Vice President of Advancement and External Relations

Job title: Vice President of Advancement and External Relations
Organization: Centennial Inc.
Location: Northern Kentucky
Industry: Nonprofit

Job Description

Are you a people-person who is at your best when you are building relationships and sharing your passion for positively impacting the lives of youth? Do you have significant experience with fundraising and generating brand excitement for a cause? And are you creative in your problem-solving, generating innovative ideas for reaching goals?

Centennial is seeking a relationship-driven Vice President of Advancement and External Relations to develop, manage, and execute effective strategies to raise funds for a youth-oriented, Northern Kentucky nonprofit. The position will also develop, manage, and execute effective marketing strategies that increase the organization’s reach.

The position reports to the Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the senior leadership team. The position will regularly present to the Board of Trustees, manage the Advancement Committee of the Board, and oversee the Community Board.


  • Oversee donor relations including the identification, prospecting, solicitation and cultivation of donors and corporate sponsors for annual support as well as for a $38 MM capital campaign
  • Manage the planned giving program, the grants program, and major gifts in partnership with the CEO
  • Manage the planning and execution of the annual fund-raising breakfast
  • Ensure current, accurate database management (Raiser’s Edge)
  • Create and present necessary advancement reports (monthly, quarterly, mid-year and final) for the CEO and Board
  • Supervise advancement and communications staff members as well as any contract staff
  • Develop and execute annual marketing/PR strategy, plan, and budget necessary to achieve organization objectives to the CEO
  • Oversee the organization’s social media, website, newsletters, and direct mailings
  • Manage vendor relationships to create the necessary marketing and PR collateral to advance the organization
  • Effectively represent the organization in a multitude of external settings
  • Stay up to date with the latest technology and marketing best practices and implement as opportunities are warranted


  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited educational institution (Marketing, Sales, Communication preferred) is preferred but equivalent knowledge and experience is accepted
  • Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) designation, or active pursuit of CFRE, preferred
  • At least 5 to 7 years of successful advancement and marketing experience with a proven ability to plan and execute
  • Exhibits fundraising proficiency; ability to solicit and close sponsorships and philanthropic gifts
  • Relationship driven – identifies, develops, and fosters meaningful relationships with individuals and corporations from all walks of life and in various environments
  • Community development professional. Ability to network in the community and identify individual and corporate major gift prospects
  • Persuasive presenter – tells compelling stories that appeal to stakeholders on an emotional level and illustrates how a difference can be made
  • Superb written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management skills – creative, self-starter attitude. Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Fiscal management and budget development skills – able to grasp basic accounting skills to achieve and surpass budget expectations
  • Results-oriented – focuses on key priorities, executes with excellence, and meets or exceeds annual goals. Acts with a sense of urgency, and with the result in mind
  • Critical thinker – creates a revised, positive direction and motivates others when things do not go according to plan
  • Operates with a high level of attention to detail – highly organized, proficient at multi-tasking, and proven ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Versatile and innovative – goes beyond traditional ideas to create original approaches
  • Experience planning and executing special events
  • Experience with donor database management (Raiser’s Edge preferred)
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information in a trustworthy manner
  • Committed to the organization’s cultural initiatives including the All Children All Families certification in LGBTQ competencies, the Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Care and its Seven Commitments.
  • Aligned with workplace equity as demonstrated by the Ellequate certification