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Vice President, Philanthropic Services

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
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May 31st, 2022
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Vice President for Philanthropic Services
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Springfield, MA

About Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (The Community Foundation) is committed to increasing equity and opportunity so that all who live in Western Massachusetts have access to a satisfying quality of life. The Community Foundation is a catalyst for positive change in its region; engaging partners, raising flexible endowment, leveraging resources to solve problems and contribute to the common good. The Community Foundation envisions a Western Massachusetts that is thriving, collaborative and generous, where there is opportunity for all. The Community Foundation takes an intentional, results-driven approach and sees themselves as a hub for civic engagement and as a permanent resource.

Our Mission

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts seeks to enrich the quality of life of the people of our region by:

  • Encouraging philanthropy
  • Developing a perpetual, flexible endowment
  • Assessing and responding to emerging and changing needs
  • Serving as a resource, catalyst, and coordinator for charitable activities
  • Promoting efficiency in the management of charitable funds

Our Values

Bold and Innovative:
We believe it often takes bold and innovative thinking and action to find the imaginative solutions that spark lasting change.

We believe we are stronger working together in order to leverage the resources of diverse partners and maximize our organizational capacity and community impact.

Fair and Equitable:
We believe fairness and equity develops an environment of trust and respect with just, transparent and inclusive systems that lead to more effective practices.

We believe integrity is at the heart of a relationship where commitments are honored and the spirit of generosity can be nurtured.

We believe thinking and acting strategically keeps us focused and efficient, moving intentionally toward an agreed upon vision.

For more information on Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, please visit communityfoundation.org.

The Opportunity

The Community Foundation is looking for a collaborative, creative, and strategic leader to direct our philanthropic work. The Vice President for Philanthropic Services is a thought partner and key advisor to the President and CEO and leads a team of 7 with 3 direct reports.

The Vice President for Philanthropic Services is a member of the senior management team, provides strategic vision and operational oversight for four key areas: asset development, donor engagement, communications, and marketing.

Working within the Foundation’s strategic priorities, The Vice President for Philanthropic Services supervises the team that plans and executes all fund development, donor engagement and stewardship, and the marketing/communications team whose key tactics are to increase visibility and understanding with specific core audiences. The position establishes clear goals and metrics to measure progress.

The Vice President for Philanthropic Services of Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts will carry out the following responsibilities:

  • Sets strategy and objectives for the department that supports advancing The Community Foundation’s overarching strategic priorities; monitors and measures annual objectives and work plans
  • Provides supportive mentoring and effective supervision of staff
  • Works collaboratively with the Director of Philanthropy build and execute a multi-year asset development plan focused on increasing annual revenue and overall assets while advancing relationships with key stakeholder groups (donors, prospects and professional advisors)
  • Works collaboratively with Director of Communications and consulting team to develop work plans with tactics to increase visibility and understanding of the Community Foundation and its impact with key stakeholder groups using strategic messaging, etc.
  • Manages own portfolio of top prospects and supports the President and CEO’s prospect portfolio.
  • Actively recruits, onboards, and engages community volunteers, mostly via the Philanthropic Services Committee of the Trustees and its workgroups.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • Deep engagement in community and a strong respect for the power of community engagement and grassroots organizing;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social purpose, equity and durable impact;
  • Strategic vision and agility and a fearless approach to affecting systems of change through funding initiatives;
  • A penchant for listening and a preference for working collaboratively to achieve shared goals and enhance philanthropy and services;
  • An ability to make connections among various partners and sectors and seek out new and innovative solutions;
  • A strong understanding of data and utilize metrics to drive decision-making;
  • Models and inspire teamwork, and to motivate and mentor staff;
  • A belief in the value that diversity, equity and inclusion bring to the workplace;
  • A strong network of relationships or build one within the community;
  • A willingness to learn new skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the aptitude to build trust among a variety of stakeholders by serving as a true partner;
  • A positive and flexible attitude; and
  • A desire for continuous learning and growth alongside a commitment to excellence.

The Knowledge and Skills You’ll Need

  • Significant fundraising/development experience with increased responsibility;
  • Track record of soliciting and closing six and seven-figure gifts;
  • Experience in goal-oriented constituent contacts environment;
  • Strong manager of diverse teams;
  • Ability to set overall vision and strategy while also overseeing operational/tactical plans;
  • Deep understanding of and ability to take action to advance justice, equity, diversity and inclusion;
  • Technically astute and proficient in drafting complicated gift plans;
  • Complex and critical thinker with superior attention to detail;
  • Excellent writing, presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Conceptual and practical understanding of CRM database, constituent management and sector best practices;
  • Able to motivate/manage volunteer teams to set and achieve high expectations;
  • Adheres to very high standards of service and integrity;
  • Able to exercise discretion with highly sensitive and confidential information;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree (especially JD) and advanced designation (e.g. CFP, CAP, CFRE) highly desirable.

What We Offer

  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • A team-oriented work environment
  • A hybrid work model
  • Opportunities to build skills, make creative contributions and develop professionally


Molly Brennan and Turner Delano of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.


About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

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