Senior Director of Advancement Strategy
About the Ms. Foundation for Women
The Ms. Foundation for Women transforms our democracy by building women’s collective power. Guided by a gender and racial justice lens, we resource grassroots movements that center women and girls of color, advance feminism in philanthropy, and advocate for policies that improve women’s lives across the country. Since 1973, we’ve opened up worlds of possibility for women and girls. But to finally achieve justice for all, we need you in our fight. Learn more and get involved at ForWomen.org.
Our mission is to build women’s collective power in the U.S. to advance equity and justice for all.
We achieve our mission by investing in, and strengthening the capacity of women-led movements to advance meaningful social, cultural and economic change in the lives of women.
Our vision is a just and safe world where power and possibility are not limited by gender, race,
class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age. We believe that equity and inclusion are the cornerstones of a true democracy in which the worth and dignity of every person are valued.
Our core values help us to accomplish our mission and make our vision a reality because we actively live in them and hold each other accountable to:
Integrity: We believe in holding ourselves responsible and accountable for all that we say in order to build an aligned, principled and powerful movement for gender equity. Trust and respect: We believe in the truth that comes from those we work with and those most impacted by the issues affecting their communities. We believe in honoring their voices and supporting their leadership.
Interconnectedness: We believe that by achieving equity for women of color, we achieve equity for all. Given the complexity of the issues we face, we are committed to addressing issues holistically, understanding that we need to build power and alignment across multiple movements and sectors to win the battles we are facing.
Social justice: We believe that structural changes are needed in order to increase opportunities for those who are least well off politically, socially and economically.
Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement, the Senior Director of Advancement Strategy leads national and regional campaigns to provide diverse funder audiences with opportunities to make gifts of transformational financial support to the Ms. Foundation for Women. The Senior Director of Advancement Strategy is primarily responsible for planning and leading an integrated fundraising campaign that builds the Ms. Foundation’s endowment, fuels innovative leadership by women and girls towards achieving gender and racial equity, and builds the capacity of the Ms. Foundation. Along with top-notch strategy development, fundraising, marketing and management skills, the position demands creativity, boldness, a deep commitment to racial and gender equity, and a belief in the extraordinary potential of collective power. As a member of the Advancement team, the Senior Director of Advancement Strategy collaborates with team members to ensure that transformational strategies support both the goals of the department and the mission and strategic objectives of the Ms. Foundation. This is a remote position. Location on the West Coast strongly preferred. Frequent travel is required.
Strategic Planning & Budget:
- Strategize, plan and execute an integrated, multi-year, transformational fundraising campaign thatleverages and grows the existing funder community, generates principal and major gifts from new donors,and grows pipeline of major gifts to the annual fund
- Create regional and other targeted campaigns as required to support departmental and organizational strategic objectives
- Work with VP of Advancement to develop campaign strategy and plans, including developing campaign brand identity, establishing clear benchmarks and metrics for evaluation and assessment, andintegrating Advancement department strategies for increasing the diversity and engagement of Ms. Foundation supporters
- Collaborate with the VP of Advancement, Director of Major Gifts and the Office of the President tocoordinate annual travel plans in alignment with campaign strategies
- Contribute to strategic plan for growing national presence and awareness of the Ms. Foundation,particularly outside the East Coast and Northeast and with diverse funder audiences
- With VP of Advancement, plan and manage campaign budget
Leadership & Team Management:
- Supervision and management of all campaign staff, including hiring, performance reviews, professional development, coaching, and mentorship
- Organization and management of campaign volunteers
- Hire and manage consultants, contractors and other vendors as needed
- Build and nurture a creative, collaborative, and resilient campaign team culture
- Ensure that campaign work plans, events and processes align with priorities, plans, and timelines across Advancement and the organization
- Inform the Advancement team, staff and board about ongoing campaign progress and engage the organization in supporting campaign activities as appropriate
- Research, identify and qualify prospects for principal ($750,000 and above) and major gifts ($50,000 and above); develop solicitation plans and steward donors through gift making process
- Initiate and nurture relationships across diverse funder community, including institutional prospects, diverse industry sectors, regions and donor identity groups
- Coordinate with Director of Major Gifts to transition long-term stewardship plans
- With VP of Advancement, meet with and report to campaign committee
- Preparation and support of campaign volunteers and solicitors, including preparing donor briefings and other materials as needed
- Assess and track fundraising metrics to ensure effective progress against quarterly and annual goals
Funder Engagement & Events:
- Plan and execute successful donor engagement & education, including cultivation and fundraising events
- Maintain current knowledge and connection to emerging social justice-focused donor organizing strategies
- Grow a large, relevant network of relationships that support strategic goals, including deepening relationships with funders who are people of color, funders located in underrepresented regions, andinstitutions such as community foundations with strong local connections
- Nurture the development of a highly-engaged, national funding community that supports the Ms. Foundation while modeling our commitment to following the leadership of our grantee-partners and unapologeticallycentering the lives of women and girls of color
- Bachelors degree; alternatively 10 years or more of relevant post-secondary work experience will be considered in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree
- 10+ years experience strategic planning, project and team management
- 5-7 years fundraising experience, including demonstrated ability to solicit and close major gifts (six-figures and higher)
- Track record planning and executing complex, multi-year, 8-figure or higher fundraising campaigns that achieve transformative revenue and relationship-building goals
- Ability to align budget with strategic objectives, manage annual spend-down, and leverage resources, including consultants and vendors
- Superb writing, speaking, and relationship building skills; able to build rapport and foster trust-basedrelationships
- Demonstrated understanding of the issues impacting the lives of women and girls in the United States,particularly women and girls of color; ability to educate funders about the work of the Ms. Foundation, answer questions about our strategic vision and establish a strong case for support
- Collaborative; proven ability to build and manage successful strategic campaigns in partnership with numerous internal and external stakeholders
Institutional Values Alignment:
- Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and vision and to working with diverse communities toward women’s safety, health and economic justice
- Demonstrated commitment to, and accountability around actively living the Foundation’s values of integrity,trust and respect, interconnectedness, and social justice – throughout internal and external communications and relationships, work, and decision-making
- Ability to build collegial, productive relationships with team members, grantees, donors, peer funders, volunteers, and institutional partners, through the lens of our organizational values
The annual salary range for this position is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
We also offer a generous and comprehensive range of benefits.
Applications should include your résumé and a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and where you learned of the position. Please submit these materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
To learn more about the Ms. Foundation for Women, please visit: www.forwomen.org.
The Ms. Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status.