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Vice President of Development

The League for People with Disabilities is seeking an experienced and driven fundraising professional to join our team as Vice President of Development. This key executive will work with closely with senior leadership and the board of directors to create a long-term development plan to grow and enhance its marketing and fundraising efforts. This position will be responsible for the strategy, implementation, evaluation and achievement of all support revenue goals and will be primarily responsible for managing the organizations major gifts and planned giving programs. The ideal candidate for this position is someone who has at least 5 years progressively responsible experience in managing a portfolio of major donor prospects and a proven track record in soliciting 5 figure gifts and above.


Offering individuals with disabilities the opportunity to build independence and a greater quality of life is what drives us at The League. We are distinguished by programs such as CLUB1111 – our popular nightclub for adults with disabilities and SCALE at The League, our nationally recognized aphasia center. With programs like these being offered nowhere else in the state, or even the country, we are growing at a fast pace. We are seeking an accomplished, resourceful, strategic thinker to help us build the development team, design and execute the overall fundraising strategy for the development effort which will carry us into our second century of service to the community. Included in this strategy will be creating a plan for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship for every potential source of contributed revenue from individuals, corporations, foundations and government.


Success in this role requires someone who is creative, resourceful, highly self-motivated and not afraid to roll-up his/her sleeves and dig in!


Position: Vice President       

Department: Development & Marketing

Reports to:  President/CEO 

Exempt/Non Exempt: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the CEO and Board on annual fundraising goals and priorities.

  • Oversee all aspects of the fundraising program including individual, corporate gifts, grants, and revenue-producing events.

  • Manage a Major Gifts Program and any Capital, Operational or Endowment Campaigns the organization may initiate; develop a Planned Giving Program (an area of priority for the organization).

  • Create and maintain a portfolio of prospective donors for cultivation; Create individual cultivation and stewardship plans based on donor profiles. Assist CEO and others with cultivation and stewardship activities and events. Make solicitation calls with the CEO, board members and staff members.

  • Build, sustain and grow relationships with donors and stakeholders.

  • Create and oversee a Development Committee of the board.

  • Implement monitoring and reporting systems to measure effectiveness of fund development programs and communicate results.

  • Work with marketing/communications staff to create printed materials, proposals and other cases for support, publications, annual report, web content, social media campaigns and press strategies.

  • Manage fundraising budget; develop, manage and track expenses for all projects. Report expenses internally.

  • Manage/build development team to produce a high level of performance.


Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with events and activities throughout The League’s various programs (e.g. Camp Open House, various vendor fairs, etc.)

  • Serve of League-wide committees as appropriate.

  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by the President/CEO



Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred with a minimum 8 years of experience as a senior development professional with a measurable record of major gift accomplishment.

  2. Capital Campaign experience preferred.

  3. Knowledge of state-of-the-art fundraising practices and systems.

  4. Superior organizational skills with strong attention to detail

  5. Innovative, creative and positive thinker with demonstrated ability to effectively manage staff and work collaboratively in a close-knit environment.

  6. PR and Event Management experience.

  7. Working knowledge of charitable tax law, and willingness and interest to establish a planned giving program.

  8. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Proficient in computer systems and charitable databases.

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