The Student Conservation Association
is seeking a VP-Philanthropy with exceptional drive and insights to
lead the strategy and implementation of integrated philanthropy
programs to ensure a diverse and sustainable revenue portfolio
to meet institutional objectives. Reporting to the CEO,
the VP will develop and effectively execute a comprehensive
philanthropic fundraising strategy and annual plan that promotes
our mission, financial sustainability, and growth. The preferred
location for this position is in our Arlington, VA office, remote
SCA conserves lands and transforms
lives. Through hands-on service in the great outdoors, the Student
Conservation Association (SCA) co-powers young leaders from all
backgrounds to protect our nations irreplaceable natural and
cultural treasures. As they make these vital contributions to our
public lands, SCA members gain the skills and insights necessary to
launch conservation careers. Indeed, 70% of SCA alumni are
currently working or studying in an environmental field. Yet no
matter their vocation, these alums help forge a more resilient
world through continued stewardship and leadership.
Independent research shows SCA
experiences spur character development and help young adults
prosper long term. Pre- and post-program studies show SCA
participants feel they matter more, report greater
self-confidence and esteem, improve
their teamwork, and practice a higher level of civic engagement,
key skills that enhance ones readiness for school, work, and
SCA prioritizes the values of justice,
equity, diversity and inclusion and is working on a multi-pronged
strategy to ensure these values are at the core of its programming
and operations. Our definition of success requires SCA to broaden
the reach of all its programs, with special emphasis on its Urban
Green initiative, a decades-long effort to engage formerly
underrepresented people in implementing sustainability initiatives
in the communities where they live. Funded for the past five years
by the JPB Foundation and other funders, this initiative is poised
to reach more people in more communities in the decade ahead.
SCA was founded more than 60 years ago
by Liz Putnam, then a young college graduate concerned by reports
that Americas national parks were at risk of being loved to death.
Liz knew young people could make a difference on our lands and
waters, and SCA has since expanded to aid hundreds of federal,
state, and municipal sites each year. In the process, SCA launched
a youth movement which we continue to advance today. Conservation
About the Position
The Vice President is a member of the
Executive Team, shaping and guiding the course and policies of the
institution. The VP will provide internal guidance and direction to
a nationally distributed team, ensuring completion and delivery of
goals related to achieving strategic and annual philanthropic
development targets. Externally, the VP will represent SCA as a
national leader in the youth conservation movement.
The Vice President will be responsible
for leading and directing an experienced and effective national
team in the development and implementation of coordinated
fundraising strategies for national and state- level fundraising,
and support the SVP-Program in creating a team of city directors
responsible for city- level fundraising.
They will collaborate closely with
other senior executives to ensure that philanthropy strategies are
closely aligned and mutually supportive of Finance, Marketing,
Recruiting and Program strategies to effectively achieve overall
organizational goals and revenue objectives.
Strategy development and oversight of
all aspects of fundraising, alumni, direct marketing, annual fund,
major gifts, planned gifts, corporate donations and sponsorship,
foundation giving, and philanthropy operations.
Foster a culture of philanthropy
throughout the organization that engages and inspires staff and
board to achieve SCAs highest philanthropic potential.
Directly manage a portfolio of donors
and a personal fundraising goal, and work with the CEO on their
Work with the team to steward all
donors and cultivate new prospects, consistent with a culture of
Work with the Systems Advancement
Team to maintain streamlined donor and prospect records, ensuring
data and reporting integrity.
collaboration with marketing/communications, program, finance and
other teams to achieve SCAs goals.
Establish relationships, negotiate
contracts, and manage effective working relationships with donors,
vendors, and consultants.
Personally manage a portfolio of
national level donors and meet annual fundraising targets.
Prepare timely and accurate budgets,
informed revenue projections and relevant reports and dashboards on
the status of fundraising for both the Board and Executive Team,
along with analysis of trends and future implications with
recommendations for SCA.
Contribute to organizational and
departmental strategic and operational planning, policies, and
Participate in and/or coordinate
various organizational projects at the direction of the CEO.
The successful VP-Philanthropy will have many of the following
qualifications and attributes. Business Development:
Minimum of ten years of senior
management experience directly supervising individual, corporate
and foundation giving ($10M+ revenue; 10+ years preferred)
A strong understanding and
demonstrated experience with the range of philanthropy programs at
SCA, philanthropic trends and insights into future
Strong written and verbal
communication skills to support the mission of SCA, lead and
inspire confidence, establish credibility and positively influence
others thinking and behavior.
Experience working at a senior level
to design and implement growth strategies resulting in greater
mission impact and financial success.
Experience leading a comparably-sized
unit within a complex organization, with multiple operating
locations, diverse stakeholders and various funding streams.
Commitment to building and supporting
diverse teams and to fostering a culture that prioritizes justice,
diversity, equity, and inclusion organization-wide.
Track-record leading teams through
transitions and change, including confidence making difficult
choices and establishing clear decision-making processes and
Ability to effectively manage a
distributed team, set priorities, juggle competing demands within
established budgets and overall organizational priorities.
Experience cultivating and
maintaining strong relationships with a governing board.
Facility with technology, including
Microsoft Outlook, Teams and Zoom platforms. Knowledge of and
effective use of Raisers Edge and SalesForce is highly
An undergraduate degree is required
and an advanced degree is preferred.
Certified Fund Raising Executive
(CFRE) certification is preferred.
The highest integrity, wisdom, humor,
emotional intelligence and can-do attitude; adept at conflict
management; even-keeled and calm when leading through
A commitment to SCAs values and
demonstrated capacity leading with those values.
Passion for the environment and youth
development demonstrated through professional experience or
Conditions of Employment Required to
demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019
(COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or
FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine; OR Receive from SCA a reasonable
accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements based
on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious
belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to
request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of
The Student Conservation Association,
Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.