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Vice President, USA Philanthropy

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Managerial positions
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Impact investing, Social venture capital
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IRC's External Relations (ER) team works together to support our global private sector goals to deliver key partnerships and influencer support of our mission. Building this function for continued growth is essential to IRC.

Job Overview/Summary: The Vice President (VP) of US Philanthropy will develop and lead strategies that will deliver outstanding results from a team of fundraisers working across the USA with individual donors at the major gifts and principal gifts level, as well as the planned giving program. You would have the opportunity to form a team who could personally engage, solicit and steward high value existing and new donor relationships from the $20k to the $100m+ level. You would be a key driver of success for our annual Rescue Dinner event and lead the thinking to create similar opportunities across the US. A primary focus of this role is to engage with the New York philanthropic community, but the hope is to aggressively grow our network across the USA.

The role works with a highly committed development team and there is opportunity to empower, motivate, and deliver sector leading portfolio and performance management measures. We hope to build a team to deliver a donor experience with a remarkable level of personal attention and support. You will also be a lead contributor to our emergency fundraising response, establishing and leading rapid and high impact solicitations at times of humanitarian crises.

Along with the other ER VPs, you would develop a close working relationship with the COO, the CEO and President, and the IRC Board Co-Chairs to ensure we build outstanding relationships at the very highest levels. Another crucial partnership will be with the Development Committee and its members. Building these relationships and supporting the individuals as a powerful and highly motivated group of advocates will be essential to success.

Major Responsibilities:

With your team, lead the delivery of an ambitious principal gifts team and program for IRC USA, with a strong focus on the opportunity on the East Coast. Build a systemic and motivated team for our principal gifts program that ensures more UHNWI relationships and more sustainable multi annual leadership gifts

Personally champion, steward, and secure substantial gifts from principal donors, and co-lead solicitations with key IRC colleagues and Board members.

Build, grow, empower our USA Leadership Gifts team – ensuring a clear methodology and a structured portfolio to drive and support a rapidly growing and expanding donor program.

Lead, drive and possibly reimagine IRC’s highly successful flagship Rescue Dinner or event to build on its success and to innovate while setting ambitious goals for its future.

Act as a senior leader of our Strategic global delivery - working collaboratively and accountably as part of a cohesive global team effort, to build strong working alliances and ensure planned support & collaboration with IRC fundraising colleagues in Europe and International Development.

Build strong high-trust relationships with senior leaders to ensure a shared vision and close collaboration, with precise requests for engagement to our senior executives and representatives.

Support and actively engage with ER Senior Leadership Team to work together providing strong collegial support that models positive, solutions-focused and data-based decision making.

Partner with other key leaders and departments within IRC to ensure the Gifts programs are best serving the needs of our clients – in particular, the Resettlement, Asylum, & Integration groups, Research & Innovation, and International Programs. Also work closely with IT, Finance, GSC, Legal and HR teams to ensure support for key strategies.

Job Requirements:

•Bachelor's degree required, master's degree a plus

•Minimum 15 years professional work experience in leading modern high performance NFP fundraising or philanthropic environments.

•Must have successful delivery record in principal gifts – with proven personal stewardship and solicitation at the $5m+ level.

•Direct professional experience and track record of working at the highest levels of philanthropic engagement in New York is highly desirable

•Experience delivering high impact and high growth change plans including the building of robust motivated teams, and strong partner relationships.

•Leadership experience within a humanitarian aid context, and familiarity with the particular challenges of working in a humanitarian context & advocacy highly desirable.

•Delivery and co-ordination of emergency fundraising, highly desirable.

•Strong business skills experience – with experience and knowledge of use of metrics and data to win organizational support and drive growth and investment.

•Experience in highly matrixed, global organizational problem solving, operations, high performance management.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

•Proven track record in leadership, successful change management and solid understanding of organizational development.

•Strong analytic skills and fluency in financial management.

•Strong interpersonal skills, collegial and collaborative, high energy, good humored and creative leader.

•Excellent written and verbal communication.

•Superb presentation skills – able to speak and engage an audience of the highest caliber.

US and occasional international travel will be required.

Preference for position to be located in NYC but open to discussing other locations


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Equality, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

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