National VP of Foundation Relations


Purpose: AtMDA, we are fighting to free individuals — and the families who love them —from the harmful effects of muscle-debilitating diseases so they can livelonger and grow stronger.

Our Values are ourstrength:

We believe in MUSCLE:
Mission: We’re driven to accelerate progress forfamilies and muscle health.
Understanding: We’re attentive to our constituent’s needsand each other’s.
Stewardship: By investing precious resources wisely, wedrive the best possible outcomes.
Collaboration: We foster win-win partnerships and buildcommunities.
Learning: Knowledge powersour success and empowers our people.
Excellence: We strive to do our best and exceedconstituents’ expectations.

Position Description:
TheNational Vice President of Foundation Relations is part of a multi-disciplinaryteam, whose objective is to secure funding from foundation partners on thelocal, regional and national level. Reporting to the Chief Philanthropy Officer and working closely ProgramDirectors, this position will develop and drive fundraising and relationshipbuilding strategies to increase the scale of funding at MDA.

- Design, implement, and manage aproactive development plan focused on expanding and enhancing top level foundationpartnerships, including corporate foundations, by directing and coordinatingactivities related to obtaining multi-million-dollar funding and support,including working with research and all programs within MDA that touch on theseareas.
- Analyze needs and creates strategic andlong-range plans for foundation fundraising and has the authority to makecommitments and precedent-setting decisions regarding program design,development, and procedures.
- Identify, cultivate and solicithigh-end foundation prospects with a focus on major ($100K+) and principal($1M+) gifts for MDA through both foundation support and collaborating withresearch.
- Identify emerging business leadershipand industry trends with a special emphasis on developing high value-exchangecorporate alliances to garner larger philanthropic commitments to support themission and goals of MDA.
- Develop a solid pipeline of acquisitiontargets that closely aligns with MDA’s foundation strategy through closecollaboration with senior leaders and external entities.
- Develop highly competitive proposalsfor foundation prospects and leverage diverse corporate and foundation goalsand preferences in conjunction with MDA goals at the local, state, and nationallevel. Monitor proposal deadlines, prepare and edit proposals, and manageproposal submissions.
- Create and oversee the implementationof a high-quality stewardship process for active prospects and donors. Ensurethat stewardship and reporting requirements are met to sustain successfulpartnerships by maintaining detailed records of solicitation activities.
- Develops, implements, and manages asuite of central services available to the MDA employees for foundation relatedfundraising programs. Acts as an expert, and works with fundraising employees tohelp them develop, refine and implement foundation fundraising strategies.
- Lead and manage team. Assess staffingneeds and make recommendations for adequate staffing relative to program goals.
- All other duties assigned.

- Leadership: Exhibits confidence in self and others;Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Accepts feedback from others;Gives appropriate recognition to others. Ability to guide and train a"sales team" and understanding relationship building within corporations.
- Adaptability:Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changesapproach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequentchange. Ability to work in a dynamic,complex, fast-paced organization.
- CommunicationSkills: Clearly and persuasively communicate, listen and seekclarifications; participate in meetings, write clearly and informatively,comfortable with public speaking. Ableto translate broad goals into achievable steps.
- Planning/Organizing- Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans foradditional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules otherpeople and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
- Flexibility:Develop new or diverse strategies to achieve organizational goals. Able to leadin a changing work environment. Managecompeting demands and unexpected events.
- Innovation:Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges withresourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovativeapproaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that getsothers' attention.
- ProblemSolving: Conduct appropriate analysis and make clear, consistent and timelydecisions.
- Professionalism:Work well in a fast-paced environment; treat others with respect andconsideration; accept responsibility for ownactions; positive/upbeat attitude.

- Seven years demonstrated successfulcorporate development and/or foundation fundraising experience
- Strong knowledge of all aspects offundraising, donor and public relations, including strategies for donoridentification, cultivation and solicitation.
- Robust knowledge ofmanagement/leadership concepts, principles and best practices.
- Strong leadership/management skills toselect, train, mentor, evaluate and motivate staff.
- Strong written, oral and interpersonalcommunications skills and political acumen to establish and maintain goodworking relationships within all organizational levels and with outside constituencies.
- Strong skills to meet predeterminedgoals and objectives, including securing gifts and meeting fundraising goals.

MDA is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin,disability, or protected veteran status.

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