Organization: Sinai Health System

Location: Chicago, IL

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About The Sinai Health System:

Sinai Health System (Sinai) is an urban, teaching healthcare system comprised of 7 member institutions, 800 medical staff members and 4,000 employees. Founded in 1919 as a 60-bed hospital to serve needy Eastern European Jewish immigrants and to train Jewish physicians denied educational opportunities elsewhere, Sinai has a rich history of catering to the underserved. Today, Sinai predominantly serves the African American and Latino communities of Chicago and aims to improve the health of the individuals and populations they serve. Under the leadership of President & CEO Karen Teitelbaum, who was promoted from EVP & COO in 2014, Sinai is well on its way to becoming a national model for the delivery of urban health care.

Sinai reaches half of the city of Chicago, serving over 1.5 million people. Located on the West and Southwest sides of the city, Sinai’s member institutions collectively deliver a full range of high-quality outpatient and inpatient services, as well as a large number of innovative community-based health, research and social service programs. Sinai meets the community’s needs with quality, rivaling top hospitals in Chicago and nationally.

Sinai’s member institutions include:

Mount Sinai Hospital Chicago: A 319-bed teaching hospital that provides medical, surgical, behavioral health, therapeutic and diagnostic services to the greater Chicago area. Proving to be a national model for the delivery of urban health care, Mount Sinai Hospital ranks among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide in 75 percent of national hospital quality measures.

Holy Cross Hospital: A 274-licensed bed community hospital that provides medical, surgical, intensive, emergency, labor and delivery, rehabilitation, outpatient and primary care services as well as a Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care unit. Holy Cross Hospital has achieved the Health Facilities Accreditation Program Primary Stroke Center certification.

Sinai Children’s Hospital: The hospital offers high-quality care from specialty treatment to emergency services. The children’s hospital includes a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric trauma care and pediatric surgery and anesthesiology. A wide range of specialty pediatric care is available at Sinai Children’s Hospital, including gastroenterology, nephrology, allergy, hematology, endocrinology and neurology.

Sinai Medical Group: This team provides a wide range of medical and surgical specialties, at Mount Sinai Hospital and at Sinai Health System sites in the Chicago area. This group includes more than 250 employed specialists and primary care physicians who are committed to providing high-quality care.

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital: Accredited as the first rehabilitation hospital in the Midwest, Schwab continues to redefine health care delivery for the lives of patients. Last year, nearly three-quarters of inpatients re-entered their communities from Schwab’s newly expanded, comprehensive Chicago rehabilitation hospital, located just three miles from Chicago’s Loop.

Sinai Community Institute (SCI): A community-based health and social service provider, SCI is committed to helping families and individuals improve their own health status. SCI operates within the nurturing environment provided by Sinai Health System with a mission to help families improve their health and well-being by offering quality education, job readiness, programs for senior citizens, case management and nutritional services to women, men and their families – as well as by making affordable health services and community resources accessible.

Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI): Founded in 2000 with the belief that in order to serve constituents well, SUHI providers need to understand not just the patients, but the community at-large. SUHI has a diverse group of epidemiologists, research assistants and community health educators who are involved in social epidemiology, program implementation and evaluation, teaching and consulting. A major component of SUHI’s work involves examining the impact of social issues, such as poverty, on health. SUHI has brought more than $26 million in funding to Sinai to improve the health of the community.

Sinai Health System is characterized by a deep commitment for helping people. This commitment extends beyond the physical facilities into its community. Sinai’s next chapter, with an influx of funding, will enable it to cement its role as a national model for the delivery of urban healthcare.

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The Opportunity:

At this important moment in its history, Sinai Health System is seeking to add a top tier development professional to lead its philanthropic outreach. Through this hire, Sinai will transform and reach a new and aspiring level of philanthropic success – one that will put Sinai on a sustainable path for accomplishment in the coming years.

Reporting to, and partnering closely with, President & CEO Karen Teitelbaum, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will work with the Board, executive team, development team, donors and other key constituents to advance Sinai’s development efforts.

