Vice President- Development

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DivInc is on a mission to make Austin the leader in tech diversity!  In September 2016, we successfully launched the first ever startup accelerator program that is exclusively for people of color and women entrepreneurs. Our first cohort had an awesome graduation at Demo Day in December of 2016 and we’re just getting started!

In 2017, we will host one spring and one fall program (20 companies total) to produce 30 hyper growth companies! We serve as a bridge between these first time founders and the amazing startup ecosystem of resources, including mentorship, workshops and introductions to investors. We’re positively impacting the startup world by empowering underrepresented demographic groups of entrepreneurs. We’re making it happen by working with great partners and awesome community support! Come join our exceptionally hard working, fun and brilliant team in making Austin the #1 city for Tech Diversity!

Role & Responsibilities

Reporting to the CEO, the Vice President (VP) of Development serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting DivInc.  In partnership with the CEO, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build DivInc nonprofit visibility, impact and financial resources. The VP of Development also will design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support.

The VP of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow a $1M budget through the solicitation of major gifts, federal and state grants, special events, and corporate and foundation support.

She or he will expand and diversify DivInc’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives.

It is expected that the amount raised by DivInc will increase in future years as the VP of Development systematically and effectively strengthens the organization's overall fundraising capacity.

Day to Day Engagement

  • Actively work with the CEO to understand, develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include corporations, foundations, Federal|State|Local government grants.

  • Identify targeted potential donor list to obtain funding to support DivInc initiatives.

  • Define and execute plan of action to obtain funding from existing donors and sponsors to DivInc.

  • Effectively establish, manage and develop donor relationships through funnel such that donors are well informed and financially supportive of DivInc’s initiatives.

  • Acquire new potential donors via daily meetings, conferences, events, etc.

  • Maintain weekly communication with the DivInc executive committee (CEO, COO and CMO) on status of all major fundraising initiatives to ensure progressive fundraising activity. Reporting to include timely statistical analysis, key trends and changes to the DivInc executive committee.

  • Development and execution of all proposals; write and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach.

  • Oversee research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position DivInc ahead of major funding changes or trends

You’ll know you’re successful if…

  • You meet or exceed the target fundraising goals for DivInc.

  • You increase the number of sponsor partners that donate to DivInc.

  • Your partners provide positive feedback about their experience working with you.

About You

  • You are passionate about improving diversity in private sector, especially tech industry and within the tech startup ecosystem.

  • You love working within the tech startup ecosystem, engaging with entrepreneurs, investors, mentor/advisors and others!

  • You have 5+ experience as a professional fundraiser with demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources).

  • You bring a strong rolodex of high potential donors that could support DivInc.  

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • You are a detailed oriented person who has strong organizational and time management skills.

  • You are a consummate professional and considered very resourceful.

  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.

  • Ability to be highly effective in a fast paced, entrepreneurial culture environment.

  • You are available in person during business hours and after hours for sponsor events, panels and conferences.

  • You are willing to travel up to 30% of time.

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred.

You’ll work closely with...

  • Chief Executive Officer

  • Chief Operations Officer

  • Marketing Team - including Marketing Coordinator

  • Development  Intern

  • Strategic Partnerships Manager

  • Philanthropic Organizations and Foundations

  • Corporations - large and small

  • Foundations

  • Fed and State Economic Development Officers

  • Politicians

  • Grant Writers

Compensation Commensurate with experience.