Nonprofit organization seeking Director of Development – Lancaster, PA

The Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic is seeking a highly motivated and energetic candidate for the position of Director of Development.  LCPC is an independent nonprofit organization, founded in 1938, that provides multidisciplinary medical and dental care for infants, children and adults with cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial conditions.  The clinic is the first of its kind in the world and created the model of “team-based” treatment planning for cleft care.

LCPC treats approximately 2500 cleft and craniofacial patients annually.  The clinic is an active research site and houses orthodontic, surgical and psychosocial clinical outcome projects. The clinic is also the site of active nonprofit dental practices in pediatric and general dentistry, orthodontics, and maxillofacial prosthodontics for cleft and non-cleft patients in Lancaster and the surrounding communities.  All proceeds of dental care support the primary mission of the clinic.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum 3 to 5 years of development experience in a nonprofit and/or healthcare setting.  Superior interpersonal and writing skills are a must. The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director and work collaboratively with other team members to achieve annual fundraising goals for the clinic.  Compensation will be commensurate with experience.  Benefits may include medical insurance, disability insurance, a 401K and discounted dental care. A flexible work schedule may be arranged.  Interested candidates may contact

Primary Responsibilities: Position is responsible for the overall planning, execution and assessment of the Clinic’s development program in support of its mission and programs.  This includes:

  • Articulating and fulfilling the organization’s mission through appropriate philanthropic activities, programs, and communication.
  • Cultivation, stewardship and relationship management with multiple constituencies: current donors, former major donors, grateful families, board members, former board members, staff, business & corporate representatives, community leaders, foundation representatives, political leaders and other non-profits.
  • Capital, annual, grants/grant writing, government support, major sponsorship and special project campaigns.
  • Endowment, major and deferred gifts.
  • Volunteer recruitment, stewardship, cultivation and major gift solicitation training.
  • Oversight and coordination of a comprehensive development program: Goal setting, calendar, focus, activities, budgeting, special events, donor database management, programs, publications and annual performance assessments.

Principal Duties:

  • With a special emphasis on major and planned gifts, the Director of Development works with the Executive Director, Board members, other staff members, and the broader LCPC community to manage, cultivate, plan, request and steward philanthropic support for the organization.
  • Leads the monthly “Major Gift Team” meetings and meets regularly each month with the Executive Director, former Executive Director and others to set annual, major gift, foundation and deferred gift prospect priorities and activities.
  • Works with a Board Development Committee and Executive Director to sustain and grow the overall Major Gift and Planned Gift development efforts of the Clinic.
  • Is responsible for developing, marketing and executing a comprehensive program to secure Deferred Gifts.
  • Is responsible for updating, modernizing and streamlining Development Office operations, policies and procedures to create a professional and comprehensive development office (including managing a donor and patient “alumni” database in GiftWorks).
  • Oversee communications/cultivation/stewardship programs that include development of a quarterly newsletters and overseeing active social media efforts.
  • Is responsible for articulating and adherence to the Gift Acceptance Policies and Procedures of LCPC.
  • Is responsible for leading research efforts to identify potential new major donors (all constituencies) to the LCPC and working with staff and volunteers to build and nurture relationships with them for the well-being of LCPC.
  • Is responsible to maintain and enhance the LCPC’s image in the greater Lancaster County community and support the LCPC mission in all activities, publications and events.
  • Other duties that are deemed appropriate for the Clinic.

Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic Appoints New Executive Director

Elizabeth PradaLANCASTER, PA – Elizabeth K. Prada, DMD, MPH has been named Executive Director of the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic by David B. Hanson, Chairman of the Board of Directors. She previously served the 79-year-old nonprofit health organization as its Clinical Director.

Dr. Prada succeeds Ross E. Long, Jr., DMD, MS, PhD, who has led Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic since 2000.  Dr. Long will continue as the Clinic’s Director Emeritus and as a member of its medical and dental staff.

“After a multi-year search, our Board is delighted to entrust the next chapter of our nearly 79-year story of service to Dr. Prada,” said Hanson. “She embodies the medical skills, leadership talent and missional heart so essential to our next decades of service to our region, our patients and their families. We thank Dr. Long for his innumerable contributions over the years and for his willingness to help carry on a tradition begun in 1938 by his grandfather, Dr. Herbert Cooper, and his father, Dr. Ross Long, Sr.

Dr. Prada joined the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic as a member of the Cleft Palate team in 2013. She was instrumental in the founding of the Clinic’s Lime Street Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Prada is a board-certified pediatric dentist who has been in practice since 2009. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Public Policy in 2002 from Duke University. She completed dental school at the University of Pennsylvania with honors in 2006. She  continued her studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she pursued dual specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry and Public Health. There she earned a Master’s degree in Health Care Policy and Management in 2008. She completed her residency at UNC Hospitals in 2009.

Dr. Prada is a member of the Department of Surgery at Lancaster General Hospital and the Penn State-Hershey Children’s Hospital. She is also a faculty member for the General Practice Residency Program at Lancaster General Hospital where she teaches pediatrics to general dentists.