The CDO will be instrumental in driving Sinai’s future success. The CDO, working with the Board of Directors, President & CEO and executive leadership, will be responsible for setting the strategy for development efforts and executing on that plan. Additionally, the CDO will oversee and drive the implementation of Sinai’s capital campaign, Sinai Tomorrow, launched in 2009, which has an overall goal of $24M, with $12M having already been pledged.

Key metrics for success of this new role include:

  • Positioning Sinai for long-term, sustainable success through strong and growing philanthropic support;
  • The Executive Team and Board of Directors share in Sinai’s approach to advancement – one that creates a true culture of philanthropy throughout the organization;
  • Annual and capital fundraising is robust and meets and exceeds the needs of the health system;
  • The Development Department will have policies and practices in place to assure an appropriate level of transparency in, and reporting to, the community;
  • The Development staff will clearly understand expectations and will be engaged, driven and motivated; and
  • Constituents acknowledge a sense of stewardship and gratitude consistent with the Sinai culture and mission.

Candidate Profile:

The Chief Development Officer will be a bold thinker and a strategic, yet ‘hands-on’ executor who will establish and lead a best-in-class development program. As a member of Sinai’s Executive Team, s/he will bring a genuine passion for Sinai’s mission coupled with deep experience driving fundraising success. The CDO will enhance Sinai’s overall approach to advancement – one that creates a true culture of philanthropy throughout the organization, improves and develops sustained success in contributed revenue and ultimately fulfills Sinai’s mission and achieves its vision.

The ideal candidate will have the following personal competencies and characteristics:

An Expert in Development: The CDO will be an experienced leader in the field of development with a measurable track record of success. S/he will have demonstrated expertise with a wide range of fundraising channels, with particular focus on major donors and capital campaigns. In consultation with the Board of Directors and the Advancement Committee, the CDO will develop and oversee the implementation of a comprehensive and prioritized annual and multi-year development plan. S/he will flourish in a diverse community and be energized by the prospect of building a development department, implementing processes and best practices. S/he will have a strong data and analysis orientation and a proven ability to use metrics to drive development decisions and achieve strategic objectives.

A Relationship Builder and Communicator: The CDO will be skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships at multiple levels with varied constituencies including Sinai’s Board of Directors, Committees, donors, executive team, development team, medical professionals and other staff. S/he will be a confident and articulate communicator with the ability to work fluidly across all levels. The CDO will have an inspirational approach to building collaboration and buy-in and generating support from stakeholders. S/he will be a charismatic, high-energy leader who can talk with all constituents and successfully convey Sinai’s objectives. Collaborating closely with the President & CEO, the CDO will implement a comprehensive and multi- faceted donor communication and stewardship strategy ensuring donor satisfaction. S/he will have a strong working relationship with the Board and will be a proactive communicator at all times.

Strategic Leadership and Management Acumen: The CDO will be a strategic and results-oriented leader who, along with the President & CEO, sets and articulates a vision for the organization’s next fundraising chapter, builds and executes a development plan and evaluates outcomes with a metrics based approach. S/he will assess, direct and build the development staff. The CDO will be an approachable leader who supports a culture of collaboration among the development team, health system staff, medical professionals and Board as well as Sinai’s other diverse stakeholders. S/he will partner closely with the Board of Directors through the Advancement Committee to leverage relationships with current and prospective donors.

A Passion for the Mission: The CDO will have a passion for Sinai’s mission and a commitment to Chicago’s diverse communities and the people they serve. S/he will embrace Sinai’s culture, while continually innovating to help expand its brand and reach. The CDO will be an empathic, charismatic leader, treating others with respect and will have strong faith in humanity. S/he will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.

A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.


Koya Leadership Partners has been exclusively retained for this search. This search is being led by Alison P. Ranney, Marissa Martin and Liz Lombard.

To express your interest in this role, please submit your resume using Koya’s online link: or email Alison, Marissa or Liz directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit