CFWNC is hiring a Vice President, Development

Apply by June 1, 2021

I. Overview

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, founded in 1978, is a public charity with a mission to expand philanthropy in the eighteen counties of Western North Carolina it serves. The Foundation manages charitable funds for individuals, corporations and charitable organizations and makes grants toward the region’s pressing needs and promising opportunities.

II. Position Description

The Vice President, Development leads asset development efforts of the Foundation, including the identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors and new fund development through current and planned gifts. The Vice President, Development also works directly with professional advisors as a primary means of reaching new donors. In addition, the Vice President, Development works across the organization, with all departments, to provide seamless services to donors and to the community. This is a full-time position reporting to the President/CEO with management responsibilities. This is an in-person position and successful candidates will live in or relocate to Western North Carolina.

III. Responsibilities

Asset Development

  • Inspire and support philanthropy by cultivating, building and maintaining relationships with a diverse spectrum of individuals, nonprofit organizations, local businesses and professional advisors.
  • Work closely with prospective and current donors to assess philanthropic interest and develop philanthropic plans.
  • Develop and execute fund agreements and related documents for new donors and fundholders.
  • Revise and amend fund agreements and related documents for existing fundholders.
  • Support asset development, as well as some advisory board management, for CFWNC’s nine affiliate funds.
  • Oversee other support provided to nonprofit endowment fundholders.
  • With the Communications Director, develop information and materials appropriate for prospective and current donors.
  • Represent CFWNC at community and regional activities and events, including speaking engagements as requested and approved by the President/CEO.
  • Staff the Development and Engagement Committee of the CFWNC Board.

Professional Advisors

  • Identify and develop relationships with professional advisors regarding charitable giving and CFWNC’s services.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate CFWNC’s outreach to professional advisors, including personal and firm visits, educational events, print and e-communications vehicles.
  • Provide information regarding current and planned gifts, including bequests, life income gifts and current gifts of complex assets, to support professional advisors and their clients.
  • With the Communications Director, develop and distribute materials and information for professional advisors to build organizational recognition and awareness.
  • Plan, execute and evaluate the annual Professional Seminar and additional continuing education events for professional advisors.
  • Staff the Professional Advisory Committee of the CFWNC Board.

Planned Giving and Stewardship

  • Develop, maintain and share knowledge on charitable giving, charitable trusts, deferred gifts, tax exempt organizations, private foundations, donor advised funds and supporting organizations.
  • With Chief Operating Officer, guide donors considering and/or making gifts to the WNC Real Estate Foundation.
  • Provide technical assistance to nonprofit fundholders.


  • Define and communicate responsibilities, authority and accountability of reporting employees. Annually review staff performance.
  • Provide departmental leadership to implement and evaluate effective and efficient operating procedures.
  • Participate on management team and assume other management responsibilities and/or special projects and duties as assigned.

IV. Desired Experience, Skills and Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree with five or more years’ development experience where responsibilities included cultivating, soliciting and closing major and planned gifts and/or advanced degree with estate planning or charitable tax planning experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of charitable giving vehicles.
  • Prior Management Experience. Strong team leadership skills.
  • Ability to interact comfortably with a diverse spectrum of donors, professional advisors, community leaders and nonprofit representatives.
  • Ability to serve donor needs and interests and to maintain confidences.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects and competing priorities.
  • Knowledge of and experience in utilizing CRM databases, computer application and technology.

V. Physical Requirements

Ability to drive an automobile for up to three consecutive hours at a time. Job duties require approximately 85% sitting/typing, and 15% standing/walking. Travel within Western North Carolina and occasional overnight travel outside of the region may be required. Physical requirements will vary depending upon the specific duties to be accomplished.

VI. Compensation

Compensation will be commensurate with skill level and experience with an annual performance and salary review; anticipated hiring salary range for this position is $90,000 to $120,000. Foundation employees participate in a Paid Time Off accrual system initially equivalent to 25 days off per year representing vacation and sick time, plus 7 additional paid holidays. CFWNC offers participation in group health, dental, vision and retirement plans to eligible employees. All CFWNC employees are subject to a criminal background check. CFWNC is an equal-opportunity employer.

This job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of the duties and responsibilities of the position and that the duties and responsibilities may change without notice.

Position Information:

Interested individuals should send cover letter expressing interest and current resume to Elizabeth Brazas, President, CFWNC by June 1, 2021.