Vice President of Development

Our Purpose

Living with cancer isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be so hard. It’s the everyday cancer problems, like telling your loved ones or paying the bills. The problems that simply don’t deserve to exist.

Settling for surviving isn’t good enough. It’s time to change how we help people live with cancer. Livestrong isn’t just about hope. Our legacy is more than a wristband. We are listeners, collaborators, and practical problem solvers improving the everyday lives of anyone affected by cancer.

We are finding new solutions to old problems right now so we can fix them for good. We are dedicated to disruptive, energetic and breakthrough ideas designed to ensure that each and every person with cancer doesn’t just survive, they Livestrong.

Because if you’re living with cancer, you deserve more than just hope for a better tomorrow. You deserve a better today!

Your Role

The Vice President of Development is responsible for all revenue streams, is externally focused on individual donor and corporate relationships, and providing oversight to the team managing special events. Specific responsibilities include:

Relationship Management and Gift Solicitation

  • Manage a portfolio of high-wealth donors and corporate partners, both national and specifically focused on the Austin community; building relationships, identifying moves plans, and executing asks to increase organizational revenue.
  • Provide leadership as senior-level relationship contact for Livestrong to local Austin and national individual donors and corporate partners.
  • Develop and manage donor and corporate relationships to secure funding to achieve annual revenue targets of $2 - $2.5 million; with a focus on gifts of $10,000 and above.
  • Actively and aggressively pursue and solicit Livestrong’s network, cultivating lapsed and current donor and corporate relationships and maximizing giving potential.
  • With staff and volunteer leaders, prospect for new donors and corporate partners; build a pipeline of prospects, and create a diverse, active and fluid portfolio of accounts.
  • Engage in external activities or learnings to understand and react to industry and donor trends and effectively incorporates these into moves plans and relationship strategies.
  • Continuously assess risk and identify opportunities with each relationship, adjusting plans and asks accordingly.
  • Work closely with the Pres/CEO, other Officers, and Department Heads to steward overlap relationships and identify fundraiser/major donor pipeline.
  • Work effectively with all departments to deliver objectives.
  • Maintain a broad knowledge of Livestrong funding priorities and activities, ensuring self-comfort and confidence in speaking to these priorities with donors and partners (as appropriate).
  • Accountable to implement the operational plans.
  • Monitor revenue and expenses within General Giving, including Campaign Donations, Workplace Giving, Individual Giving, Major Gifts, Planned Giving & Bequests, and Corporate Alliances, and contribute to the effectiveness of revenue and expenses management of the entire department.
  • Ensure communication and integration both within the Development team and with all other departments.
  • Be a Livestrong ambassador and speak to our mission, culture, and core values.

Management of Special Events

  • Manage a team of staff executing on a portfolio of 8-10 special events involving up to 2,500 participants.
  • Work includes registration, peer to peer fundraising tactics, stewardship, event logistics.
  • Accomplish work through management of 3-5 event staff with varying levels of experience and responsibility.
  • Work with Marketing and branding staff to cultivate appropriate recruiting plans and event collateral to fuel participation and donor engagement.
  • Familiarity with peer-to-peer fundraising software; Classy software experience a plus.
  • Coordinate all logistics and travel plans for staff and contractors.
  • Work with other members of the Leadership Team in developing event strategy and tactics from year to year.

Corporate Partnership Solicitation

  • Identify sponsor assets and execute benefits for secured corporate relationships.
  • Provide recaps and reconciliation reports to corporate partners as needed.
  • Prospect and pursue corporate leads, identifying creative and unique opportunities for engagement, support, and activation in Livestrong events and initiatives.
  • Secure sponsors for Livestrong events, including Livestrong Challenge and iCON, among others.
  • Ensure relationships in portfolio are identified, tracked, and updated timely in available Livestrong data platforms, including Salesforce.

People Management

  • Coach, mentor, and supervise all development staff to ensure goals are accomplished and organization objectives met.
  • Work individually with staff to determine appropriate professional development plans and activities to grow and develop people, includes all hiring and firing of Development staff.
  • Work with other members of the Leadership Team to establish organizational policies for human resources and staff performance.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience: 5-7+years in a high-volume Development department; knowledge of non-profit Development, major gifts, and corporate relations.
  • CRM (constituent relationship management) software usage experience, including Salesforce.
  • Experience implementing giving programs to support revenue growth and relationship acquisition and retention.
  • Communication and organizational skills to work cross-functionally and collaboratively across departments and teams.
  • General Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Power Point, Outlook, etc.).
  • Passion for the Livestrong mission. Motivated by service, humility and compassion for helping people.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Business, Communications, or business-related field.
  • Demonstrated success in a major gift role in a non-profit organization (3-5 years non-profit experience ideal) with 8+ years of experience in both for-profit and non-profit industries.

Travel Requirements

  • Required travel, locally and domestically, to prospects, major donors, and corporate partners; up to 15%.

Job Location

  • Hybrid work environment opportunity. Open to remote work location for candidate with proven record of success working remotely.
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