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Chief Philanthropy Officer

Posted: 01/09/2022

Chief Philanthropy Officer
About the PKD Foundation
The PKD Foundation is the only organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and to improving the lives of those it affects. Since 1982, the PKD Foundation has funded over 1,300 research projects for PKD and leveraged $1.5 billion in government funding, while serving local communities across the country. 
Position Summary
The Chief Philanthropy Officer (“CPO”) will report to the President/Chief Executive Officer. Working closely with the President/CEO, the Board of Directors, peers, and staff to support the mission and vision of the PKD Foundation, the CPO will lead all individual major donor, bequest, and trust development activities with the goal of securing the funding required to advance treatments and accelerate cures for Polycystic Kidney Disease. The CPO’s peers are the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the Chief Research Officer (CRO). Direct reports include a team of three leadership gift directors, a business intelligence specialist and administrative support. The foundation also uses multiple vendors to assist in major gift and planned giving work.
The CPO is personally responsible for devising, implementing, and executing strategies that result in individual gifts over $5,000 and will be comfortable personally closing gifts and pledges in the million dollars plus range. The successful candidate will be a seasoned nonprofit executive, major gifts fundraiser, and knowledgeable of legacy giving, who holds strong accountability to policy, process, self, and the team and who will direct their team in successful prospecting, portfolio and moves management to close gifts towards a new comprehensive campaign.
The candidate of choice will focus on the following onboarding objectives: (1) gaining a thorough understanding of the PKD Foundation and its mission including its history, culture, constituencies and funding requirements; (2) developing strong relationships with and securing the trust and confidence of the executive team while aligning on strategy that is critical to the success of fundraising efforts; and (3) assessing current fundraising methods while simultaneously working to develop an updated, comprehensive giving strategy.
Position Duties and Responsibilities
  • Lead the immediate and long-term cultivation of new and existing individual and institutional donors to effectively ensure the Foundation’s infrastructure supports all advancement activity.
  • Lead development professionals and senior staff in appropriate donor cultivation, individual giving, and institutional giving methodologies. Sets strategy and giving targets for major gifts team members.
  • Identifies, solicits, and engages board members to actively involve them in major gift and legacy giving activity.
  • Ensure the PKD Foundation responds quickly, effectively, creatively, and contextually to individual major donor interests in a manner that secures long term financial commitment.
  • Work with the President/CEO, COO, CRO and other members of the staff and board to establish clear standards for stewardship, donor, and institutional recognition.
  • Lead development, evaluation, and continuous improvement of policies and processes to meet or exceed national best practices while ensuring adherence to grant and restricted giving agreements.
  • Collaborate across departments to provide strategic input that maximizes integrated efforts to engage new and diverse donors and revenue streams while enhancing the reputation of the PKD Foundation with local, regional, and national audiences.
  • Maximize individual donor growth and retention by increasing loyalty to and involvement in the PKD Foundation. Engage existing major donors and strategic partners as influencers of potential new donors.
  • Ensure the giving program cycle establishes lifelong and intergenerational relationships between donors, their families and the PKD Foundation.
  • Collaborate with the President/CEO and financial staff in the preparation of annual operating plans and budgets, incorporating various fundraising projections into the budget of the organization.
Candidate Qualifications
  • A demonstrated experience of executive maturity (10 years+), ability to align strategy to personal and team goals, and a track record of motivating and directing a team of development professionals to success.
  • Comfortable working from home, and willingness to travel for leadership retreats (quarterly), board meetings (quarterly), and to see stakeholders as needed.
  • Broad-based understanding of major gift and capital campaigns, and public and private foundations as well as legacy giving.
  • Fundraising application, database, and support systems knowledge in identifying prospects, managing cultivation, upgrade, and soliciting process will distinguish more sought-after candidates.
  • Excellent organizational, team and project management skills.
  • A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation will be viewed favorably.
  • An undergraduate degree is required, and an advanced degree will be viewed favorably.
  • 20-30% travel is expected once ability to travel is readily available.
Candidate Characteristics
  • A passionate advocate for the mission of research and rare diseases and who will serve as an energizing force for the organization by building knowledge of its programs and creating innovative giving approaches to advance its impact on patients, individuals, families, and communities (local, regional, national, and global).
  • A compelling executive presence and leadership profile including the management, motivation and direction of staff, strategic partners, constituents, and external consultants to support advancement activity.
  • Strong personal affinity with and the ability to enliven and lead by example the PKD Foundation’s core cultural values: Mission-Centricity, Authenticity, Adaptable, and Teamwork.
  • Exemplary listening, verbal, and written communication skills. Must have the ability to identify and leverage donor passions to be included in thoughtful and cohesive proposals, solicitation letters, donor materials and other correspondence.
  • Exceptional interpersonal qualities with the ability to establish credibility among diverse constituencies.
  • Possesses the advanced development expertise and temperament required to inspire giving from a wide variety of sources.
  • Unimpeachable integrity; a long-term perspective; a strong sense of accountability; a practical ability to get things done; wisdom and good judgment; the flexibility and courage to shift direction and experiment with new initiatives.
Generous career package for the candidate of choice  includes a competitive base salary, plus bonus, combined with a strong benefits package including Medical and Dental; for employee + others, a funded HSA providing substantial assistance toward the cost of medical and dental expenses; a 403(b)(7) retirement plan with compelling and robust  employer contribution (no match required); other fully paid coverages include life, AD&D, long-term and short-term disability; PTO (in lieu of vacation and sick time); and 11+ paid company holidays. Negotiated relocation assistance will be provided, if necessary, based upon mutual need and benefit.
The Batten Group and PKD Foundation are equal opportunity employers committed to the principles of non-discrimination in the workplace. Candidates will not be discriminated against based on age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status, or any other basis that is prohibited by federal, state, or local law. 

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Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $75,000 - 99,999,$100,000 and over