Vice President Development

Atlanta, Georgia
Vice President Development
Jun 04, 2018
Jul 04, 2018
VP Dev
Focus Areas
Human Services
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Organization Overview

Since 1981 CHRIS 180 has been dedicated to healing and recovery for children, youth, adults and families and is a growing $18+ million organization with over 250 employees.  CHRIS 180 services include: counseling for the community at large; school based mental health counseling; homes for abused, neglected foster children with emotional and behavioral problems who are in state custody; supportive housing for single and parenting young people, ages 17 – 24 who are homeless or aging out of foster care; in-home services and community programs that strengthen families; outreach, drop-in and community housing for older teens, young adults and young adult families; a community center; an adoption program for children in foster care; and, training for professionals, human service workers, educators, volunteers, individuals who work within the community, other organizations and children, youth and families.  The goal for all services is to unlock the potential that resides in each person to help them become self sufficient, contributing adults who have the skills to navigate life’s challenges.

Position Description

The Vice President (VP) of Development:

  • Serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting CHRIS 180.  This position is responsible for raising at least $2.5 million annually (or 15-20% of annual budget) in philanthropic and charitable funding.
  • Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders and forges new relationships to advance CHRIS 180’s visibility, impact and financial resources while maintaining and strengthening existing relationships.
  • Designs and implements a comprehensive fund raising plan that cultivates support from foundations, individuals, corporations, and other sources of charitable support.
  • Works closely with the organization’s Board of Directors, Development Committee, Marketing Committee, Advisory Council, and others, facilitating the fundraising work of the organization’s leadership volunteers.

This position is responsible for the management of a growing Development Department which includes the positions of Development Officer, Development Associate, Database Manager, Grant Writer, and Volunteer Manager. This position also works in close collaboration with the Marketing Department.

The primary duties include but are not limited to the following:

Develop and implement a comprehensive fund raising strategy and plan aligning to an annual plan and budget.


Manage all efforts related to Foundations, Individuals, Corporations, and Events


Oversee and execute five major organization events each year (three are fundraising events) in addition to smaller home events, tours, etc


Manage Development Committee of the Board


Manage a 35 person Advisory Council


Develop new and maintain existing donor relationships in a strategic and consistent manner


Organize the board, other leadership volunteers, and senior staff to raise funds


Oversee research regarding funding trends, prospects, and the community to achieve fund raising results


Maintain all donor and prospective donor information; provide and present statistical analyses and recommendations to the other senior staff and board members


Develop and implement a stewardship program at defined donor levels


Monitor and report regularly on the progress of development efforts


Identify, hire, develop, mentor and evaluate the development staff team


Serve on the Executive Leadership, Executive Management, and Senior Leadership Teams internally



10+ years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization


Strong management experience, 5+ years


Demonstrated track record of success in a development/fund raising function, including long-term relationship management


Demonstrated track record of successful planning, budgeting and staff management.


Excellent communication skills, both written and oral


Ability to influence and engage  a wide range of donors


Public speaking experience


Strong organizational skills


Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives


Ability to work both independently without close oversight and be a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of CHRIS 180


More detailed description on CHRIS 180 website.

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