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VP of Development

Company: United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity
Date Posted: May 12, 2015


United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia and Vicinity (UCP) seeks to hire a qualified Vice President of Development who will provide visionary leadership and strategic direction for all advancement activities at UCP and for the staff who comprise the development and communications team.


The mission of UCP of Philadelphia & Vicinity is to positively impact the quality of life for people with cerebral palsy and other physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for their families.   Located in the heart of Philadelphia, this organization has deep history dating back to 1946 when six parents from Philadelphia came together to make a better life for their children who had been born with cerebral palsy. These parents believed their children deserved more out of life and, together, set out to change the lives of people with disabilities. Today, the organization’s compassionate care continues to fulfill this mission.


As a key member of the senior leadership team, the Vice President will work in close collaboration with the CEO of UCP and the Board of Directors to develop key solicitation strategies for high level donors and promote the involvement of community leaders and other advocates in enhancing the image and visibility of UCP. Fundraising programs that include major gifts, grants, direct response, and special events.  Responsibilities also include oversight of all external communications and publications.  Most importantly, the new Vice President of Development will manage and further cultivate relationships with individuals and the community at large, setting the stage for a future capital campaign.


Essential Responsibilities:

  • Establish and implement a major gift program.

  • Assign responsibility to staff and coordinate Board activity related to major gift development.

  • Develop and manage program of personal solicitation and cultivation of donors.

  • Identify contributors to special project funds and supporters of ongoing activities.

  • Develop methods and materials to educate and steward potential contributors.

  • Research individuals, agencies and foundations to identify funding sources.

  • Plan and oversee annual and planned giving programs. 

  • Oversee the maintenance of the information database and the acknowledgment and stewardship of gifts. 

  • Oversee staff who plan and implement fundraising events and public relations initiatives.

  • Maintain knowledge of UCP, its full range of programs, activities and treatment interventions.

  • Take action in the best interest of UCP with respect to community relations (within and outside of the organization), volunteer efforts and services, gifts and fundraising from public and private sources.


    In addition, the Vice President of Development will administer the public relations activities, including the following:


  • Manage the development of public relations materials to enhance the organization’s image and promote the major gifts fundraising program.

  • Develop and implement strategies to increase community awareness of UCP.

  • Oversee the dissemination of the semi-annual newsletter to inform donors and prospects about UCP.

  • Make presentations, arrange conferences and assist Board members, volunteers and staff in informing targeted audiences about UCP and opportunities to support its work.

  • Manage the production of print and multimedia materials to promote UCP.

  • Oversee the development of UCP’s website and social media efforts.


    The Vice President of Development will perform the following administrative/leadership functions:


  • Establish fundraising goals with the CEO and Board, develop and implement strategic objectives to raise funds and awareness.

  • Establish policies and procedures for Development, public relations and volunteer activities.

  • Attend meetings of Board of Directors, Development Committee, Leadership Team and Senior Staff.

  • Propose and manage approved annual budget for Development office operations and activities.

  • Manage and direct comprehensive Development office, incorporating direct mail appeals, face-to-face solicitations, special events, planned giving, targeted approaches to private and public funding sources, and appeals for specific needs (such as capital funds, major gifts, endowment funds, corporate and in-kind support to build and maintain a strong funding base with diversified sources).



  • Bachelor’s degree required, five+ years of related fundraising experience;

  • Confident, articulate communicator with excellent writing skills and a strong social skills;

  • Energy and passion for the mission of UCP;

  • Polished presentation and interpersonal skills, with the capacity to inspire and motivate both donors and colleagues;

  • Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising or relevant sales experience;

  • Knowledge of the moves management process of donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship;

  • An understanding of fundraising, solicitation or sales strategies for a targeted audience;

  • Experience leading staff in a collegial and team-oriented fashion;

  • Experience managing budgets;

  • Goal oriented, with the ability to develop and drive ideas from conception to completion.









It is the policy of United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual preference, ancestry, national origin, age, marital status, disability, language spoken, or any other class protected under the law.

UCP offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical benefits or medical wavier, 403(b) with agency match, and agency-paid pension plan.

Send resume, cover letter and salary expectations to:
United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity
102 E. Mermaid Lane
Philadelphia, PA  19118
ATTENTION:  Andrea Kennedy, Director of Human Resources
Call 215.248.7608 or email


Send resume, cover letter and salary expectations to:
United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity
102 E. Mermaid Lane
Philadelphia, PA  19118
ATTENTION:  Andrea Kennedy, Director of Human Resources
Call 215.248.7608 or email