Vice President of Development

Reports To: 
Chief Executive Officer
Directors of Finance & Operations and Marketing, Technology & Analytics Deputy VPs of, Marketing, Development, and Institutional Giving
Job Location: 

Flexible - offices in Yarmouth, MA, Washington, DC and London, England


Reporting to the CEO, the Vice President of Development provides cutting edge, strategic leadership on all of IFAW’s marketing and fundraising activities that advance public and private support.  As a key member of the Executive leadership team, the VP will conceive and implement innovative marketing strategies across all media platforms to elevate IFAW’s brand awareness globally while advancing our integrated fundraising efforts. 

The VP must possess highly developed communication and leadership skills, with proven fundraising success in traditional and innovative campaigns across the broad spectrum of today’s marketing channels.  S/he is a strategic leader who can inspire, grow and diversify revenue that supports our commitment to animal welfare.   The incumbent will work collaboratively with the VP Programs and the VP Communications to ensure communication and program integration that will drive marketing and fundraising efforts to increase IFAW’s financial growth targets.

  • Develop a strategic integrated  multi-channel fundraising plan that included direct marketing, major gifts, corporate and foundation support, planned giving
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of IFAW’s programmatic campaigns and priorities to effective promote the organization.  Work closely with appropriate programmatic and regional office staff to advance IFAW’s institutional plan.
  • Develop annual budgets and income projection; routinely review Development’s revenue and expenses, track fundraising goals, regularly update CEO on progress; prepare reports and presentations for the Board of Directors.
  • Work collaboratively with Programs and Communications to drive awareness so that IFAW is viewed as a progressive leader and donors’ charity of choice in the animal welfare sector.
  • Manage editorial guidance and content delivery from program sources to communications and development staff, ensuring consistent, compelling and coordinated messaging and storytelling in all fundraising, marketing and communications channels across all markets.
  • Develop a donor-centered marketing strategy for all donor types and structure the Department of Philanthropy to best serve this strategy.
  • Develop proposals and project ideas to help raise funds from private sources, foundations and other partners or secure pro bono services for marketing and branding efforts.
  • Work with Board of Directors and Regional Councils as needed.  Support the CEO in his work with the Board to cultivate new funding prospects and effectively steward current major donors.
  • Relevant education in business, marketing, communications or related field and a minimum 10 years’ experience in progressive management/leadership level positions in fundraising, and/or marketing.  Advanced degree preferred.
  • Experience in senior fund-raising positions with a proven ability to meet or exceed fundraising goals. International experience preferred.
  • Proven expertise advancing a diversified funding model.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication abilities, including public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of and interest in international philanthropy.
  • Leadership within a matrix-driven organization is preferred; ability to effectively collaborate across functions and geographies.
  • Proven ability to formulate and execute results utilizing strong analytical, critical decision-making and strategic planning skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, presence and ability to effectively build strong relationships both internally and externally.
  • Ability to travel frequently to domestic and international locations.
Application Details: 

IFAW has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:


Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.

Managing Director

Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy

Diversified Search

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