Sr. Vice President of Philanthropy

The Vail Valley Foundation (VVF) is seeking a Senior Vice President of Philanthropy to provide leadership and strategic vision, and ensure operational excellence, for a comprehensive annual development program as well as a transformational comprehensive fundraising campaign with a goal of approximately $60 million over the coming three to four years. This exciting campaign will include capital, select endowments, program underwriting, and naming rights and will ensure VVF’s success long into the future.

The VVF has a loyal and generous donor base with more than 1,000 annual donors who contribute between $100 and $250,000 in annual commitments that total approximately $10 million per year. These funds are generated through existing annual fund, capital fund, and event/gala programs as well as special campaigns such as the recent VVF Community Fund created to address urgent needs arising from the devastating impact of COVID-19 on our community. Recent giving history suggests considerable potential for increased annual, capital, endowment, and special-purpose giving to the VVF.

In addition to serving as a key member of the VVF executive team, the Senior Vice President of Philanthropy will lead and mentor a team of 11 development professionals with six of these 11 staff as direct reports.

Among the additional responsibilities of the Senior Vice President of Philanthropy are these:

  • Serve as a visible ambassador for the VVF, and model professional behavior and excellence for
    the entire organization.
  • Provide guidance and staff support to VVF board members in consultation with the VVF President
    and facilitate their engagement in the entire development process.
  • Manage and steward existing VVF donors. Serve as primary relationship manager for these donors, and cultivate and renew their annual giving across the organization.
  • Create and refine a development plan that supports the VVF’s current strategic plan, and emphasize a more philanthropic vs. membership-benefits orientation to giving.
  • Prepare an operating plan that rationalizes current donor programs and approaches, and establishes a firm foundation for a more ambitious, multi-year plan to increase annual, capital, and special-purpose funding.
  • Maintain and grow the VVF’s planned giving efforts, particularly for endowment purposes, and consider an expanded effort to attract donor advised funds.
  • Participate in the VVF’s year-round program and philanthropy-related events, including but not limited to performances at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and VPAC; athletic events including the annual Birds of Prey World Cup, First Tracks skiing, and Future Founders Club sport outings; galas and special events including the Stars Gala and Black Diamond Ball; YouthPower365 fundraising events; and social receptions.
  • In collaboration with the VVF President, fundraising consultants, board chair, and our comprehensive campaign fundraising committee, steward the comprehensive campaign to success over the coming three to four years.

The ideal candidate will be committed to living in our community year-round, possess a love of the Vail Valley; encompass an entrepreneurial spirit; live an energetic, passionate, and creative approach to life and work; and hold a belief in the VVF’s mission of service. This leader will convey a mature confidence in leading and managing change in a dynamic environment, and will possess a calm ability to handle both ambiguity, conflict, and paradox. An important ingredient of the successful culture of the VVF is that the executive team roles up their sleeves and is willing to dive into any issue or project in support of their respective teams and the organization. The Senior Vice Preside of Philanthropy will engender a sense of trust and be viewed by colleagues as a strong collaborator who makes the entire team more effective.

The highly qualified candidate will also appreciate how the arts, athletics, education, and community improvement efforts offer unparalleled opportunities for learning and growth, and that the VVF is the regional leader in making such opportunities available and accessible to all.

Required Qualifications:

  • Exceptional experience in leading a nonprofit revenue generating function that grew over time
    and yielded a minimum of $10 million per year.
  • Proven skills in managing a team ranging from entry level to experienced professionals, and ensuring individual results through proper coaching and mentoring.
  • Strong alignment with the values of a mission-driven organization, and a culture that highly values
    and nurtures supportive relationships among all stakeholders.
  • Successful leadership and completion of a multi-year major fundraising campaign.
  • Proficient knowledge of nonprofit CRM databases for the purpose of donor engagement, new donor cultivation, and financial management and stewardship of donor relationships including marketing and PR and ongoing communications. Examples of database platform software in which this position will need to be highly proficient are Blackbaud or Tessitura.
  • Robust knowledge of the nonprofit development function and processes, whether acquired as a development professional, board member, donor, and/or volunteer.
  • Robust knowledge of the IRS rules and regulations governing all gifts including those from private foundations or Donor Advised Funds.
  • Knowledge of and hands-on experience with various charitable gift tools and structures including but not limited to charitable gift annuities, charitable lead trusts, and charitable remainder trusts.
  • A self-starter with a known ability to carry out responsibilities without detailed direction who can handle competing demands with tact and creativity.
  • Comfort in one’s own being, and proven interpersonal skills that enable effortless interaction with everyone, whether a board member or a program client.
  • Excellent communicator, both in spoken and written form.
  • A patient listener.
  • Quantitative skills that enable ease in using metrics to determine meaningful goals and measure progress toward them, and extensive experience in budget oversight.
  • A great sense of humor, and an intrinsic understanding of when to use humor.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a background check.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong familiarity with the key elements of a comprehensive development program, including
    experience with annual funds, capital campaigns, planned giving, and special events.
  • Knowledge of the current economic and social issues facing the Vail Valley.
  • Substantial experience or involvement with the arts, athletics, or education.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; masters or advanced professional degree preferred

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

Salary Range: $185,000 – $225,000 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
    • Discounted gym membership options
    • FREE ski pass

Please send a cover letter, resume and references.


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