Senior Vice President/Chief Philanthropy Officer

The National Aquarium seeks a Senior Vice President/Chief Philanthropy Officer (SVP/CPO) to provide expert direction for all philanthropic efforts and the development of creative strategies that continue to expand the Aquarium’s donor base and national revenue. The CPO will serve as an influential member of the Leadership Team, an effective partner to the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors, a mentor and role model for a team of development professionals and support staff, and a lead ambassador to high-level partners and donors.

The Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer holds a strategic and important leadership role in National Aquarium and presents an exciting opportunity to leverage existing relationships while providing invigorating leadership to this critical piece of the National Aquarium’s growth strategy, furthering its mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. The CPO should bring a sophisticated and innovative capacity to leverage the National Aquarium’s evolving brand and emerging role as a national conservation leader to raise significant philanthropic resources from individual donors, foundations, and corporations. S/he will partner with the Senior Vice President/External Affairs on dynamic public funding strategies, including guidance of the Philanthropy team’s shared accountability for stewardship of a growth-focused portfolio of capital, operating, and program grants from federal, state and local sources. The CPO will support External Affairs’ advocacy efforts to cultivate strong working relationships with elected officials at all levels to advance fiscal goals and policy priorities.

In addition to providing internal leadership, the CPO will expand the reach and influence of the organization through interactions with public, private, and philanthropic leaders. The CPO should be an individual who thrives on working with leaders who are passionate about investing in the organization’s mission and vision. A critical priority for the CPO will be to plan and successfully execute a $50 million campaign, to raise much-needed support for capital improvements as a front line fundraiser.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of success leading capital and annual campaigns, working with high net worth individuals, and possessing a demonstrated capacity to engage a high-level board comprised of private and public sector leaders. The CPO will work with his/her peers to create an alignment among the key functions within National Aquarium.

The CPO must be a motivating leader and team-builder, serving a crucial role in shaping strategy, representing the Aquarium in many external relations areas, and supporting the interests of the Board. The CPO will cultivate strong and cooperative working partnerships with all philanthropic sectors, and have the presence and stature to engage the highest levels of leadership with these individuals and organizations.

Reporting to the CPO will be a professional development staff of fifteen, including the Vice President of Individual Giving, Director of Institutional Giving, Director of Development Services, and their teams.


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