Vice President of Development

About MVP

MVP is a best-in-class advising platform connecting progressive donors to the most effective and promising grassroots organizations in the country working at the intersection of movements, community organizing, and elections. We aim to increase investment in frontline organizations led by the most impacted communities to increase turnout among the progressive base, build long-term political power, and ultimately to transform our country at the local, state, and national levels. In the 2020 cycle, MVP successfully moved over $120 million to over 600 local groups across the country, focused in the most critical states.

Our Approach:

We are organizers, and the heart of our work is organizing donors through MVP to support local groups in order to build, sustain, and amplify their impact. We work in service of local groups, and we try to be aware at all times of the power dynamics of being a funder and to be careful about incentivizing actions that could alter an organization’s own priorities; we work hard not to impose on our partners. We are also striving to continuously scrutinize and dismantle the ways we manifest and reproduce white supremacy culture both internally and externally.

We focus on building from our assets, and taking a positive approach to growth and change that helps groups and donors to feel comfortable being vulnerable about their areas of improvement. We believe in a non-competitive, non-divisive, whole ecosystem approach; we are always seeking opportunities to support and encourage collaboration among groups and donors.

POSITION OVERVIEW

As the Vice President of Development, you will be managing MVP’s multifaceted fundraising efforts and vibrant communications activities. As one of three division heads, along with Programs and Operations, you will report to the Executive Director and serve as a core part of MVP’s Senior Leadership Team.

The Development team includes more than a dozen part- and full-time staff and consultants across multiple sub-departments and programs devoted to: major and mega donors, donor organizing and events (house parties and more!), foundations, and fundraising partnerships with aligned organizations. You will also oversee the Communications team, which currently has three full-time staff who find and tell compelling stories about our work and our partners’ work with the goal of generating ongoing excitement and support.

As the Vice President of Development, you will be responsible for:

Organizational Leadership

  • Senior Leadership Team: Play an active role in collaboratively setting vision, formulating strategy, solving problems, and leading/modeling the strengthening of organizational values and culture.
  • Strategic integration: Integrate MVP’s development and communications strategies in partnership with the Executive Director and respective teams.
  • Stakeholder reporting: Support the ED in reporting on development and communications to Board and other major stakeholders.
  • External relations: Represent MVP’s work and strategies in donor and philanthropic spaces and in media as appropriate.

Department Management

  • Departmental planning: Lead the creation of a strategic vision and plan for fundraising goals and strategies working collaboratively with the ED, Development and Communications teams, and other divisions. Lead the department’s budget and planning process and actively manage the budget on an ongoing basis.
  • Staff management: Effectively manage, support, and collaborate with a mix of full-time & part-time staff and contractors, while identifying gaps and growing the team as appropriate. Actively coach and develop your teams to achieve their goals through constructive feedback, guidance, and accountability.
  • Data and systems: Guide the equitable development of necessary systems, processes, and tools to better support the work of the department and ability to share information, both internally and externally.
  • Internal communications: Ensure all internal partners and stakeholders understand MVP’s fundraising strategy and their part in achieving it.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and learn: Lead reflections, evaluation, reporting, and learning processes to document and assess effectiveness, both annually and in real time.
  • Major gifts and partnerships: Manage a limited number of key donor and philanthropic partnerships, and fundraise major gifts as appropriate.
  • Strategic communications: Co-lead the process of visioning and creation of donor materials with the Communications and Programs teams.
  • Other duties: We’re a growing organization, and responsibilities will evolve with the role and as opportunities emerge.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Curious and passionate about all things fundraising and communications.
  • Significant senior level management experience.
  • Track record of fundraising success from diverse funding sources.
  • Skill and comfort managing people, teams, and budgets.
  • Cultural humility - ability to build relationships across lines of difference.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage at a high level with issues of racial equity and inclusion.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Comfort with technology and database systems.
  • Passion for grassroots progressive political change and shifting power to marginalized communities.

Preferred:

  • Experience working with or leading a communications team to support the growth and programmatic efforts of an organization.
  • Demonstrated capability to lead cross-functionally - a creative and collaborative thinker and overall positive presence.
  • Remote people management experience and skills.
  • Experience in both grassroots and national organizations.
  • Coaching and/or facilitation experience.

We realize that some great candidates may not have every single thing on this list - that’s OK! If this job posting piques your interest, we encourage you to apply!

Location: Fully remote, with the expectation of occasional travel post-pandemic (i.e. 2-5 times annually). We strive to create a family-friendly work environment and can make accommodations for team members with limited ability to travel.

Compensation and hours:

This is a full-time, salaried position with a base salary range of $120,000 - $180,000, commensurate with skills and experience, with generous benefits including employer-paid medical and optional dental and vision insurance, basic life insurance, 401(k), regular work-from-home and wellness stipends, and four weeks of paid vacation.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Movement Voter Project isn’t just an equal opportunity employer. We are actively seeking to build a diverse and inclusive team with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills to support the incredible diversity of grassroots organizing across the country. MVP does not discriminate based upon race/ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a veteran, formerly incarcerated or convicted persons, status as an individual with a disability, or any other characteristic.