Mar 14, 2023

Vice President of Philanthropic Initiatives and Development (Remote, US)

$170,000 - $200,000 yearly
  • The Full Frame Initiative
  • Remote (US)
Full-Time Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging Fundraising/Development Strategic Planning

Job Description

Organization Overview  
The system is rigged and the solution isn’t just to create more programs for people harmed by these unfair systems. The solution is to reimagine these systems to make our country fairer and more equitable for everyone — which means ensuring that the places where we work, live, play and pray tap into people’s universal drive for wellbeing, instead of undermining wellbeing for some and enabling it for others. That’s what we do. 

The Full Frame Initiative (FFI) is a social change nonprofit working toward a country where everyone has a fair shot at wellbeing — the needs and experiences essential for health and hope. We partner with a growing cohort of pioneering public systems, communities and nonprofits across the country to fundamentally transform the structures and beliefs that perpetuate poverty, violence and oppression. We are bold, mission-focused, creative and committed learners and are willing to use our passion, humor and hope to fuel change. Please visit our website to learn more.


Position Overview
This is a new position at FFI, dramatically expanding the capacity for meaningful engagement and partnership with philanthropy, both as funders of FFI’s work, and as key levers in our change strategy.


As the Vice President of Philanthropic Initiatives and Development you are fiercely committed to FFI’s North Star, a country where everyone has a fair shot at wellbeing. Under the direction of the CEO, you will develop and oversee the execution of fundraising strategy for a growing, national nonprofit. Approximately 8o% of FFI’s funding is from philanthropic sources, with a core of deeply committed major donors. You will play a pivotal role in diversifying and expanding FFI’s pipeline of donors to create a portfolio capable of sustaining FFI’s growth from a $4.9 million operating budget in 2023 to a $7.1 million budget in 2026. You will act as a primary contact with many donors, strategically motivating and inspiring their new and continued contributions to our work while ensuring discretion and donor confidentiality at all times. You will lead grant application preparation, submission, and ongoing reporting. To ensure that you have the insight and access required to communicate the impact of FFI’s work to donors, you will spend approximately 20% of your time in project work including but reaching beyond the traditional boundaries of fundraising to influence the wider field of philanthropy. You are eager to learn and grow while working with the FFI team to spot and root out white supremacist norms in our work. 


Deadline to apply Wednesday, March 29, 2023 by 5:00pm ET


Position Details, Compensation and Benefits

Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Location: Remote, United States
Work Hours: 40+ per week, flexible schedule with the ability to respond to urgent requests that may fall outside of regular business hours

Annual Salary: $170,000-$200,000

Travel Requirement: This position requires travel up to 25%
Reports to: CEO

Supervises: 1 manager level employee


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Fund Development Strategy and Implementation


  • Assume responsibility for the evolution and management of FFI’s fund development strategy that matches FFI’s growth trajectory and values.

    • Develop and maintain knowledge of FFI’s program and impact areas.

    • Work with the leadership team and other staff members to turn program strategy into funder-ready concept papers. 

    • With the support of FFI’s communication team, translate organizational strategy and updates into compelling collateral materials such as concept papers, powerpoint presentations and other introductory materials. .

    • Bi-monthly prepare board and leadership team meeting reports.  

    • Work with the Director of Finance & Administration and CEO to ensure revenue forecasting is accurate. 

    • Coordinate with and strategically deploy FFI’s CEO, Board of Directors and leadership team to support fundraising. 

  • Steward and expand FFI’s donor base.

    • Direct staff prospecting and research activities. 

    • Lead donor stewardship and engagement, ensuring regular communication that captures attention and sparks continued interest and contributions, while also identifying opportunities for new engagement and relationship building.

    • Leverage your networks to build and manage a pipeline of new investors for FFI’s work with a primary emphasis on high net worth individuals.

    • Design and oversee execution of 2-3 annual intimate engagement events (houseparties, etc.) relevant for FFI’s prospective and current donor base.

    • In collaboration with engagements & partnerships teams, identify and pursue opportunities for funding project work. 

    • Direct FFI’s annual appeal.

    • Institute other appeals as relevant and important. 

  • Expand FFI’s base of institutional support.

  • Lead funder identification and cultivation efforts.

  • Direct all aspects of the grant application process, including relationship development, timely preparation and submission of applications and reports.

  • Strategically increase FFI’s visibility in philanthropic spaces. 

    • Identify the places and spaces FFI must be for networking and visibility. 

    • Work with Chief Communications Officer and CEO to secure speaking, and other opportunities to position FFI as an expert in wellbeing justice.  

