Vice President of Advancement

Position Title: Vice President of Advancement

Department: Advancement

Reports to: President/CEO

Position Summary:

Reporting to the President, the VP of Advancement serves as a key leadership member and active participant in making strategic decisions affecting Cross International.  Working closely with the President /CEO, this position is responsible for all fundraising and marketing & communication activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build Cross International’s visibility, impact and financial resources that will grow CI from its current approximate $8 million in annual cash contributions, to multiples of that over the coming years.  The VP of Advancement will design and implement a comprehensive plan and lead the Advancement team to develop key external alliances by creating wide-spread brand awareness and cultivating individual and philanthropic support.

The VP of Advancement is responsible for executing all marketing and communications to build brand awareness and establish CI as a thought-leader and service provider. He/She will establish and build a strong digital presence to enhance CI branding, to communicate our mission and create content strategies that are relevant and useful to the marketplace, and to generate new partner donors and advocates.   

Knowledge and Required Competencies:

  • Strong personal spiritual commitment  

  • Vision setting abilities and the experience to create viable plans to support strategies

  • Entrepreneurial and self-motivated, able to handle multiple tasks with senior level responsibility

  • Must have direct management experience with scaling initiatives involving significant dollar amounts and implications, managing staff, and involving diverse stakeholder groups.

  • Demonstrated personal successes in major gift fundraising, special events and community development.

  • Adept at selecting, negotiating, and managing vendor relationships.

  • In-depth knowledge of best practices in the non-profit sector, with expertise in current fundraising, marketing & communications, and digital methodologies and regulations

Essential Responsibilities:

  • The core focus of the VP of Advancement is to oversee the successful development and implementation of long-term fundraising and marketing & communication growth strategies to meet and exceed organizational goals, and ensures these strategies are regularly reviewed and adjusted as needed.

  • The VP of Advancement will forge a strong working relationship with the President/CEO who will have input into overall strategy and implementation framework.

  • He/she will lead the branding and all related communication strategies for CI to position the organization for significant growth into the future.  This person is forward thinking and can lead into new strategies, new methods and implementation while preserving current successes. She/he will have the background to lead not only in our current broadcast acquisition strategy and direct mail engagement, but also has the depth to lead CI into a successful digital presence which will include content strategies and online gift generation.

  • The VP of Advancement will be an engaged, positive, servant-leader who places a high priority on valuing, leading, motivating, and encouraging staff to perform at their highest levels.

  • She/he is a “player coach”, one who can lead but also participate.  The VP of Advancement will carry a portfolio of major donors and will be the primary support role for the President/CEO to engage major donors and other key constituents.

  • Oversees the hiring, evaluation, and other personnel matters related to the Advancement department.  Insures adherence to the Cross Christian Community standards in hiring, promotions, and all aspects of personnel management.  Utilizes organizational performance measurements when managing staff.

  • Ensure legal and ethical compliance in fundraising, marketing and communications are met.  Keeps up to date with developments in industry and ministry standards as law and circumstances change so as to insure the organization is aware of and meets the highest standards of ethics and transparency as required by ECFA, state and Federal regulations and other oversight groups.

  • Partner with other department heads to ensure CI’s goals and objectives are achieved and will work with the Finance and Programs departments to prepare and update annual operating budgets and gift income projections.  

  • In conjunction with the Director of Finance & Operations, will evaluate all current systems related to the Advancement department and will look for ways to streamline and economize while maintaining excellence in operations.

  • Is fiscally responsible and will be managing department budgets to support plans that are developed for the departments.

  • The VP of Advancement will be member of the CI Executive Team and will play a key role in leading the organization into the future.  He/She will engage with the Board of Directors in a variety of ways (committees, reporting, Board development, and others as needed).

  • The VP of Advancement will travel to meet donors, and to CI field programs for deep understanding of our work which will be translated into effective fundraising and marketing & communications expressions (approximately 20-25% of time).

Educational or Certification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in business, marketing or a related field

General Requirements:

  • 10+ years of senior level leadership experience with at least 5 years in nonprofit organizations.

  • Is a person of committed Christian faith.

  • Will be an active member/attender of a local Christian church and is a contributing part of a local body of believers.

  • Has a deep desire, a calling, to serve the world’s poor.

  • Is eager to participate in the active Christian community at CI.

  • Demonstrated success in the development and leadership of strategic fundraising, marketing & communications, and digital strategies which have taken an organization(s) to the next level.

  • Thrives and is able to lead and work in a changing environment, and to focus on growth while maintaining excellence in practices.

  • Has high degree of knowledge and experience with best-practices in fundraising, marketing & communications, and the digital space.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and cultivate long-term relationships.

  • Strong project management skills. Able to balance competing priorities, complex situations, and tight deadlines.

  • Ability to construct, articulate and implement periodic strategic development plan

  • High energy and passion for CI mission is essential, in order to motivate groups and individuals.

  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Cross International.

  • Is a person who has a sense of humor and enjoys co-workers and the work place.

  • Residence will be in the Cross International headquarters area, or one of the surrounding communities.

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