Vice President, Advancement

Girl Scouts of Greater New York | New York, New York

Background

For over a century, Girl Scouts has been instilling generations of girls with the skills and knowledge to become young women of courage, confidence, and character, to speak out and be leaders. Today, Girl Scouts of Greater New York (GSGNY) is delivering its message of empowerment and engaging more than 31,000 girls of every race, background, and religion. 

GSGNY’s vision is a New York City in which every girl feels empowered to lead in the community, the workplace, and the world.  It has become a hub for innovation within the broader Girl Scouts movement, presenting new ways to engage and inspire the next generation of young leaders. Recent program highlights include:

  • The expansion of its acclaimed Troop 6000 to all five boroughs of NYC – the program, which was created for girls living in the New York City shelter system – now serves 750.
  • The launch of new STEM programs such as Girl Scout Robotics and Breaking the Code, to help young women acquire the skills and confidence needed for the modern workplace.
  • The increasingly prominent role of our city’s Girl Scouts in the public realm – from campaigning local officials for menstrual equity measures, to fundraising for the first-ever monument to women in Central Park.

The Girl Scouts of Greater New York is growing. Guided by an ambitious strategic plan and its dynamic CEO, Meridith Maskara, GSGNY aims to expand its nearly $10m in revenue so that it can reach more girls while continuing to serve as an innovating force within the national Girl Scouts network.  To support this growth, the organization seeks a Vice President, Advancement to lead the fund development activities that further its mission.

Job Summary

The Vice President will be joining a high-performing, passionate team.  The opportunities for partnership and fundraising are significant and as GSGNY grows, the Vice President will play a pivotal role in building its philanthropic revenue stream from approximately $4m to $6m. 

The Vice President will report to the Chief Executive Officer, serve as a member of the executive leadership team, and contribute to the growth of GSGNY. She/he will lead a team of six advancement staff members and will work closely with its Board, whose members are deeply invested in fundraising. 

The ideal candidate will be passionate about girls' empowerment. She/he will also be a creative, collaborative and goal-oriented fundraiser with a track record of success in major gifts, as well as a skilled manager.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as a strategic partner to the GSGNY CEO and Board Fund Development Committee on all fundraising strategy. Provide leadership and direction for all fund development activities including principal and major individual giving, annual giving, legacy giving, institutional giving, and events.
  • Serve on the GSGNY’s executive leadership team and contribute to the overall management and strategic vision of the Council through the planning and reporting to the CEO and Board of Directors.
  • Manage the CEO’s fundraising portfolio.
  • Personally direct the stewardship of a portfolio of new and returning principal-level donors across all fundraising areas. Connect, steward and build a portfolio of high net-worth prospects ensuring strong relationships. Identify new ­sources of revenue.
  • Lead, manage and inspire the Advancement team (of 6);  nurture a collaborative environment.
  • Work with the team to ensure best practices, effective cultivation, and reporting.
  • Staff two committees of the Board: the Fund Development Committee and the Board Development Committee.
  • Build collaborative relationships with the COO and members of the programs and membership teams.
  • Develop and manage the budgets for philanthropic funding.
  • Participate in city and nation-wide conversations on philanthropy, girls empowerment, youth development, and other relevant topics.

Qualifications

  • Belief in and passion for Girl Scouts work and long-term vision are essential.
  • At least eight years of fundraising experience with progressive responsibility.
  • Experience working closely with executives and Board members.
  • Creative, entrepreneurial, results-oriented mindset.
  • Persuasive and personable communication style; strong written and verbal skills.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Humility and a good sense of humor.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including periodic evenings and weekends.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required.  Master's degree is welcome.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and executing a successful growth-oriented fundraising strategy.
  • Success in securing six- and seven-figure gifts from private sources.
  • Direct experience with a capital campaign.
  • Collaborative team player; strong team management skills; clear and direct communication style.
  • Strong relationship management skills; interpersonal skills including the confidence to network, persuade and negotiate effectively at senior levels.

How to Apply

This position description is based upon material provided by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter introducing yourself at https://drgsearch.com/current-searches/

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