Vice President – Development

Texas Women's Foundation
July 31, 2023
Dallas, Tx
Job Type


Reports To: CEO
Main Office:  Dallas
Supervises: Development Team
Category: Exempt; Full-time

About Texas Women’s Foundation:
Texas Women’s Foundation is a community-supported organization that invests in the power of women and girls to drive positive change. Through research, advocacy, programs and grantmaking, we advance economic and

Culture and Values
Texas Women’s Foundation leads with its values in everything we do from community support to internal decision-making. We believe work should be done with INTEGRITY, INTENTIONALITY and INCLUSIVITY.

About the Role: The VP-Development provides strategic direction, planning and implementation of all fundraising and development efforts of the Foundation, including major gifts, annual giving, donor stewardship and planned giving. This position works closely with the CEO, Board directors and membership councils, as well as annual fundraising event co-chairs, to support fundraising success and ensure that all efforts reflect sound policies and practices.

This leadership role is focused on achieving annual fund generation of $7-9 million to ensure a strong and sustained revenue stream for the Foundation.  This position also serves as a visible and effective community ambassador on behalf of the Foundation.

The VP – Development manages the Development team which currently consists of Associate Vice President – Development; Major Gifts Director; and Development Manager. Additionally, the VP-Development serves on the Foundation’s senior management team.

Key Competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking – Sees the big picture and is focused on long-term solutions; senses trends that might impact the organization’s future; able to develop an action-oriented plan; develops and communicates the roadmap for change and innovation required to achieve the organization’s vision; engages others to create common goals that support the organization’s vision.
  • Managing and Developing Others - Gives ongoing, constructive feedback; recognizes individual contributions and ideas; delivers personal and behaviorally focused praise; works to create a strong team; aligns the right work with the right people; ensures the team has the necessary skills and resources to achieve success; encourages the growth and development of others by providing ongoing feedback, coaching and learning opportunities.
  • Influencing Others – Identifies and proposes solutions that benefit all parties involved in a situation; knows when to escalate critical issues to own or others’ management, if own efforts to enlist support have not succeeded; structures situations (e.g., the setting, persons present, sequence of events) to create a desired impact and to maximize the chances of a favorable outcome; accurately anticipates the implications of events or decisions for various stakeholders in the organization and plans strategy accordingly.

 Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the essential duties and responsibilities listed below. The duties and responsibilities include the following, though other duties may be assigned.

  • Oversees and sets the direction and strategy of development for the organization, including campaigns, major gift programs, annual giving, fundraising events, corporate and foundation giving, and planned giving
  • Serves as a member of the senior management team, which includes the VP – Programs, the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Strategy Officer and the President & CEO, to contribute to the overall direction, goals and performance of the Foundation
  • Advises the President & CEO and Board of Directors on matters related to fundraising and philanthropy; maintains effective working relationships with the Board of Directors, staff members, volunteers, individual donors, foundations, corporations and program partners
  • Maintains a portfolio of 50 – 75 donors and prospects rated at $25,000 to $500,000+, and personally solicits gifts
  • In collaboration with the CEO, directly manages fundraising with the Board of Directors, to ensure they meet the annual Board goal through their personal contributions, company contributions and introductions/referrals to new donors
  • Serves as staff leader for the Economic Leadership Council, an exclusive membership council for C-Suite executive women. Works closely with the co-chairs to develop and drive an annual agenda; responsible for maintaining current members and closing new memberships
  • Develops mission advancement presentations and manages fundraising initiatives between staff and the Board of Directors
  • Develops the Foundation’s Annual Giving Plan and oversees implementation; supports Development team members to meet and exceed their goals
  • Oversees strategy and execution for the Foundation’s major gifts and planned giving programs
  • Establishes performance measures, monitors results and assists the CEO in evaluating the effectiveness of the development team and strategy
  • Collaborates with communications and marketing to plan and oversee development and donor related publications, messaging and strategy
  • Evaluates and provides input on appropriate systems for fund development
  • Ensures compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintains accountability standards to donors and ensures compliance with code of ethical principles of professional conduct for fundraising executives
  • In every donor relationship, adheres to the highest ethical standards; demonstrates empathetic disposition and perseverance; reflects optimistic and positive attitude; and conveys sensitivity to needs of the donor

Key Technical Skills and Knowledge: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each qualification satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Possesses or has the ability to develop a broad and deep network in Dallas and is well regarded in nonprofit and philanthropic communities.
  • Possesses a strong work ethic and ability to maintain a high activity level; ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment. Must be able to work under pressure
  • Demonstrates and communicates a passion for the organization’s core purpose
  • Demonstrates a deep understanding of and appreciation for the philanthropic process and individual giving behaviors combined with direct solicitation experience
  • Is a high energy, results-oriented leader with entrepreneurial spirit and innovative drive. Creative and willing to try new ideas
  • Has a flexible and adaptable style. Able to lead transformation and manage a team through changes in process, approach and business practices
  • Possesses business savviness with the ability to engage, influence and assess risk, issues and priorities
  • Has excellent strategic planning, communications, team building, interpersonal and time management skills
  • Operates with the utmost integrity and values consistent with Texas Women’s Foundation

 Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Required minimum of ten years in fundraising with five years at a management level
  • Must have demonstrated experience in developing and implementing successful, multi-million dollar fundraising strategies and supporting donor operations across all aspects of fundraising operations, including building the case, cultivating donors, managing an effective fundraising team, and soliciting and securing major and leadership level gifts

Physical Requirements: 

The physical requirements and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Must be able to travel as often as business necessity dictates
  • Moderate to high-stress level
  • Regular and predictable attendance
  • Moderate noise level
  • Occasional standing and lifting of at least 5 pounds
  • Long periods of sitting
  • The Foundation offers a hybrid work schedule. Office presence required Tuesday-Thursday; employees work from home on Mondays and Fridays

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to

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