The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) seeks an experienced, organized, and dynamic Development Director to join our team!
GIV is a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving hundreds of Vermont high school students each year, providing intensive summer enrichment programs on college campuses, focused on topics ranging from the Arts to Environmental Science to Technology & Design. Up to 30 years later, 88% of our alumni report that their time at GIV was one of the most important experiences of their teenage years. To learn more, please visit our website: https://giv.org
Fundraising success will help us reach more motivated students from all backgrounds, and further our commitment to financial accessibility so that any family can afford these world-class experiences.
We are a “small shop,” as they say, and are seeking someone who is comfortable with many facets of development. This role is new to GIV, and will be both strategic and tactical - you will write grants, track data, process donations, and make strategic decisions, while identifying, cultivating, and stewarding donors with excellent interpersonal skills. This person will maintain and strengthen our base of individual, foundation, and corporate donors, as well as identify and pursue new opportunities, such as the expansion of alumni giving.
This role has responsibility for our annual giving campaign. We raise approximately 60% of our budget outside of state funds and tuition. In a typical year we run 8-10 in-person programs in the summer, and our budget is around $1.3 million. We have 5 other full-time employees, and more than 100 people join each summer to staff our Institutes. This is the only position dedicated to Development, but the Executive Director and others are able to offer some support.
If you believe in inspiring and empowering young people, we’d like to hear from you! The ideal candidate will be friendly, organized, persistent, strategic, goal-driven, creative, and have a sense of humor.
- Finalize Development Plan with Executive Director, and continually serve as a strategic partner for fundraising as it relates to the organization’s vision
- Steward existing donors, including individuals, foundations, and corporations
- Partner with the Executive Director to report to legislators re: our state funding
- Identify and cultivate relationships with potential donors, particularly major donors
- Oversee the grants calendar and process, including identifying new opportunities, writing grant proposals and project budgets, writing reports, and stewarding funders
- Process donations and keep excellent database records (Little Green Light)
- Set goals and move new opportunities forward (e.g. expanding alumni giving, Giving Tuesday, and online/monthly giving)
- Work with the Outreach & Communications Manager to develop and produce a communications calendar which aligns fundraising and outreach goals
- Work with the Development Committee to coordinate trustee volunteers and occasional events