Executive Vice President

Philanthropy Southwest
January 30, 2023
Dallas, United States of America
Job Type


Position:         Executive Vice President

Status:             Exempt

Reports to:      President & CEO


About Philanthropy Southwest:

Founded in 1949, Philanthropy Southwest is the most enduring association of grantmakers in the United States. We are the premier philanthropy serving organization in the Southwestern United States, with hundreds of member organizations across the region who represent the spectrum of philanthropy, including family foundations, private independent foundations, community foundations, public foundations, individual philanthropists, and corporate foundations.

Philanthropy Southwest’s vision is a thriving southwestern US through the power of philanthropy and with a mission to foster meaningful philanthropy and trusted relationships that impact the southwest region’s peoples, communities, and most pressing issues.


Position Description:

The EVP position is a full-time exempt opportunity for an experienced leader that will work directly with the CEO to provide management and execution of all Philanthropy Southwest’s programs, initiatives, collaborations, research, professional learning and public policy endeavors, as well have a focus on partnership income annual goals.  Due to the strong collaboration needed for this position, we prefer the EVP be based out of Philanthropy Southwest’s office in Dallas, TX.

The EVP will support strategic decisions and is responsible for cultivating and closing major gifts in support of funding priorities. This role will oversee the resource development committee to support philanthropic programs and strategies.

The EVP will also manage the public policy efforts of PSW, working alongside the PSW hired advocacy firm and public policy committee. The role will be expected to plan and execute strategies to lead, inform, and support Philanthropy Southwest members in their efforts to advance effective policies that strengthen philanthropy, relationships and partnerships with government that will broaden our collective voice to advocate on behalf of our sector and region.

The EVP will supervise the Director of Learning and ensure a highly engaged learning environment for PSW members that have both local and regional focus.


Areas of Responsibilities:


  • Manage all funder impact learning collaboratives and cohorts.
  • Administer research and project initiatives, with partners and the Academic Research Cohort.
  • Oversee all content and professional learning with PSW
  • Work closely with the CEO to fulfill key organizational strategic priorities and central topical content; general sessions, PSW on the Road, etc.
  • Ensure annual budget on programs, learning events, and ensure initiatives expenses are met and fulfilled.



  • Work alongside the CEO to develop, and secure partnership income, excluding all in person event sponsorships.
  • Ensure funding deliverables are met and achieved on all programs and initiatives.
  • Head all grant writing, applications, and fulfillment.


Public Policy

  • Working alongside our contracted partner, oversee PSW’s public policy work, including managing the Public Policy Committee, developing strategies, and alliances to promote Philanthropy Southwest’s advocacy on behalf of our sector and region.
  • Plan, organize, execute, and evaluate the annual Foundations on the Hill event in D.C.
  • Project Manage the contracted partner to keep members informed on public policy issues that affect our public policy role and goals as an organization.
  • Oversee the development of tools and resources to help our members engage in public policy and government relations work.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required/Masters is preferred.
  • Strong Project Management skills with an ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Eight+ years of experience in philanthropy or nonprofit field and/or experience.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a part of a team.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to manage relationships with integrity and consistency, including a keen ability to work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally, and geographically diverse people and communities.
  • Strong analytical and technical skills, and ability to translate complex subjects into approachable concepts.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and adjust to changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a high-performance, collaborative, constructive peer group.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for the Philanthropy Southwest mission.
  • Analytical skills to evaluate data and create grant applications and reports.


Travel: 20%-25% travel required.

Application Instructions

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to jobs@philanthropysouthwest.org with the subject Executive Vice President

Philanthropy Southwest (PSW) is an equal opportunity employer. PSW is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

All qualilied candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to color, race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.

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