Obama Foundation
April 22, 2021
Chicago, IL
Job Type


Purpose of the Role

A member of the Development Department’s senior management team, the VP of Development (VPD) will report directly to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and will work closely with the Vice President of Development Operations to manage the Foundation’s fundraising and development activities. In partnership with the CDO, this person will assume the primary responsibility for executing the strategy needed to raise the funds to build, operate and endow the Obama Presidential Center and its programs, as well as ensure the sustainability of the Foundation well into the future.

The VPD will be responsible for overseeing all revenue-generating activities – including regional major giving, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving – with the goal of expanding and diversifying the Foundation’s donor base to meet its ambitious fundraising goal. This is an ideal opportunity for a proven nonprofit fundraising professional with capital campaign and leadership experience at a complex nonprofit organization or institution, but who’s seeking an opportunity to build infrastructure and teams during a time of rapid growth for the Foundation. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, solution-oriented and motivated to work collaboratively in pursuit of big goals.

Core Job Responsibilities

  • Serve as a partner to the CDO on the day-to-day management of the frontline fundraising team, which includes oversight of all fundraising activities including:
    • Five regional major gifts teams focused on cultivating and soliciting gifts in the $100,000-$5 million range across the country and the globe
    • Corporate and Foundation Relations team focused on securing grants from institutional and corporate foundations and creating complex corporate partnerships
    • Establishment of a Planned Giving program focused on identifying, soliciting, and processing blended (cash plus deferred) gifts with a focus on endowment
  • Manage the Regional Councils comprised of high-profile individuals charged with opening doors to new prospects in their communities
  • Partner with the VP of Development Operations to ensure portfolio management, fundraising activity, and dashboards are managed and pulled from Salesforce
  • Partner with the Donor Relations and Events team to create and implement strategies that serve the frontline fundraising teams’ donor cultivation and stewardship needs
  • Supervise, train, and coach team members, including up to six direct reports
  • Represent the Development Team in internal Foundation settings as deemed appropriate by the CDO

Key Deliverables / Outcomes

  • Culture of philanthropy, accountability, and joy in fundraising infused across the frontline team
  • Major Gifts Team accountability systems in place -- portfolios, pipelines, metrics, and dashboards
  • Highly effective Corporate and Foundation Relations team developing complex partnerships
  • Planned giving program established, Foundation fundraisers and leadership are fluent in planned gift strategies, and blended gift asks being made
  • Regional Councils are activated and fulfilling their roles and responsibilities

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of 10 years of nonprofit fundraising experience, including at least five years in a leadership position, with expertise in the areas of major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, and planned giving. Ideal candidate will also have experience fundraising in a campaign context at a large nonprofit or institution
  • Experience as a Director of Development or frontline fundraiser preferred
  • Experience managing pipelines, evaluating prospects, and utilizing data to inform strategy
  • Experience successfully training, coaching, and managing diverse teams


Equal Opportunity Employer

The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at careers@obama.org if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.

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