Vice President of Philanthropy

Job title: Vice President of Philanthropy
Organization: Redwood
Location: Ft Mitchell, KY
Industry: Non-Profit

Job Description

Take a job. Change a life.

Redwood is the area’s most respected provider of services for child and adults with disabilities. We’re looking for a dedicated Vice President of Philanthropy for our Ft. Mitchell, KY location.

You can take any job, but at Redwood you can help change the life of a child and adult for the better, as well as your own.

You can download our employment application at or contact Maria Meade at 859-331-0880 #234 for additional information.

We’ll get acquainted and I’ll share with you how abilities grow at Redwood.

Thanks for your interest in Redwood. We look forward to hearing from you!

Benefits of Redwood include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short Term Disability and Flexible Spending account!
  • PTO! Vacation, Sick, Personal and Paid Holidays!
  • 401K with a 3% match
  • Humana- Go 365
  • Daily free lunch provided to all employees and Uniforms are Provided
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Referral Bonus
  • Store Discounts
  • Supervision and Professional Development and Training Opportunities
  • Located in Ft. Mitchell close to I-275/I75 with free parking and close to the TANK bus line

Reports to:  CEO

Status:  Full-time, Exempt

Special Events Coordinator and Database Administrator, and Grant Writer, Major Gifts Manager .
Oversees the work of the philanthropy department including contractual services
Collaborates/guides other staff/board groups/volunteers for stated functions

Department:  Administration

Position Summary: Raising funds for Redwood and the Redwood Foundation through strategic donor development, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

Essential and Primary Responsibilities:
Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards individual and institutional donors for Redwood and Redwood Foundation through a comprehensive, Development Plan that addresses how the agency will achieve short and long term fundraising goals through activities such as:

  • Major Gifts
  • Grants
  • Annual Gifts
  • Corporate Gifts and Sponsorships
  • Planned Giving
  • Special Events
  • Fundraising Campaigns (including Annual Campaigns and special campaigns)
  • Donor Database Management and Administration

Strategic Direction and Planning

  • Leads the Philanthropy Department. Cultivates a team within the department. Creates a shared vision of the future and develops both strategic and tactical plans for achieving the vision. Identifies required resources and advocates on behalf of the department. Ensures team is well informed of the organizational direction and the department’s role in achieving the organization’s vision and mission. Supports and demonstrates Redwood values in decision making and action. Develops objectives, policies, and strategies for stated roles and the division in alignment with the Strategic Plan.
  • Leads, oversees, prioritizes, delegates, and evaluates work of philanthropy staff/contractors, volunteers, department, and various initiatives (including special events) to achieve a comprehensive, integrated development program that meets strategic development goals.
  • Collaborates with the Leadership Team, Board and Foundation to identify the fundraising needs. Engages with other departments on grants and fundraising opportunities.
  • Works closely with the CEO to coordinate the Board of Trustee and Foundation Boards development efforts, including training and orientation to fundraising and coordinating the two boards joint Fundraising Committee.
  • Monitors that practices are ethical, legal, and comply with state and federal regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Defines problems/issues, determines urgency and importance, clarifies risks involved, eliminates barriers to action, makes decisions, and takes active responsibility and accountability for development initiatives.
  • Employs influence strategies that have the greatest chance for success given the audiences and circumstances.
  • Establishes and manages philanthropy budgets.
  • Administers the donor database and maximizes the use of the data for fundraising purposes. Oversees effective records/reports management including gift processing, acknowledgments, and data maintenance.
  • Recruits, interviews, hires, trains, supervises, coaches, performance manages and evaluates direct reports, including interns and volunteers. Handles leave requests.
  • May lead a centralized volunteer coordination function for the agency upon request.
  • Supports Board committees through participation in meetings, preparation/distribution of Agendas, Minutes and Materials, and related activities.
  • Delegates duties as appropriate.
  • Plans and conducts department meetings.
  • Collaborates with Communications and Marketing to draft correspondence, proposals, reports, and other written materials.
  • May oversee Marketing and Communications, if delegated by the CEO.
  • Provides input to Communications and Marketing for the development of media strategies.
  • Researches/shares fundraising trends and philanthropic support with Executive Director and CEO, and Board and Board committees. Incorporates best practices into Redwood fundraising efforts.
  • Develops department operational metrics. Tracks and analyzes strategic results and ROI. Recommends and implements changes to improve results.
  • Works collaboratively with the CEO to lead the development of the annual fundraising plan that is approved by the Board annually. Oversees the execution of the plan and ensures the plan achieves all its financial metrics.
  • Aligns department efforts with agency Mission and current Strategic Goals and Objectives.
  • Achieves Key Performance Indicators for philanthropy department and establishes forecasts and trends.

Major Gifts

  • Maintains a portfolio of Redwood investors to cultivate. These may be managed by the Vice President, CEO, Board members, or Major Gifts Manager. Assist the CEO and others in their efforts to cultivate their portfolios by providing strategies for gift cultivation and support as needed.
  • Leads all aspects of the gift cycle. Identifies major donor prospects. Initiates contact with potential leadership volunteers and donors. Develops and implements cultivation and solicitation strategies of prospects by self/others.
  • Develops marketing and promotional materials, proposals, and other written documents for use by self and others for cultivation, solicitation or donor acknowledgements with support of Marketing and Communications.
  • Closes, secures, and acknowledges gifts. Plans recognition events.
  • Builds and nurtures lasting relationships between Redwood and major donors through a donor cultivation cycle and gift stewardship programs to ensure new and repeat giving.


