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Senior VP, Development

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The SVP Development is in charge of leading The Future Project’s development function and is responsible for securing the resources we need to thrive and grow. Working at the nexus of philanthropy, movement-making, and business-building, the SVP Development’s mission is to raise upwards of $15M a year in order to sustain our work in schools, fuel our research, evaluation, and product innovation, scale our impact, and transform the lives of each donor and investor in the process.  The SVP will report directly to CEO and Co-Founder Andrew Mangino, and will work with the executive leadership team to ensure that we are able to sustain the aggressive growth outlined in our strategic plan.

The SVP will take over this audacious work with a track record of success, an engaged team, and an opportunity to create a best-in-class development function at one of the country’s fastest-growing non-profits.

Our growth has tripled year over year since 2011, resulting in operating budget growth from $250,000 to 10 million in just four years.

The SVP Development will work closely with our President, CEO, an engaged board, and an activated donor base of nearly 300 people who represent some of the most successful, visionary leaders in America including Jackie Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, the Jenesis Group, the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, and many others.

With a team of eight that includes front-line fundraisers, operations specialists, and exceptional content creators, the SVP Development will have the opportunity to lead – and grow – a critical function within our organization, while supporting the learning and professional development of individuals on the team as well as senior leaders across the organization who are intimately involved with our overall development work.

The SVP Development will be responsible for:

  • Setting overall development targets in collaboration with executive leadership.
  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive development strategy (including foundation, corporate, individual, government, and other giving) for reaching those targets.
  • Hiring and growing the development team in order to provide the capacity needed to reach those targets.
  • Ensuring the successful maintenance of the pipeline through which all of our donors pass, from initial identification and research to pitching and due diligence to closing to engagement and recommitment.
  • Collaborating with the COO to develop and implement The Future Project’s financial strategy
  • Managing a set of relationships with the principals and account managers of our highest-level funding partners

The ideal candidate for this role:

  • Has 10+ years of experience in fundraising – or can explain how they’ve gotten 10 years of experience in less time
  • Has led a team of 5 people, preferably more, whose work has impacted more than 100 people internally and more than 1000 people externally

Our future SVP of Fundraising is likely to see themselves in one of the following five descriptions:

1. A business partner and a serial unreasonable asker
Every holiday season, dinner party guests look forward to your legendary stories of “that time someone offered you a warehouse, a million dollar partnership, or a private jet” – just because you asked.

2. An impact introducer
In the last year, fifty senior people have reached out to you for help making their ambitions real - because the connections you make create value and introduce people to their own best futures. After reading about The Future Project’s work, you immediately thought of three influencers who would love to explore a partnership with The Future Project. You’ve found a new market for existing work of an organization or created a new product for an existing market with million-dollar impact on the bottom line, multiple times.

3. A disciplined giver
You think of your time, money, and relationships as investments in the future – friends laugh at the spreadsheets you create to manage everything from your social life to your personal finances to your philanthropic contributions.

4. A team creator and business builder
You’ve championed an idea that was not your own; former direct reports call you – and one – for coaching and catching up. An unusual, practical, thousand-dollar idea you authored became part of an organization’s standard operating procedure, turning senior level critics into powerful champions

5. A powerful, between-the-lines listener
A smattering of former colleagues and close friends call you at major personal and professional decision-points: you have an uncanny ability to hear – and help them hear – what they most deeply want. Your words embolden them to act on that possibility! Your keen insight into a stakeholder’s deepest challenges and hopes shifted the direction and/or scale of one or more major initiatives that you were not leading in an official capacity. You’re fascinated with the way language shapes reality – reading history’s great speeches is likely among your quirky pastimes.


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