The Vice President, External Affairs will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of Horizons for Youth. In collaboration with the Board and senior leadership, the new Vice President, External Affairs will work to refine and implement a strategic fundraising plan that guides all aspects of the organization’s fundraising. The plan will focus on a relationship-based major gift program and expanded marketing and communications activity for the organization to successfully complete its 25th anniversary campaign and enhance its fundraising capacity. HFY aims to complete the campaign in June 2018 and realize, annually, 8 to 10% growth in fundraising revenue for the next four years, or $4 million.
The successful candidate will work to expand the culture of philanthropy at HFY and continue the organization’s efforts to build a comprehensive development program that meaningfully engages existing donors and attracts new supporters. This leader will play an important role to establish clear policies and procedures for internal operations and setting measurable short- and long-term goals and metrics to evaluate achievement. S/he will also work to refine HFY’s multi-channel communications plan so as to increase the visibility of the organization and attract new support.
To be successful, the Vice President will need to bring a record of accomplishment in the area of major gift fundraising, particularly in the implementation of a strategic relationship management system. S/he will establish donor portfolios for his/herself, the Chief Executive Officer, and select development staff while leading a team of five full-time staff and serving as the champion for all issues related to fundraising, marketing and communications. Staff members include the Individual Giving Manager, Strategic Projects Manager (campaign), Development Manager (grants), Director of Special Events and Marketing Manager.
Within the first 12 to 18 months, the Vice President, External Affairs will achieve the following:
The ideal candidate will possess most of the following qualifications:
The Vice President, External Affairs will have the following primary responsibilities:
Horizons for Youth has retained Campbell & Company to conduct this search. The team for this project includes Andrew Smerczak-Zorza, Consultant, and Joey Scheiber, Associate Consultant. To be considered for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to:
Associate Consultant, Executive Search
(312) 896-8897, direct
Horizons for Youth is committed to the principle and practice of equal opportunity in both those it serves and in its employment practices. Horizons for Youth does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in its client acceptance procedures, employment policies or in any of its programs or activities.