Senior Vice President, Development & Communications

Job Description Summary

Enterprise is a national nonprofit on a mission to make home and community places of pride, power and belonging for all. To make that possible, we operate the only organization designed to address America’s affordable housing crisis from every angle: we develop and deploy programs and support community organizations on the ground; we advocate for policy on a nonpartisan basis at every level of government; we invest capital to build and preserve rental homes people can afford; and we own, operate and provide resident services for affordable communities. All so that people not only make rent, they build futures. With this end-to-end approach, 40 years of experience and thousands of local partners, Enterprise has built and preserved 662,000 affordable homes, invested $53 billion in communities and changed millions of lives.

Enterprise seeks a mission- and results-driven executive to lead its Development & Communications department, a new department that combines Enterprise’s existing Resource Development Group and Marketing team. This combination reflects Enterprise’s focus to more tightly integrate and support its end-to-end platform by merging its two primary storytelling functions.

The position will report to the Chief Operating Officer and have total access to and direct and frequent interface with Enterprise’s Chief Executive Officer, three Division presidents, and Board.

The ideal candidate will be a superior manager of people, bring deep cross-functional experience (both fundraising and communications), have a clear, bold and ambitious strategic vision while also being disciplined and rigorous on execution, be an exceptional communicator, and have experience managing change in large, multi-faceted organizations.

The role is an incredible and unique opportunity to help lead the largest and only end-to-end housing organization in the United States, to do so just following the launch of a new, five-year Strategic Plan and the first year of new organization-wide leadership, and to help invigorate a newly-combined department of fundraising and communications professionals with a comprehensive mission to tell our story and resource our key capabilities ranging from programs and policy work, to development and residential services, to our lending arm – all in service of the impact we seek for people and for systems change. Job Description


  • Partner with the CEO, COO, Division presidents and Board of Trustees to refine the go-forward development and communications strategies for the organization
  • Spearhead department combination to integrate current fundraising and marketing teams, and to meet needs specific to each of Enterprise’s three divisions: Solutions, Capital, and Communities
  • Partner with Division presidents to understand specific needs and ensure department’s strategy and operations meet those needs (Enterprise is organized into three operating divisions each with their own unique needs, stakeholders, influencers and audiences which must be considered when developing/executing development and communications strategy as well as resource allocation – for more information on each division, go to “how we’re organized” at:
  • Oversee all fundraising and communications activities, including funder/key stakeholder and influencer targeting, cultivation and management, storytelling and content development, communications strategy, digital engagement, internal communications, media relations, and event planning
  • Execute a communications and marketing strategy that targets donors, investors, government decision-makers, community development organizations, real estate developers, media, residents, employees (current and future), while leveraging communications as a tool for systems change, helping Enterprise shape the discourse/narrative around housing with key audiences to increase impact beyond our programs, products and services
  • Expand, diversify and deepen Enterprise’s funder base – for our Solutions and Communities divisions, as well as our Enterprise Community Loan Fund (Enterprise’s leading CDFI)
  • Optimize award/donor prospecting, grant stewardship processes, reporting systems and feedback loops between department and executive leadership
  • Manage department budget with discipline and creativity, including strategic sourcing and management of external resources to ensure highest possible value for lowest possible cost 
  • Recruit, develop, manage and coach top-performing team of fundraising and communications professionals
  • Drive team culture of collaboration, creativity, boldness and urgency that delivers consistent, high-quality service to internal and external partners   
  • Commit to advance racial equity as both a process and outcome, and intentionally cultivate diversity, equity and inclusion in the department

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, business or related field
  • 10+ years’ experience leading a Fundraising and/or Communications/Marketing function (preference is both) for large multi-unit, multi-product organization
  • Strong relationships with diverse cross-section of potential donors – from large corporations (both bank and non-bank), foundations, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, and impact investors – and demonstrated experience cultivating and stewarding these relationships
  • Demonstrated experience developing and executing communications and marketing strategies that improve brand awareness and stakeholder engagement, including proven success developing and implementing digital marketing and social media strategies to enhance visibility, engagement and loyalty
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams through change or strategic transformations that result in higher performance and positive team culture 
  • Outstanding people management and team leadership skills, with experience recruiting, nurturing, and motivating talent toward higher achievement
  • Demonstrated experience managing a department budget of significant size with effective cost management
  • Experience managing outside agencies and consultants across multiple functional areas
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills with ability to synthesize and clearly present complex information
  • Track record of strong cross-functional collaboration and partnership
  • Exceptional communications skills – written and oral – with a talent for compelling storytelling and an ability to connect with a variety of audiences, both internal and external
  • Understanding of housing policy, programs and finance is ideal, but not required
  • Deep commitment to commitment to Enterprise’s vision, mission and strategic direction
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Bold in ambition, thoughtful and rigorous in execution

  • Ensures Accountability: Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments with a high standard
  • Business Insight: Applies knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization’s goals
  • Manages Complexity: Makes sense of complex high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information, to effectively solve problems
  • Decision Quality: Makes good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
  • Values Differences: Recognizes the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization
  • Being Resilient: Rebounds from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations
  • Drives Results: Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances
  • Balances Stakeholders: Anticipates and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders
  • Drives Vision and Purpose: Paints a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that motivates others to action
  • Optimizes Work Processes: Knows the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement

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