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Vice President, Development, The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights/The Leadership Conference Education Fund

Washington, DC
The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights/The Leadership Conference Education Fund
Vice President, Development
Washington, D.C
About The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights/The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (The Leadership Conference) is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals. The Leadership Conference is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition. It is the nerve center for fighting discrimination in all its forms and expanding opportunity and fairness for all Americans.
The Leadership Conference is a 501(c)(4) organization that engages in legislative advocacy.  It was founded in 1950 and has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.
The Leadership Conference Education Fund (The Education Fund) is a 501(c)(3) organization that complements this work by building public will for federal policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all people in America. Its campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States.
For more information on The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund, please visit https://civilrights.org.
Programming priorities for both The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund are focused on:
  • Democracy: Including work on the courts, and voting rights
  • Justice: Including work on immigrant rights, justice reform, and policing
  • Inclusion & Opportunity: Including work on economic security, education, fighting hate and bias, and media and technology
The Opportunity
For 70 years, The Leadership Conference has been fighting for justice, inclusion, and fairness for all.  Recently the nation has grappled with a confluence of crises that have exposed how deeply systemic racism and inequality permeate the institutions that shape American life.  In the midst of these crises, diverse individuals and communities have come together to insist on justice, equity, and lasting, systemic change. 
The Leadership Conference is seeking a Vice President, Development (VP) to help power that fight for justice and equity as a strategic development leader in partnership with other senior leaders across the organization.
Reporting to the President and CEO, the VP serves as a key senior team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the organization. In partnership with the President and CEO and EVP/COO, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build The Leadership Conference’s visibility, impact, and sustainability. 
The VP will have primary responsibility for designing and implementing the forward-leaning strategies to steward new donors and continue to sustain the organization’s $25M+ budget through the identification, and successful cultivation of institutional gifts, individual giving, major donors, events, and corporate support. They will expand and diversify The Leadership Conference’s national donor base and pipeline and will work collaboratively across the matrixed organization to secure funding for new initiatives. The VP manages a talented development team of six professionals.
This is a unique opportunity to join an organization of historic importance to work alongside a collaborative group of committed leaders passionate about civil rights and justice for all.  

Vision and Strategy
  • Provide vision, leadership, and strategy for stewardship and sustainable growth across the Leadership Conference and The Education Fund.
  • Work with the President and CEO to establish and execute long- and short-term strategic development priorities aimed at increasing support from individuals, foundations, and the corporate community. 
  • In collaboration with the senior leadership team, develop and implement strategies to elevate and maintain the profile of The Leadership Conference.
  • Work closely with the President to develop and implement successful strategies for continued effective stewardship and growth.
  • Engage with the Boards of Directors of The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund on effective cultivation and stewardship
  • Serve as a trusted advisor to the senior leadership team; lead change and identify and prioritize new development opportunities.
Cultivation and Stewardship
  • Strengthen existing donor relationships through authentic relationship building and passion for the mission of The Leadership Conference, to develop a strong rapport and deep understanding of individual and institutional connections to the organization.
  • Increase the donor base through proactive identification, thoughtful cultivation, and acquisition of new supporters and funding sources, especially from the foundation and individual donor communities.
  • Strengthen the major donor program at The Leadership Conference.
  • Secure transformational level gifts and build strong revenue support through compelling, donor-centered relationship building in partnership with the President and CEO, and the c3 and c4 Boards.
Management and Leadership
  • Lead, motivate, and inspire a strong and cohesive development team, ensuring high levels of professionalism, innovation, solicitation, stewardship, and accountability.
  • Effectively guide and support the President and CEO and Board members through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship processes and strategies.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to support the achievement of the organization’s overall mission while promoting a culture of respect and mutual support.
  • Develop overall development objectives and specific goals for members of the development team and plans to ensure success. 
  • Implement best practices with respect to use of data, research, and analysis in identifying sources of support and in developing revenue projections and customized approaches to donors, among other issues. 
  • Supervise staff and vendor engagement in key events annually.
  • Record of commitment to civil and human rights and a deep belief in the mission of The Leadership Conference/The Education Fund
  • 10+ years of professional experience with demonstrated success developing and implementing comprehensive and strategic development programs 
  • Strong action orientation with a spirit of creativity and innovation
  • Experience expanding, cultivating, and stewarding strong donor relationships over time
  • Record of team management success and the ability to mentor and motivate staff
  • Ability to create a culture of philanthropy across the organization
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
  • Flexible and entrepreneurial style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
  • Ability to work both independently but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority
Compensation and Benefits
The compensation band for this position is $165,000 to $180,000 and is based on experience.  The Leadership Conference/The Education Fund offers a generous benefits package for all full-time employees.
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