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Charles E. Smith Life Communities (Vice President of Development and Community Engagement)

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Reporting directly to the CEO, the Vice President of Development and Community Engagement (Vice President) serves as the chief development officer, tasked with leading all fundraising programs and strategy development in alignment with the Board of Governors, key stakeholders, CESLC senior management member, and the philanthropic community.

Fundraising is a priority for the CEO and the CESLC Board of Governors, and hence the Vice President plays the critical role in providing expertise and leadership in expanding the organizations current fundraising capacity. The Vice President is responsible for developing and implementing a new development plan with clear strategies and supporting action plans to achieve financial growth in the following categories: major gifts, planned giving, direct mail, corporate sponsorships, and the annual (Guardian) campaign. Additionally, the Vice President will support the CEO with creating meaningful experiences for the organizations lay leaders and oversee the development and delivery of impactful community engagement and volunteer opportunities.

Integral to the success of the Vice President will be the ability to develop and manage an effective fundraising program and team that will ultimately allow him/her to devote a majority of their own time to working externally in developing and successfully soliciting major gift prospects.

CESLC has a storied history with deep roots in the Greater Washington philanthropic community. While maintaining and growing those existing relationships, the Vice President must be creative in developing strategies that will achieve the acquisition of new donors who represent the next generation of philanthropists.

The Vice President must be focused, strategic, and possess exceptional planning, management and interpersonal skills. The Vice President will direct and manage the Development Office, which presently comprises eight (8) team members. S/he must be a skillful leader, effective in recruiting, supervising, and mentoring a group of professionals.

As a key member of the senior management group, s/he will participate in all strategic and policy decisions.