Vice President of Resource Development

Vice President of Resource Development
Organization Dix Park Conservancy
Location Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Oct 1, 2021

Dix Park Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in partnership with the City of Raleigh as its philanthropic and community engagement partner to help ensure the creation and long-term success of Dorothea Dix Park.  While the Conservancy is multi-dimensional, it is essential to understand that at its core, Conservancy’s exists to raise donated dollars for the funding the Park.

Position Description

This is a full-time professional (exempt) position responsible for the strategy and overall leadership of the Conservancy’s comprehensive philanthropy plan. The Vice President will be a seasoned frontline, self-initiated, strategic fundraiser reporting to the CEO and a dotted line to the Conservancy’s Campaign Chair.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and direct strategic direction for a comprehensive program for philanthropy including overseeing major gifts, community giving, annual fund, planned-giving, stakeholder relations, grant writing, capital campaigns, event planning, campaign promotional materials, and donor communications
  • Qualify and manage a portfolio of 1000+ identified prospects; cultivate and solicit gifts through personal face-to-face visits and cultivation activities for general operating and special capital needs
  • External lead for Development Department as primary frontline fundraiser
  • Oversee and manage all aspects of Development, including Development team, consultant teams, and committees
  • Collaborate with the CEO and work closely with Campaign Cabinet and other Board leaders on all development activities to facilitate and strengthen Board members’ fundraising efforts, contacts, and networking
  • Establish specific and measurable departmental goals, budget, and strategies, and routinely track and report on forecast vs actual, for the fiscal year in coordination with Development team, CEO, and Campaign Cabinet
  • Provide philanthropic direction for Conservancy marketing, public relations, media, and strategic print and online communications
  • Manage donor relationships through all stages of gift process including review of prospect research, recommendations for moves management, donor cultivation, gift acknowledgement, and overall prospect stewardship before and after closing out the gift
  • Maintain accurate and timely contact records through the prospect management process in eTapestry database
  • In collaboration with Development team, prepare and present fundraising materials, donor proposals, and grant applications to corporations, private and government foundations, family offices, and individuals
  • Develop and manage comprehensive grant strategy including recommendations and connections to the Conservancy and City of Raleigh Dix Park team to private foundations or state and federal funding opportunities
  • Provide support across Conservancy team through regular communications and cross-department engagement
  • Engage City of Raleigh Dix Park Team through regular communications and collaborative programming-funding discussions and opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned by the CEO


  • An experienced fundraiser with minimum of ten years in nonprofit or academic fund development and seven years of direct philanthropy experience with demonstrated success in cultivation and solicitation of gifts
  • Strong knowledge of the philanthropic community in the Triangle inclusive of its traditional sources and methods for giving
  • Proven frontline fundraiser with successful experience in one or more substantive capital campaigns
  • Demonstrated ability to manage prospect portfolio, to “ask” and consistently “close” gifts, and to meet both financial and timeline goals
  • Ability to engage and inspire donor prospects to make transformational gifts in support of this highly unique and once in many generations mission
  • Proven management and administrative skills in a collaborative environment, as demonstrated by experience in effectively building and leading a successful staff
  • Ability to communicate effectively and enthusiastically with a broad constituency, including corporate executives, foundation executives, individuals, volunteers, and staff
  • Effective public speaking, interpersonal communication skills, and relationship building skills
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to write proposals and reports to donors, and an entrepreneurial nature with high attention to detail
  • Professional knowledge of the donor giving cycle, familiarity with planned giving programs, and an understanding of tax issues as they pertain to charitable giving desired
  • While self-driven, a team player with excellent 360 communication skills and a genuine appreciation for collaboration
  • Possess a proclivity for data analytics and leveraging that analytical work to maximize gift outcomes
  • Willingness to travel frequently and on short notice in relevance to the prospect management process and to commit to some evening and weekend work. Primary donor community is currently the Triangle and NC centered, but expected to expand
  • A person of integrity with outstanding leadership, excellent judgement, ethical standards, and confidentiality with respect to the execution of fundraising
  • Adheres to policies, procedures, and guidelines including compliance with IRS regulations regarding tax deductibility of charitable gifts and donor information record confidentiality
  • A bachelor’s degree required

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive compensation range, $125,000 – $150,000; salary commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits include generous health, vision, and dental insurance, holidays, paid time off, and health days; 401(k) retirement plan contribution with organizational match after one year of service.

Application Materials Required

  • Cover Letter, Resume, and Contact Information for at least two professional references
  • Submit email applications with “Vice President Resource Development” in the subject line to: Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, [email protected]
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.


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