Vice President, Philanthropy | Vail Valley Foundation

Vice President, Philanthropy

The Vice President of Philanthropy is a critical role that will provide strategic vision and ensure operational excellence for a comprehensive development program. The VVF has a loyal and generous donor base: more than 1,000 annual donors contribute between $100 and $250,000 in commitments that total approximately $10 million per year. These funds are generated through the existing annual fund, capital fund, and event/gala programs, as well as special campaigns, such as the recent Vail Valley Community Fund, created to address urgent needs arising from the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the region. Recent giving history suggests considerable potential for increased annual, capital, endowment, and special purpose giving to the VVF.

The Vice President of Philanthropy is a critical role that will provide strategic vision and ensure operational excellence for a comprehensive development program. The VVF has a loyal and generous donor base: more than 1,000 annual donors contribute between $100 and $250,000 in commitments that total approximately $10 million per year. These funds are generated through the existing annual fund, capital fund, and event/gala programs, as well as special campaigns, such as the recent Vail Valley Community Fund, created to address urgent needs arising from the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the region. Recent giving history suggests considerable potential for increased annual, capital, endowment, and special purpose giving to the VVF.

The ideal candidate will possess a love of the Vail Valley; an entrepreneurial spirit; an energetic, passionate, and creative approach to life and work; and a belief in the VVF’s mission of service. This leader will convey mature confidence in leading and managing change in a dynamic environment and will possess a calm ability to handle both ambiguity and paradox. Even with the executive title of vice president, no job will be too small – you will roll up your proverbial sleeves with the rest of the development team. You will engender a sense of trust, and be viewed by your colleagues as a strong collaborator who makes the entire team more effective. The highly-qualified candidate will also appreciate how the arts, athletics, and education 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 revenue-generating function, whether in a private or nonprofit setting, 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.
  • 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 that 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 & 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 and can handle competing demands with tact and creativity.
  • Comfort in your own being, and proven interpersonal skills that enable you to interact easily with everyone, whether a board member or a program client.
  • Excellent communicator, both in spoken and written form.  Also, a patient listener.
  • Quantitative skills that enable ease in using metrics to determine meaningful goals and measure progress toward them; extensive experience in budget oversight.
  • A great sense of humor, and an intrinsic understanding of when to use humor.

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; master’s or advanced professional degree preferred.

In addition to serving as a key member of the VVF executive team, the Vice President of Philanthropy will lead and mentor a team of development professionals. Among the additional responsibilities of the Vice President of Philanthropy are:

  • 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 VVF president and facilitate their engagement in the entire development process.
  • Manage and steward approximately 70-90 existing VVF Donors.  Serve as primary relationship manager for these donors, cultivate and renew their annual giving across the organization.
  • Create and refine a development plan that supports the VVF’s current strategic plan, and emphasizes 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.
  • Launch a more formal effort to secure planned gifts, particularly for endowment purposes; consider an expanded effort to attract donor-advised funds.
  • Participate in VVF’s year-round program and philanthropy-related events, including but not limited to performances at the Amp and VPAC; athletic events, including the annual World Cup, First Tracks skiing, and Future Founders Club sports outings; galas and special events, including the Star Dancing Gala and Black Diamond Ball; YouthPower365 fundraising events; and social receptions.

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

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 options
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life insurance
  • Supplemental insurance options
  • Short and long term disability plans
  • 401k retirement plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
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