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Vice President of Development & Donor Relations

Santa Fe Community Foundation
New Mexico, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 11, 2023

Position Summary

The Vice President of Development and Donor Relations plays a critical role in increasing the positive impact of the Santa Fe Community Foundation (SFCF) across northern New Mexico. This position is responsible for managing all aspects of the Foundation’s day-to-day financial resource development and donor stewardship to support the growth of SFCF’s endowment and long-term grantmaking aspirations. As department head, the VP will provide leadership, strategic direction, and oversight for the Development & Donor Relations team, ensuring all department staff have clearly defined goals to advance SFCF’s strategic objectives and implement high-impact fundraising strategies.

This position is a member of the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Executive Team. The VP works closely with the President & CEO and stewardship committees, and provides a high-level of internal and external leadership on behalf of the Foundation.


Key Responsibilities


Work closely with the President & CEO and in alignment with the Foundation’s strategic plan to:

  • Lead the creation and implementation of a comprehensive development program inclusive of but not limited to a strategy that identifies, cultivates, and secures new donors.
  • Ensure the facilitation of all gifts from donors.
  • Advance a comprehensive planned giving program that fosters SFCF’s business development relations with financial advisors, institutions, and trust companies.
  • Formulate and execute plans to increase community philanthropic partnerships.
  • Create and oversee development-focused events.
  • A thorough understanding of all products, services, workplans, and metrics of the department and SFCF is required.

External Leadership

Oversee functional areas and provide leadership in local and national associations/organizations.

  • Maintain a high-level public presence for the Foundation through presentations, public speaking, writing, and attendance at philanthropic functions that further the strategic development and stewardship objectives of SFCF.

Internal Leadership

As a member of the Executive Team, foster and promote interdepartmental collaboration that capitalizes on diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills to accomplish foundation goals.

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the organization’s mission, policies, strategies, and operations.
  • Identify, consider, and lead opportunities for internal integration of work across functions and departments to make connections and leverage the strengths and efforts of SFCF.

Department Oversight and Management

As department head, build, develop, and manage a team capable of carrying out needed strategies.

  • Create budgets and timelines for projects and manage workflow internal to the department.
  • Prepare and review staff work assignments and evaluate individual and department performance.
  • Ensure department staff have clearly defined and communicated goals designed to advance and support SFCF’s strategic objectives.
  • Maintain active involvement in professional development of staff, using SFCF resources and training.
  • Coach and mentor staff in the areas of problem solving, understanding SFCF’s philanthropic priorities, and developing strategies and goals for development and donor relations.

Board Relations

Work closely with the President & CEO, participate in board and committee meetings as appropriate, and cooperatively staff the stewardship committees.



10-15 years related experience, preferably in development, major gifts, financial services, trust management, private banking, legal, or nonprofit setting of comparable complexity is required. 


About the Santa Fe Community Foundation

Founded in 1981, the Santa Fe Community Foundation inspires philanthropic generosity, strengthens nonprofits, and fosters positive change to build a more vibrant, healthy, and resilient region. We envision a thriving northernNew Mexico, where all people can find opportunity, build connections, and contribute to the well-being of their communities.


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