Vice President of Development - Common Threads
Common Threads is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is national in scope, with strong roots in each of our 13 major program locations. Now celebrating our 15th year, we are dedicated to promoting health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education. We integrate our preventive health programs into school districts and community organizations to help combat the rising number of diet-related diseases and cultivate a culture that embraces a healthier lifestyle and celebrates diversity through food. We envision a community of learners that embraces healthy cooking, healthy eating and healthy living as both a life choice and a human right. Common Threads is committed to making nutrition and cooking education programs an integral part of childhood education for all.
VP of Development: Position Overview
Common Threads is seeking a development executive to lead fundraising efforts across the country for our growing organization. The VP will work with the team to develop revenue from individual donors, institutional funders, including corporations, foundations, and government entities. The VP of Development makes recommendations on organizational strategy and works as a part of the organization’s Leadership Team to help advance Common Threads’ strategic plan. As a seasoned relationship manager, the VP of Development will prospect the organization’s revenue and be responsible for stewarding donors and managing the organization’s philanthropic pipeline. The VP will also collaborates with Common Threads leaders and front line staff to develop new revenue streams, including working with Program staff as they develop fee for service or co-investment partnerships.
- Lead fundraising and external relations efforts for a growing national nonprofit
- Work with CEO, the VP of Strategic Partnerships, the development team, the national board and other key stakeholders on setting philanthropic priorities and establishing a fundraising strategy that provides maximum support to the organization.
- Establish a new business strategy, strategically cultivating relationships with new prospects through stakeholder engagement initiatives
- Directly compose and provide support to colleagues and board members in their creation and delivery of pitches, proposals, and sponsorships to a variety of funders, including government entities, corporations and foundations.
- Direct donor stewardship efforts, including cultivation, recognition, and data management.
- Manage mid-level and junior-level Development staff of four employees, with support from freelance or contracted staff
- Actively cultivate and manage relationships with a portfolio of major funders to diversify and grow Common Threads’ philanthropic pipeline
- Support execution of seasonal giving appeals and campaigns, including our Summer Health Campaign, Cooking for Life month, and regional philanthropic initiatives (i.e., Activate Austin and Give Miami Day)
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred
- 10 or more years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, including major gifts, grants, individual giving and corporate & foundation giving
- At least five years of experience in senior leadership in a nonprofit setting
- Ability to travel to Common Threads’ major markets, approximately 25% of the time.
- Strong skills in written & verbal communication, organization and collaboration
- Ability to take initiative and demonstrate professionalism and resourcefulness
- Computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel, Outlook, Google Drive documents, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, such as Salesforce
- Experience working with culturally diverse audiences and modeling a culture of inclusion
- Experience and/or high comfort level working virtually with internal and external team members
- A commitment to the mission and values of Common Threads
- The candidate may work out of Common Threads' Chicago, Austin or Miami offices, or remotely from Dallas, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Washington DC or New York
- Common Threads employees are subject to a background check prior to employment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Common Threads’ EEO Statement:
Common Threads provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Common Threads complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Common Threads expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Common Threads’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.