Development Officer (Mercy)

Mercy Medical Center
Baltimore, MD

Mercy Health Services has selected Development Resources, inc. to lead a search for a Development Officer charged with expanding individual giving to Mercy Medical Center, a community-driven Baltimore healthcare institution.

Mercy Medical Center has a distinguished history of serving the Baltimore, MD community since its founding in 1871. Following the example set by its founding Sisters of Mercy, the Medical Center has set a standard for providing compassionate care to residents of Baltimore and surrounding areas for more than 100 years. During that time, it has evolved into one of the region’s premier healthcare providers. By attracting respected physician leaders, Mercy has carefully built centers of excellence in women’s services, orthopedics, cancer care, digestive health, and a variety of surgical specialties, while maintaining its traditional strength in primary care and community medicine.

Mercy Medical Center seeks a Development Officer to play a primary role in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual donors. The Development Officer will perform foundational work to support the fundraising program’s growth—including prospect research and database management—while broadening and deepening relationships that inspire investment in Mercy as a backbone of local community.

The ideal Development Officer will be an exceptional relationship builder, with enthusiasm for engaging stakeholders of all backgrounds, building networks among donors and volunteers, and developing broad-based partnerships. S/he will have a record that demonstrates good instincts, creativity, and persistence in managing long-term relationships; a trustworthy and sincere demeanor that comes across equally with a diverse range of people; and excellent organizational skills necessary to work in the multi-faceted fundraising program of a complex institution. The ideal Development Officer will have experience applying these skills successfully in community-driven and Baltimore-based organizations.


The ideal Development Officer will have:

  • 5 to 7 years of progressively responsible experience in non-profit development; experience in a healthcare institution is useful but not required.
  • Primary responsibility for all phases of donor portfolio management, with a high-touch cultivation style that includes an active schedule of face-to-face visits.
  • Track record of securing 5-figure gifts from individuals.
  • Proven ability to develop strategies that expand a donor base and increase revenue.
  • Knowledge of Baltimore philanthropic communities and commitment to community-based organizations.
  • Ability to work flexibly with a diverse range of people.
  • Bachelor’s degree.