Vice President of Development


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The Vice President of Development is responsible for all fund-raising and friend-raising functions of all corporations of Adriel School in accordance with the policies and practices of the organization, the ethical and social consciences of business and society and all applicable laws, regulations and administrative rulings associated with a non-profit organization.

Supervisory Responsibilities 
This job supervises agency Development staff

Core Competencies:

  • Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct, and evaluate the organization’s fund-raising activities and campaigns. a. Research and cultivate potential donors and maintain and cultivate current donors. b. Update donor profiles and maintain accurate reporting of calls. c. Seek to identify and/or stimulate mission interest with each donor with the goal of increasing cash gifts and estate plans. d. Direct and carry out the personal solicitation of donors, friends, corporations, and foundations. e. Provide constituents with up-to-date program reports. f. Visit church groups and other identified groups, through area breakfast/lunch events, while traveling and encourage congregations to link with mission and giving. g. Promote special projects to major donors, working to match donor interest with available needs. h. Supervise and carry out the direct mail solicitation program.
  • Participate in the development of the organization’s plans and programs as a strategic partner, but particularly from the perspective of the impact of fundraising and public awareness. a. Give leadership to the Adriel Foundation Board and committee meetings. b. Meet with CEO on a regular basis. c. Work closely with the President/CEO to coordinate fundraising activities and schedule major donor calls with CEO. d. Follow departmental budget
  • Translate the strategic and tactical business plans into agency Development strategic and operational plans.
  • Evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning of new programs/strategies and regulatory action as those items impact the ability to attract and maintain donors for the organization.
  • Give leadership to the planned giving program, coordinating activities with Mennonite Foundation as needed.
  • Prepare annually a personal action plan with quantitative performance goals.
  • Be available to work on special projects and work teams assigned by the CEO.
  • Keep informed of fundraising, economic and legal changes. a. Read current business periodicals, books and newspapers. b. Share information/learning with staff. c. Keep donors informed of relevant legal changes. d. Be knowledgeable in the gift vehicles with which contributors can use to make bequests.
  • Assist in the contribution acknowledgement process. a. Acknowledge contributions by letter and phone, visiting if possible those persons who make a gift of $500 or more. b. Keep abreast of individual, congregational and corporate giving patterns.
  • Manage the budget and other financial measures of the agency Development Department.
  • Give leadership and direction to all staff in the agency Development Department. Oversee these functions for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group as well as providing individuals with professional and personal growth opportunities where appropriate.
  • Assure proper recognition for all donors and donations.
  • Implement all activities of volunteers for the agency.
  • Research and secure available grant funding for new and existing programs

Additional Skills and Characteristics:

  • Ability to relate well to people, listen perceptively, and encourage participation in the agency cause, and raise annual fund dollars.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to maintain objectivity, fairness, and consistency.
  • Assertive, flexible, team-oriented, and able to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Willingness to be flexible in work schedule, giving extra time when needed.
  • Willing to travel and stay overnight as needed (up to 75% of time).
  • Have knowledge and operational knowledge of Google.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and insurable record.
  • Empathy for the goals and practices of a faith based agency serving families and children.
  • Have sensitivity to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of Adriel’s youth.

Education/Professional Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; perform repetitive motion data entry; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.