Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations

Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind
Posted: October 9, 2017
Location: Alabama, United States
Position: Fundraising
Field: Other fields
Salary: USD80,556 to USD118,946
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Category: Alumni affairs, Annual fund, Corporate and foundation relations, Donor relations, Fundraising administration, Grant seeking, Major gifts, Planned giving
Employment Level: Full-time

R-3658           Position ID #610100 Posting Date:  October 6, 2017


AIDB is sensitive to the needs of individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing and for qualified applicants and employees will make reasonable accommodation


POSITION TITLE: Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations

  Office of the President




The Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations is responsible for managing, leading and directing the overall fundraising strategy and community engagement in support and advancement of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind’s mission and strategic plan. The positon includes annual, major and planned gift cultivation and solicitation, corporate and foundation support, comprehensive and capital campaigns, state and federal governmental support, as well as serves as the principle liaison between community and industry leaders associated with all Institute interests.   The incumbent shall ensure that supporting functions including but not limited to grant writing, research and gift processing, marketing, public relations and donor programs are executed effectively.


Knowledge, Education and Experience Required:


  • A Master's Degree in a related area (advanced degree preferred).
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible and successful experience directly related to building comprehensive fundraising and advancement programs.
  • A minimum of three years of experience as a senior administrator with demonstrated success within the last three years of securing gifts and pledges of more than $100,000.
  • A record of success in managing or participating in fundraising programs and soliciting funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations and a working knowledge of advancement technology systems.
  • The proven ability to craft well-written, focused, accurate, and compelling major gift proposals, case statements, communications, correspondence and reports.
  • Have excellent oral communication skills.
  • Must have proven record of obtaining large private gifts and/or public grants.
  • The ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced and complex environment.
  • The ability to work evenings and weekend.
  • The ability to travel in and out-of-state as necessary.
  • Have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with stakeholders, consumer leadership, staff and faculty, prospects, donors, alumni, community leaders, government officials, and volunteers in a wide range of roles.
  • Skills in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Understanding and knowledge of the financial markets and investments.
  • Have a broad understanding and appreciation of the role AIDB plays in the lives of Alabamians who are Deaf, Blind and DeafBlind.
  • A sign Language proficiency level of SURVIVAL according to the AIDB Evaluation System must be obtained within the first thirty (30) months of employment.
  • The successful applicant must submit to a criminal history background information check including, but not limited to FBI and ABI record repositories. Upon offer of employment, the applicant must present a non-refundable fee of $49.65 and appear for scheduled fingerprinting appointment.




  • Serve on the President’s Senior Administrative Team and as advisor on all advancement related programs and issues.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors and prospects, including individuals, corporations, and foundations, through visits and other forms of direct personal contact in accordance with performance targets set by the Institute’s Administrative team, Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Obtain gifts and funding as defined by the Institute.
  • Direct fundraising activities as they pertain to individual donors including philanthropic organizations, government and industry, alumni and individuals.
  • Establish and implement strategic and operational goals for but not limited to the following specific initiatives: annual giving, major capital gift and endowment funding, state and federal grants and planned giving.
  • Serve as Senior Administrator of the AIDB Foundation.
  • Work with AIDB Foundation Board of Directors to identify and implement fundraising, marketing and leadership development opportunities throughout the State.
  • Provide institutional leadership to plan, coordinate and carry out all AIDB advancement goals and programs, through development of policies, procedures and budgets.
  • Work with various constituents to define and articulate the image and priorities of the Institute.
  • Manage and cultivate a personal portfolio of major donor prospects and provide guidance to the President for managing the President's personal portfolio of major gift prospects.
  • Maintain situational awareness regarding available grants and funding sources for which the Institute may apply.
  • Supervise advancement personnel and identify strategies to continuously improve individual and departmental performance and outcomes; measure, evaluate and motivate or coach staff performance to meet and exceed established goals.
  • Establish strong relationships with corporate leaders, community leaders, government officials, donors, alumni and the advancement community in the interest of gaining knowledge and resources to support the Institute’s mission.
  • Assist the President in developing and implementing the Institute’s government relations strategies and activities with local, state and federal officials.


SALARY:      $80,556 - $118,946              Scale A1        Rank 02         (260 days)

Direct deposit is required.  This is an exempt position, and is not subject to overtime or compensatory provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.


This position is funded by a grant award, funded by revenue generated, necessary for compliance or provides direct service delivery