated professionals, which is why we take recruiting seriously, too. We’re growing quickly, and we want the best of the best; our work is too important for anything less.

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In OIA, our values are Jefferson’s values:

  1. Put people first. Whether we’re dealing with benefactors, Jefferson colleagues, patients, students, or anybody else, we treat everyone with dignity and respect, and we go above and beyond to put people first.
  2. Be bold and think differently. Jefferson is continually redefining what’s possible in the medical, research, and academic spaces. OIA is doing the same for philanthropy. We like big thinkers with bold ideas and the drive to make them happen.
  3. Do the right thing. It’s just the right thing to do. Our standards of integrity and accountability are high because, as a world-class institution, we owe our constituents and colleagues nothing less. 

Our values guide recruiting too. We want to ensure that every candidate has a positive experience with OIA. Part of that is making our process as transparent as possible.

  1. The Application. When you see a position that interests you, click the link on our page to see a description then proceed to Jefferson’s HR site to submit your application.
  2. The Review Process. Our partners in HR review each application and pass along promising resumes to OIA’s Associate Director of Advancement Operations who works with hiring managers to identify the strongest candidates.
  3. The Phone Interview. At this stage, we’ll reach out and schedule time for you to talk with our Advancement Operations folks. We’re hoping to learn more about your background and your goals for your next position, and we’ll share more about the role and what it’s like to work at Jefferson.
  4. The In-Person Interview(s). We insist on in-person interviews, typically two rounds. It helps you get a feel for the team you’ll be working with, and it helps us connect with you too. Most often, you’ll meet with the hiring manager, the immediate team, and others you’ll work closely with in the role. You’ll also meet with our HR partner who can answer questions about benefits and guide you through our onboarding process. Every final candidate meets with our Executive Vice President, Elizabeth Dale and Senior Vice President, Stephen Smith, who are invested in hiring the right people at all levels because it’s that important.
  5. References, the Offer, and Beyond. If you’re selected as the final candidate, our HR partner will ask for your references: two managers and three non-managers. If everything looks good, we’ll present you with a competitive offer letter. Once you’ve accepted  (and we hope you do!), our HR partner will schedule a health screening appointment and initiate a background check.

Open Positions

Assistant Director of Development, TJU
The Assistant Director of Development, TJU will solicit individual donors and prospective donors for major gifts to the University and its priorities. Fundraising activities include, identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of Thomas Jefferson University alumni, prospects, and donors.

Assistant Director of Prospect Management and Analytics
The Assistant Director of Prospect Management and Analytics works as a strategic partner with major gift officers to help build and evaluate prospect portfolios, track prospect activity, collaborate as it pertains to prospect strategies, and provide prospect research support.

Assistant Director of Prospect Research
The Assistant Director of Prospect Research provides detailed background research, financial and demographic analysis, and/or capacity evaluations on prospective donors to Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Health, and its affiliates.

Assistant Director of Strategic Writing
The Assistant Director of Strategic Writing designs personalized and eye-catching proposals for principal benefactors in support of various fundraising priorities at Jefferson including new program development, capital projects, medical research, and student- and patient-oriented initiatives.

Assistant Vice President of Development, Medicine
The Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Medicine will provide leadership and day-to-day management for all of development-related programs for all divisions in the Department of Medicine. As a key member of Jefferson’s fundraising team, the AVP will work with Chair of Medicine, Division Directors, faculty, and other senior administration to develop and implement key fundraising strategies.

Associate Director of Annual Programs
The Associate Director develops fundraising and engagement strategies for all volunteer programs such as Parent Programs, Class Reunions/Agents, Student Programs, and other affinity campaigns to increase annual giving revenue and alumni participation.

Associate Director of Planned Giving
Reporting to the Director of Planned Giving, the Associate Director of Planned Giving provides day-to-day management for planned giving development and increases the visibility and impact of the program across the enterprise.  S/he provides guidance for all aspects of planned giving activities, including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, closure, and stewardship of assigned prospects. 

Business Intelligence Delivery Analyst
The Business Intelligent Delivery Analyst will play a vital role on the Information Management team, and will be involved in all facets of managing our constituent database (currently Raiser’s Edge), developing automated reports and data visualizations, and accurately providing custom requests to colleagues in the Office of Institutional Advancement, as well as colleagues across the enterprise.

Data Scientist
The Data Scientist will play a vital role in creating and expanding the Office of Institutional Advancement’s analytical and predictive capabilities in support of Jefferson’s fundraising and alumni relations programs.

Research Data Analyst
The Research Analyst will be responsible for managing large data sets of constituent information from a variety of sources, analyzing and presenting data and trends, and providing data entry services as needed, including creating records and updating biographical information on constituents, updating and managing data related to the prospect management system, and verifying demographic information in the Raiser’s Edge relational database. 

We care about diversity and inclusion, and we do everything we can to reflect that in our hiring. We love interesting candidates from all backgrounds, even if you’ve taken a non-traditional path, are changing gears, or have taken a few detours along the way. We also keep your resume on file and call promising candidates back when new positions open up—seriously! When we meet somebody we think will be a star, we keep in touch and do our best to find a place for you.

Thanks for your interest in Jefferson OIA. We can’t wait to meet you!

For questions about Jefferson OIA recruiting, contact Taylor Lescallette at