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Executive Position Profile - Wilder Foundation - Vice President, Development

Executive Position Profile - Wilder Foundation - Vice President, Development

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Executive Position DescriptionFor
Vice President, Development
www.wilder.org 
On behalf of our client, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, KeyStone Executive Search isconducting a retained search for a new Vice President, Development.
ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND
The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a nonprofit health and human services organizationthat has served the greater Saint Paul, Minnesota, area since 1906. The Amherst H.Wilder Foundation was built on the belief that supporting individuals, families andcommunities in need makes our entire community stronger. It is this belief that guides theinnovative, responsive and effective services the Wilder Foundation has provided tochildren and families in the East Metro for more than 100 years. And while much haschanged in 100 years’ time, one thing has remained the same—the Wilder Foundation’sunwavering commitment to the residents of the Twin Cities East Metro area.Since 1906, the Wilder Foundation has built a legacy of promoting the social welfare of East Metro residents by all appropriate means of serving the poor, sick and needy. It is alegacy driven by responsiveness to the emerging needs of the communities it serves. It isa history that includes an evolution of the organization to remain relevant to its clients,partners and the community in order to ensure it can have the greatest possible impact,right now and in the future. Wilder is not a grant-making foundation, but a public charityas defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.The Wilder Foundation is a mission and values driven organization. The mission of Wilder Foundation, as directed by the wills of the Wilder family, is to “promote thesocial welfare of persons resident or located in the greater Saint Paul metropolitan area byall appropriate means including:
 
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Relief of the poor
 
Care of the sick and aged
 
Care and nurture of children
 
Aid of the disadvantaged and otherwise needy
 
Promotion of physical and mental health
 
Support of rehabilitation and corrections
 
Provision of needed housing and social servicesAnd, in general, the conservation of human resources by the provision of human servicesresponsive to the welfare needs of the community, all without regard to, or discriminationon account of, nationality, sex, color, religious scruples or prejudices.”To accomplish their stated mission, Wilder is committed to the values of being
responsive, innovative
and
effective.
Wilder meets that commitment by:
 
 
listening, communicating and engaging respectfully;
 
honoring diverse perspectives and cultures;
 
behaving ethically, compassionately and responsibly;
 
taking action to create positive change.For Fiscal Year 2010, Wilder provided direct services to 9,461 people through the work of 441 staff, over 700 volunteers, and with a budget of $51.5 million. Wilder’s programswere once supported almost entirely from the proceeds of trust funds left by the AmherstH. Wilder family in the early 1900s. Today, because of growing service needs andleveraging of outside resources, only 30 percent of the operating budget comes fromEndowment fund earnings. The Foundation depends on the generosity of its donors inaddition to fees for services to help continue to meet the needs of Saint Paul’s mostvulnerable residents.In 2010, the Wilder Foundation refocused its resources and aligned its programs andservices with the refined strategic direction announced in 2009 in response to theeconomic environment as well as the changing needs of its clients, partners andcommunity. The Wilder Foundation transitioned out of program areas that did not fitwithin its new strategic direction, including residential treatment services and homehealth care services. With the support of the community and partner organizations,services were consolidated and many programs were effectively transitioned to otherproviders who will continue to fulfill the need.While some of the Foundation’s services have changed, it is expanding in areas where itbelieves it is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of the greatest number of vulnerablepeople in the East Metro. With a renewed sense of mission and focus, the WilderFoundation continues to learn from the community, innovate to provide the mosteffective services, and develop new partnerships that strengthen our organization and ourcommunity. As a leading social services provider, it continues to adapt its programs andservices to meet the needs of children, families and older adults. Wilder leadershipdevelopment programs work to build skills of emerging community leaders and renew
 
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the energy and commitment of experienced leaders. Wilder Research continues to be oneof the nation’s largest nonprofit research and evaluation centers dedicated to the field of human services.This year, the Foundation launched a Direct Access Psychiatry program, which hasgreatly reduced wait times for children in need of mental health evaluation. The newWilder Community Center for Aging will consolidate services for older adults into onelocation and will enable the Foundation to foster collaboration, learning and bestpractices in new ways. The Foundation has invigorated its focus of convening thecommunity around critical issues and working with its partners to address the vital socialissues in the East Metro, including the launch of the Saint Paul Promise NeighborhoodInitiative, a community-wide effort to ensure all children succeed in school and life fromcradle to career.Wilder has a rich history of changing to meet the current needs of the people it serves. Byfiscal year 2012, Wilder Foundation expects to operate on a total budget of $35 millionwith 380 employees providing services to approximately 6,000 clients.
POSITION OVERVIEW
The Vice President, Development of Wilder Foundation, working in concert with theBoard of Directors and reporting directly to the President/CEO, will provide vision,strategy and management of all development activities of the Foundation includingplanned giving, annual fund, major gifts, capital, and special campaigns to advance theorganization and its work in the community. The Vice President, Development willassure alignment of all development activities with the strategic plan of the Foundation,manage the Office of Resource Development (ORD), and proactively take leadership toengage and work to build philanthropy in support of the Foundation. He/she will manage3 direct reports and 3 indirect reports and be responsible for a division budget of approximately $1.2M and an annual philanthropic goal of $4M - $9M from a communityof approximately 2,000 current donors.
Primary Roles of the Vice President, Development:Philanthropy Strategist/Catalyst.
Manage the implementation of all developmentactivities of the Foundation to fulfill the vision and goals of the Foundation.
 
Works inpartnership with all parts of the Foundation, using the ORD and its competencies tocreate fresh, creative, and expanded ways to increase the amount, type, and level of support for the Wilder Foundation using targeted and strategic goals. Leads and promotesa culture of philanthropy across the Foundation and in the community on behalf of theFoundation. Responsible for setting and meeting financial and budgetary targets. Assureproper and effective management of special campaigns and on-going work: annual,capital, planned giving, and endowment. Support and facilitates the Board of Directors’,the new President/CEO’s and Senior Leadership’s work with donors and prospects.Personally manage a portfolio of individual and organization major donors and key

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