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Director of Development and Major Gifts

Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES)
Malvern, Pennsylvania
$145,000 - $160,000 with flexibility
Closing date
Apr 5, 2024

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Focus Areas
Job Function
Development / Fundraising
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level

Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES) offers educational, social-recreational, and employment-based programs for individuals with special needs. The hallmark of their programs is the collaborative and holistic approach to each child, adolescent, and adult, recognizing their unique abilities and needs through team efforts. Individuals of all ages come to learn, share, appreciate, and respect one another while developing skills necessary for success. VFES is committed to helping students and adult participants develop a strong sense of self-worth to realize their value as contributing members of their communities. Programs of VFES include The Vanguard School and Adult and Recreation Services.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development and Major Gifts is responsible for setting the strategy for all aspects of fundraising at VFES, building lasting relationships with donors, and overall attainment of key fundraising goals. The Director is responsible for philanthropic activities, notably the design, development, and execution of fundraising-related efforts that successfully maintain current donors and build new relationships. In addition to managing the development team, the Director will focus on developing a major gifts program, strengthening program infrastructure, and utilizing data to plan, coordinate, execute, and analyze development efforts.

Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of 10 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, philanthropy, and donor development. The successful candidate must have the ability to foster an understanding and acceptance of people with special needs. Visionary and strategic planning capabilities to be applied toward the development of an innovative fundraising program and the leadership necessary to ensure its successful implementation is essential. Must have proven experience and a track record of success identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and securing major gifts from individual, corporate, and foundation donors. Must have broad exposure to all facets of development, including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, grants, corporate and foundation relations, events, capital campaigns, and data management and analysis. Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred. Willing and able to travel and work occasional evening and weekend hours for meetings and special events.

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