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Vice President of Strategic Development

Bettendorf, IA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

C-Suite/Vice President
Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 30 Jan 2020

Expires on 30 Jan 2020

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Vice President of Strategic Development


Supports and helps to advance United Way’s mission of mobilizing people and resources to improve lives in our community. Oversees all aspects of UWQC’s resource development strategies and initiatives. This includes maintaining and enhancing current successful initiatives and creating new resource streams and initiatives, such as the annual workplace campaign, donor networks, planned giving, endowment, major gifts. This position leads and directs all Resource Development (RD) staff to maintain superior donor relationships and meet measurable revenue goals and have extensive knowledge of how marketing & communications and volunteerism are ingegrated with donor’s overall experience with UWQC.



Organizational Leadership

  • Participate as a member of the Leadership Team to provide a united, visible, and strong leadership presence across the organization to help instill new thinking, focus and prioritize efforts, and operationalize the organization’s Strategic Plan.
  • Is Visible with Donors and Community Leaders: Continuously builds and expands the network of donors; Is visible and known in the community; Recognizes and pursues new opportunities and engages key leaders in the organization to create and support plans.
  • Exhibits Business Acumen: Identifies, anticipates and adapts to changing market trends and business needs; Understands challenges and opportunities in the business environment; Has solid understanding of United Way products and services.
  • Focuses on Continuous Improvement: Stays current in the technical aspects of their field (e.g., tax law, employee engagement); Attempts to apply latest information on trends and best practices to continuously improve the work; Encourages and supports new ideas and new ways of doing things.

Strategy and Organizational Structure

  • Responsible for managing and leading all resource development (RD) lines of business including: Corporate relations, workplace campaigns, donor networks (Women United, African American Leadership Society, Young Leaders), major and planned gifts, new business/new partnerships, donor relations and resource development operations.
  • Leads Resource Development team in the creation of an annual plan aligned to the organizational strategy with defined benchmarks.
  • Analyzes the progress of annual operating plan goals and metrics - makes recommendations.
  • Manages budget. Works with the CEO and COO in developing and managing the resource development  budget and assumes responsibility for its administration.
  • Reviews and analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of RD initiatives, researches, tests, and implements new techniques and materials to improve the effectiveness of these initiatives.
  • Works with the CEO to develop goals and objectives for United Way’s RD initiatives and develops and directs the implementation of long- and short-range plans to meet those goals and objectives.



Fundraising for Impact

  • With resource development tearm, plans, organizes, and implements the annual workplace fundraising campaign for the United Way within the guidelines established by the board of directors and the CEO.
  • Ensures that we create and implement a plan to cultivate, steward, and solicit our current and prospect donors. Ensures that financial process for gifts are handled with complete disclosure.
  • Builds and supports a discipline of relationship management within the Resource Development Department and within areas providing critical support to the Resource Development area.
  • Evaluates resource development results; recommends changes, organizes and develops an appropriate volunteer structure through which the community-wide support for the fundraising appeal is achieved; provides support and assistance to the volunteer leadership and Resource Development staff.
  • Works with the CEO to plan, organize, and implement new revenue streams to support community impact work. This includes but is not limited to online giving campaigns, endowment campaigns, fundraising events and the addition of donor networks.


Acquire and Utilize Knowledge

  • Updates skills regularly to enhance knowledge of resource development.
  • Maintains knowledge of current and evolving resource development trends, as well as economic, political, technical, and general business trends that may impact UWQC’s resource development results.
  • Understands community development and impact. Works across functions to connect the dots of donor investments to United Way’s work to improve lives.


Staff Leadership

  • Selects, guides, motivates, and participates in the training, professional development, and evaluation of direct reports.
  • Provides goal-setting, visioning, leadership, and strategic direction for Resource Development staff.
  • Directs and manages Resource Development staff activities. Ensures that team members are invested in team activities and decisions and that the team works together to achieve organizational goals
  • Responsible for accurate and timely completion and/or approval of organizational documents, including but not limited to performance reviews, professional development plans and goals and objectives.


Volunteer Leadership

  • Assumes primary staff responsibility for Fundraising Committee meetings, overseeing the activities of the committee and providing expertise to volunteers in organizing and developing successful campaign strategies.
  • Works directly with and supports the Fundraising Committee chair in the execution of the chair responsibilities as outlined in the Chair job description, including the identification and recruitment of Fundraising Committee volunteers.


