Vice President for Development & Projects

The Vice President for Development and Projects of Partners shall establish and implement a national comprehensive fundraising program that will secure financial support from private foundations, individuals, and corporations to support the mission of Partners as well as aid in the development of organizational programs. The Vice President must enthusiastically share the core values of Partners and be motivated by its mission—to make college more affordable and restore public trust in American higher education.

The Vice President will report to the President, but liaison very closely with the Chair of Partners and the Board of Directors.

Position Location: The Vice President may work out of any location in the United States, preference given to the greater Washington DC, Richmond or Hampton Roads, VA markets. The only current office exists in Norfolk, VA; the Vice President, however, may work on a daily basis remotely from his/her home or relocate to Norfolk, VA. Occasional travel will be required.


The Vice President will devote about two-thirds of his/her time to the following responsibilities:

  • Devise and implement a three-year strategic plan for development that will increase fundraising through support from private foundations, and individual and corporate sources, and potentially a grassroots membership program
  • Identify, qualify, rank and cultivate prospective foundation, individual, and corporate funding sources for Partners
  • Build a robust grant management system and draft, coordinate and manage all fundraising proposal, deliverables, and reporting
  • Provide staff support to the President and the Board of Directors connected to their fundraising activities
  • Oversee the organization’s database of members, donors, and prospects, and handle all development-related correspondence
  • Identify prospective board candidates
  • Assist the President in planning, organizing, and executing any fundraising events

The Vice President will devote about one-third of his/her time to the following responsibilities:

  • Early stage program development, consistent with grant conditions from private foundation funders
  • Work on specific projects as assigned by the President, including research projects
  • Help plan quarterly board meetings and tele-meetings

The Vice President shall possess:

  • A minimum of five to seven years of nonprofit fundraising experience, preferably for a similarly situated organization
  • A solid track record of fundraising with private foundations, individuals, corporations, including grant writing and management
  • The ability to manage a portfolio of private foundation grants, including a pipeline of proposals and adherence to strict deadlines
  • Knowledge of likely funders, given Partners’ mission, and strong connections within potential funding organizations preferred
  • Passion for Partners’ mission, knowledge or experience in higher education policy preferred
  • Background in planning, budgeting, finance, and development-related information systems
  • Previous experience working with nonprofit boards
  • Strong leadership skills and an entrepreneurial spirit necessary to ensure success in a small shop
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • The ability to use social media and personalized internet communication systems
  • The ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of tax laws and regulations that pertain to nonprofit fundraising
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • The ability to travel on occasion, especially to meet with potential funders

Partners is able to offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Salary commensurate with experience.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Kristen Witt at

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