Vice President of Philanthropic Engagement – Washington Area Women’s Foundation


Washington Area Women’s Foundation ( is a Washington, DC-based public foundation, dedicated to mobilizing our community to ensure that economically vulnerable women and girls in the Washington region have the resources they need to thrive. Our work is premised on the fact that when women thrive, we all thrive.

Our program work consists of:

1. Grantmaking: Investing through a multifaceted approach in the three core areas of:

Asset building;
Jobs with benefits, career pathways, and family sustaining wages; and
Access to high-quality early care and education.

2. Education: Generating and distributing data about the status and needs of women and girls in the region, and the strategies necessary to address those needs.

3. Advocacy: Raising awareness of the policy issues that affect economically vulnerable women and girls.

The Women’s Foundation is poised to significantly increase programmatic investments over the next five years, requiring an increase in fundraising capabilities, strategies and expectations. We are seeking a Vice President of Philanthropic Engagement with vision, creativity, and a proven track record who will help make The Women’s Foundation the philanthropy of choice in our community.


Have successfully resourced an organization to increase its impact;
Are an experienced, strategic, and results-oriented development professional who has led fundraising teams to increase charitable giving and donor engagement;
Is entrepreneurial and has experience in building, leading, and managing a small but effective development team, including volunteers, and external partners;
Are comfortable both formulating and executing a holistic fundraising strategy for an organization;
Love big ideas and want to know that your work will have a lasting impact on women and girls and our region;
Are energetic, flexible, self-starting team player with a direct, honest and respectful approach to problem solving;
Have the ability to foster collaboration and contribute to a strong sense of community among staff, board and colleagues outside The Women’s Foundation;

Then you want to be our Vice President of Philanthropic Engagement!

Key Responsibilities:

The Vice President of Philanthropic Engagement will develop, coordinate and lead a comprehensive and robust fundraising plan that enables the organization to grow exponentially over the next five years. S/he will expand giving in all spheres – individual, foundation, and corporate – by developing and enhancing giving vehicles (e.g. donor advised funds and social impact investing), with particular attention to expanding individual and major gifts fundraising and donor engagement. The Vice President of Philanthropic Engagement will work closely with the board of directors and other stakeholders to set and achieve annual revenue goals, and supervise a staff of 2. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Fundraising and Donor Relations

Design, implement and manage all fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment and capital campaigns, special projects, and other organization-related solicitations.
Lead creation and oversight of all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations.
Maintain contact with and develop grant proposals for foundations and corporations.
Develop and implement fundraising activities that help to grow the Annual Fund.
Refine and implement our planned-giving program.
Develop giving resources and new giving vehicles such as donor advised funds and social impact investments.
Manage and lead the philanthropic advisory services of Women’s Foundation donors in the management of their respective funds.

Relations with the Board of Directors

Work with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and the President and CEO to develop strategies to initiate and meet aggressive fundraising targets.
Develop fundraising training for Board members and other leadership volunteers as appropriate.
Assume responsibility for all development reports to the Board and attend all Board meetings.
Assist the Board with recommending and researching potential new members.

Development Office Infrastructure

Participate actively as a member of the Senior Management Team to develop and execute strategic goals for the department and the organization.
Manage and direct the development team.
Develop and manage budgets, metrics and goals.
Refine office systems to support all development projects and operations, including donor and gift record-keeping, research activities, database management, pledge reminders, gift acknowledgement, etc.

Additional Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree is required, graduate degree is preferred.
A minimum of 8-10 years of fundraising experience, with notable experience with individuals, and a proven track-record of professional accomplishment, increasing responsibilities, and supervising staff.
Excellent writing skills, expertise in developing strategies for cultivation, soliciting and stewarding donors, and experience soliciting gifts in the five- and six-figure range.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Raiser’s Edge (or other donor management software) and Wealth Engine (or other research software).
Confidence and the ability to present information to donors and volunteer leaders in a compelling way.
Excellent leadership, strategic thinking, and planning skills.
Ability to thrive under deadlines, have strong project, time, and budget management skills, and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously without sacrificing attention to detail.
Comfort working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
Desire for and sensitivity to working with diverse communities across race, class, ethnic, political and geographic boundaries.
Availability for occasional evening and weekend work when necessary.


We offer our employees a total rewards model, pairing a compensation package that reflects our organizational values, culture and mission with meaningful and significant work content, a supportive environment, and work-life flexibility which earned us the honor of being named one the Washington Business Journal’s 2014 Best Places to Work.

How to apply

Please email résumé and cover letter to:


SUBJECT LINE: Vice President of Philanthropic Engagement Search

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