Competencies for all UWQC Staff:

  • Mission-Focused
  • Relationship Oriented
  • Collaborator
  • Results-Driven
  • Brand Steward

Functional Competencies/Accountabilities:

  • Generates Revenue Through Appropriate Asks: Identifies new ways to drive and generate revenue; Identifies strategies and opportunities to best engage donors; Proactively identifies and qualifies individuals and groups to give to/support United Way; Asks for money and closes the deal.
  • Is Ambitious and Focused on Winning: Sets ambitious yet realistic goals; Persists when facing obstacles and comes back with a new approach and strategy to succeed; Conveys energy and passion about United Way’s work and mission; Is self-directed; Holds oneself accountable.
  • Manages Prospects: Gathers and uses data that supports requests for donations and other types of support; Connects donors’ and prospects’ interests directly to United Way’s work; Creates a strong case for support and successfully “sells” the idea, program, or funding opportunity to donor and/or supporter; Inspires commitment and support for United Way.
  • Persuades and Influences Donors: Listens to the needs, interests and passions of the donor with an eye towards connecting them with United Way community work; Expresses empathy and consideration for donor/partner needs; Identifies, engages with, adapts to and influences various types of people and organizations; Promotes an idea or vision effectively.
  • Builds Donor Loyalty and Retention: Develops and executes year-round engagement and retention plans for donor segments; Builds donor loyalty through personalized engagement, increasing average gift, and increasing involvement in giving, advocating, and volunteering with United Way.
  • Engages Donor Segments Appropriately: Understands differences between types of donors (e.g., workplace donors, corporations, foundations, government entities, etc.) and specific strategies needed to reach each segment; Behaves appropriately, effectively, and in alignment with donor type and donor needs.
  • Takes Calculated Risks: Recognizes and acts on opportunities; Establishes criteria for taking risk; Challenges status quo when appropriate; Knows when to cut losses and change course.
  • Stewards Donors: Recognizes the power of effective stewardship (thanking donors, informing them about the impact of their gift, keeping them apprised of progress on the community work it is intended to address and deepening the relationship) and develops and implements plans to steward donors of all giving levels.
  • Takes Initiative: Recognizes and capitalizes on emerging opportunities; Recommends new ways of doing business; Meets donor needs in new ways; Stays current and anticipates market trends and technology that improve knowledge, communications and interactions.
  • Assesses and Conveys Donor Interests for Product Development: Understands donors’ interests and aligns them to existing organization mission and products; Informs and guides conversations with CI to develop products and investment opportunities; Works with Marketing to inform collateral materials, strategies for promoting, and reporting on products/investment opportunities.
  • Manages Data, Analytics, and Research: Manages donor data efficiently and accurately such as inputting donor visit notes, updating annual donor roster names and contact information, resolving conflicting data and information, producing ongoing donor and prospect research, recording donor communications as well as contact, biographic and preference information in donor database; Identifies and researches lapsed and potentially-lapsing donors and works to re-engage these donors.  Works collaboratively with Information Technology team to establish and abide by data protocols to ensure highest quality of donor data.
  • Builds Donor Desire: Using donor data, identifies the best way to contact prospective donors; Uses donor interests, needs, and values to engage them so that they have a strong desire to work with United Way; Creates donor options, using specific donor information, for giving, advocating, and/or volunteering for the United Way; Creates a strong case for support and successfully “sells” the idea, program, funding opportunity to donor and/or supporter; Is a great negotiator and uses persuasive techniques to mobilize and engage people to support the United Way.
  • Presents to the Donor: Creates and presents written or verbal information about donor options in a professional and compelling way; Leads and navigates discussions that result in mutual satisfaction and benefit; Addresses donor questions and objectives; gains donor commitment in a timely manner.
  • Manages and Grows the Donor Relationship: Delivers on donor expectations; Does what it takes to satisfy the donor; Maintains donor relationship after the donation process is completed; Continuously looks for new needs and opportunities for that donor and their community.
  • Manages Strategic Volunteer Engagement / Committees: Recruits and staffs volunteer leaders’ committees and ensures committee volunteers are trained and engaged in work (i.e., campaign cabinet or Tocqueville cabinet); Achieves annual and multi-year revenue and donor engagement goals through leveraging a volunteer development force to open and create peer-to-peer engagement; Provides information to MKTG/COMM and other stakeholders to create different types of communications that will connect with different types of volunteers.


Degree preferred in Business Administration or related field.  5-10 years of work experience in professional sales and sales management or fundraising and resource development with knowledge of integration between marketing and volunteerism in relation fundraising efforts. Preferred experience in the human services field with leadership experience in resource development. Proven track record for developing a strong, cohesive, creative, high-performing team that is results-driven.


  • Proficient with MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and proof of insurance is required.
  • Ability to work a flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends.