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Job Details
Company Name : Volunteers of America of Alaska
Company Location : Anchorage, AK 99503
Job Position : VP of Development
Job Category : Jobs in Alaska

Job Description :

Position Title: Vice President of Development

Reports To: President/CEO

Classification: Exempt; Salary; Full-Time

Direct Report(s): Digital Engagement Manager, Donor Relations Manager

Position Overview

Under the direction of the President and CEO, the VP of Development is responsible for directing the fundraising, communications, marketing, and media relations for the agency. The individual in this role will establish and sustain strategic partnerships as well as direct and shape the way in which the VOA Alaska brand, culture, and vision is shared with internal and external audiences. The primary focus of this role is sharing the essential work and impact of teams across the agency with external stakeholders to build on VOA’s reputation for excellence in service and to secure support to sustain growth and fill gaps. As the lead for Development and Community Relations strategy, direction, and impact, the VP serves as a mission champion and advocate for innovation and growth to meet community needs. The ability to build relationships with and establish trust with key stakeholders is essential for this role’s success.

The VP of Development is also responsible for assisting the CEO in shaping the community-minded culture of the organization internally and externally by modeling behaviors that are consistent with and promote the mission, vision, and values of the organization, including diversity, equity, and inclusion. This position supervises a team of two, including a Digital Engagement Manager and a Donor Relations Manager. Expectations regarding this position’s primary responsibilities are outlined in this document.

VOA Alaska is a youth-serving organization providing prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery supports to youth and families struggling with mental illness and addiction. VOA Alaska is honored to walk with families during these times and provide support and hope through recovery. Its core values are connection, responsibility, courage, innovation, hope, and joy. Members of our workforce are expected to espouse these core values and align with this mission of services to the community.

Essential Functions, Duties & Responsibilities

Leadership, Supervision and Program Management

  • Provide leadership, mentorship, and guidance to direct reports.
  • Model the organization’s values and provide effective motivation, encouragement, and accountability for all members of the workforce.
  • Direct, supervise and evaluate work activities of direct reports. Identify, articulate and monitor progress against standards of behavior and performance. Address any personnel issues to promote a productive and supportive work environment.
  • Ensure that direct reports are properly trained and have the tools necessary to perform the work.
  • Encourage ongoing learning; create and promote educational opportunities whenever possible.
  • Propose recruitment, hiring, and firing decisions.
  • Coordinate staff schedules, leave, etc.; this would include forecasting and making necessary adjustments.
  • Participate in evaluation, identification, monitoring, and management of operational budgets and, if needed, capital budgets.
  • Propose and manage own program budgets accordingly and in alignment with VOA Alaska’s goals and objectives.


  • Participates in the development and implementation of the organizational strategic plan including the criteria for fundraising development and growth.
  • Develops and implements, in partnership with the CEO, a fundraising work plan designed to increase fundraising revenue from corporate, foundation and individual donors.
  • Leads agency donor relations activities through the preparation for and participation in key meetings with current and prospective funders and donors.
  • Collaborates with program leadership to identify needs for funding requests, identify potential funders, and develop applications/proposals for submission.
  • Reviews program development efforts (applications, grants) to refine and improve the agency’s overall approach and strategy for growth and development.
  • Leads the development, implementation, and maintenance of a robust donor stewardship and recognition program, with a focus on retaining donors and increasing year over year support.
  • Manages a database of statistical data regarding prospective, current and past donors. (VOA’s CRM is Network for Good)
  • Oversees the successful execution of fund- and friend-raising events, supporting and guiding the Donor Relations Manager as needed.
  • Assists the CEO in facilitating a positive relationship with the Board of Directors which includes development education, engagement and annual campaign.

Community Relations

  • Responsible for fully understanding the range of services offered by VOA Alaska and maintaining an updated understanding of key information to share broadly.
  • Acts as central lead for agency-wide outreach regarding VOA services and offerings. Providing leadership, coordination, and support for presentations to external parties.
  • Develops and executes various community relations campaigns and strategies to expand VOA brand goals.
  • Serves as the agency’s senior-most editor and brand conscience, ensuring communications (written and visual) are accurate and reflect the values and brand standards of the company.
  • Serves as a thought leader and partner to the leadership team in managing VOA’s reputation in the community.
  • Produces compelling content and copy (as needed) to support the team’s output across channels, including but not limited to press releases, internal communications, funder updates, presentation materials, and executive communication.
  • Markets the work of VOA programs to promote their value clearly and effectively to individuals and segments who could benefit from the intended outcomes.
  • Directs media relations activities to include representing VOA in official engagements, preparing and supporting staff in media opportunities, and drafting and disseminating media releases and advisories.
  • Tracks industry trends and media coverage and creates plans of action accordingly.
  • Represents VOA’s interests at public meetings and forums, as applicable and appropriate.
  • Supports the CEO and Board of Directors in the proper execution of the crisis communication plan as incidents arise.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Professional experience in communications, marketing, public relations, development and fundraising required, with a minimum of 5 years in a leadership role desired.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Business Administration or related field required. Can be substituted with additional years of professional experience.
  • Leadership abilities and strategic thinking to create, share and implement a larger vision to be able to attain the organization’s long-range plan.
  • Proven experience in team-building to encourage collaboration in decision making and communication.
  • Ability to promote a common purpose across the organization that preserves organization’s unique history and culture while upholding the mission.
  • Ability to listen and communicate clearly, effectively and persuasively at all levels of the organization, both orally and in writing. Understanding the connections with the larger vision and the ability to communicate these connections to others.
  • Ability and political savvy to build and sustain relationships with many constituencies, both internal and external, including government agencies, media, affiliates colleagues, and funding sources. Ability to network with other organizations and leaders to build strategic alliances.
  • Knowledge and experience in successful fundraising.
  • Keen analytic, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities that support and enable sound decisions in a complex organization. Ability to support and explain reasoning for decisions. Include appropriate people in decision-making process and ensure timely decisions are made
  • Strong professional ethics, integrity, and accountability in all actions including approaching others in a tactful manner; reacting well under pressure; treating others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepting responsibility for own actions; following through on commitments.
  • Demonstrates personal flexibility through continuous improvement, responsive to feedback and adaptable to different situations.
  • Must possess and maintain an acceptable, felony free record. Must possess and maintain a Alaska driver’s license with an acceptable driving record (must have own transportation)

All members of the workforce will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to VOA’s vision and mission and consistently demonstrate its values in all areas of their work. Moreover, everyone is expected to demonstrate collaboration and teamwork, accept direction, feedback and coaching, and prove themselves to be a reliable and consistent resource to clients and colleagues.

Specifically, this position requires:

  • Judgement and Decision Making: Incumbent must be proficient at prioritizing and organizing data and information and demonstrate strong analytical and critical thinking skills that result in efficient and sound solutions and decisions.
  • Independence: Incumbent must demonstrate self-determination and effectiveness with working with minimal supervision
  • Communication: Incumbent must be skilled at both oral and written communication and clearly demonstrate an ability to collaboratively communicate, listen effectively, and deliver information in an understandable and organized fashion to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Service and Accountability: Incumbent must demonstrate a strong commitment to customer service as well as prove him/herself accountable for quality and effectiveness in all areas of the work.
  • Leadership: Incumbent must possess a strong foundation of leadership skills.
  • Software Proficiency: Incumbent must possess a strong knowledge of and capacity for learning a variety of office suite applications.
  • Technical Knowledge: Incumbent must possess knowledge of accepted grantmaking principles and legislation impacting non-profit funding and reporting.

Working Conditions

The work environment characteristics and physical demands 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.

  • Works in office area. Interacts with staff, consultants, and outside vendors. May be subjected to interruptions throughout the workday.
  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 25 pounds. The vision requirement includes close vision.


Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, this job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you may be required to perform. The omission of specific descriptions of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or can be considered essential to this position.

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