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Vice-President Resource Development

Vice-President Resource Development

locationLexington, KY, USA
PublishedPublished: Published 2 weeks ago
Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
$76,484 - $99,429 per year

United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) works to create the opportunity for all members of our community to have a better life. We focus on the building blocks of a good life — a quality education, financial stability for individuals and families, and good health. The work of UWBG focuses on strategic initiatives, public education, advocacy, outcomes and evaluation, development and strengthening of partnerships/collaborations, convening, resource mobilization and investment as well as backbone and engagement strategies and activities. We bring together the voices, the expertise, and the resources to define, articulate and implement a common agenda for change for our region. That is what it means to "Live United" in Central Kentucky.


The Vice President of Resource Development (VPRD) serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the organization. In partnership with the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), this position is responsible for Leading a staff of eight, the VPRD will be responsible for all the development activities of United Way to strategically diversify revenue, including major gifts and Alexis de Tocqueville Society, grants, sponsorships, planned gifts via Legacy Society, direct mail, special events, corporate gifts, corporate engagement and volunteering. This includes the traditional annual campaign and other fundraising and engagement activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to grow United Way of the Bluegrass’s impact and financial resources. The VPRD is responsible for the development and execution of strategies to cultivate, solicit, and steward philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and foundations as well as the management of the professional marketing/communications staff and assets.

The VPRD is responsible for leading a team of 5-7 professionals which consists of a Director of Corporate Engagement, Development Officers, Director of Marketing and a Marketing Coordinator. 

The VPRD will expand and diversify UWBG donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives and help recruit for and provide executive staff support to a dedicated fundraising advisory council of volunteers. In addition, the VPRD will work closely with the Board of Directors and support board members as they take on a more active fundraising role.   


  1. Support and partner with President & CEO and Board of Directors on all major fundraising initiatives.
  2. Collaborate with the President & CEO, Vice President of Finance and Administration, and Board Committees to develop and implement UWBG’s financial strategy.
  3. Develop and monitor UWBG’s revenue goals and budgets with key managers to meet and exceed organizational and community goals and needs.
  4. Build highly successful team of resource development officers, effectively managing and holding them accountable with annual measurable goals and objectives.
  5. Provide ongoing leadership and support to Resource Development team to identify future leaders and encourage professional growth.
  6. Ensure Resource Development team has leadership and staff skills, tools, resources, and training to be successful.
  7. Develop, monitor, and manage Resource Development departmental expense budgets within constraints of UWBG’s financial plans.
  8. Manage the marketing team to create development materials, tools, and other necessary collateral supporting major gifts, grants, planned giving, campaigns, events, and other efforts.  
  9. Review and participate in the development of all major proposals and grants submitted. 
  10. Provide strong leadership and direction to maintain and grow a major gift portfolio and to build, transformational, leadership, planned giving, corporate, and other donor pipelines.
  11. Develop and implement a strong acknowledgement and stewardship program aimed at building deeper relationships with donors at every giving level.
  12. Uphold UWBG’s brand and image through enthusiastic and positive interactions.
  13. Inspire donors to see UWBG as the nonprofit that harnesses the power of communities working together to deliver innovative and effective solutions that create change that lasts.
  14. Proactively support major gifts, donor engagement, and corporate engagement efforts to identify and cultivate key donors and prospects. 
  15. Collaborate with the Collective Impact (CI) team to align donor interests with CI strategies, products and opportunities. 
  16. Productively manages time by spending appropriate time out-of-office meeting with key individual donors and ensuring their team does as well.
  17. Professionally represent and share the mission of UWBG at city, business, government, and volunteer events and activities and, as needed, during nights and weekends.
  18. Develop and execute engagement plans (departmental and staff) and revenue forecasts in Andar and track actions and performance metrics (personal and team’s) progress towards revenue goals.
  19. Perform other related duties as assigned.



Required degree level

  • Bachelor

Years of experience

  • 5 - 10 years of experience

Salary range

  • $76,484 - $99,429 per year

Required languages

  • English

Skills and Competencies

  • Effective Fund Raising
  • Strategic Relationship Management
  • Entrepreneurial and Innovative
  • Development and Sales