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Vice President of Philanthropy and Executive Director of the Fellowship Senior Living Foundation
Fellowship Senior Living in Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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Date Posted 02/26/2018
Philanthropy-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

To support our continued growth and excellence, Fellowship Senior Living (“FSL”), a leading Life Plan Community (“LPC”) seeks a dynamic fundraising leader to serve as the Vice President of Philanthropy & Executive Director of the FSL Foundation. As a front-line fundraiser and visible advocate for FSL, the Vice President of Philanthropy will build relationships throughout the FSL community, collaborating with residents, families, volunteers, and other constituencies to support the mission and strategic goals of FSL. Working in close collaboration with the President & CEO and the Executive Vice President of Hospitality and Development with the Senior Leadership Team, FSL team members, and others, the Vice President of Philanthropy will provide strategic fundraising leadership to effectively increase FSL’s philanthropic revenue and expand its donor base.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Serves as the chief development officer: maintains a personal portfolio of prospective major donors, focusing first on the identification cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of residents, other individuals, religious and civic organizations, corporate and foundation prospective donors
  • Provides effective leadership for all of FSL’s targeted major gift initiatives, campaigns, or special projects including the development of short and long-range fundraising tactical plans to ensure successful and timely completion of all initiatives
  • Responsible for the planning and management of a comprehensive development program, including: major, planned, annual, and foundation giving, corporate sponsorships and partnerships, prospect research functions, and volunteer engagement
  • Applies best practice gift planning techniques and demonstrates the ability to ascertain the best combination of current and deferred giving to meet the donor’s aspirations and those of FSL
  • In close collaboration with the President & CEO and the Executive Vice President of Hospitality and Development, works with the Board of Directors and the FSL Foundation Board of Trustees to create and implement a long-term strategic plan for fundraising based on FSL’s strategic vision
  • Builds strong working relationships with and strategically engages the FSL executive leadership, board members, and staff in development activities, providing meaningful and valuable engagement opportunities to further the culture of philanthropy across, and outside of, FSL
  • Effectively uses a moves management process to ensure that cultivation and stewardship of prospective donors follows industry best practices
  • Makes strategic recommendations for further investment in Foundation infrastructure
  • Ensures that policies are in place, regularly updated, and effectively managed and that current and prospective donor records are confidential, complete, and accurate
  • Is a primary staff liaison to the Foundation Board 
  • Collaborates with the President & CEO and Executive Vice President of Hospitality and Development to ensure that the nominating process and composition of both the Foundation and Governing Boards reflects the importance of the philanthropic mission 
  • Participates in strategic planning both for the Foundation and also at the corporate level to help identify opportunities for philanthropic funding of strategic priorities 
  • Serves as a public advocate for the organization and strengthens awareness of its mission 
  • Potential to incorporate Foundation asset allocation and investment responsibilities


The Vice President of Philanthropy will be a strategic and effective fundraising leader. The ideal candidate for this role will have the professional experience necessary to effectively lead the organization to the next level of success. Expected experience, qualities, and competencies include: 

  • Demonstrated desire and/or commitment to work closely with older adults and to be a fierce advocate for their health and well-being
  • A minimum of seven to ten years of related, progressively responsible fund development experience
  • Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university is required, advanced degree is preferred
  • Sincere interest in the mission, goals, and work of FSL
  • Poise to serve as a public advocate and organizational spokesperson
  • Excellent communication (writing, proofreading, speaking, presentation, and listening) skills and keen attention to detail
  • The skill and ability to plan, develop, organize, implement, evaluate, and direct a diversified fund development program that will maximize potential gift income
  • The expertise to artfully cultivate, solicit, and steward the top major and planned gift donors and prospective donors
  • Insight to develop the necessary strategies to raise funds in support of facility projects and programs
  • Experience building and sustaining a committed and influential volunteer board
  • Ability to supervise, plan, and evaluate special events with the goal of advancing donor recognition and community relations
  • Leadership ability to direct the operations of the FSL Foundation to achieve annual development budget goals
  • Drive to conduct outreach within the surrounding community, creating opportunities to cultivate relationships with local businesses, civic and social groups, estate and financial planning professionals, and other professionals with an interest in the value and mission of FSL
  • Experience with health care and/or working with older adults is a plus
  • CFRE credential or certificate in fundraising management is highly desirable

Fellowship Spirit:

  • Consistently and actively embraces and embodies the 14 Commitments, Our Promise to Our Team, Our Mission, Foundation of Service, and Core Values
  • Supports the program with daily implementation of functions [i.e. Daily Huddles, use of Value Cards] and demonstration of the Foundational Documents
  • Successfully completes Fellowship Spirit certification, as well as attends additional training and educational programs
  • Displays behavior that produces exceptional service and positive experiences with all those we care for and serve
  • Ensures that each team member obtains Fellowship Spirit certification, as well as attends additional training and educational programs
  • Displays behavior that produces exceptional service and positive experiences with all those we care for and serve
  • Demonstrates supportive and caring assistance to all those we care for and serve in a dignified, respectful manner, demonstrating an understanding of person-directed lifestyle
  • Displays behavior that supports Fellowship’s mission, vision, values, and policies; consistently performs position responsibilities in a professional and ethical manner
  • Displays ability and willingness to contribute to the team by communicating effectively and consistently; follows rules and procedures; participates in decision making and problem solving; and offers new ideas and suggestions to maximize team performance for the benefit of all those we care for and serve, as well as fellow team members

Additional Responsibilities:

Uses confidentiality and proper chain of command when passing along information and sensitive matters

  • Remains competent and current by reading professional journals and literature, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses and industry conferences, and attending training and/or courses as appropriate
  • Actively participates in being a learning and teaching organization and demonstrates willingness to continue to learn and seek improvement
  • Stays informed of and adapts to changes in the senior living industry, as well as company policies, procedures and best practices
  • Accurate, detailed, and dependable, with a commitment to the highest quality standards
  • Flexibility to schedule changes. Ability to work additional hours beyond typical work week, including evening and weekend hours, to meet deadlines and/or special projects  
  • Ensures that miscellaneous duties are completed in the best interests of the organization by accepting and accomplishing all other tasks assigned by the President & CEO
  • Maintains a safe, comfortable, and functional work environment by assessing/reporting potential hazards, encouraging continuous quality improvement

Work Environment:

The Vice President of Philanthropy functions independently, has flexibility, and demonstrates personal integrity when working effectively with residents, members, patients, clients, families, and team members throughout the organization. The Vice President of Philanthropy may be exposed to individuals who have infectious diseases. The Vice President of Philanthropy must observe guidelines to guard against communicable diseases, accidents, and other dangers, wearing personal protective equipment if applicable. The Vice President of Philanthropy may be subject to stressful, uncomfortable, and/or emotional situations/individuals.

Physical Demands:

The Vice President of Philanthropy position requires physical activity and moderate movement throughout the workday in order to perform daily duties.  Requires the ability to stand, walk, push, pull, carry, move, bend, kneel, squat, reach, stretch, and lift a minimum of 35 lbs. The Vice President of Philanthropy must use universal precautions in all situations.  In the event there is a need to evacuate the building, heavy lifting may be required to carry residents to safety. Must be able to operate office equipment (phone, computer, printer, copier, fax machine, etc).

Measures of Accountability:

Appraisals based on this position description and subsequent amendments thereto and company, departmental, and positional goals and objectives. Accountable to understand, accept and embrace Fellowship Senior Living’s mission, values and Fellowship Spirit.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.


Richner & Richner, LLC is leading the search. Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Kelly Quilter, CFRE, at kelly@richnerrichner.com

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