Job Post: Director, Development and Philanthropic Services - Fairfield County's Community Foundation

Thursday, May 16, 2019


NORWALK, CT - Fairfield County's Community Foundation is seeking a Director, Development and Philanthropic Services to to grow the Community Foundation’s charitable resources in a manner consistent with its mission.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) promotes philanthropy to build and sustain a vital and prosperous community where all have the opportunity to thrive.

FCCF is the third largest community foundation in Connecticut with assets of approximately $224 million. FCCF manages over 600 charitable funds and raises $20 million annually from diverse donors to support a variety of charitable interests. Contributions can be made for the general benefit of the community or designated to a specific purpose, casus or nonprofit organization.

The Director, Development and Philanthropic Services, a member of the Revenue Generation and Business Development team, works to grow the Community Foundation’s charitable resources in a manner consistent with its mission. By connecting prospective donors, professional advisors, corporations, and other nonprofits to the Community Foundation’s community initiatives, the Director plays an important role in creating philanthropic resources for our community. Generating charitable opportunities among these constituencies requires a highly motivated and reliable development professional who possesses excellent stewardship, communications and organizational skills, as well as a high level of knowledge regarding current, deferred and planned gift vehicles. The Director will have the ability to articulate to diverse constituencies the Foundation’s mission, structure, charitable fund opportunities and the benefits of giving back to the community through the Foundation.

Planned Giving and Development

• Manages all aspects of Planned Giving Program development, including enhancement and implementation of Future Society (legacy society) strategies, marketing and communications input including website materials, printed
collateral, presentations at seminars, event planning and stewardship
• Assists individuals and families in establishing philanthropic estate plans in conjunction with professional advisors, applying planned giving expertise
• Tracks realized planned gifts from estates, retirement vehicles, and other sources through probate until gifts are received
• Develops relationships with potential donors, managing major donor prospect pipeline efforts; identifies and cultivates prospective donors for the purpose of securing outright and deferred gifts and meeting short and long-term revenue
generation and business development department goals
• Supports departmental management of CRM, managing timely and accurate entry and maintenance of data and reports
Philanthropic Services
• Serves as the in-house technical resource on legal and tax issues relating to donor advised funds, field of interest funds, as well as other types of charitable funds and giving vehicles; stays abreast of federal and state laws concerning charitable giving and provides updates to leadership and staff as relevant
• Provides donor stewardship related to periodic charitable fund matters that require special attention, such as fund change and closing requests, to assure the donor is satisfied with service
• Manages logistics for donor stewardship and cultivation events for activities such as CEO Breakfasts, seasonal donor convenings, Future Society gatherings and others
• Direct supervision of at least one Development Associate who is responsible for grant administration, fundholder communication and scholarship processing
Professional Advisors Councils
• Develops plans, makes presentations, and implements programs and events to cultivate relationships with the Community Foundation’s Professional Advisors Council (PAC), Rising Professional Advisors Council (RPAC), Emeritus
Professional Advisors Council (EPAC) and the wider network of attorneys, accountants, trust officers, wealth managers, and other advisors in our service area
• Manages Professional Advisors, Rising Professional Advisors and Emeritus Professional Advisors Councils, including volunteer recruitment and governance, communication and developing corporate sponsorship support from members’ firms

• Bachelor’s degree required. Masters or JD degree preferred;
• 8+ years’ experience relating to donor advised funds, field of interest or other types of charitable investment funds via the financial services, wealth management and/or nonprofit sectors;
• Proven success in developing, marketing and managing a Planned Giving Program as well as soliciting and securing major gifts from high net worth donors;
• Familiarity with and/or capacity to learn different types of fund agreements;
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and oral;
• Demonstrated ability to work with donors, volunteers, board members, professional advisors, and other staff;
• Self-motivation, high energy, sense of humor, creativity, and an appreciation of the role of philanthropy in building community
• Experience working with donors in Fairfield County, Connecticut strongly preferred;
• A background in law, accounting, financial services or wealth management is a plus.

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