Position Announcement Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers (MHCC) is currently seeking a Vice President of Advancement whose office will be located in Atlanta, Georgia. Reporting to the President and CEO and working closely with the Board of Directors, the Vice President of Advancement supervises the Advancement Department and is a key member of the Executive Leadership Team. This position is responsible for implementing an organization-wide fundraising infrastructure and strategy to meet the organization’s critical targets for revenue diversification and operating support. This will be accomplished through an array of strategies including, but not limited to, establishing and maintaining robust donor cultivation and stewardship systems, initiating a clear strategy and active calendar to increase giving at all levels through individual and major gifts, annual giving, foundation and corporate grants, and planned/legacy gifts, as well as through targeted special events and campaigns as appropriate. A special priority is placed on cultivating and maintaining relationships within the Methodist Conferences and its churches, and with faith-based communities generally.
A multi-modal approach is required including direct mail and electronic appeals, tailored personal communications, and social media. This position works very closely with the Advancement Services Coordinator to ensure the proper and timely acknowledgment of any and all gifts. Applicants must possess the ability to work independently, take initiative, work well with teams, and meet deadlines.
Established in 1924, the mission of MHCC is to provide healing and hope to children and youth who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral challenges. Many have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, neglect, abandonment, or other trauma while others have succumbed to negative peer pressure and drug use. Located on 160-acres in Cedartown, Georgia, MHCC provides a beautiful residential campus that offers a Transitional Living Program, an Education Program, a Clinical Program, Equine-Assisted Therapy, and Therapeutic Activities. The organization also offers Specialized Foster Care Homes where children and youth live with foster families in the community. Murphy-Harpst recently opened up a Respite Program and it is also expanding to provide Group Homes in Augusta and Metro Atlanta.
The organization is committed to meeting the critical needs of these young people to prepare them to live successfully in the community with lives of meaning and purpose. Our talented and amazing employees make this happen. The need for our services is high. In Fiscal Year 2022, MHCC received 3148 referrals for only 78 openings. We hope you will consider joining our team at this time of dynamic growth.
Applicant should email cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position, a resume and any supporting documents to tmeeks@murphyharpst[dot]org no later than Monday, September 19, 2022.
While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
Murphy-Harpst is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
The Vice President of Advancement oversees the Development Department and is responsible for the preparation and management of an overall comprehensive fundraising plan in order to meet the annual goal determined by the President & CEO. This will be accomplished through an array of strategies including, but not limited to cultivating and maintaining relationships within the Methodist Conferences and its churches, restricted and non-restricted grants, special events, legacy gifts, major gifts and corporate / foundation giving along with individual, corporate and faith-based giving via multiple channels, including direct mail and electronic appeals, tailored personal communications, and social media.
Qualifications & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
- Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) Certification preferred.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to meet deadlines. Important to be self-directed, confident and personable –able to effectively manage a high degree of exposure to the public.
- Frequent local and statewide travel required as needed.
- Some evening and weekend work required as needed.
- Minimum five years in not-for-profit fundraising, preferably within a health-related organization.
- Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising experience that includes major gift programs, annual appeals, legacy giving, donor stewardship and database management, special events, corporate/ foundation giving, management of restricted & unrestricted grants, and donor cultivation and recognition.
- Experience with major gift, capital and annual giving campaigns required.
- Experience with endowment and planned giving campaigns preferred.
- Supervision experience required.
- Skills in Microsoft Office Suite required.
- Knowledge and experience in Donor Perfect management suite of products preferred.
- Experience with online giving and social media outlets required.