The Mission: On March 1, 1872, the United States became the first country in the world to create a national park when it opened Yellowstone. Today, Yellowstone is one of 413 national parks spanning the United States. The National Park Foundation works in partnership with the National Park Service to enrich America’s national parks by providing support, expanding partnerships, and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts. Chartered by Congress in 1967, NPF was founded on a century-old legacy of private citizens from all walks of life taking action to establish and protect the nation’s parks. This work is even more important as we enter the second century of the National Parks, a century when a changing climate, shifting demographics, and increased visitor use will pose even bigger challenges to these special places.
The Opportunity: The National Park Foundation is seeking a Senior Vice President, Philanthropy who will be responsible for developing a best-in-class fundraising program to guarantee critical support for the nation’s parks. Reporting to the Executive Vice President & COO, the SVP will design and direct the execution of strategic annual and multi‐year fundraising plans to achieve measurable outcomes, including the goals of The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks. S/he will manage a portfolio of the highest-level major gift donors and prospects and will orchestrate senior leaders in their cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. In addition to taking a primary role in securing gifts, s/he will model key processes that foster a department-wide focus on collaboration, efficiency, and metrics‐based performance outcomes.
The Candidate: The ideal Senior Vice President, Philanthropy will excel at building and leading all aspects of highly successful major gift fundraising programs. A proven fundraiser, s/he will also be a collaborative leader and strong communicator who can be proactive in building a donor base and in leading a highly accomplished team to expand performance department-wide. The SVP will be able to form positive relationships across the organization and with board members, as well as with external stakeholders such as major donors, private foundations, and other partners within the national park network, to build a strategic and comprehensive approach to the expansion of NPF’s major donor engagement.
- At least 10 years of progressively responsible development and fundraising experience, with proven supervisory experience.
- Expertise in developing and implementing a cohesive, innovative, and integrated development strategy that has resulted in measurable and significant revenue growth.
- Record of managing a diverse donor portfolio and securing six- and seven-figure major gifts and grants from individuals and foundations.
- Experience working effectively with members of the senior leadership team, as well as with board members and other high-level volunteers.
- Creativity and entrepreneurialism; willingness to try new ideas and think “outside the box” and ability to motivate the team to do the same.
- Strong affinity for the national parks with the ability to serve as a compelling ambassador for the National Park Foundation.
- Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree and/or record of continuing professional development preferred.