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Vice President of Advancement

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Vice President of Advancement

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For over 40 years, CASL’s comprehensive programs have connected families and individuals with the vital support they need: providing an educational and cultural foundation for our children, ensuring our seniors live full and independent lives with dignity, enhancing education and training for tomorrow’s workforce, putting immigrants on the pathway to citizenship, securing our community’s housing and financial well-being, navigating healthcare systems and wellness resources, and providing equal access to justice. Since our founding, CASL has been rooted in the principles of equity and justice. That legacy continues to shape our efforts today as we strive to champion diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at all levels of the organization.


The Vice President of Advancement (VPA) reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and with a dotted line to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), to build increasing and sustainable philanthropic support for CASL’s mission and programs/services. The VPA serves as a key member of the Executive team and active participant in making tactical decisions impacting the organization. The VPA provides a strategic fundraising vision and leads and implements all philanthropic functions for the organization. In partnership with the CEO, the VPA cultivates existing and new relationships that foster deeper engagement and financial resources for the organization. The VPA is responsible for the development and execution of strategies and plan to cultivate, solicit, and steward philanthropic support from individuals, corporations and foundations. The VPA will have primary responsibility to manage the staffing & infrastructure needed to sustain, grow, and diversify giving streams and donor bases, and secure funding for new initiatives. Additionally, the VPA will work closely with the Board of Directors and support board members to be successful in their fundraising role.


As a champion of our Mission, Vision and Core Values, this role will:

  • Be grounded in mutual respect and acceptance, building a culture of Inclusivity;
  • Support staff Empowerment through skills attainment, and developmental opportunities;
  • Work in partnership to achieve a workplace that embodies Collaboration;
  • Envision and realize Transformation of people, processes and policy;
  • Model Resiliency to leverage the collective strengths of our dynamic work force.


Essential Functions

  • Develop, monitor, and execute the plan for all philanthropic revenue goals including major gifts, individual giving, special events, corporate and foundation giving and special fundraising initiatives
  • Collaborate with the CEO, COO, Vice President of Finance, and the Board of Directors to develop and implement CASL’s fundraising strategy
  • Support and partner with the CEO, COO, and Board of Directors on all major fundraising initiatives.
  • Provides strong leadership and direction to grow the major gifts portfolio, transformational giving, and all donor pipelines
  • Develops and implements planned giving strategies, policies, and procedures
  • Build and develop a highly successful team of Advancement specialists to fulfill all fundraising strategies and manage to metrics for each fundraising strategy and team member
  • Oversees and coordinates a schedule of donor cultivation events, leveraging existing special events and identifying new opportunities to deepen the engagement of current donors and introduce prospective supporters to CASL’s work in creative and inspiring ways.
  • In conjunction with Board leadership, construct and execute an annual board campaign to ensure that 100% of the Board personally gives to the organization.
  • Oversee and participate in the development of all major proposals and grant submissions
  • In partnership with the agency’s COO and CEO, serve as the primary, front-facing manager of relationships with corporate and foundation donors. This includes working strategically with program officers and corporate contacts to maintain existing relationships and develop new opportunities for expanded partnerships.
  • Maintain knowledge of emerging funding opportunities and work with the Corporate & Foundation Giving Officer to align them with agency priorities and funding needs.
  • Oversee the development of a robust donor communications strategy and marketing initiatives the elevate CASL’s brand, including the creation of key collateral materials such as the Annual Report, program brochures, newsletters, donor communications and event materials.
  • Serve as the key liaison for the agency’s Development Committee, remaining attuned to opportunities to engage volunteers in new ways, in order to cultivate, solicit and steward relationships with new and existing supporters. This includes working with CASL’s CEO to expand membership on the Committee over time.
  • Serves as a representative for the agency at external functions and presentations and on boards and committees as needed.
  • Attend CASL Board of Directors meeting
  • Serve as a credible and compelling spokesperson on behalf of CASL when working with agency partners and members of the media.
  • Manage and oversee the agency’s strategic use of the Salesforce database, ensuring consistent and accurate gift processing, data entry and report generation in addition to recurring wealth screening and moves management processes.
  • In collaboration with the Vice President of Finance, COO, and CEO, ensure the organization is adhering to all legal, regulatory, and ethical stands in relation to philanthropic support and that the appropriate policies and procedures are in place.



  • Proven experience successfully cultivating and securing leadership and major gifts, including supporting donor strategies, solicitation approaches and donor stewardship; demonstrated ability to close gifts; capital campaign experience is preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in development and fundraising for not-for- profit organizations.
  • Minimum of 7 years of management experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or professional fundraising certification is ideal.
  • Master degree preferred.
  • Certificate of Fundraising Executive (CFRE) mandatory


  • Demonstrated experience managing the Board and CEO fundraising portfolio.
  • Demonstrated and quantifiable success in moves management for five-figure-plus major gifts.
  • Demonstrated success across fundraising strategies, including annual and major giving, corporate and foundation relationship, volunteer engagement, creative special events, comprehensive and/or capital campaigns and effective use of data and reporting mechanisms.
  • Extensive knowledge of best practice fundraising principles, including the techniques and practices for garnering individual and institutional support.
  • Ability to write persuasively, clearly, and concisely to blend information from multiple sources into a single, effective fundraising document that meets the needs of the prospect.
  • Ability to interact effectively with board members, current and prospective donors, and program and development staff at all levels.
  • Demonstrated experience deepening board engagement with fundraising and providing strong staffing and support for all volunteer-led cultivation and solicitation.
  • Experience working independently and as a team lead in a results-oriented environment and demonstrating flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities.
  • Knowledge of national, regional, and local philanthropic trends and sources.
  • Excellent office suite software, including word processing, spreadsheet and communication applications.
  • Strong communication and public presentation skills.
  • Understands data and how to articulate metrics in layperson’s terms; guides conversation using data.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of budgets, budget management and grant development.
  • Innovative, creative thinker; not afraid to propose something new and inspire others to do the same.
  • Significant experience with and interest in working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  • Basic end-user level understanding and experience with Salesforce is a plus.

Physical Demands:

  • Occasionally lift or move objects weighing about 20 pounds.

Environment and Scheduling:

  • Work is performed during standard business hours, Monday through Friday, in a hybrid(office/remote) environment
  • Must be flexible and available to work additional hours when necessary.

CASL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, ethnic or national origin, or any other status protected by State and Federal Law

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