VPAP is Hiring!


Are you passionate about politics, but discouraged by polarization that is tearing our country apart? Are you a development professional who would be energized by the chance to bring donors from parties together behind a trusted source of fact-based political information?

The Virginia Public Access Project, a fiercely nonpartisan group dedicated to political transparency, is looking for a development director to help us grow our resources and audience.

The Virginia Public Access Project

Since 1997, VPAP has connected Virginians to political data in easily understood ways. Our website and data visualizations provide insights into campaign donations, the legislative process, election results and more.  We also produce VaNews, a free daily aggregation service with 12,000 subscribers. Our annual operating budget is $1 million a year.

VPAP’s nonpartisan approach has won the trust and support of legislators, business leaders and individuals from across the political spectrum.

About the Position:

The Development Director is a full-time, on-site position that reports to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities:

Become responsible for managing and building relationships with existing major gift prospects, as well as identifying and cultivating new prospects. Your results will be tangible, highly visible and receive great recognition. Interact with people who make a difference in our state. An ability to empathize with donors from both political parties and clearly communicate our organization’s nonpartisan mission is key. You must have a passion for VPAP’s nonpartisan mission of greater political transparency. You’ll be expected to energize team members, persuade prospects and persevere to the end.

As our development director, you get to

  • Help our donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with our organization
  • Secure major gifts of $1,000 or more with the goal of raising $600,000 annually
  • Nurture and deepen relationships with existing portfolio of 113 donors
  • Work with executive director to align efforts and set goals
  • Create and implement annual development plan, including donor prospecting and stewardship
  • Make direct, face-to-face solicitations, and assist the board and other staff with their solicitation (e.g. provide portfolio development support, strategic counsel, and help with donor communications)
  • Identify grant opportunities, write case statements and applications.
  • Acknowledge major donors through public and private recognition
  • Maintain donor records and contact reports in order to build long-term relationships and ensure consistent, ongoing interactions
  • Assist with the development of the annual operating budget
  • Track and report progress and provide accurate metrics to the executive director and board

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in nonprofit development, political fundraising or sales
  • Experience in major donor fundraising, including identifying prospects, scheduling appointments and making an ask in face-to-face meetings
  • Experience working to engage nonprofit Board members in development activities
  • Experience in soliciting donors for tiered fundraising events

 

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include 100% company payment of employee’s health and dental insurance, defined-contribution retirement plan with 4% company match, three weeks’ vacation and company-provided parking space in downtown Richmond.

Prospective team members should send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to dpoole@vpap.org. Deadline: May 31.

 

May 8, 2019

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