Director of Advancement
December 1, 2021 (tentative)
Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm; Friday, 9am-4pm. Occasional work
standard work hours, with flex time encouraged.
Hybrid work environment based at CNE’s Charlottesville office,
working with stakeholders across Virginia.
Full-time, salaried position with a range of $80,500-$109,000
and a robust benefits package (see below).
Director of Advancement
CNE seeks a dynamic and experienced Director of Advancement to
lead the planning and implementation of all development,
marketing-communications, and fundraising activities.
The purpose of the Director of Advancement is to be a visible
and people-oriented development professional with a commitment to
building a comprehensive program to enhance CNE’s sustainable
resources. The Director of Advancement role will develop and
implement an aggressive strategic advancement plan and build and
lead small development team to leverage opportunities and financial
imperatives resulting from CNE’s recently completed strategic
Desired Skills and Attributes
A successful Director of Advancement is a strategic
thinker and well-versed in fundraising operations. This
role requires expertise and a proven track record
cultivating, soliciting, and
stewarding contributions from high-net worth
individuals as well corporations and foundations. The Director is
capable of establishing the fundamentals for a
growth-focused, professional advancement program
to take CNE to the next level of resource development required for
sustained and expanded program delivery to its membership. Further,
the Director possesses compelling leadership and
interpersonal skills that promote
collaboration and inclusion.
Additionally, this individual will understand and value equity
as an organizational operating principle and be committed to
continued learning on issues related to diversity, equity, and
inclusion. The successful candidate will be motivated by the
opportunity to build and grow a philanthropy program and bring a
positive disposition, an eagerness to learn, the desire to function
as part of a team, and a willingness to take ownership of tasks
both big and small. They will have exceptional verbal and
written communication skills and will be a strong relationship
Key competencies for this role include:
- Managing and inspiring the advancement team while creating a
positive, inclusive work environment that values experience and new
- Communicating in a clear, consistent, and transparent manner
using excellent written, verbal and digital communication
- Identifying, cultivating and capitalizing on emerging
- Understanding and relating effectively to diverse
- Proven ability to achieve revenue goals while being cognizant
of leading practice, trends, and innovations in the development
arena to include philanthropic support.
- Works well within a team environment
- Adapting to changing circumstances with creative approaches to
Typical responsibilities will include:
- Manage a select portfolio that includes current and previous
donors, new prospects, and high-level prospects and donors capable
of giving at major gift levels.
- Initiate strategic revenue-generation from among institutional
and family foundations
- Rethink strategy and develop new version of CNE’s Corporate
Donor Program, leveraging opportunities for corporate financial
support and employee engagement around CNE’s 7 Actionable
- Build strong collaborative relationships across individual,
corporate and foundation donors and member organizations from the
Procedure for Candidacy
All submissions received by 5pm on November 12, 2021, will be
guaranteed consideration and subsequent applications will be
reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Candidates should complete our brief application form, at thecne.org/job-app,
including the names and contact information of three references.
References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and
approval. All applications shall be confidential until finalists
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time, salaried position with a salary range of
$80,500 to $109,000. CNE offers a robust employee benefits package,
including 100% of employee health insurance coverage paid, the
opportunity to participate in a 403(b) plan with employer match,
and 160 PTO hours available in the first year of employment plus 17
paid holidays. This role will include opportunities for
professional development and growth.
CNE provides equal employment opportunities to all employees
and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and
harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion,
age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected
veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local
laws. This applies to all terms and conditions of employment,
including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination,
layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and professional
CNE is committed to building a team that values diverse
perspectives, inclusive policies, and equitable practices.
Candidates of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions,
genders, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities are encouraged to
As a learning lab for the nonprofit sector, we believe in a
culture rooted in continuous learning and improvement. We operate
in a fast-paced and customer-centered environment where the work
can have a profound impact on our sector and the lives of the
individuals we serve. We value the individuality of our staff and
strive to bring our full selves to the work, while maintaining
humor and perspective. We center relationship building across the
organization and save space and time for socializing with staff,
board, and other stakeholders.
Equitable, thriving, and just communities powered by healthy
We are a champion, learning partner, and advisor for Virginia
We do and say the things that strengthen the social impact
sector, even when they are hard, and we stand with those who
bravely build community.
We commit to equitable outcomes at CNE, in the sector, and
in the community and will realize them through learning, sharing,
skill-building, and action.
We partner across sectors and geographies to achieve more
together for the communities we serve than we can on our
We are adaptable and forward-thinking, we act with humility,
and we strive for learning and growth, not perfection.
The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) envisions a region
where all community members have the opportunity to thrive –
supported by a nonprofit sector that celebrates diversity, values
inclusion, and centers equity across all aspects of our work.
Making this vision a reality requires resilience and ongoing
commitment within and beyond the nonprofit sector.
Together we must dismantle deeply-rooted and pervasive policies
and systems of exclusion and oppression, which promote and
perpetuate inequitable outcomes for many members of our
communities. We also must understand existing systems of power and
rebuild them to foster equitable decision making, while
restructuring the distribution of access and resources to ensure
fair and just outcomes.
To learn more about our equity commitment and read our full
statement, please visit https://www.thecne.org/about/equity-commitment/
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