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VP Philanthropy

Posted: 06/09/2024

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The Vice President of Philanthropy (VPP) reports to the President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC) and is primarily responsible for executing and adapting an organizational fundraising strategy to ensure that the contributed revenue targets are realized by:  a) providing strategic leadership for the sustainable growth and development of NURFC's contributed revenue, b) nurturing membership growth and development, c) building a highly effective development team, and d) supporting NURFC's comprehensive fundraising campaign. The Vice President of Philanthropy oversees a department responsible for generating sustainable revenue growth from a diverse mix of private/individual, corporate, foundation, and governmental sources.
The VPP is also a member of the NURFC senior management team that guides the strategic direction and management of the institution. Advises and assists the President in planning and executing NURFC policies and programs. As a president's senior staff member, the VPP collaborates with other senior leaders and departments in NURFC's planning, administration, and general management.
This pivotal moment in the organization's future presents an excellent opportunity for an entrepreneurial-minded person to work with the President, staff, and board to build and execute NURFC's renewed vision.   We seek a results-oriented individual with strong strategic thinking, analytical ability, leadership, entrepreneurial, and communications skills.  In addition, the ideal candidate will be curious and excited about learning, a person of professional integrity, sound judgment, and initiative; collaborative and collegial with peers, subordinates, volunteer leadership associates of the institution and its external partners.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Oversees all fundraising activities and leads the philanthropy team in successfully achieving the organization's short and long-term contributed revenue goals.
  • The VPP leads the constituency base's strategic growth, development, and cultivation in collaboration with the President. Specifically, this includes performing research on prospects, providing leadership and strategic direction to develop and generate six- and seven-figure fundraising asks, guiding donor and member cultivation plans, and managing the creation of supporting materials.
  • Actively solicit and close major and planned gifts
  • Acts as a strategic advisor and provides vital leadership and operational support to the comprehensive campaign cabinet.
  • Operationally, it is the key staff liaison with the board's Philanthropy Committee.
Donor and Member Cultivation
  • Collaborate with other departments, board members, and external resources to develop strategies to build awareness and financial support for NURFC's mission.
  • Oversees the membership strategic growth and development with support and guidance to cultivate increasing philanthropy among our members for NURFC.
  • Rejuvenate and diversify NURFC's national fundraising donor base and infrastructure.
Organization Capability Development
  • Ability to build and lead diverse teams and operate effectively in a diverse working environment
  • Effectively inculcate the Raisers Edge (RE) application by Blackbaud, Inc, software as the central CRM system throughout the Philanthropy organization.
  • Oversees compliance with NURFC's philanthropy guidelines and data management policies (e.g., maintaining the integrity of philanthropy records by ensuring accuracy, consistency, reliability, and confidentiality).

Qualifications and Experience:
The Vice President of Philanthropy should possess:
  • A bachelor's degree; an advanced degree in business, communications, or marketing a plus.
  • At least 7-10 years of experience in Development, Advancement, or Philanthropy as a proven fundraiser with demonstrated success in different areas of fundraising or institutional advancement with a track record in achieving fundraising targets of $2 million or more.
  • Demonstrated ability to devise and implement effective and measurable action plans for various fundraising activities (e.g., endowment, grants, special projects/events, etc.)
  • Experience and demonstrated success in major gift solicitation and managing significant capital or endowment campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, inspire, and lead a professional staff
  • Significant experience organizing and motivating board members, staff, and volunteers to participate effectively in fundraising activities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Proficient in communicating with all levels of donors, investors, C-Suite executives, elected officials, volunteers, community leaders, and organizational staff
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a senior institutional management team member, with solid planning, organizing, and managing capabilities are required.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and appreciation for the distinctive value of cultural institutions and museums
  • Extensive experience with donor management software required; Blackbaud or Raiser's Edge preferred.
  • Valid driver's license with a good driving record
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Strategic and creative thinking skills are required to lead the development and implementation of the organization's fundraising and campaign plans.
  • Experience successfully managing key client/customer/stakeholder relationships.
  • Personal characteristics associated with successful development officers, including professional integrity, strong verbal and written communication skills, sound judgment, demonstrated initiative, and appropriate professional attitude, are required.
  • Must be rated proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Office 365, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Proficient with virtual meeting platforms, including Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and Zoom
  • Knowledge and proficient use of social media; NURFC Website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram Notes:
Working Conditions:
Normal office environment. Must be able to operate a computer and communicate with others via telephone and other electronic devices. Must be able to travel locally, regionally, and nationally as needed.  Must be able to drive or must have other means of reliable, efficient transportation.
Additional Information:
The position is full-time with benefits.
To Apply:  Send resume by ONE of the following methods with the job title and wage expectations:
Fax: 513-287-7079
Email in MSWord or PDF format only to:
Mail:  National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
         C/O Human Resources: Melissa Allen
           1301 Western Avenue
           Cincinnati, Ohio 45203

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