The AVP of Philanthropy will lead the implementation of major giving and campaign initiatives for YGS.
The Associate Vice President of Capital and Major Gifts will be responsible for developing the strategy and leading the implementation of major giving and capital campaign initiatives for YGS. Responsibilities will include working with a portfolio of individuals, foundations, corporations and other funding sources from identification to stewardship. Fundraising activities include cultivating, soliciting, securing and stewarding gifts from a variety of funding sources. The AVP of Capital and Major Gifts will work closely with the Branch Executive Directors, Branch and Association Board of Directors, the Development team, and other staff to carry out comprehensive capital development and individual/major giving priorities.
- Bachelor's degree in business administration, financial development, communication, public relations, human services or equivalent.
• Strong and engaging verbal and written communication skills
• Seven or more years of demonstrated success in raising funds from institutional and individual donors and through grant writing.
• Proven track record in successfully leading and managing large capital, major and legacy giving campaigns.
• Strong relationship building, communication and organizational skills.
• Direct experience in relationship building internal and external to an organization with volunteers, senior level community leaders and staff.
• Demonstrated ability to foster a culture of philanthropy within an organization.
• Demonstrated skills and abilities to challenge traditional thinking and generate possible new approaches in a manner that is constructive and value-adding
• Must be a highly energetic professional with a track record of closing gifts in the six and seven-figure range.
• Ability to listen and ask leading questions which encourage prospects and donors to talk about themselves and their activities.
• Must be highly organized, able to work independently, and have an ability to work under pressure, to coordinate multiple requests and meet competing deadlines.
• Possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
• Familiarity with donor databases and development best practices.
• Willingness to maintain a flexible work schedule consistent with the demands and needs of an executive team, volunteers, community leaders, and related special events.
- At least 5 years of experience supervising and managing a successful team
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Experience and demonstrated success in fundraising for childcare, youth development, and equity and justice are preferred.
- Advanced fundraising training and certification i.e., CFRE
• Background in capital campaigns and major fundraising initiatives.
• Prefer knowledge of and previous experience with diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.).
• Ability to speak any language in addition to English.
- Experience with Blackbaud’s Raisers’ Edge/NXT donor database system.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies
Seattle is known for its vibrant and diverse community across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Working effectively across constituency groups including large and small businesses, not–for-profit organizations, civic leaders, and the YGS staff, this individual will:
- Be a hands-on, team-oriented leader with highly developed interpersonal skills, proficient as an influencer and negotiator.
- Champion social responsibility, diversity, inclusion, justice and equity; model cultural competence and support diversity, effectively work with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.
- Build and maintain ongoing partnerships with key stakeholders.
- Delegate and facilitate increased collaboration across the organization.
- Demonstrate strong and passionate leadership with the ability to effectively execute and adeptly work through political barriers, build consensus, and enact social change.
- Communicate vision for both the short- and long-term direction of the organization’s Branches, Districts, Centers of Excellence (CoEs) and Departments.
- Effectively manage people and develop their skills and abilities.
- Take the initiative and hold themselves and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance, and volunteerism.
- Maintain accountability by ensuring compliance with all regulations and laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising professionals.
- Nurture and develop a robust portfolio of prospects and donors along with key engagement tactics.