The Vice President (VP) of Development serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting West Suburban Community Pantry (WSCP). In partnership with the Executive Director and Development team, this position is ultimately responsible for all philanthropic activities. This individual will help to build WSCP’s financial resources through new and deepened relationships, increased visibility and demonstrated impact.
The VP of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the strategy and infrastructure needed to grow WSCP’s annual revenue through the solicitation of major gifts, the development of moves management for new and existing mid-level donors, and overseeing the Development team responsible for stewardship of donors of all levels and types. This individual will expand and diversify WSCP’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives. The person in this role must be an analytical thinker who can drive the philanthropic strategy of the organization, while also being a relationship manager and front-line fundraiser. In addition, the VP will work closely with the board of directors and support board members as they take on a more active philanthropic role.
It is expected that the amount raised by WSCP will increase in future years as the VP of Development systematically and effectively strengthens the organization's overall philanthropic capacity. All philanthropic design and management will embody the values of community, compassion, dignity, hope and service.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Advance the mission, vision, and short and long-term goals of WSCP in concert with the Executive Director and team.
Serve as a member of the Leadership Team and maintain close working relationships with members of the Board and key constituents. Lead Board Committees related to development.
In collaboration with the Executive Director and key development staff, create annual development and communication strategy and budgets.
Maintain a dynamic portfolio of high net worth individuals, corporations, foundations and government sources to secure major, capital, and planned gifts.
Working with staff, oversee all development activities to ensure the annual revenue budget is met and future development opportunities are cultivated.
Ensure the development and implementation of robust processes in all phases of donor management including identification, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgment, engagement and stewardship.
Oversee team responsible for grants, direct response, special events, new donor outreach, major gifts, planned giving, etc.
Hire, train, inspire and guide direct reports and the entire development team toward accountable, goal-oriented objectives.
Lead initiative to find ways to improve on development metrics establishing measurement system to ensure progress towards goals and accountability.
Create and implement development and communication policies and procedures that utilize best practices in philanthropy to meet revenue goals.
Serve as an exemplary advocate in the community, with local leaders, religious organizations, business and corporate partnerships, and other leaders, and build relationships that closely link the community with WSCP.
Be active and involved in the development profession and keep WSCP visible among peer organizations.
Embody values of community, compassion, dignity, hope and service.
All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
JOB REQUIREMENTS and QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum of BA/BS in related field
10+ years direct fundraising experience, including leading a fundraising team
Proven track record in raising funds and developing awareness
Analytical thinker who can drive strategy
Experience soliciting and cultivating major gift donors, both individual and institutional
Ability to drive strategy and achieve goals
Dedication to the mission, and vision, with a demonstrated enthusiasm for the organizational culture and values
Proficient in use of technology as a management reporting tool
Superior management and delegation abilities
Willingness to be hands on and perform duties as required to get the job done
About West Suburban Community Pantry
West Suburban Community Pantry's vision is a community without hunger. Our mission is to eradicate hunger through feeding people in need while providing resources to sustain quality of life. We do our work in DuPage and Will Counties. The organization was founded more than 40 years ago and has grown overtime from a church closet to a 10,000 square foot facility operating some of the most innovative programs to increase access to food for people living in poverty. More information can be found on our website at www.wscpantry.org.