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Vice President of Development and Communications

Vice President of Development and Communications

Our History

Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for disrupting the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. Two-generation – or 2Gen — programs uniquely focus on the whole family and achieve long-term, sustainable results. The approach has been proven to achieve significant educational, health and economic benefits for parents, children and communities. Because systemic inequities, personal bias and racism create disparities in power and possibilities, we are boldly transforming communities with the power of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Jeremiah Program is expanding throughout the country to meet the growing demand for its model. The organization has campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, Austin, TX,  Fargo, ND, and Rochester, MN. Our national office is in Minneapolis. In Boston, MA and Brooklyn, NY, Jeremiah has introduced an innovative nonresidential model, working with leading organizations to serve mothers and children. Jeremiah Program has 110 FT staff and an operating budget of $14M. Learn more here.

 

The Role

Jeremiah Program is seeking an experienced and visionary leader to fill the newly created VP of Development and Communications (VPDC) role. The successful candidate will have a proven track record at the national level of designing and executing ambitious communications, advocacy, marketing and fundraising strategies. The VPDC will ensure that all of JP’s public-facing efforts are strategically integrated, mission-forward, and well-funded, and that JP is viewed as a primary resource with the media and policymakers, and within the diverse 2-Gen network and constituent base.

The VPDC will have the opportunity to build a cohesive and talented team that will propel JP to the next national level, fulfilling its five-year strategic plan to increase impact in our existing communities and respond to the needs of new communities. Collaborating closely with the CEO, and working in a matrix organization, the VPDC will provide thought partnership across the programs, create and develop sustained relationships with a wide range of funders, thought leaders and policymakers, and serve as a key driver in helping JP raise its national profile. The VPDC will serve as a trusted advisor to the CEO and be a member of her Senior Leadership Team.

All candidates should have outstanding interpersonal skills, an ability to provide change leadership, and able to work effectively with a wide range of people while demonstrating integrity and professionalism.

The VPDC reports to the President & CEO and directly oversees a national development team of eight and a national marketing and communication team of two. This role will also have a dotted line to each development campus staff lead to ensure strong alignment and collaboration around our national fundraising and communication strategy.

 

Job Functions and Skill Sets

Fundraising and stewardship

  • Work with the CEO to set ambitious yet feasible revenue, donor retention, and acquisition benchmarks to achieve both immediate and long-term (next 3-5 years) fundraising goals;
  • Deep knowledge of both the art and science of fundraising, and have a proven track record as a fundraiser in growing organizations;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of individual, online, estate and foundation giving, including demonstrated experience securing six and seven-figure gifts and diversifying funding bases;
  • Analyze trends among JP constituents and the broader giving environment to determine the most effective fundraising strategies and tactics; and
  • Develop and activate engagement pathways for all JP constituents and implement a stewardship strategy to increase the support base and deepen commitment levels.

 Communications and marketing

  • Serve as the senior advisor to the President/CEO, Board and members of the Leadership Team on communications issues and initiatives;
  • Identify priorities and develop and implement marketing and communications strategies to build the visibility of JP;
  • Advise leadership and staff on policy formulation and advocacy issues based on the interest of stakeholders;
  • Ensure brand continuity of informational materials communicating the organization’s policies, programs, services, and activities;
  • Create core messaging to ensure organizational consistency;
  • Set and guide the strategy for all communications, marketing, website, and public relations messaging;
  • Ability to create strategies that will allow JP to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including key influencers; and
  • Develop partnerships with organizations, corporations, community allies, and others to further JP’s mission and secure influencers.

General leadership

  • Demonstrated leadership ability working with cross-departmental teams;
  • Experience leading teams with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels;
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality;
  • Manage relationships with vendors;
  • Manage revenue and expense budgets;
  • Recruit and manage teams; mentor and develop staff on a consistent basis;
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • 10 – 15 or more years relevant experience; and,
  • Commitment to Jeremiah Program’s mission.

 

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

 

How to Apply

Jeremiah Program is committed to the recruitment, selection, development and promotion of employees based on individual merit. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

We offer competitive compensation, including employer-paid health and dental, life and disability insurance and generous time off.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to email a current resume and thoughtful cover letter articulating your interest and fit for the role, including compensation requirements, to HR@JeremiahProgram.org.