Company: Trudeau Institute Location: Saranac Lake, New York Reporting Relationship: Director and President of the Institute Website: https://trudeauinstitute.org
The Trudeau Institute
Following a diagnosis of tuberculosis in 1873, Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau came to the Adirondack Mountains to convalesce. His time recuperating in the cold mountain air led to a remarkable recovery, and in 1876 he moved his family to Saranac Lake to devote himself to researching and treating the highly infectious disease, which took the lives of one in seven people in the 19th century.
Dr. Trudeau went on to promote the treatment and containment of the disease through exposure to fresh air, adequate rest, good food, and a positive attitude. The Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium he established in 1884 in the Village of Saranac Lake treated thousands of underprivileged people afflicted with the disease. At the height of its success, the?Sanatorium consisted of homes, over 50 buildings, a large main building, many patient and staff cottages, an infirmary, a workshop, a library, a laundry, a chapel, community rooms, and its own post office, Trudeau, N. Y.
Dr. Trudeau also established the first American?laboratory solely dedicated to tuberculosis research. By the 1950s, with the introduction of antibiotic treatment, it was widely believed that the global scourge of tuberculosis had been defeated and that sanitariums had outlived their usefulness. The Trudeau Sanatorium closed its doors in 1954.
In 1956, Dr. Frank Trudeau, E.L. Trudeau’s grandson, closed his private medical practice to devote himself to guiding the transition from sanitarium to a research center devoted to the study of basic biological research. In 1960, the Trudeau Foundation board made an application with the U.S. Public Health Service for a construction grant towards building a new laboratory in Saranac Lake. Following approval of the grant late that year, local Edmond Guggenheim donated land for the new facility, and ground was broken on the laboratory shortly thereafter.
In 1964, with Frank Trudeau at its helm, the Trudeau Laboratory opened its doors for the first time. For the next half century, the mission of Trudeau Institute (as it would come to be known) would be to study the basic mechanisms by which the immune system combats infectious diseases, among them tuberculosis, influenza, cancer, opportunistic infections in the AIDS patient, plague, sepsis, and Lyme disease.
Throughout the years, the Institute’s vision was to find new ways to fight human disease and to identify mechanisms that would lead to the eradication of those diseases, including through the development of more-effective vaccines. During this period, Trudeau scientists were instrumental in establishing many of the basic tenets of cellular immunology and were among the first to define how the immune system remembers previous infections.
Today’s Trudeau Institute is led by Dr. Atsuo Kuki, an accomplished science and technology leader, and is committed to transforming medicine through the fostering of partnerships with world-caliber clinical research and pathogen experts.
Our Trudeau Research Network—comprised of highly-trained research teams who all study some aspect of infection and immunity across a variety of different pathogens—works closely with collaborators to bring translational science to life. Our studies focus not only on immune responses to major infectious diseases, such as TB, influenza, and Zika, but also on the role of the immune system in cancer, autoimmunity, and aging.
Trudeau 3.0 is the modernization of our commitment to global health, and we are now positioned to deliver life-changing medicine from our longtime home here in the Adirondacks.
The Trudeau Institute was founded on a bold premise: that rigorous science, executed from the heart of the Adirondacks, could result in meaningful gains for public health. We’ve honed our signature expertise in immunity against pathogens. Now we’re putting our capabilities to work within larger scale medical research enterprises to combat 21st century global health crises. This is Trudeau 3.0, and we are intrepid in our resolve to safeguard human health in New York State and around the globe.
Trudeau Research Network
Conquering infectious deisease is only possible when large medical research universities, private enterprises, and specialized teams with dedicated facilities like Trudeau 3.0 seamlessly combines forces to transform medicine together.
We offer 75,000 sq. ft of laboratory space, including fully certified Biosaftely Level 2 and Level 3 labs, with expert professional staff for R&D on influenza, tuberculosis, Zika virus, C. difficile, and resistant baceterial infections.
We invite you to join us in advancing this edeavor as we deploy our capabilities to catalyze breakthrough medical advances that impact patients both here and abroad.
Together we will launch another century of innovation, discovery and cures.
Director of Philanthropy
The Trudeau Institute has an exciting opportunity for an experienced fundraiser who will serve as Director of Philanthropy. The incumbent will report to the Director and President of the Institute and will work collaboratively with members of the Board of Trustees to identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects for major gifts and bequests for the purpose of supporting programming, operations, building the endowment and capital improvements.
This position offers the opportunity to help Trudeau Institute build and implement a major gifts strategy to support our ambitious fundraising and programmatic goals. S/he will manage an existing portfolio of individuals and foundations, while leading efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new donors. An advocate for the Trudeau research mission and programs of the Insitite, the Director of Philanthropy will work closely with senior leadership and key researchers to advance the philanthropic efforts of the Trudeau Institute.
The successful candidate will have at least 5-7 years of relevant experience in fundraising, a demonstrated track record in leading large fundraising campaigns with success (securing major gifts $1 million+), a thorough knowledge of the basic principles and practices of fundraising in a national nonprofit environment, strong communication skills and exceptional organization and implementation skills.
The position requires the ability to create and personally deliver a cohesive and compelling story that inspires funders to act, including a deep belief in organizational mission.
Key Responsibilities and Institutional Goals
• Identify, cultivate, and steward donors and prospects in support of a comprehensive major gifts program (individual, corporate, foundation, planned, and online giving). • Team with, and provide fundraising expertise and leadership to, fundraising colleagues, the Director and President, Trustees and Board members. • Develop an ongoing pipeline of donors for increased and leadership giving. • Establish a monthly schedule of prospect/donor meetings. • Acquire and maintain thorough knowledge of Trudeau Institute Research intel and events. • Collaborate on the development of proposals and other fundraising and stewardship materials, with a strong willingness to share and advance best practices. • Collaborate with team on special cultivation and gala opportunities. • Develop systems to ensure that plans are implemented, goals are achieved, timely reports and other stewardship materials are generated, and information is shared. • Create annual fundraising plans with monthly and quarterly benchmarks, in line with longer-term goals.
Professional Experience / Qualifications • Minimum of seven years’ successful major and principal gifts experience. • Proven record of accomplishment of managing high-capacity donors and closing major gifts. • Demonstrated ability in high-level strategic planning, project management and organizational skills. • Superior written and oral communications skills, with keen attention to detail. • Superb presentation skills: dynamic, engaging and inspiring. • Passion for the gravity of the Trudeau mission and history; and the ability to communicate the impact and importance of research. • Tactful exercise of judgment and discretion with sensitive and highly-confidential information. • Excellent interpersonal skills; high degree of emotional intelligence; demonstrated ability to relate well with individuals, both internally and externally. • Flexible and adaptable working style; ability to work both independently and collaboratively. • Entrepreneurially-inclined; resourceful, proactive and results-driven. • Experience with Planned Giving. • Familiarity with database software
Education Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.
Compensation A competitive compensation package will be offered to the finalist candidate. The Institute is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer encouraging women, individuals with disabilities, minorities and veterans to apply.