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Senior Director of Philanthropy

Company: Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
Date Posted: March 28, 2018

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic (PPSAT) is seeking a full-time Senior Director of Philanthropy to identify, cultivate, and solicit individual major gift prospects within the Virginia and West Virginia region headquartered at our Charlottesville, VA office.
The Senior Director of Philanthropy plays a central role in developing, overseeing, and managing major gift strategies and plays a major role in the execution of the planned giving program strategies, and coordinates them with other segments of the department's advancement efforts.
The ideal candidate will be a highly creative person who is energized by building relationships and is naturally motivated to develop effective strategies and solutions.
Essential Functions:

  • Serve as a senior member of Development with the primary responsibility for advancing PPSAT’s planned gifts program to successfully identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift prospects and donors.
  • Devise, implement, and manage effective, creative, and often original strategies designed to individually and systematically interest, engage, and secure a wide range of key prospects to meet or exceed departmental and organizational funding goals.
  • Manage a personal portfolio of major gift prospects and donors that is comprised of many of the affiliate’s most important relationships within an assigned regional area; work in consultation with the Vice President for Development, the CEO and key board and other volunteer leaders to discuss and devise individually tailored major gift strategies.
  • Share responsibility for the strategic planning, development, and implementation of the department's goals in collaboration with the Vice President for Development, Director of Development Operations and Programs and Director of Donor Engagement, Director of Grants and Development Communication, affiliate team members as needed, and other senior volunteer leaders.
  • Work closely with the Vice President for Development to develop and implement annual and long-term strategies to secure funds via the PPSAT planned giving program. Pursue strategies to expand affiliate planned giving activities and market planned giving opportunities to PPSAT supporters.
  • Champion a strong team spirit within the division in partnership with the Vice President for Development.
  • Assist with strategic planning, budget development and internal structures and processes. Meet fiscal year Development Department’s goals within their assigned regional area.
  • Implement initiatives in assigned service area and affiliate-wide for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, stewarding, soliciting and recognizing gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President for Development in setting fundraising goals, creating affiliate-wide strategic development plans, establishing fundraising systems to support the sustainability and expansion of PPSAT, and engaging the Board of Directors.
  • Secure sponsorship support for special events in selected sites that contribute to expanding and stewarding the donor base and raising public awareness.
  • Assist in building and securing foundation and corporate support in selected sites and affiliate-wide, including preparation of grant proposals and compliance with grant reporting.
  • Support efforts to raise public awareness and political influence in collaboration with Education and Public Policy staff. Provide expert advice on creation of promotional materials and marketing efforts that raise visibility and support for PPSAT.
  • Provide leadership role in assigned affiliate-wide development projects.
  • Motivate and coordinate efforts of volunteers, especially the work of Community Councils, involved in raising funds and public influence.
  • Ensure compliance with rules and regulations governing fundraising by a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and mentoring to Directors of Philanthropy. Assist the Vice President of Development with new hire on-boarding and training of Directors of Philanthropy.
  • Backstop the Vice President of Development acting as the point on contact when absent, providing coaching and guidance to department and affiliate colleagues.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Five to seven years’ financial development and major gift solicitation experience.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal personal skills and work well with all levels of staff and volunteers.
  • Must be able to work independently, as part of a team and have strong team-building skills and ability to prioritize with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must be able to analyze data.
  • CFRE certificate and/or Master’s degree in related field preferred.
  • Six to eight years related experience preferred.

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