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VP of Development and Executive Director of Foundation

Job Description

VP of Development and Executive Director of Foundation

Full Job Description

Heritage Community of Kalamazoo (Heritage Community), the oldest and only locally governed non-profit senior housing community in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has consistently refined and enriched its approach to fundraising over the last decade. These efforts recently culminated with the successful execution of a $2M campaign for Heritage Community’s Memory Care Learning Center, a community resource founded to support individuals with dementia, their loved ones, and their caregivers.

Heritage Community is now seeking a dynamic, relationship-oriented leader to join our executive team as Vice President of Development and Executive Director of the Heritage Community of Kalamazoo Foundation (the Foundation). The Vice President of Development is responsible for the planning, management, coordination, and evaluation of all strategic fundraising initiatives for Heritage Community, including major and planned giving, annual giving, events, donor stewardship and recognition, and public relations related to philanthropy.

In anticipation of the design and implementation of an ambitious campaign in the near future, the Vice President of Development is expected to cultivate new relationships with individuals on and off campus, as well as with prospective corporate and foundation partners, to further build the organization’s fundraising capacity.

Duties and Responsibilities

Major and Planned Giving (80%)

  • Cultivate relationships with and solicit prospective major and planned gift donors.
  • Develop and execute a balanced fund development program that involves residents, families of residents, board members, Heritage Community staff, prospective donors from the greater Kalamazoo community, corporations, and foundations.

Foundation Operations (10%)

  • Prepare strategic plan with short- and long-term goals to meet Foundation funding objectives, enlisting support from the Heritage Community President CEO, senior staff, and internal and external volunteers, as appropriate.
  • Recruit, train, evaluate, and supervise Development Associate (1 FTE).
  • Offer recommendations for growing the staff and volunteer resources of the Foundation commensurate with philanthropic aspirations.
  • Plan and execute all fundraising events, from social donor gatherings to recognition events.
  • Manage all aspects of Foundation Board of Directors and invigorate Board activities, including trainings, fundraising exercises, and scheduled meetings.
  • Manage oversight of other Foundation volunteers and volunteer committees, including volunteer identification and training, execution of volunteer-driven activities, and facilitation of meetings.
  • Implement and adhere to established Foundation policies, systems, and procedures.
  • Prepare and submit annual Foundation budget.
  • Prepare and write Foundation annual report on fundraising activities and results.
  • Oversee the timely and accurate recording of pertinent donor and funder information in Bloomerang.
  • Attend regularly scheduled senior staff meetings and other scheduled meetings.
  • Participate in staff trainings and other educational offerings.

Other Fundraising and Public Relations (10%)

  • Strategically grow the prospective donor base for donors at all levels of giving capability.
  • Lead annual campaigns related to benevolent care and other Heritage Community priorities.
  • Facilitate quarterly informational “Lunch and Learn” sessions to educate the resident population on the history and impact of philanthropy at Heritage Community.
  • Oversee and strengthen, where needed, donor recognition and stewardship programs.
  • Develop appropriate marketing, branding, and community building strategies, assisting marketing staff in writing and editing marketing materials to attract major, planned, and annual gifts.
  • Respond to all inquiries resulting from marketing efforts and create proactive strategies for follow-up.
  • Develop and conduct outreach within the surrounding community, creating opportunities to cultivate relationships with local businesses, civic and social groups, estate and financial planning professionals, and other professionals with an interest in the value and mission of Heritage Community.
  • Work closely with the Director of Marketing on the creation of public relations materials to elevate Heritage Community’s image and fundraising program.

Reports To

The Vice President of Development reports to the President CEO of Heritage Community.


The Vice President of Development supervises a Development Associate.

Required Licenses, Registration, Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field required.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • CFRE, AFP or other fundraising certification preferred.
  • Knowledge of Bloomerang or comparable donor management system required.
  • Competence in Microsoft Office products required.
  • Ability to travel and drive an automobile for off-campus meetings.


  • At least seven years of successful, progressively responsible fundraising experience with an emphasis on major gifts required with a keen understanding of and appreciation for gift planning techniques.
  • Budget management skills required.
  • Annual fund experience preferred.
  • Grant writing experience preferred.
  • Event management experience preferred.

Knowledge and Critical Skills/Expertise

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of all areas of fundraising including major, planned, and annual giving.
  • A record of progressively responsible fundraising experience and leadership.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and managerial skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to gain the support and confidence of the Board of Directors, President CEO, advisors, all levels of staff, residents, and broader constituency.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Discretion when dealing with highly sensitive information and a focus on customer service.
  • Highly motivated to set and achieve measurable goals.
  • Experience working with volunteers desired.
  • A strong interest or background in senior services, social services, or health care desired.
  • A willingness to travel in order to build support for and funding of Heritage Community.

Essential Physical Functions

  • Must be able to communicate effectively; travel to multiple locations; sit, stand, and spend long periods using a computer.:

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