Vice President of Advancement

Aug 28, 2019, 16:18 PM
Location : Harpers Ferry, WV
Department : Membership & Development
Supervisor : President/CEO
Type : Full-time
Position Summary:

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy seeks an inspiring leader with operational savvy and significant fundraising and communications experience. The Vice President for Advancement is ATC’s chief fundraiser and creates and implements short and long-term strategies to enhance organizational revenue. The Vice President of Advancement is also responsible for raising ATC’s public profile, defining and overseeing the organization’s brand and representation, cultivating strategic media partnerships, and deepening engagement among ATC’s constituency.

The position provides leadership and guidance to a committed team responsible for individual and institutional giving, communications and marketing, and federal and legislative advocacy efforts. The team is organized into three divisions:

  • Development: The development division includes membership, corporate and foundation relations, mid-level and major gifts, gift planning, donor relations, and development services.
  • Communications: The communications division includes public relations, digital/social media, visitor services, and ATC’s brand management.
  • Advocacy: The advocacy division includes federal policy, Congressional engagement, and constituent advocacy.

The position reports directly to the president/CEO and serves as a member of the president’s executive team. The position also works closely with the advancement committee of ATC’s Board of Directors, whose members are invested and engaged in ATC’s revenue development, advocacy efforts, and communications efforts.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Lead, manage and inspire a team responsible for all philanthropic giving, advocacy, and communications.
  • Serve on the executive leadership team and contribute to the overall management and strategic vision of the organization through implementation of the strategic plan and preparation of reports, analyses and counsel to the president/CEO and board of directors.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the board’s advancement committee.
  • Manage the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a personal portfolio of principle-level donors and prospective donors, including the board of directors.
  • Foster collaboration and communication within the department on plans, programs and expenses.
  • Work the President/CEO and Vice President of Conservation to identify key goals and opportunities outlined in the strategic plan that ultimately can be converted into fundraising priorities.
  • Devise and assist with implementing effective internal and external messaging and methods of philanthropic communication.
  • Devise and assist with implementing a comprehensive digital media strategy inclusive of all ATC-managed web presence and social media platforms.
  • Hire, train, inspire and guide the entire advancement team toward accountable, goal-oriented outcomes, including annual work plans with key performance metrics and revenue and expense budgeting.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with volunteers and staff across the organization and among key partners; collaborate with program and administrative leadership in outreach and fundraising.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws; maintain accountability standards to donors.
  • Keep ATC visible among its constituency, policy-makers, management partners, and peer institutions in the conservation sector.

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Knowledge of the principles and best practices associated with fundraising and communications in a dynamic nonprofit environment.
  • Direct experience and demonstrated success with fundraising from individuals and institutions.
  • Direct experience supervising marketing and communications teams and managing messaging across channels.
  • Experience collaborating with executive staff and board members in the cultivation and solicitation of principal and major gifts.
  • Effective leadership and prior development and management of high-performance teams.
  • Strong technical and analytical skills, including expertise in fundraising programs.
  • Persuasive written and oral skills commensurate with the various internal and external audiences.
  • A results-oriented nature and the ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization.
  • Must be willing to travel in work with donors and as a representative of the organization.
  • The highest degree of professionalism, demonstrating leadership and gravitas to positively reflect the brand of the ATC.

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ATC Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

ATC encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness with all employees and volunteers to enable participation and contributions to their fullest potential. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization, and recognize that diversity contributes to an effective and successful organizational culture and mission. The ATC prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression), national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, political affiliation, union membership, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the locations where we operate.

Position Type : Careers - Full Time