  • Oversee FFI’s Development operations

    • Evaluate current development systems, identifying and acting on opportunities for improvement.

    • Supervise staff, supporting their individual professional development and collective team ethos to set and meet bold goals.


FFI Partnership and Relationship Development Approximately 20% of your time will be spent staffing FFI projects in recognition of FFI’s commitment to cross-functional impact and learning.

  • In 2023-2024, this may include working with a philanthropy cohort coming together around the Community Bill of Rights, developing funder resources and toolkits to support their bringing a wellbeing lens into their operations and giving strategy, or other opportunities you identify with the CEO that would push the field of philanthropy. 


All staff essential duties:

  • Prioritize ongoing learning and personal development. 

  • Other responsibilities as necessary to support a growing organization committed to cross-team work.

Hiring Organization

The Full Frame Initiative



  • Passion to drive transformational change – you are passionate that a wellbeing orientation can open up entirely new solutions, reduce inequity, and increase access to wellbeing. 

  • Development/Fundraising experience – you have 5+ years experience in a senior leadership position in philanthropy or fund development with proven success in cultivating 6 and 7 figure major gifts. You bring a depth of experience and best practices for development infrastructure, planning, and growth oriented strategy. 

  • Network orientation - You are skilled in recall, capitalizing on network knowledge to cultivate new and strengthen existing relationships. 

  • Social change/social justice experience – you have at least 3 years of experience, preferably in a leadership role, working outside of the development office in social change, social justice or a related field. 

  • Project and team management - You have strong supervisory and project management experience, with the ability to create, delegate, and oversee project timelines and plans. You are adept in building and managing diverse, high-functioning teams that can quickly shift priorities, amend plans, and respond to the unexpected while maintaining project momentum. 

  • Thriving in a fast-paced, emergent environment – you can process a great deal of information from multiple sources while remaining strategic, flexible, organized and eager to learn. You are able to toggle rapidly between strategic and tactical thinking.

  • Ability to work effectively in a virtual environment – you can build authentic relationships with diverse stakeholders while working remotely and are an expert in utilizing a variety of software and technologies to succeed, such as Google Apps, CRM (Salesforce experience strongly preferred), and project management software.

  • Foundational knowledge of the history and realities of systemic racism, intersectionality and oppression in the United States – you have an understanding of how U.S. systems deepen inequities, are fluent in the core precepts of diversity, equity and inclusion and can apply DEI skills in real-world situations while continuing to learn and grow personally and alongside FFI staff.

Priority given to applicants with: 

  • A demonstrated knowledge and direct connections to donors and philanthropies focused on systems change, social justice, and wellbeing.  Ideally, this includes new philanthropic endeavors.


FFI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity and value a variety of experiences. People from historically marginalized and oppressed communities or identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Industry/Service Area

Social Justice




Benefits Summary:

  • Health Coverage: national medical coverage (75% of total monthly premiums paid by FFI),  national dental coverage (50% of total monthly premium paid by FFI), and national vision coverage (24% of total monthly premium paid by FFI)

  • Health & Dependent Care FSA, and HRA

  • Annual Paid Time Off: 12 holidays, up to three days of service/civic engagement, 120 annually accrued vacation hours (increasing every two years), and up to 96 hours sick/personal leave

  • Employer-paid life insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability 

  • 403(b) retirement savings program, with up to 3% employer contribution after 1 year at FFI

  • Annual stipend for professional development

  • 12 paid weeks for parental leave

  • 3 months paid sabbatical after 8 years working at FFI

Application Instructions

How to Apply

FFI is interested in building a high-performing, diverse team. In order to do that we approach hiring a little differently. Rather than analyzing resumes in an attempt to determine potential for success, instead we have built a recruitment process that actively removes unconscious bias. So rather than drafting yet another cover letter, instead, we ask you to begin your application by responding to the question prompts in the application

Application Tips 

  • If you are in need of any accommodations during the application or recruitment process please let us know in your application or by contacting our Senior Manager of Talent, Samantha Moelter,

  • Please note that your responses to the short question prompts are reviewed individually. In order to allow a more thorough analysis by our hiring team, please do not reference an earlier response when answering a later question as the questions will not be reviewed in conjunction.  

  • Please do not include linked resources such as websites, social media or publications, as they will not be reviewed by the hiring team. 

  • While resumes are requested at the time of application, they will not be reviewed by the hiring team until candidates are invited to the interview phase of the process, so you will not want to reference your resume in your responses.  

Deadline to apply Wednesday, March 29, 2023 by 5:00pm ET

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