Vice President, Development and Development Operations

Position Location: Baltimore, MD
Travel: Frequent
Reports to: Senior Vice President, Development

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

Summary of Duties:

  • Serve as a development generalist, with responsibility for the supervision of the development office, including personnel and funds:
  • Responsible for developing, implementing, and managing effective, creative strategies to engage and secure, and steward a wide range of key prospects to meet or exceed program, departmental, and organization funding goals
  • Responsible for strategic planning and implementation of the development department’s total fund raising goals in collaboration with the Senior Vice President, Development, and Development staff
  • Overall budget responsibility including revenue projection and expense tracking
  • Responsible for the program’s  personnel related matters, including oversight of the recruitment, selection, motivation, recognition, performance evaluations, professional training, and collective and personal goal setting activities, and providing direct supervision of development staff
  • Responsible for monthly reporting of development activities to NAACP senior leadership and board
  • Manage, in collaboration with development staff, a select portfolio of prospects of corporate, foundations and individuals
  • Work in consultation with the Senior Vice President, Development,  President & CEO, Program Directors and key board and volunteer leaders to create fundraising approaches and strategies
  • Help shape key organization and development related messages through the direction and preparation proposals, solicitation letters, and other materials for prospects and donors
  • Represent organization externally and internally, as necessary, on behalf of Senior Vice President, Development
  • Travel and work nights and weekends as necessary to successfully meet established goals and objectives
  • Other projects and duties as assigned


The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, competencies and personal qualities:

  • Must be far-sighted about the organization’s potential and bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the position 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution or equivalent experience; a master’s degree is preferred
  • Minimum of seven years of development-related experience and experience in a leadership role in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding significant major and principal foundation (and government) gifts/grants on behalf of a similar nonprofit organization(s)
  • Demonstrated ability to flourish within a complex and changing organization and effectively represent it to internal and external audiences through the use of strong verbal and written communications skills and the marketing of concepts and ideas
  • Ability to think and act strategically on at least three levels—organizationally, as a standard bearer for a multi-dimensional social justice agenda, departmentally, as a member of a comprehensive development team seeking to engage multiple internal and external stakeholders; and individually, as major principal gifts fundraiser and leader of a very important program/team
  • Proven research, prospect management, administrative and follow-through skills; the ability to work independently and on teams with staff and volunteers and to multi-task, prioritizing and coordinating a large number of projects simultaneously with minimal supervision
  • Superior interpersonal, communications and listening skills; the ability to work collaboratively, engage and inspire others, and develop rapport with and gain confidence of a diverse group of stakeholders
  • The ability to embrace the mission of the NAACP; a boundless curiosity and enthusiasm for its work; and the passion to assist others in enhancing its reputation
  • A strong work ethic and sense of purpose, a positive “can do” attitude, patience, a tolerance for ambiguity, and a sense of humor
  • Computer literacy; proficiency in Word, Excel Outlook, research tools and donor databases, Raiser’s Edge preferred
  • Willingness and ability to work non-standard hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays, as necessary


It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply: 

Resume, cover letter, and salary requirements should be sent to NAACP:
Email: (preferred method)
Mail: NAACP – Human Resources, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215
Fax:  (410) 580-5735