MIFA Job Opening – VP of Advancement

Job Title: Vice President of Advancement

Reports to Executive Director; Full-time, exempt, $37 – 49.40/hour

To apply, mail resume and cover letter to MIFA Human Resources, 910 Vance Avenue, Memphis, TN  38126 or email to hrcoordinator@mifa.org. No phone calls, please.

Closing date: March 16, 2015

Position Summary

The Vice President of Advancement oversees the vision and execution of actively engaging the Memphis community to advance the mission of MIFA. To this aim, the Vice President of Advancement leads a team of professionals to increase and enrich community awareness, volunteerism, outreach and stewardship to meet the annual and long-term fundraising, volunteer and marketing goals of MIFA.


Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  1. Bachelor’s degree with seven years’ experience in some combination of development, planned giving, marketing, sales, volunteer engagement, and team oversight.
  2. Track record of successful face-to-face and planned giving solicitations.
  3. Marketing expertise.
  4. Relationship builder with strong stewardship skills.
  5. Knowledge of the local community including foundations, corporations, and civic groups.
  6. Strong leadership, team-building, and people development skills. Experience managing teams of five or more people.
  7. Volunteer engagement and community outreach experience.
  8. Technology proficiency particularly with Raiser’s Edge and leveraging a database to identify strategic opportunities to grow the donor base.
  9. Strategic and creative thinker with an entrepreneurial perspective.
  10. Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to communicate with diverse groups and sensitivity to civic and cultural issues.
  11. Strong planning and organizational skills.


Major responsibilities and related tasks

  1. Department Leadership and Management
  • Lead and inspire team to achieve department goals
  • Establish annual department plan with clear roles and expectations for each team member
  • Uphold consistent and effective communication throughout the team to support positive team dynamics and high performance results
  • Prepare and administer the Advancement department budget
  • Ensure continual progress toward annual fundraising, marketing, and volunteer goals. Report progress to the CEO and Board of Directors regularly
  • Develop team members’ skills and talents and provide opportunities for them to grow and succeed professionally


  1. Fundraising Strategy and Execution
  • Responsible for achieving the organization’s annual fundraising goal
  • Develop and lead an effective fundraising plan for the annual fund, major gifts, corporate development, grants, direct mail, telephone appeals, campaigns and fundraising events
  • Strategically leverage technology and available data to improve and grow all fundraising and community engagement efforts including prospect research, donor pipeline development/progression, and appropriate growth of donor gifts
  • Plan and implement any capital campaigns (including endowments) established in the organization’s long-range agenda
  • Manage ongoing efforts to grow the number of gifts to MIFA through bequests, charitable trusts, life insurance, life estates, and other forms of planned or deferred giving
  • Directs board committees and volunteer efforts to enhance the success of MIFA’s fundraising projects


  1. Community Engagement/Marketing
  • Engage the community in MIFA’s mission
  • Lead marketing efforts to drive energy and awareness of MIFA brand
  • Lead efforts to fully engage volunteers, leverage their skills, and provide opportunities for them to serve the community and fulfill MIFA’s mission
  • Maintain visibility in the community through speaking engagements, participation in events, and face-to-face networking


  1. Stewardship
  • Steward relationships to fully engage all existing and potential donors and volunteers. Act as the key liaison to funders
  • Responsible for prospect management, solicitation, timely and appropriate gift acknowledgements, recruitment, and management of volunteers
  • Develop relationships through personal visits, phone calls, written correspondence as appropriate
  • Lead an effective stewardship program in which all Advancement team staff are trained as effective stewards and conduct their work with stewardship and engagement of all donors and volunteers at the forefront
  • Design and implement a donor recognition program
  • Design and implement a volunteer recognition program

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk (or means to transport oneself); sit; use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch; talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 15 to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision.

Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high. Position may also require ongoing or periodic exposure to high crime environments. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to moderate to high levels of stress during peak periods, and atypical work hours are periodically required.

MIFA full-time benefits: MIFA employees may be eligible to participate in the following benefits programs on or before the 90-day trial period:  Medical and dental insurance plans, short-term disability, long-term disability, employee assistance program, paid time-off (PTO), employer sponsored life insurance, paid holidays, and MIFA’s matching 401k plan after a year of service.


MIFA employment guidelines

MIFA is an equal opportunity employer.

MIFA is a non-smoking facility.

Employment documents: (1) Application and/or resume; (2) I-9; (3) Form W-4; (4) Official transcripts verifying education if education is a requirement of the job.

Employment authorization and identification: Current federal law requires that documents be presented which verify both employment authorization and identification. One or more of the following documents must be presented before employment: Social Security card, state driver’s license/identification, U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, other U.S. government document.

Please note that it is the practice of MIFA not to allow the employment of relatives or of those living at the same address other than in the job classifications of special, temporary, or substitute.


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