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Director or VP of Development & Communications

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Napa Valley Community Foundation


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Published 20 days ago

December 15, 2020
November 30, 2020
$85,000 - $117,500Incentive compensation is available for this position that can amount to additional annual compensation of up to $10,000.

The Position:        Director or Vice President of Development & Communications

Reports To:          President & CEO

Location:              Napa Valley, CA

 

The Organization

Napa Valley Community Foundation works side-by-side with local donors and nonprofits to tackle the most important challenges our Valley faces. Now celebrating 25 years of service to the community, the Foundation has distributed more than $75 million in grants to improve the quality of life for residents of the region, and currently serves as the philanthropic partner to thousands of individuals, families, nonprofit agencies and corporations in Napa Valley and beyond.


According to a survey of several thousand donors conducted by the nonprofit Center for Effective Philanthropy (Donor Perception Report, 2016), NVCF is the top-rated community foundation in the US on most key measures related to donor satisfaction and impact.


NVCF’s  innovative programs have served as a model for other community foundations across California and the US, and its work in partnership with area donors has resulted in feature coverage for the organization in outlets such as the New York Times, LA Times, KQED Radio, American Public Media’s Marketplace, KCBS TV, La Opinion, KCBS Radio, Forbes.com and Univision.

Operational Details


Napa Valley Community Foundation has a staff of ten and distributes between $3 million and $5 million in grants each year, predominantly to charitable programs in Napa County. The organization has an annual operating budget of $1.3 million and is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors. NVCF has quadrupled in size in recent years, even while relying primarily on the President & CEO and volunteer Board Members to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors.



Responsibilities


Fundraising

  • Work closely with the President & CEO to implement and improve fundraising strategies for both programs and operations, with a focus on increased revenue from donors (i.e., individual, family and corporate donors who do not maintain a charitable giving fund at NVCF but make contributions in support of NVCF programs or operations) as well as NVCF fundholders. 
  • Manage a portfolio of 50 to 75 major gift prospects, developing ongoing personal relationships with those prospects as well as internally with stakeholders who can support the deepening of those relationships. 
  • Work with the President & CEO to establish development goals and objectives; implement a moves management system that enables NVCF to better understand its donor and fundholder pipelines; increase the number of donors and prospects in those pipelines; personally participate in soliciting annual gifts, major gifts and new charitable funds; and determine the priority fundraising activities to be undertaken in consultation with the President & CEO.


Marketing & Communications

  • Help develop a new communications and marketing plan with the key messages that emerged from NVCF’s 2019 engagement with Mission Minded, and in concert with a new visual identity that was launched in mid-2020.
  • Write and/or co-author press releases, social media posts, email newsletter stories, annual reports and other publications, working closely with other members of the NVCF team, across multiple departments. Create innovative ways to build awareness of NVCF among target audiences, through events, communications and public relations.
  • Draft talking points for the President & CEO for media interviews and public speaking engagements. Serve as a spokesperson for NVCF as necessary.


Candidate Qualifications and Experience

Seven to ten years of experience in professional fundraising with a career trajectory of increasing responsibility and expanded duties.  The successful candidate will be deeply committed to implementing a relationship and metrics-based development program where contacts with donors and prospects can be tracked and managed, and regular reports on fundraising activities and results can be shared with staff and Board members. S/he must have experience in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual, family and corporate donors across multiple channels of fundraising. The successful candidate will also have significant experience in marketing and communications. Current or past major gift work is highly desirable. 


Preference will be given to candidates who have hands-on experience in all aspects of fundraising and who have a demonstrated track record of success, particularly with individual, family and corporate donors. (This position will not be responsible for institutional funder relationships.)  Experience working with Boards, volunteers, and high net worth individuals is important. Experience working with professional advisors is desirable.


Education

Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree or JD preferred.


Personal Attributes

The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, creative, passionate about philanthropy, energized by development and communications, and inspired by the work of NVCF. S/he will be supremely confident but also down-to-earth; and just as comfortable making small talk with retired school teachers as s/he is with retired venture capitalists. 


The Director or VP of Development must be a hands-on fundraiser and a strategic thinker. S/he must possess emotional maturity, and work well both independently and as part of a small, close-knit team. S/he must have experience at developing collaborative relationships, internally and externally, with various constituencies – and will be called upon to develop such relationships with NVCF’s constituencies, including donors, fundholders, staff and Board members, prospects, the public, the media and local civic leaders.


S/he will possess extraordinary people skills; outstanding verbal and written communication skills; a near-obsessive drive for excellence; and a strong appetite for building something new and better in the context of a highly successful, nimble and forward-looking organization. An out-of-the-box thinker who dislikes the phrase “out-of-the-box thinker” is preferred.

The Position:        Director or Vice President of Development & Communications

Reports To:          President & CEO

Location:              Napa Valley, CA

 

The Organization

Napa Valley Community Foundation works side-by-side with local donors and…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Managerial

Benefits

The position is a full-time, exempt position and includes a comprehensive employee benefits package. Napa Valley Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  The Foundation pays 100% of employee health insurance premiums as well as dental and vision premiums. The Foundation's retirement plan includes a matching program.

The position is a full-time, exempt position and includes a comprehensive employee benefits package. Napa Valley Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  The…

Level of Language Proficiency

English language fluency required. Spanish language fluency or proficiency is a plus.

English language fluency required. Spanish language fluency or proficiency is a plus.

Location

3299 Claremont Way, Suite 4, Napa, CA 94558

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume by email to:


Terence P. Mulligan

President & CEO

Napa Valley Community Foundation

terence@napavalleycf.org


Please note: any cover letter that doesn’t expressly address why a candidate’s skills and experience make him/her a good fit for this particular position will not be reviewed.  

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume by email to:


Terence P. Mulligan

President & CEO

Napa Valley Community Foundation

terence@napavalleycf.org


Please note: any cover…

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