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Director of Fund Development and Strategic Investments

Company: First Things First
Date Posted: December 28, 2017

Director of Fund Development and Strategic Investments
First Things First

First Things First (Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board) is one of the critical state partners in creating a child and family‐centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high‐quality early childhood system that supports the development, health and early education of all Arizona’s children. Created by voter initiative in 2006, First Things First is governed by a state Board with 28 regional partnership councils. First Things First is a decentralized organization that engages diverse constituencies to accomplish its mission. Organizational values include a focus on accountability, transparency, coordination, collaboration and on the outcomes that will ensure young children start kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life.

Position Summary

First Things First engaged a diverse group of stakeholders to create an initial public‐private partnerships plan. This plan is an effort to more intentionally explore how First Things First can strategically leverage private local, state and national resources to advance Arizona’s early childhood system.

The Director of Fund Development and Strategic Investments is responsible for leading the implementation of FTF’s fund development plan. The position is a direct report to the CEO of First Things First and as such is a member of the organization’s management team. The Director of Fund Development and Strategic Investments manages a program specialist and is supported by a shared administrative position.

Implementation of FTF’s fund development plan is a fundamental long‐term strategy to enable First Things First and its partners to work towards a sustainable future for an effective early childhood system in Arizona. This effort will identify and secure new opportunities and resources to extend and leverage First Things First statewide and regional initiatives. Strategies to develop partnerships and investments will likely include national, regional and local foundations; the business community; Indian tribes and nations, tribal organizations; nonprofit organizations; private philanthropy; the exploration of earned income approaches; and other avenues.

The Director of Fund Development and Strategic Investments is also responsible for staffing the Board subcommittee on Strategic Partnerships and Investments.  In addition, it provides support as necessary to both the Regional and Program divisions as they cultivate and execute on partnerships and funding opportunities which align with their functions in the organization; like government agency grant opportunities, interagency work agreements, and/or smaller more localized giving opportunities.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The ideal candidate brings demonstrable experience that supports the vision and mission of First Things First, as well as a passion for positively impacting the lives of young children and families.

S/he thrives in a team‐oriented environment as both a team leader and a team member, and is committed to developing talent and leadership inside and out of the organization. The candidate has a proven track record in a high‐performance organization, and can work independently and in concert with First Things First leadership. S/he has outstanding planning, organizational and implementation abilities with detail‐oriented follow‐through.

The candidate has a keen entrepreneurial style and is innovative and resourceful in creating opportunities and solving problems. S/he brings outstanding communication skills and can translate complex issues in a concise, compelling manner to a diverse set of audiences.

The ideal candidate has demonstrated acumen in the business, nonprofit, philanthropic, education and/or government sectors. Key to success in this position is a proven track record of engaging multiple audiences and securing their commitment of resources.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic planning

Staff the revision and update of the First Things First strategic partnerships and investments plan – which serves as a blueprint to generate a range of strategic partnerships and investments.

Staff the Board’s Strategic Partnerships subcommittee to provide guidance and support to the design and implementation of the long‐term plan. The advisory committee consists of the First Things First CEO and representatives of the organization’s Board, regional partnership councils, staff and external partners.

Create, manage and implement annual work plans that put short, mid and long‐term strategies into action.

Organizational transformation

Work collaboratively across First Things First departments, initiatives and regional partnership councils and Board to support and strengthen the culture of entrepreneurialism, cross‐sectoral communication, and understanding of fund development.

Work closely with staff and consultants to incorporate First Things First research and evaluation into short and long‐term planning for strategic partnerships and investments.

Build out and coordinate with internal teams and systems to support timely and effective pursuit of and responses to partnership and investment opportunities.

Develop and manage appropriate internal infrastructure including the program specialist position, support staff, consultants and software.

Collaborate with Regional Partnership Councils

Ensure effective coordination between statewide and local strategic partnerships and investments.

Work with appropriate First Things First staff to design, implement and coordinate efforts to build the capacity of regional partnership councils and staff to cultivate and secure resources.

Update and engage the regional team in the ongoing management of the First Things First philanthropic partnerships and investments plan.

Development of strategic partnerships and investment strategies

Identify, assess and prioritize partnerships and investment opportunities that are aligned with and support First Things First goals and objectives, strategic blueprint and annual work plan, and financial and project targets.

Incubate and launch new philanthropic partnership and investment initiatives that are aligned with and support First Things First goals and objectives.

Pursue, negotiate, craft and manage philanthropic partnerships and investment strategies.

Support the ongoing development of regional partnership council capacity in developing, cultivating and implementing philanthropic partnerships and investment strategies.

Identify, prioritize and recruit foundations and major donors.

Ambassador to public and private sectors

Represent First Things First in a variety of settings. Prepare and disseminate information demonstrating the impact of First Things First at the statewide and local levels.

Be active in appropriate networks to cultivate support for First Things First. Qualifications

Proven track record in building public‐private relationships through fund development, collaborations and/or partnerships.

Background of 7 to 10 years progressively responsible leadership positions in high‐performing public, private or non‐profit organizations, with experience in public policy and program development.

Demonstrated ability to engage diverse audiences to support a cause, organization or project. At certain points, this position will interact with and engage staff, volunteers, parents, early childhood professionals and providers, community leaders, government officials, tribal partners, public and private entities and faith‐based groups in communities throughout the state.

Understanding of and ability to work effectively in Arizona’s unique and diverse environment.

Skilled at working with leaders in the philanthropic, corporate/business and nonprofit sectors (local, state and national), and/or high‐net‐worth individuals.

Brings an entrepreneurial management style to create opportunities and address problems in a decentralized organization.

Strong team leadership combined with experience in shared decision‐making management and supervisory skills. Demonstrated ability to work with persons with diverse opinions, work styles and communication styles and to engage them in meeting the articulated priorities.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills; particularly adept in public speaking and presentations. Ability to distill complex issues and convey a compelling story in a clear, concise manner in individual, group and conference settings.

Track record of ability to work within a fast‐moving environment, set clear goals and priorities, and exercise resourcefulness in meeting those objectives while balancing multiple tasks.

Content knowledge and previous experience in early childhood, K‐12 education, state and federal government, and/or public policy would be beneficial in the ideal candidate.

While not a grant writing position, the ideal candidate should bring a knowledge and prior experience in grant writing and administration; as well as have a foundation in financial and budgeting principles, and contract and grant management.

Commitment to uphold high ethical standards and promote sound business practices.

Technical skills that ensure effective use of appropriate computer hardware, software, databases and other communication technologies and devices.  This includes previous experience with and use of a contact/donor management system.

Ability to travel throughout the state, and nationally on occasion.

Undergraduate degree required and Master’s degree preferred from an accredited college or university in education, public policy, organizational development, business, nonprofit management or related field.

How to Apply

First review of resumes will begin on December 22, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. For consideration please submit your cover letter, comprehensive resume and three professional references to:

Job ID 34794

No calls please.

In the Arizona State Personnel System, this position is classified as a Grade 26 with a hiring range of $88,000 to $94,000. The position is not covered under the State of Arizona Merit system rules. The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package.

“Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer”