Communities In Schools North Carolina

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Vice President for Advancement

Development | Raleigh, NC | Full Time

Job Description

About Communities In Schools of North Carolina: At Communities In Schools, we are “all-in” for kids. It is our passion-- it is our mission. In North Carolina, 1 in 5 children under the age of 18 live in poverty leading to challenges outside the classroom that stand in the way of success inside the classroom. Communities In Schools works directly inside schools, building one-on-one relationships that empower students to succeed at school and in life. As the North Carolina State Office for Communities In Schools, we collaborate with 21 local affiliate organizations and deliver direct programs across the state. We make sure young people have the tools they need to succeed at school and transition successfully into continuing education and careers. We achieve our mission by hiring bright, creative, and innovative team members who have a passion for what we do.  At CISNC, we value relationships, collaboration, learning, integrity and commitment.

About the Role:

The Vice President for Advancement is responsible for successfully obtaining in-kind and financial resources necessary for CISNC to sustain, deepen and grow impact across North Carolina. This person leads efforts to create and execute the fund development plan. In addition to leading planning, this teammate is directly involved in researching, soliciting, stewarding and managing gifts and grants from both public and private sources. 


The VPA will work closely with the CEO and the Board of Directors to cultivate, secure and steward relationships resulting in financial investment in CISNC’s mission.  Working closely with the CEO, this position will grow the fund development team adding key positions as unrestricted funding increases. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Create, manage and execute the Fund Development Plan, seeking branded funding from public and private sources.
  • Seek out and secure funding from both public and private sources, prioritizing public funds for key programs and unrestricted funds from private foundations, corporations and philanthropists.
  • Directly cultivate, solicit and steward funds from key foundations, corporations and philanthropists, working closely with CEO and Board.
  • Lead and supervise the Development Team, adding staff over the next 24 months as unrestricted funds are secured.
  • Development of custom training and technical support for 21 affiliates
  • Create strategies for transitioning event attendees to unrestricted organization support
  • Supervise and contribute to efforts to seek, secure and manage major public and private grants.
  • Write funding requests, updates and reports to all funding partners including CIS National office, Foundations, Corporations and State Agencies.
  • Refines and manages systems for documenting CISNC fund development activities
  • Provide counsel and support to CISNC Executive, Development and PR/Communications Board Committees and Affiliates as needed.
  • Represent CIS at community meetings


About You:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of CISNC and to the needs of students, families and the community.
  • Strong fund development credentials; an undergraduate degree is required.
  • Dynamic leader with demonstrated experience and creativity in the field of fundraising/financial development.
  • At least 8 years’ experience successfully leading fund development efforts in a non-profit with an annual budget of at least $8M.
  • Experience soliciting high net worth individuals for individual gifts.
  • Experience soliciting corporations for employee engagement and corporate financial investment.
  • Experience soliciting public and private grants, and overseeing grant management.
  • Experience building collaborative resource development and/or capacity-building initiatives with partner organizations.
  • Experience developing and implementing a donor stewardship plan that engages board members as key drivers.
  • Administrative experience with ability to work within systems, processes and personnel issues.
  • Management expertise to develop and motivate others.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal communication skills required, with the ability to build. productive relationships with staff, volunteers, community leaders as well as managing donor stewardship, and application process.
  • Knowledge of non-profit organizations with an understanding of programming and service delivery.
  • Experience with Raisers Edge preferred.
  • Strong technology skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) and on-line meeting applications.
  • Passionate about and committed to kids.
  • Self-motivated with drive to make a difference  
  • Creative and open mindset
  • Relationship builder and excellent communicator
  • Strong planning and organizing skills
  • Accountable and dependable
  • Thrives in an organization undergoing change and growth
  • Ability to see, hear, speak and travel
  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds


What we offer:

• You can make a difference in helping kids stay in school and achieve beyond!

• You will work in a collaborative, mission-focused, employer of choice organization.

• You will have an opportunity to use your relationship-building strengths and initiative to build a community of support that empowers students to achieve.

• CISNC offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement savings with employer match, generous paid-time-off and paid holidays.

Communities In Schools of North Carolina is committed to a workforce that is representative of the varied communities we are privileged to serve. We provide a work environment that does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Communities In Schools of North Carolina prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.