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Director of Philanthropy II

National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Inc

Posted: January 2021
Status: Open


The Director of Philanthropy II will work collaboratively with the Chief Advancement Officer and Chief Executive Officer to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual, corporate, and foundation funds on a national level. The position requires a high degree of professionalism and an ability to interact with a variety of organizations and individuals to increase the visibility and fundraising success of the National Council. There are no formal supervisory responsibilities.


This position requires travel for donor relations; physical mobility is necessary. Work venues vary from office, to social events, to presentations, to large and small meetings and interactions with individuals. Some evening/weekend work is required. The ability to coordinate a variety of tasks simultaneously and handle tension and stress in a positive manner is necessary to be successful in this role.


Position Goals:
  • Strategically manage a portfolio of corporate, foundation, and individual prospects
  • Participate in a collaborative moves management strategy
  • Initiate contact with prospective donors and create cultivation strategies for each
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards in all circumstances
  • Build a network of relationships with Vincentians, Council, and National Foundation leadership, donors, and national staff
  • Craft a result-driven strategy for building strong relationships with individuals, national corporate sponsors, and/or other partner organizations/businesses


Key Responsibilities:
  • Manage a portfolio of 150-175 donors and prospects
  • Oversee each step of the donor pipeline: identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Write proposals for funding and manage the efforts of outside grant writers
  • Develop individual donor strategies, renewing and upgrading gifts, deepening relationships with the National Council
  • Collaborate nationally to enhance relationships with corporations, foundations, and individuals for philanthropic investment
  • Incorporate planned giving wherever possible in philanthropy communications
  • Record all donor strategies and communications in the CRM
  • Provide regular reports on progress to goal and strategies to reach goal
  • Maintain confidentiality about any proprietary data and privileged information concerning SVdP, its donors, staff, members, volunteers, entities and programs.
  • Assist in the implementation of the National Strategic Plan goals
  • Other assignments as determined by the Chief Advancement Officer and/or the Chief Executive Officer
Key Competencies of the Position:
  • Understanding of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, its mission and values
  • Knowledgeable of development principles, fundraising strategies and ethics, and familiarity with the “moves management” process
  • The ability to develop and sustain positive relationships with individuals and corporations
  • Strong organization skills, ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines


Skills, Knowledge and Experience Requirements:
  • Minimum of five years’ professional experience in nonprofit fundraising, with progressive responsibility and a proven record of successful donor engagement
  • Experience with Donor Perfect or other comprehensive CRM software.
  • Knowledge of grant identification, development, and management, particularly for federal, state and private foundation grants.
  • Demonstrated ability in grant and proposal writing, including budget development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for obtaining information about the giving programs of local and national government and private foundations.
  • A record of identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding philanthropic relationships with high-profile individuals, foundations, and corporate leaders
  • Experience in building strategic relationships and partnerships for long-term collaborations
  • Strong critical thinking skills, big-picture, creative strategic thinking
  • Experience working with grant writers or other funding proposal collaboration
  • Skilled in oral and written presentations
  • Build trust internally and externally and command a professional image
  • Ability to work independently, to be a self-starter, to manage multiple projects, set and manages priorities, make sound decisions, and meet deadlines
  • Minimum of a bachelor degree (preferred Masters) in a related field


  • Enhance the operational effectiveness of the National Council Office staff
  • Provide fundraising assistance to Arch/Diocesan Councils and individual Conferences throughout the United States
  • Develop relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Willing and able to travel nationally


  • Support the Rule (SVdPUSA governance manual) and By-Laws of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of the Society and all pertinent legal regulations
  • Prepare and accomplish annual performance objectives
  • Participate in annual self-evaluation and performance review
How to Apply:


Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected].

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