  • Works collaboratives with Finance and Accounting, Communications and Marketing and the Program Areas on grant submissions and follow-up reporting.
  • Develops in-depth knowledge of Redwood’s programs/services and facility/business needs.
  • Communicates and interacts with leadership staff in various divisions to identify needs and to collaboratively develop clear and compelling information for grant proposals.
  • Effectively employs Grant Writer to research and identify grant opportunities and to prepare proposals and grant application annual fund strategies and programs that identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward annual gifts, through direct mail, personal solicitation, telemarketing, and online methods.
  • Uses development database to retrieve data, perform analysis, evaluate, and improve annual fund programs.
  • Maintains an annual fund cycle to secure new annual fund donors while providing opportunities for existing donors to increase their level of annual support.

Corporate Gifts

  • Identifies and develops corporate relationships resulting in goodwill, sponsorships, and major gifts.
  • Develops business strategy to plan/implement corporate campaigns to secure sponsorship support and indirect advertising.
  • Oversees development of corporate partnerships, community service, volunteerism, and in-kind support.
  • Represents Redwood for public appearances, speaking events, agency tours, service projects, and meetings to enhance public image with corporations and other community institutions.

Planned Giving

  • Develops planned giving as a part of the strategic fundraising plan in order to create endowment and other permanent financial resources for Redwood.
  • Researches, identifies, cultivates, and solicits prospects. Meets with prospects and their advisors to review gift options and to draft gift agreements. Secures gifts.
  • Stays abreast of planned giving, tax laws, regulations and policies. Develops gift acceptance policies. Maintains a file of relevant information.
  • Plans and hosts seminars and other events to promote awareness of planned giving opportunities at Redwood

Expectations for Leadership

  • Manages change in a well-planned manner consistent with Redwood’s culture and capability to respond to change.
  • Possesses critical thinking and problem-solving skills with attention to detail.
  • Communicates effectively with individuals and/or groups in both private and public environments. Effective communication includes sending the right message, at the right time, to the right people.
  • Makes timely and effective decisions in the absence of perfect information.
  • Demonstrates flexibility when seeking solutions.
  • Creates/models appropriate culture in alignment with Redwood’s mission, vision, philosophy, values and standards.
  • Values cultural diversity. Implements practices to best recognize and utilize individual abilities/skills/characteristics.
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal communication skills to foster positive working relationships with others.
  • Maintains personal accountability in order to achieve results.
  • Negotiates agreement between internal and external stakeholders and facilitates conflict resolution.
  • Promotes effective business and public relations for the agency by representing Redwood on request.


  • Seasoned fundraising skills with successful experience in making cold calls, cultivation, and solicitation.
  • Results oriented with ability to shepherd a targeted effort resulting in gift procurement.
  • Perseverance, optimism, sensitivity/ability to understand donor needs.
  • Superior writing/editing skills and ability to demonstrate versatility in writing formats, including online.
  • Proficiency in computer applications to complete job duties.
  • Confidence to guide others in development initiatives.
  • Broad knowledge and excellent skills in building and maintaining relationships with staff/volunteers/donors/others.
  • Sound administrative, leadership, and team building qualities.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with ability to handle multiple priorities with a strategic focus.
  • A willingness to develop and sharpen skills necessary for effective performance.
  • Initiative (self-starter), planning and organizational skills, ability to handle multiple priorities with a strategic focus, and complete follow through on job tasks.
  • Hearing, vision, physical strength, and ability to perform essential functions, with/without use of adaptive devices.
  • Reading, spelling, and math abilities for accurate completion of work tasks.
  • Receptive/expressive language, written communication, and interpersonal skills to communicate clearly.
  • Professionalism in appearance, actions, and behaviors in keeping with assigned role.
  • Commitment to Redwood’s mission, vision, philosophy, values, and standards.
  • Respect for children, adults, and families without discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or other legally protected characteristic.
  • A willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Reliable transportation to/from work and to complete out-of-building duties.
  • Acceptable Criminal Background check; Child Abuse & Neglect Registry check; check of KY Nurse Aide Registry.

Required Education and Experience:
Baccalaureate degree (master’s preferred) in strategic management, business administration, nonprofit or public administration, marketing, communications or related field supplemented by 3-5 years relevant experience.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Work is typically performed in an office setting, meeting room, throughout the building, and in the community at large. Redwood’s building is climate controlled with standard lighting. When conducting duties outside of the building, lighting and temperature reflect seasonal conditions. Noise levels are low to moderate. There is minimal-to-no exposure to hazardous chemicals with occasional exposure to contagious conditions, such as the common cold and body fluids.

These essential functions require sufficient strength, and the ability to bend, reach, grasp, manipulate objects, pull/push, stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, and lift and and/or carry 20 pounds or exert up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 50 pounds of force occasionally to move objects, with or without the use of adaptive equipment.

Individuals holding this position are required to attend initial orientation and periodic training offered by Redwood, and to complete all training required by Redwood or regulation. Staff members demonstrate accuracy, timeliness, and a commitment to quality, safety and a healthy, clean and orderly environment in compliance with applicable policies, procedures, regulations, licensing, certification, accreditation, and business integrity standards.

Other Duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.