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VP of Develpment

Job Location

McLean, VA

General Summary

The VP of Development will provide leadership, oversight and administration of a comprehensive development plan with measurable goals and benchmarks that are aligned with the Alzheimer's Association's mission and strategic plan, while collaborating with other chapters for local and regional partnership opportunities. The Vice President will create and implement an annual development plan focused on facilitating and increasing the organization's unrestricted year-over-year revenue growth by: identifying, recruiting, and stewarding high-ranking volunteer leadership for mass market events and special events to achieve financial goals, as well as volunteers who will serve in other distinguished chapter fundraising, programs, and advocacy roles; building a broad base of current and prospective individual donors at intermediate giving levels; and, cultivating new and expanded partnerships with corporate funders.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provide management level leadership, oversight, and implementation of Mass Market/Special Event campaigns, including the Walk to End Alzheimer's, The Longest Day® and Brain Ball, as well as corporate engagement.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the annual strategic plan for the Chapter, with an emphasis on the identification and cultivation of Mass Market/Special Event fundraising prospects to initiate new and maximize existing income streams. 
  • Play a significant role in increasing volunteer engagement around the organization's mission and priorities. Recruit high-level volunteer leadership to actively participate in event planning, as well as the formation of event committee structures. In addition, focus on identifying and soliciting other community volunteers to serve in key National Capital Area leadership roles. Cultivate more prominent volunteers from corporations throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area, as well as influential leaders and donors in the philanthropic community, healthcare and senior industries, and other untapped volunteer sources
  • Work collaboratively with the chapter's Senior Directors to mutually identify, solicit and expand volunteer/committee participation in mass market events and special events (including Walk to End Alzheimer's, The Longest Day, and third party events) to ensure delivery of fundraising goals; drive best practices in volunteer engagemen
  • t. Develop an intermediate gifts program comprised of a pipeline steeped in annual fundraising growth potential. Identify and cultivate a personal portfolio of unrestricted donors to meet face-to-face to increase annual giving, as well as deepen a commitment to the work of the Alzheimer's Association. In addition, develop a moves management donor and recognition plan to steward gifts to higher levels of annual giving. Meet weekly with the Chapter President and monthly with the chapter's National Sr. Donor Advisor to review donor activity and action plans.

  • Develop new giving relationships with the corporate sector, including sponsorships, cause marketing and workplace giving to underwrite mass market/special events and identified chapter initiatives. Support the Constituent Events team by also identifying corporate in-kind donations and third-party funders. Support the Relationship Events team for Brain Ball, parlor events (salon events) , and other events as necessary. Support the Corporate Initiatives team in their fundraising efforts.
  • Analyze the chapter's current donor database, utilizing wealth assessment tools to provide capacity profiles. Build an understanding of the Association's mission with current and prospective donors, including our WTEA's events, local programs and services, global research role, and more.

  • Build a strong and supportive partnership with the National Development team responsible for leading the chapter's direct marketing efforts and communications with intermediate and corporate donors. In collaboration with these colleagues and the chapter's Senior Director of Communications, develop a local online fundraising and social media strategy to complement annual marketing and fundraising initiatives.

  • Work directly with the Board of Director's Development Committee, partnering with the chapter's Senior Directors to design customized fundraising plans for members, as well as volunteer engagement opportunities. In addition, provide joint-leadership support for Board-hosted donor events, parlor events (salon events), and other community engagement activities
  • Participate in the creation and implementation of the chapter's annual Strategic Implementation Plan, developing annual fundraising goals and systems to track and forecast revenue throughout the year.

  • Ensure compliance with all National Association policies, procedures, standards, and applicable regulatory requirements. Provide fiscal oversight of the Development Department; manage revenue and expenses.

  • Represent the chapter at appropriate community meetings, Board of Trade, chambers of commerce events, corporate networking functions, and trade industry gatherings
  • Perform any additional duties deemed necessary by the Chapter President.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in non-profit field or sales/marketing preferred.

  • 6-8 years proven leadership experience in professional fundraising directing diversified programs at all levels of giving.

  • Strong track record in mobilizing community volunteers to engage in fundraising efforts, as well as other leadership activities to move an organization's mission forward.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, foster, and build donor and corporate relationships; proven experience with sustained year-over-year fundraising growth. Capacity to initiate and implement new and innovative development projects.

  • Solid project management skills.
  • Ability to effectively analyze and utilize data to increase productivity and results.
  • Strong critical thinking, research, and analytical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with strategic implementation planning, budget development, and management.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team.
  • Passion for the Alzheimer's Association's mission and work.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Proficiency with Internet and database/fundraising applications.
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, early mornings and occasional weekends; ability to travel if required.

  • Willingness and ability to represent Chapter at meetings and special events.

  • Valid driver's license, proof of vehicle insurance, and access to reliable personal vehicle to meet travel requirements.

  • This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the jobholder. He/she will be required to follow any other duties as requested by his/her supervisor. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties. Essential job functions may change when necessary. The Alzheimer's Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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    Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area
    8180 Greensboro Drive
    Suite 400
    McLean, VA 22102

We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and we appreciate your interest in the Alzheimer's Association.




Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.