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Vice President of Development

Job Location

Fairfax, VA

General Summary

The Alzheimer's Association is making a difference and so can you!

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. We are the largest private funder of Alzheimer research and the premier source of information and support for the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease and their 15 million families and caregivers.  The Alzheimer's Association was recently recognized as one of the top ten Best Nonprofits in 2013 in the Non-Profit Times 50 Best Places to Work. We are proud to say that this is the fourth year in a row that we've won this award! 

The National Capital Area Chapter located in Fairfax Virginia is seeking a Vice President of Development.

Reporting to the President/CEO, the Vice President of Development serves as a key member of the Chapter's leadership and strategic planning team, with primary responsibility for directing the Chapter's fundraising activities.  The Vice President of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the cross functional infrastructure needed to double the Chapter's revenue through solicitations for special events, major gifts, corporate and foundation support.  The Vice President of Development will expand and diversify the Chapter's donor base/pipeline and work closely with other leadership and strategic planning team to secure funding for new initiatives.  The Board of Directors and the President/CEO are raising the bar for the Vice President of Development position and expect significant year-to-year fundraising growth consistent with National and Chapter strategic goals.

Essential Job Functions

Resource Generation and Strategy:

Work in partnership with the President/CEO, Development Committee, and Finance Committee  to develop and execute a comprehensive strategy and plan (short, medium and long-term, with priorities) for all resource generation efforts, including the exploration of new strategies, approaches, processes and donor targets.  This includes building and effectively managing  a robust Chapter donor pipeline.

Collaborate with the President /CEO and the Executive Team to execute a strategy to identify and pursue new prospective funding from individual donors, foundations, corporations, and through chapter events and other funding sources; and deepening relationships with existing donors through effective stewardship.

Develop and manage the full range of fundraising lifecycle including (intelligence gathering/research/landscape analysis/gap and competitive analysis, mapping, relationship building, teaming agreements, and donor reporting).

Work with the President/CEO, Executive Team, and Finance Committee to set realistic revenue goals and establish appropriate metrics to track success and system of benchmarking.

Ability to develop and closely monitor departmental budgets, and communicate with the CEO and CFO/COO.

Develop and implement a targeted fundraising strategy that produces and sustains a comprehensive donor source of regional, high net-worth individuals, companies, and community foundations deeply committed to the mission, vision and values of the Chapter.

Develop and execute strategies for increasing Walk participation by 13% in FY14, revenue growth by 8% in FY14, community awareness and volunteer engagement.

Collaborate with the Communications Department to research and implement innovative fundraising strategies using social media, and other approaches to increase the Chapter's brand recognition and expand the donor base.

Collaborate with policy colleagues to leverage policy priorities as fundraising opportunities.


Provide leadership and strategic direction for the Development Department in accordance to the Chapter's goals and objectives

Empower, guide, and coach the Development Department Team

Build positive organization and team culture to achieve Development Department and Chapter objectives and goals

Develop a customer service culture; strive for continuous improvement and constituent satisfaction

Support CEO and all Chapter development efforts with the tools and information needed to expand our donor base

Lead and support Chapter-wide "culture of philanthropy" efforts both internally and externally within a diverse constituency

Development  Communications:

Develop presentations for the President/CEO and Board of Directors as required

Represent Chapter in appropriate professional and prospective donor networking opportunities

In collaboration with the Communications Department and other key staff,  identify, leverage and plan strategies to engage donors at various touch points  (e.g. Conferences, panel discussions and cultivation events)

In collaboration with the Communications Department, develop briefing materials, talking points, and presentations as required in support of resource generation efforts

Build effective and sustainable public-private partnerships to advance organizational development goals

Partner with the Program & Services Department to identify projects appropriate for development of programmatic funding, and work to coordinate fundraising efforts for the Chapter and ensure appropriate relationship managers

Minimum Requirements

An accomplished development professional, with a minimum of ten years' of compelling and measurable record of outstanding accomplishments and professional growth in key development positions; degree preferred.

Proven success in identifying, cultivating, and securing major gifts from individual, corporate and/or major donors.

Proven sucess in developing relationships of mutual trust and partnership with external and internal partners, donors, and the public with diplomacy and discretion.

Excellent public speaking and media relations.

Must be comfortable with extensive public contact and interaction with individuals touched by Alzheimer's disease.

"Hands on" experience working with  with fundraising software, preferably Raisers Edge and Convio.

Must be able to travel to off-site meetings within the chapter territory, including occasional out-of-state travel.

Must be able to work evenings and weekends, as necessary.

For consideration, please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:

Anne Shajkovci, PHR -

Send your resume and cover letter:

  • by email:

  • by mail:
    Send resume to:
    Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area
    3701 Pender Drive
    Suite 400
    Fairfax, VA 22030

If apply ing by e-mail, please attach your resume and cover letter as Microsoft Word documents, or include both within the text of your e-mail message.

We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and we appreciate your interest in the Alzheimer's Association.




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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.