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Director of Center Advancement

Company: PACE Center for Girls
Date Posted: May 17, 2018

Job Title: Director of Center Advancement
Department/Group: External Affairs-Resource Development
Location: Headquarters
Travel Required: 50-70%
Supervisor: Yes
HR Contact: Organizational Development Director
Reports To: Chief Advancement Officer

Position Overview:

The Director of Center Advancement will develop and oversee the execution of PACE’s regional fundraising and board development strategies to assist PACE Centers in meeting their annual and long-term revenue goals in support of center operations. Work will include building consistent best practices, policies, and messaging related to executing annual and special campaigns including but not limited to special events, individual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate/foundation giving, and capital campaigns.

Role and Responsibilities

Leadership & Management

  • In partnership with the Chief Advancement Officer, develops and executes the Center focused advancement plan ensuring consistent implementation of best practices around resource development, board development, donor research, cultivation and stewardship
  • Monitors and provides regular reports on progress of Center annual and special fund campaigns
  • Works closely with the Advancement Operations team to ensure timely, accurate donor information processing and reporting is being provided
  • Works closely with the Chief Advancement Officer and Advancement Leadership Team to develop relevant marketing and communications tools and campaigns to support effective donor cultivation and relationships for Centers
  • Hire, train, and lead a team of Regional Development Officers

Resource Development

  • Performs market/community analyses to identify emerging funding opportunities and works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to develop corresponding strategies that strengthen PACE’s ability to take advantage of these opportunities.
  • Contributes to the development, implementation and evaluation of PACE, Inc. Resource Development campaigns, including annual giving, End of Year, special event, and more.
  • Develops recommendations for the Chief Advancement Officer around fundraising goals and annual targets for the organization.
  • Develops and maintains a data bank of effective funding proposals, letters and other high-quality materials enhance fundraising returns for Headquarters and Centers.
  • Establishes policies, processes and procedures to achieve and manage fundraising and board development efforts consistent with best practices, internal and external reporting and compliance requirements.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, or related field preferred
  • 5 to 7 years of Resource Development experience with proven and demonstrated success.
  • Proficient level application of business and resource development knowledge: negotiation, strategy development, business plans and models, contracts and legal communications, agreements, etc.
  • Strong commitment to and passion for the mission and values of PACE Center for Girls and the Advancement team
  • Proven track record as a capable leader, with strong communication and team building skills, focused on producing results and coaching others on successful solicitation, cultivation and stewardship.  Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Ability to display sensitivity, build strong relationships, and respond appropriately with supporters, donors, clients, and families from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to be self-motivated and disciplined.
  • A self-starter with a positive attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Strong knowledge of MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus

Other Qualifications:

  • Must be able to travel by automobile, plane, train, etc.; ability for overnight travel required.
  • Must work evenings and weekends as required to fulfill workload requirements.
  • Current driver’s license required.


  • Compassion-genuinely cares about people, concerned about the work and non-work problems of others, available to help, sympathetic to others, and demonstrates real empathy with the joys and pains of others.
  • Composure-handles pressure and stress well, is not defensive or irritated during tough situations, is considered mature, does not show frustration, and is a settling influence in crisis situations
  • Creativity-comes up with new and unique ideas, easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions, and tends to be original and value-added in brainstorming settings
  • Customer Focus-dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of both internal and external customers, gets first-hand information and uses it for improvements, actions are based on customers, and establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect
  • Integrity and Trust-is widely trusted, seen as direct and truthful, does not misrepresent themselves for personal gain, keeps confidences, and admits mistakes
  • Listening-practices attentive and active listening, uses patience in hearing others speak, and can accurately restate the opinions of others even if opinions differ
  • Drive for Results-able to figure out the process for getting this accomplished, knows how to organize people and activities, understands how to separate and combine tasks for efficiency, can see opportunities for synergy and integrations, ability to simplify complex processes, and gets more out of fewer resources

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics can be stressful, is fast-paced and requires alertness and flexibility.  The noise level is usually quiet; however, noise can accelerate to moderate and high levels. 

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