Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Major Gifts
Reporting to the CEO, the Vice President (VP), Development and Stewardship serves in a key leadership role and as a strategic team member for Forté. In partnership with the CEO, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build Forté’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The VP, Development and Stewardship will also design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support.
The VP, Development and Stewardship will have the following key responsibilities:
Establish and implement the infrastructure needed to sustain and grow a $5M budget through the solicitation of major gifts, corporate/school sponsorships, and foundation support.
Monitor the philanthropic landscape for the advancement of women to inform an organizational fundraising approach that positions Forté as a key strategic partner for change.
Expand and diversify Forté’s donor base and work closely with members of the Forté community (staff, board, major donors) to secure funding for new initiatives.
Work with the Director of Corporate and Major Investors to identify foundations and institutional funders who are strategically aligned with Forté and can be cultivated to support new and existing programming.
Develop and monitor retention and engagement strategies for current corporate and school partners through personalized outreach and customized solutions. Within select organizations, build a network of cross-functional contacts, hold regular “touch base” meetings with key contacts, and develop proposals for enhancing financial sponsorship of key programs and initiatives. (Note: Live visits to companies are important; travel required.)
Work with the Director of School Relations to manage the Sponsor Advisory Council, which includes two meetings each year. Ensure that ideas, concerns, and best practices from the council are communicated back to the Forté staff and Board of Directors, when appropriate.
Provide strategic input to Programs team on corporate and school partners’ needs and participate in strategic programming decisions that will impact sponsors and funding strategies.
Manage a team of professionals, including Director of School Relations, Director of Corporate and Major Investors, and Associate Director of Corporate Relations, to:
Identify new prospect organizations, partnerships, and donors who are aligned to Forté’s mission and strategy,
Manage the day-to-day participation and increasing revenue footprint of current sponsors and donors,
Ensure strong relationships with Forté partner organizations such as GradLeaders, 100 Women in Finance, CFA Institute, and others as needed,
Development and execution of all corporate and foundation proposals; write (or engage writer) and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach
Develop the agenda and strategy for Forté’s Annual Sponsor Meeting to create a value-added experience for all attendees with special focus on enhancing relationships with all partners.
Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to board and senior leaders
Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors
Desired Skills and Characteristics
The VP Development will have the following skills and characteristics:
High energy, passion for the Forté vision, and a commercial mindset is essential.
Proven experience expanding and cultivating donor relationships over time; managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources
Experience managing people and budgets
Ability to exercise independent decision-making and handle complex, confidential issues, in a fast-paced changing environment
Comfortable working with a variety of constituencies including corporate executives, major donors, university administration, volunteers, and program participants
Understand importance of listening, managing relationships, and dealing with conflict
Flexible, adaptable, and resourceful style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plan
Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
15-plus years of professional experience in university or non-profit development, corporate recruiting, university career services or sales preferred with knowledge of gender equity and/or diversity preferred.
Excel and PowerPoint proficiency required.
Travel required (30%)
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: salary plus annual performance bonus
About Forte Foundation
Forté’s community of motivated and inspiring women—100,000 women and counting—is changing the balance of power in the workplace. We open doors for women to reimagine what they can achieve in business—from launching first jobs to advancing to the C-suite.
Our powerful alliance of talented women, influential companies, leading undergraduate and business schools, and pioneering donors empowers women to change their career trajectories, their earning power, and their lives.
Through business education, role models, professional networks, and leadership training, Forté shows women how to build the credibility, skills, network, and confidence to thrive as leaders and change the status quo.