VP of Development


Vice President, Development

This is a full-time, salaried, executive level position, reporting directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITY: The Vice President, Development is responsible for the complete administration, management, supervision of staff performance and operations of the development department to include leading and managing annual gifts, grants, planned giving, corporate sponsorship, donor management, as well as soliciting contributions/funding from individuals, foundations, companies and the government sector.

1. Responsible for overall direction, operation, coordination, and evaluation of the department, including the preparation and execution of a comprehensive fundraising program aligned with organizational goals and objectives encompassing a donor database and recognition program, proposal preparation, case statements, grant reports and planned giving.
2. Identify, cultivate and solicit major donors in coordination with members of the leadership team, the President and CEO, members of the Board of Directors and other volunteers.
3. Supervise the retention of donor files necessary to accurately record and manage all gifts and pledges to include timely notification to donors with gift acknowledgments and pledges due.
4. Provide planning to include budgets and supervision of reports on the status of donor contributions and pledges.
5. Coordinate with appropriate staff to obtain sponsorships for Whitaker Center and its programs.

1. Be a servant leader and contributing member of a team with a “we before me” mindset.
2. Serve as a member of the leadership team to promote the vision and to develop business strategies for successful operation of Whitaker Center.
3. Under direction of the President and CEO, perform supervisory responsibilities in accordance with established polices and procedures. This includes recommending individuals for appointments and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
4. Participate in the development, implementation and assessment of the organization’s plans, programs and budget.
5. Evaluation of assigned units and plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group as well as provide individuals with opportunities for professional growth.
6. Maintain professional knowledge of trends and recent developments in areas appropriate role and responsibilities within the organization.
7. Accept and complete special projects and assignments as determined by the President and CEO.

This position description is relative to major requirements and is not intended to be all inclusive.

1. Bachelor degree in related field/advanced degree preferred and a minimum of seven (7) years hands on experience as a professional fundraiser; CFRE Certification preferred.
2. Minimum three (3) years of progressively responsible management experience in fundraising activities.
3. Awareness of statewide and local environments as they pertain to fundraising initiatives.
4. Minimum three (3) years supervisory experience. Ability to train staff, organize, prioritize and schedule work assignments.
5. Demonstrated leadership with the ability to lead, motivate and inspire people and obtain results through a team oriented environment.
6. Strategic visionary with sound judgment and strong operations focus with a “big picture” perspective.
7. Strong written and verbal communications, organizational, analytical, problem solving, fiscal and time management skills.
8. Ability to make decisions, exhibit sound and accurate judgment and make timely decisions. Must be able to handle multiple projects on a daily basis.
9. Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills. Must be comfortable communicating with Board members, donors, volunteers and the general public. Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries.
10. Ability to analyze and interpret contract documents and prepare request for proposals, agreements, grants and contracts.
11. Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events.
12. Ability to successfully complete a Pennsylvania State Police Clearance, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance obtained through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Record Information obtained by submitting a full set of fingerprints to the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent for submission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

To apply for this job email your details to hr@whitakercenter.org