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Vice President of Development

Company: Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Date Posted: August 2, 2017

Job Summary

The Vice President of Development leads the design and execution of a comprehensive fundraising program. The person in this position provides professional expertise and support to the philanthropy committee of the board of directors in developing goals and plans to meet the council’s financial goals and objectives.  The incumbent is responsible for coordinating all fundraising campaigns, identifying potential sources of funds (including individual, foundation, corporation, annual giving, planned giving, and United Way) for the development and execution of strategies and plans to maximize fundraising capacity and results ensuring a balanced and robust portfolio.  The incumbent is a member of the leadership team and may participate in the process of setting the organization’s strategic direction and short and long-term plans, including translating the vision and corporate goals set by the council’s board of directors into effective operational strategies and actions.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Major Accountabilities

A.    Build a comprehensive fund development strategy to include major gifts, corporate giving, individual and alumnae giving, and grants. Implement fundraising campaigns and identify sources for funding including individuals, corporations, events, and United Way to meet annual giving and planned giving goals.

B.    Provide professional expertise and support to the philanthropy committee of the board of directors; actively maintains existing relationships while continuously targeting and facilitating new opportunities for partnerships; establishes a presence in the community to increase the council’s visibility as a funding source for potential and current or past donors.

C.   Budget development and administrative responsibilities for fund development and communication functions. 

D.   Oversight to the grant writing process to include collaborative work with the membership, program and volunteer teams; proposal and program development design and research; collaborative management to the council’s outcomes measurement and evaluation efforts.

E.    Participates in establishing fund development and communication policies and procedures.

F.    Makes effective use of the council’s data management system and donor management system. 

G.   In collaboration, ensures that diversity and pluralism are embraced and incorporated into the work of the council.

Experience, Skills and Qualifications

Successful candidate will have 5-7 years of demonstrated success in fund development and experience in a senior strategic leadership role. Prefer senior level experience with volunteer-focused and membership-based organization with experience in program development, outcomes measurement and evaluation, financial management and talent management.  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred with emphasis in business administration, management, communication, public administration or marketing.

Ideal candidate will possess the following skills, attributes, competencies:

  • Results oriented: ability to set and meet organizational goals and customer/member expectations in quality fashion. 
  • Accountability: establishing clear lines of responsibility and expectations for results.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility: resilience and the ability to adapt as needed to perform effectively in a constantly changing environment.
  • Excellent presentation skills (oral and written).  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of individuals and to collaborate with diverse groups in order to achieve desired outcomes.  
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with internal and external strategic decision makers of all levels.
  • Strong ability to build relationships and leverage networks both internally and externally.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Experience hiring and developing staff.
  • Willingness to work/be available during non-traditional hours such as evenings and weekends.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate a passion for the Girl Scout mission and vision.

To apply, please see the employment section of our website at  Please email your cover letter, resume and application to by close of business on August 25, 2017.