Director of Philanthropy, Vilar Performing Arts Center - Vail Valley Foundation

Director of Philanthropy, Vilar Performing Arts Center

This is a development position that requires a fundraising veteran capable of managing a major gifts portfolio and implementing a program of prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship for gifts over $10,000. Some planned giving, annual fund, endowment and capital campaign responsibilities will also be required of this position. Reporting to the Vice President of Philanthropy, this individual is responsible for donor acquisition, budget management, gift and data management, benefits management and donor relations.

The Director of Philanthropy position is designed for a proven fundraiser, or professional with substantial transferrable experience, with excellent communication skills, planned giving experience (or aptitude), and a track record for establishing longterm relationships between donors and institutions that result in five and six figure gifts. This dynamic fundraiser is responsible for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individuals and organizations to secure gifts of $10,000 and higher. The Director of Philanthropy works collaboratively and strategically with the Vice President of Philanthropy, the VVF President, VVF Development Committee and other staff to cultivate and solicit donors for the VVF. Of critical importance is the ability to work cooperatively and in support of the VVF mission.
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of up to 200 existing and prospective midlevel to major gift donors at discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship donor stages.
  • Serve as primary development point person for the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) and VPAC Patrons.
  • Responsible for overseeing annual giving specific to the VPAC, and underwriting opportunities for Winter and Summer Seasons.
  • Maintain uptodate knowledge regarding all areas of the VVF mission and be able to effectively communicate the impact of the VVF to prospective and current donors in a way that inspires philanthropy.
  • Consistently meet or exceed annual and campaign related fundraising goals.
  • Attend events at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Summer and Winter Mountain Games, Birds of Prey and serve as a spokesperson for the organization as needed to steward existing donors, cultivate new donors, volunteers, etc.
  • Work closely with the VP of Philanthropy and Asst. Director, Annual Support to strategically identify and transition annual support donors to major gift donor portfolios for major gift donor discovery, cultivation, and solicitation.
  • Report and document all contacts in Raisers Edge and adjust plans as needed.
  • Update functional budgets for revenue and expense items on a monthly basis.
  • Together with the Vice President of Philanthropy, promote the Planned Giving and Endowment Programs.
  • Together with the Vice President of Philanthropy, plan for and participate in the launch of a multimillion dollar comprehensive capital campaign.

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES:

  • Proven success in identifying and soliciting funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations from a variety of sources and in developing relationships with donors.
  • Proven track record of working with high networth individuals and CSuite executives as part of special events and annual support activities.
  • Professional experience in the performing arts, preferred.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills required. Demonstrated ability to write clear and persuasive proposals.
  • Excellent time management skills and a high degree of organization, careful attention to detail, ability to multitask and to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • High energy and passion for Vail Valley Foundation’s mission is essential.
  • Ability to work on selected holidays, weekdays, nights and weekend evenings as required.
  • Computer literacy and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge NXT is highly desirable.
  • Welldisciplined, selfmotivated, and goaldriven; able to work with a high degree of independence as well as leading a team.
  • Ability to appropriately handle confidential matters and information.
  • Flexibility and willingness to assume new tasks and special projects.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software; Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Ability to participate in crossdepartmental projects, using tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to effectively identify, analyze and solve problems.
  • Sophisticated knowledge of successful fundraising principles and practices, major gift solicitation, and ethical professional standards.
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and conduct oneself professionally and with integrity.
  • Knowledge of prospect research techniques and an ability to successfully utilize those techniques.
  • Ability to manage and cultivate longterm donor relationships with patience, understanding and tenacity over an extended period of time (e.g., 624 months) culminating in a major gift commitment
REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES:
  • Proven success in identifying and soliciting funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations from a variety of sources and in developing relationships with donors.
  • Proven track record of working with high networth individuals and CSuite executives as part of special events and annual support activities.
  • Professional experience in the performing arts, preferred.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills required. Demonstrated ability to write clear and persuasive proposals.
  • Excellent time management skills and a high degree of organization, careful attention to detail, ability to multitask and to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • High energy and passion for Vail Valley Foundation’s mission is essential.
  • Ability to work on selected holidays, weekdays, nights and weekend evenings as required.
  • Computer literacy and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge NXT is highly desirable.
  • Welldisciplined, selfmotivated, and goaldriven; able to work with a high degree of independence as well as leading a team.
  • Ability to appropriately handle confidential matters and information.
  • Flexibility and willingness to assume new tasks and special projects.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software; Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Ability to participate in crossdepartmental projects, using tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to effectively identify, analyze and solve problems.
  • Sophisticated knowledge of successful fundraising principles and practices, major gift solicitation, and ethical professional standards
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and conduct oneself professionally and with integrity.
  • Knowledge of prospect research techniques and an ability to successfully utilize those techniques.
  • Ability to manage and cultivate longterm donor relationships with patience, understanding and tenacity over an extended period of time (e.g., 624 months) culminating in a major gift commitment

This is a salaried, full time year-round position eligible for all VVF employment benefits.

This is a salaried, full time yearround position eligible for all VVF employment benefits. The hiring range for this position is $80,000 $95,000 annually.

Our employees are a critical part of who we are and employee wellness is an important priority for our organization. As a result, we offer an array of employee benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Employee and family health insurance plan
  • Health savings account
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life insurance
  • Supplemental insurance options
  • Short and long term disability plans
  • 401k retirement plan with company match
  • Paid time off
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Added Perks!
    • Tickets to shows at the VPAC and GRFA
    • FREE ski pass

Please send a cover letter, resume and references.

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