Vice President, Philanthropy and Business Development

Vice President, Philanthropy and Business Development
Full time
Organization Name: 
Pikes Peak Community Foundation
Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 4, 2020
Job Description: 

About the Pikes Peak Community Foundation

With origins dating back to 1928, the Community Foundation improves the quality of life in the Pikes Peak region by building permanent community capital and managing charitable funds and working with philanthropic-minded individuals, families and businesses to craft meaningful giving plans that will benefit our community now and in the future. With the values of integrity, respect, excellence and teamwork as our guide, we endeavor to grow philanthropy and community impact in the Pikes Peak region.
The Community Foundation currently has assets under management of just under $70 million, is governed by a Board of Trustees and has a staff of seven. Since the first grant was made nearly 90 years ago, the Community Foundation has made over $70 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in our region.

Job Description
The VP of Philanthropy and Business Development is a full-time exempt position that reports to the CEO. The position works closely with the CEO to market the Community Foundation’s services to individuals and families, corporations, private foundations, and professional advisors. The VP of Philanthropy and Business Development owns the fund holder engagement cycle, including: research, identification, outreach, cultivation, and stewardship.

Primary Responsibilities
The VP of Philanthropy and Business Development is responsible for establishing and carrying out the Community Foundation’s fund development strategies and fund holder philanthropic services. Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1. Development

  •  Creating and executing a strategic development plan with clearly defined goals, timeframes, and metrics
  •  Builds strong relationships with current and potential fund holder. Plans and coordinates fund holder cultivation and recognition events
  •  Seeks new opportunities to increase the Community Foundation’s visibility with prospective fund holders, philanthropic organizations and the corporate sector
  •  Manage a portfolio of major fund holders with responsibility for qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding those fund holders
  •  Develops and expands the Community Foundation’s planned giving program
  •  Monitors national trends related to philanthropy
  •  Ensuring Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system is up to date and appropriately utilized to manage fund holders, professional advisors, business owners, and prospective client relationships
  •  Demonstrates excellent customer service skills and builds rapport with funding partners and potential fund holders

2. Professional Advisors

  • Cultivates the professional advisor community to increase quantity and quality of fund holder referrals through:
  •  Presentations at professional advisor firms
  •  1:1 meetings with advisors
  •  Identification of new advisors
  •  Management of ongoing relationships with existing advisor groups
  •  Delivery of educational programs for the advisor community
  •  Develops and staffs PPCF’s Network of Professional Advisors

3. Fund Holder Education & Services

  •  Plans and coordinates events educating fund holders about community issues and the role of PPCF in addressing those issues
  •  Works closely with the community impact and grantmaking staff to identify opportunities to leverage additional fund holder support for grants made by PPCF

4. Strategy and Governance

  • Regularly participates in Board and senior staff meetings to stay abreast of key issues and contribute to the achievement of strategic goals

Work Experience and Competencies

1. Prior Work Experience

  •  At least 10 years of sales/business development/fundraising experience with a strong performance record of success
  •  Experience in new business development of high net worth individuals is preferred
  •  Experience in developing a fundraising initiative or campaign from inception to completion is preferred
  •  Experience delivering presentations to broad range of stakeholders
  •  Management experience is required

2. Technical Competencies

  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent public speaking abilities
  • Strong listening abilities
  • Strategic mindset
  • Strong command of modern office software and technologies
  • Familiarity with El Paso and Teller County issues, nonprofits, donors, and communities preferred

3. Behavioral Competencies

  • Communication: Ability to establish effective relationships with prospective donors, donors, professional advisors, board members and staff members; incorporates a strong customer service ethic into all activities (a service-oriented mindset is critical); good sense of humor and ability to laugh at oneself. Must be outgoing.
  • Teamwork: Consummate team player; comfortable supporting and leading group efforts; willingness to embrace PPCF’s strategic and tactical direction; active manager and mentor for all direct reports; contributes to a positive working environment for all PPCF staff
  • Organization: Self-organized; thrives on handling multiple activities at once; able to prioritize issues on an ongoing basis; great attention to detail; able to handle most office tasks without assistance
  • Initiative: Able to work independently to achieve objectives and solve problems; an entrepreneurial and creative mindset; a very strong work ethic. Must be a self-starter who is self-motived and goal oriented. Ambition and drive is required.
  • Mission: Genuine and demonstrated passion for the community

Education, Training, and Geography

  • A bachelor’s degree is required. Certifications in fundraising, financial planning, estate planning, business development or related areas are a plus.
  • A hands-on knowledge of modern development and communications tools (such as development software, CRM, databases, spreadsheets, and online research services) is strongly preferred.
  • Residency in El Paso is strongly preferred.
  • Conditions of Employment
  • This is a full-time, exempt position in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • Pikes Peak Community Foundation’s mission is to inspire generosity, serve donors and mobilize resources to build community capital and effectively address issues facing the Pikes Peak Region. We believe philanthropy can be a tool to create positive community change and we will work collaboratively with our board and staff, donors and citizens to build a thriving and caring community that promotes mutual respect, equity, and opportunity for everyone.
  • We affirm the dignity, differences, and worth of all individuals. As a community foundation, we are committed to maintaining an environment that advances diversity, inclusion and tolerance within our own operations and policies.
  • PPCF is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. Employment at PPCF is at-will.

Compensation and Benefits

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and extensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and pension plan. We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees where people can learn and grow with the Foundation. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

Please submit a resume, a cover letter expressing your interest in the position, and three professional references to