VP Philanthropy | Vail Valley Foundation

Vice President, Philanthropy

The Vice President of Philanthropy is a critical position within the Vail Valley Foundation (VVF) and reports directly to the VVF President. The VP will work closely with the VVF Development committee of the Board of Directors and with VVF Board members as most all of them are significant annual donors to the organization. The VP leads a staff of approximately 7 full-time, year-round employees in directing all aspects of fundraising, donor relations and membership services. VVF strives to achieve a high rate of retention from their annual donors and utilizes several key programs that offer a multi-year membership, allowing a great deal of its annual goal to be fulfilled through multi-year commitments. There is real potential for growth in many areas of the Development Department including: institutionalization of Planned Giving, adding endowments to the VVF’s portfolio of giving, increasing the major gifts levels of support, and increasing donations across mid to grassroots giving. An ideal candidate will have vast knowledge and experience regarding this role’s qualifications and responsibilities detailed below.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Exceptional management skills, both strategic and operational, with at least 10 years of leadership and management experience
  • Success in identifying, soliciting, closing and stewarding major gifts and planned gifts
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships with high net worth individuals
  • Demonstrated success in leadership of  a large professional team
  • Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies
  • Ability to successfully manage a workload that balances long-range planning with the daily demands of holding a key leadership position, while maintaining a portfolio of donors and seeking new prospects
  • Good sense of humor and an intrinsic understanding of when to use humor.
  • Ability to carry out responsibilities without detailed instruction and handle competing demands with tact and creativity
  • Proven interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate effectively and develop good working relationships within and outside the organization
  • Proven ability to mentor and grow a young and bright professionals
  • Excellent time management skills; with an ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet specified deadlines and budget goals.
  • Prior experience in and knowledge of Endowments and Planned Giving.

Personal Characteristics

  • A leader. One that will demonstrate a mature confidence in leading and managing change in a very dynamic and ever-changing environment
  • A vision setter. Someone who can see the big picture, independently access current membership products and creatively offer ideas on new programs and membership offerings
  • A strong relationship builder. Someone comfortable soliciting major gifts from highly successful donor base.
  • A confident and strong personality. Someone who is comfortable leading a meeting, setting strategies, and acting as a community ambassador of the VVF
  • Collaborative in nature. Someone who is responsive towards and thrives in a team environment with many multiple parts and goals, and is willing to get involved on any level for the success of an event, program, etc.
  • Flexible and resilient. This person must be able to react to a professional environment led by strong, and often times, operationally-focused and “take charge” personalities.
  • Knows the business of development, with expertise on planned giving and the technical aspects of raising philanthropic dollars and managing donor groups.
  • Goal-oriented. This person not only recognizes effective activities and tactics, but understands and communicates their value to achieving the organization’s strategic goals.
  • Excellent member service focus, with a can-do attitude and willingness to please stakeholders.
  • A true listener. The successful candidate is an active listener with an inquiring personality.
  • Passionate about the mission of the VVF, and its value within the community, and has the ability to articulate its mission to stakeholders in a persuasive manner.
  • A polished and social professional. Someone that truly enjoys the social aspects of working with people while capitalizing on their ingrained ability to connect and network with the organization’s major donors and sponsors.
  • A self-motivator. Someone that genuinely receives satisfaction by working hard and demonstrating value to an organization.
  • An arts person. Someone who genuinely enjoys the arts and places value on cultural offerings in our community, and can relate to others with the same interest.
  • A person who values arts, entertainment, athletics (sports) and education, and strongly believes that providing opportunities for our youth is intrinsically important to our community.
  • An outdoors person.  Someone that will embrace an active mountain life style as many interactions with donors are on skis, on a bike, at a golf course or in hiking boots.

The Vice President will be responsible for providing direction, guidance and mentoring as needed to the members of his/her staff in their efforts to meet the department goals and objectives. She/he is responsible for strategic, long range planning for the department, oversight of existing donor programs, membership services and events, and overall management of any special or capital campaigns that may come into existence. The VVF has more than 1,000 annual members in a variety of donor programs ranging from $100 to $250,000+ annual commitment.

The Vice President will be responsible for the overall Membership & Development Department revenue objectives annually and securing high level annual contributions, primarily through select and thoughtful major gifts solicitation.  The primary role of the VP will be a strategic leader focused on leadership of his/her staff, donor relationships, securing major gift donations, establishing planned giving as a consistent strategy of the organization and securing planned gifts and launching and successfully managing appropriate endowment campaigns.

The Vice President will be an integral member of the VVF executive team and outward-facing member of the organization, and as such, will be expected to participate in / attend many of the VVF’s special events, including the annual World Cup, performances at the Ford Amphitheater and VPAC, Star Dancing Gala, Black Diamond Ball, YouthPower365 special events and fundraisers, on-going VVF membership events such as First Tracks skiing and Future Founders Club sport outings, and social receptions.  By doing so, the VP will establish and maintain relationships with current donors, while cultivating new donors.

The ideal candidate will possess a track record of success initiating and closing major gifts, planned gifts and raising funds for endowments. They will possess exceptional leadership skills with a passion for the Vail Valley community. This person must be dedicated to the VVF’s mission and must be able to articulate it to others, and persuade them to support the organization via a charitable donation.

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
  • Paid time off
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Added Perks!
    • Tickets to shows at the VPAC and GRFA
    • Discounted gym membership options
    • VIP tickets to VVF events
    • FREE ski pass
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