Organization

Virginia Funders Network

Location

Warrenton / Virtual Office, Virginia

Date Posted

August 13, 2020

Job Category

Virginia philanthropy is poised to reach an unprecedented level of effectiveness. In recent years, new leaders have brought energy, wisdom and courage to their work. They have begun working together, exhibiting unparalleled levels of collaboration, shared work and learning. Today is the perfect time to launch the Virginia Funders Network (VFN) to broaden and capitalize on these early successes, with a goal of achieving improved outcomes in areas such as education, health, poverty, housing and social justice.

The CEO is responsible for all operations of the VFN, as follows, and will be assisted by one staff member whose position will also be virtual. Back office functions will be provided by an affiliated entity of PATH Foundation, which will be reimbursed for its expenses related to the VFN. The VFN’s Case Statement is an integral part of this job announcement, and it should be read in its entirety to understand the context for the following aspects of the job.

Responsibilities

  • Create the structure for and begin implementing the initial Networking Groups by calendar year-end.
  • Acquire and implement the technology to operate the VFN, including the website, database, regular communications, flash communications and virtual meetings.
  • Recruit and hire the administrative assistant position;
  • Communicate compellingly for philanthropy in Virginia, representing all funders or groups of funders, as appropriate.
  • Cultivate relationships with national funders, key government officials and others who might leverage the impact of Virginia’s funders.
  • Engage experts in the work of the VFN’s Networking Groups and in the Annual Conference to raise the members’ own expertise around important issues.
  • Ensure that members’ time is well spent in the Networking Groups and that they achieve their desired outcomes.
  • Expertly communicate issues, opportunities and outcomes of the Networking Groups to the membership as a whole.
  • Develop the VFN into a learning organization, with the Annual Conference as each year’s culminating event.
  • Orchestrate the Annual Conferences over time to develop cohesion and understanding and a sense of shared purpose across Virginia’s diverse regions.
  • Manage member recruitment and solicit additional donations and sponsorships to ensure the financial viability of the VFN.
  • Serve and support the Advisory Board and its Committees.

Qualifications

The CEO for the Virginia Funders Network (VFN) should be an experienced current or former member of Virginia’s philanthropic community, who has demonstrated a capacity for visionary leadership and collaborative approaches. The CEO may live anywhere, as this position will operate virtually except for the VFN’s Annual Conference. We envision that a successful CEO should have the following characteristics:

  • A proven record of effectively working with diverse stakeholders to support and advance equity;
  • A thought leader and influencer on key issues facing the Commonwealth of Virginia, who has important connections to help philanthropy leverage its impact regionally, statewide and nationally;
  • A natural connector, who assists funders in identifying other funders with shared interests;
  • A servant leader, capable of moving agendas forward while hearing, respecting and negotiating among the VFN’s diverse community of members;
  • An adept fundraiser, who ensures that the VFN meets/exceeds the expectations of its members and who successfully persuades them to provide the needed financial support;
  • An effective collaborator with volunteer leaders who perform key roles on the Board, Committees, Networking Groups and at the Annual Conference;
  • The CEO should have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience in philanthropy or a related field.

Application Process

  1. The VFN Case Statement is an integral part of this job announcement, and it should be read in its entirety.
  2. Please email your resume with a cover letter to Bobby Thalhimer <bobby@themonumentgroup.net>
  3. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on September 16, 2020.

Date Posted

08/13/2020

Closing Date

09/16/2020

About the Organization

Virginia philanthropy is poised to reach an unprecedented level of effectiveness. In recent years, new leaders have brought energy, wisdom and courage to their work. They have begun working together, exhibiting unparalleled levels of collaboration, shared work and learning. Today is the perfect time to launch the Virginia Funders Network (VFN) to broaden and capitalize on these early successes, with a goal of achieving improved outcomes in areas such as education, health, poverty, housing and social justice.

The vision of the VFN is to enhance the effectiveness of Virginia funders through networking, collaboration, learning and leverage.

Contact

Bobby Thalhimer <bobby@themonumentgroup.net>