Development Specialist - Foundation Special Events - Hybrid (Some Onsite)

Location: Sunset - 1707 Sunset Houston, Texas 77005
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May 26, 2023

At Houston Methodist, the Development Specialist is responsible for providing support of a variety of projects and the execution of initiatives within the Foundation's Special Event Unit. The Development Specialist relies on appropriate resources to collect relevant data, compile information for management decisions, and ensures the successful execution of related projects.  The projects for this role are minimally anticipated, established and directly linked to the evolution of the Foundation’s operational focus and accomplishment of goals. 

Under the guidance of management, this position assists with creating new donor pipeline strategies through the coordination of special fundraising and community outreach in-person and virtual events for Methodist and the Foundation. Events include bi-annual gala, special receptions, luncheons, dinners, tours and other events involving Senior HM Executives, Board of Directors, and other high level volunteers and prospective contributors.


Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

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  1. Utilizes effective and fluid communications with internal and external stakeholders to ensure collaboration and synergy. (EF)
  2. Proactively maintains familiarity with the work of clinical staff, physicians, and administration to successfully identify appropriate contacts for data collection. (EF)
  3. Under guidance of management ensures assigned deliverables are in line with Foundation goals and objectives. (EF)


  1. Manages small-scale projects and coordinates with key stakeholders and others to ensure department timelines, deliverables and budgets are met. Utilizes technology resources to conduct research for assigned projects. (EF)
  2. Tracks event, project, and/or initiatives success and gathers feedback for future reference. (EF)
  3. Participates on internal committees and task forces as assigned. Follow up on action items as necessary to ensure completion of assignments. (EF)
  4. Works closely with Advancement Services and Development Officers to support strategic moves management for contributor/prospective contributor engagement. (EF)


  1. Provides quality control of printed materials such as high-level meeting agendas, briefing documents, event information, educational and donor materials, power point presentations, etc. This includes following the TMHS style guide, AP style guidelines, verification of accurate logo placement, etc. (EF)
  2. Performs collection, verification and entry of data in Foundation systems, including generating reports. Resolves information discrepancies and assists with data clean up, data archiving and data analysis projects. (EF)
  3. Ensures that philanthropic and donor-centric message is present and consistent in all material, communications, and/or initiatives, both internally and externally to promote goals. (EF)


  1. Manages own time and department resources efficiently. Seeks out opportunities to increase efficiency and productivity for self and department. Supports team goals and metrics through efficient, timely and appropriate issue resolution.(EF)
  2. Submits invoices on time and tracks and adheres to budget for assigned projects, as applicable.


  1. Proactively manages own professional development. Completes and updates the individual development plan (IDP). Ensures own career discussions occur with appropriate management. (EF)
  2. Develops a foundational knowledge of major gift fundraising for healthcare and seeks opportunities to strengthen skill set. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



  • Bachelor's degree required.


  • Three years' experience in communications, development, media relations or marketing, one year of which must be in project management/coordination/event planning.
  • Experience in healthcare fundraising/development preferred.




  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Knowledge of editing and/or familiarity with the AP style guidelines.
  • Flexibility and responsiveness in performing multiple projects simultaneously. Skills; ability to prioritize tasks and follow-through to meet expectations of multiple constituencies.
  • Ability to successfully manage relationships among all levels of the organization, both internally and externally.
  • Highly motivated and able to work well as team player is critical; willing to accept responsibility and be held accountable for projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative to meet deadlines in a time-sensitive, fast paced environment with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong personal work ethic, self-motivated and results-oriented.


Work AttireYes/No
Business professionalYes
Other (dept approved)No


On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.


May require travel withinYes
Houston Metropolitan area 


May require travel outsideNo
of Houston Metropolitan area 

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist is one of the nation’s leading health systems and academic medical centers. Houston Methodist consists of eight hospitals: Houston Methodist Hospital, its flagship academic hospital in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, and seven community hospitals throughout the greater Houston area. Houston Methodist also includes an academic institute, a comprehensive residency program, a global business division, numerous physician practices and several free-standing emergency rooms and outpatient facilities. Overall, Houston Methodist employs more than 27,000 employees and is supported by a wide variety of business functions that operate at the system level to help enable clinical departments to provide high quality patient care.

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