Vice President of Development

Vice President of Development

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Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
January 8, 2021
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Scion Executive Search ( has been retained to identify the incoming Vice President of Development on behalf of our client, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE). PPNNE is the largest reproductive health care and sexuality education provider and advocate in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Southern Maine. This incredible and rewarding full-time position is for immediate hire, and can operate from Headquarters in Colchester, Vermont or remotely from the incoming Vice President of Development’s location based in Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine.


About Planned Parenthood of Northern New England:

Planned Parenthood is a respected leader in reproductive and sexual health education in the U.S, and the essence of Planned Parenthood as an organization is in the neighborhoods they serve: Planned Parenthood’s 49 distinct and locally run affiliates are the umbrella for more than 600 health centers nationwide, and each of these health centers serves a variety of communities with increasingly diverse needs. Formed in 1965, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England now provides reproductive health care and education to thousands of patients at 21 locations across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. In addition to delivering medically accurate sex education and health services that empower people to make informed choices, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is a passionate advocate for legislation that enables access to comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care, education, and information for all without restriction.


Position Overview:

The Vice President of Development, a skilled relationship builder, will lead a geographically dispersed, energetic, and experienced Development team of 15 to continually grow philanthropic resources to support the organization’s commitment to provide, promote, and protect access to reproductive health care and sexuality education so that all people can make voluntary choices regarding their reproductive and sexual health. The ideal candidate will be a mission-driven leader who enjoys/thrives in a role that is both autonomous and highly collaborative, brings maturity and authenticity in engaging with supporters, and exhibits the highest level of trust, confidence, and professionalism.  The Vice President of Development will champion the creation and integration of effective strategies for developing relationships with major gift prospects as well as the strategic creation and execution of other successful fundraising strategies. Their approach will include an analysis of the intersections of systemic racism and philanthropy and continually seek to dismantle systems of oppression embedded in the non-profit funding model.  The Vice President of Development partners closely with the Board of Directors, routinely engaging with Trustees and other internal stakeholders to ensure successful delivery on fundraising goals and objectives as well as directly solicit and close gifts from major donors and prospects. Reporting directly to the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the Vice President of Development is an important member of the organization’s leadership team and provides strategic input into all aspects of PPNNE!


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide collaborative leadership and management of the department’s staff and fundraising efforts to achieve or exceed PPNNE’s annual fundraising goal while meeting the fundraising revenue to expense ratio required by Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
  • Develop the strategic plan for advancing the organizational donor development program; to include stewardship strategies focused on major gifts, Foundation giving, planned giving, and individual giving.
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with high-net-worth potential donor prospects and established donors alike; lead pipeline development of current/prospective donors at major gift levels.
  • Provide leadership and support for Board members and other volunteers to cultivate and solicit financial support from the private sector. Ensure the growth of this volunteer base to meet the agency’s current and future fiscal needs and provide appropriate training and/or information for successful identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects and donors.
  • Recruit, train, and mentor the Development team, maximizing opportunities for growth and continued success.
  • Oversee efforts which ensure donors and prospects are informed of key organizational initiatives and individual donation impact through continuous and relationship-oriented communication.
  • Bring a philosophy of continuous quality improvement to the oversight of PPNNE’s fundraising program, continually identifying, and evaluating system enhancements to best achieve strategic goals. Create, monitor, and report on fundraising plan progress as well as budgets.
  • Lead the strategic increase of philanthropy, especially from foundations and new sectors of potential donors.
  • Serve as a collaborative member of the agency’s senior management team, participating in the development and implementation of overall agency goals, policies, and public image. Contribute to efforts at the local, state, and national level.


Major Objectives:

Within the first 12 to 18 months, the Vice President of Development will achieve the following major objectives:

  • Ensure the Development team is on track to meet and exceed the collective goal of $10M raised on behalf of PPNNE by 2023.
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift ($5K+) donors and prospects that meet and exceed all activity metrics and revenue goals.
  • Translate PPNNE’s strategic vision into high-quality cultivations materials that allow donors and volunteers to see the ways in which their money makes a difference in fueling the community.
  • Foster the creation and enhancement of strong, collaborative working relationships within PPNNE to further inspire trust, enhance collaboration, optimize performance, and maximize confidence.



  • A deep, unwavering, passionate commitment to Planned Parenthood’s mission.
  • 5+ years of experience leading teams in the implementation of diversified fundraising programs with a proven ability to exceed established goals through recruiting and effectively managing staff and volunteers toward fundraising objectives.
  • 5+ years of successful fundraising experience in managing high level donor and prospect relationships with a proven record of soliciting major gifts at the six-figure or greater level. Experience with both 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations is ideal!
  • A collaborative, energetic self-starter with the ability to partner closely with sophisticated, affluent donors.
  • Deep understanding of Northern New England and the variances which exist for each state (Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire).
  • A strong listener with tact, integrity, and sensitivity needed to successfully engage with a diverse staff as well as range of donors, volunteers, and community members.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion with an inherent drive to correct racial injustices and advance internal anti-racist initiatives.
  • Commitment to PPNNE’s values and Just Culture.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel frequently throughout Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Drive to blend strategic and creative thinking with a passion for fundraising and the mission of Planned Parenthood.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and analytical skills, in addition to a proven ability to communicate issues and convey an agenda to a broader audience.
  • Ability to work well with the Board, volunteers, and program and medical staff, as well as the ability to play a strong collaborative role on the senior management team.


Compensation & Benefits:

This incredible, full-time opportunity offers the ability to make a wholly positive impact in the fight for reproductive rights and access to sexual and reproductive health care and access to care for the community.  In addition to a competitive base salary (DOE), this amazing role also receives access to a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, a flexible work schedule, HRA, FSA, 403(b), discounted AAA membership, an Employee Assistance Program (no cost to all employees and dependents), and 20 days of paid time off (PTO & holidays) annually!


How to Apply:

For immediate consideration, please submit your application (attaching your resume and cover letter in MS Word) online through


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How To Apply

For immediate consideration, please submit your application (attaching your resume and cover letter in MS Word) online through