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Vice President of Advancement

Selection Profile



The Vice President of Advancement is responsible for creating and implementing development and marketing strategies for the organization.  Working with a development and marketing team, this individual is responsible for growing current funding sources, as well as individual, philanthropic, and corporate donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and recognition.  He/She works closely with the CEO, COO, and board members to create opportunities to provide information about Neuhaus Education Center (NEC) to corporations, community groups, school districts, foundations, and potential new donors.



The ideal Vice President of Advancement is a seasoned leader with demonstrated success in building and managing development efforts to secure a multi-million dollar annual development budget.  He/She is a strategic and creative thinker who leads by example and has a compassionate, yet courageous, nature.  This individual is an exceptional communicator who is adept at managing change and growth across a diverse constituent base including the Board of Trustees, corporate, foundation and individual donors, staff, and educational partners.  He/She exudes a passion for education and literacy, and exhibits outstanding organizational skills.


  • Create annual development plan and strategy, and successfully execute to generate annual development revenue
  • Establish relationships with strategic partners on a local, regional, and national level
  • Develop and execute development expansion strategy by identifying and securing new funding sources such as corporate sponsors/donors, in-kind donations, charitable events, and marketing opportunities
  • Cultivate and manage current and future grant prospects
  • Oversee planning, implementation and follow-up of special events including annual luncheon, seminar, literacy conference, and annual donor cultivation event
  • Identify, establish, and maintain relationships with national/local education organizations, resources for professional development for teachers, potential and current donors, and all aspects within the communities in which NEC serves
  • Manage advancement public relations and marketing activities with both internal and external resources
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with current foundation donors and potential corporate sponsors
  • Serve as board liaison and cultivates relationships regarding advancement activities
  • Exhibit a “whatever it takes” attitude toward business opportunities, and approach problems with curiosity and an open mind to generate innovative ideas, solutions, and opportunities
  • Lead and develop staff to leverage their strengths and increase their performance in support of organizational development and marketing needs.


  • Minimum (7) years of fundraising or related work experience to include experience in securing major gifts/grants of $250,000 + and leading a development team
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge Donor Software package, including effective use and supervision of computer database and record keeping for the team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Social skills necessary to entertain or visit major donors in a wide variety of settings.  Must be effective in presentation. 
  • Proven leadership ability and team player.  Frequent contact with direct reports, managers in other departments, Board of Trustees and donors.  Constant face-to-face discussion with individuals, frequent electronic mail, public speaking, and telephone conversation.
  • Experience executing various events for audiences of 25 to 1000
  • Must be passionate about education
  • Advanced degree preferred


  • Embodies Organizational Image:  Supports and actively promotes the organization. Positively reflects the organization’s core values internally and externally. Lives the organization’s values on a day-to-day basis.
  • Communicates Articulately: Ability to speak clearly and concisely, and demonstrate skill in using expressiveness to convey important points in verbal communications.
  • Listens Actively:  Actively listens to others’ questions, concerns and input. Takes time to understand the points being made. Asks questions as appropriate and clarifies understanding.
  • Maintains Strategic Business Perspective: Focuses on the organizations strategic initiatives and competitive advantages.
  • Persuades and Influences:  Able to persuade others to take a course of action; is assertive and presents compelling rationale to gain support.
  • Develops and Maintains Relationships: Works to build and maintain relationships with individuals or organizations to achieve business goals. Leverages informal networks and regularly keeps up with contacts
  • Builds Collaboration:  Builds collaboration by establishing, communicating, and reinforcing shared values and norms. Invites and builds upon the ideas and contributions of others, promoting teamwork and celebrating accomplishments.
  • Seizes Opportunities:  Is proactive and takes initiative and ownership for success. Anticipates potential obstacles. Does not wait to be told what to do. Exhibits a bias toward action.  Has the ability to work independently for extended periods with minimal support.
  • Strives for Success: Driven to attain organizational goals and accepts challenging assignments.
  • Gains Buy-In: Explores alternatives and positions to reach outcomes that gain the support and acceptance of all parties.
  • Coaches and Develops Others:  Helps others identify and work toward both personal growth and organizational goals:  remains accessible for assistance and support; fosters the development of others and provides both positive and corrective feedback with individualized suggestions for improvement.
  • Demonstrates Financial Acumen:  Understands the organization's financial environment and makes decisions that leverage profitability and capital. Communicates complex financial information in simple terms that others can understand.


Neuhaus Education Center (NEC) is a nonprofit foundation that was established in 1980 and is dedicated to providing professional development for educators in research-based methods of literacy instruction.  Neuhaus Education Center provides a structured, sequential, and explicit approach to teaching the basic language skills of reading, writing, and spelling, an approach that is valuable for all students and essential for those with dyslexia.  In addition, Neuhaus Education Center is a resource for parental consultation and for adults seeking literacy education.


To apply for this position, please send cover letter, including salary history, and resume to Rayanne Darensbourg, Chief Operating Officer, at


Close Date:  April 6, 2018.


It is the policy of Neuhaus Education Center to provide equal opportunity for all applicants for employment without discrimination because of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran’s status, or other legally protected status.