The LFLA seeks an experienced and dynamic Senior Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs (“SVP”). This position reports to the President, serving on the executive leadership team, overseeing strategic advancement program planning and development, and supporting the engagement of the President with key donors and supporters of the LFLA. The SVP is responsible for staff recruitment, retention and day-to-day management of the Advancement program, and maintains donor development responsibilities with a personal portfolio of major donors. The LFLA’s fundraising efforts include major and planned giving donor programs, three membership groups, foundation and corporate relations, the biennial annual awards dinner, the signature Literary Feasts event, other fundraising events, direct mail and web-based fundraising. The SVP also works closely with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director of Operations to coordinate fund availability, budgeting, and programming and operations support.
The successful candidate must be a proven fundraiser and strategist with demonstrated fundraising management experience. The SVP must be an effective listener and strong collaborator with the ability to build meaningful and robust relationships both internally and externally. The candidate must have proven experience in collaboration with other senior executives, development staff, and Board leadership to develop overall strategy for philanthropic activities to continue to elevate and support The Library Foundation’s mission.
Key responsibilities include:
Achieve significant fundraising success, developing, communicating and implementing a robust strategic and comprehensive fundraising plan. This will include all fundraising activities as well as donor engagement, solicitation, and stewardship, and the advancement services tools and systems required to execute Advancement programs.
Provide active leadership and collaborate effectively with the President, Board of Directors, key volunteers, colleagues, and the development staff to create an approach that builds a sustainable culture of philanthropy throughout the organization and encourages transformative giving.
Support and enhance staff effectiveness and productivity by motivating team members with energy and passion, and ensure clear expectations and accountability.
Develop, engage and solicit a personal portfolio of donors and prospects in the 5 -7-figure range.
Strengthen the existing donor base and expand the vibrant network of major donors ensuring that they feel connected to and supportive of the mission.
Collaborate with the CFO, Director of Operations, and Payroll/Human Resource Administrator to prioritize day-to-day activities, compliance issues, organizational budgets, and Board reports, to ensure overall effectiveness and sound governance communication.
Working closely with the CFO, design and oversee of all advancement systems operations, including gift acknowledgement processes, valuing and recording gifts, endowment management and reporting, and interfacing with the board Audit Committee and auditors.
The LFLA values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.
The ideal candidate would have the following qualifications/experience:
A minimum of 10 years of experience leading all aspects of development
Demonstrated success in setting and achieving philanthropic goals
In-depth knowledge of best practices and metrics in the development functions including all revenue streams, stewardship, and development operations
Experience serving on an executive leadership team
Success in engaging with the President/CEO and board leadership
Direct involvement with solicitations at the $1 million+ gift level
Superb management skills with demonstrated success in building, managing, leading, and motivating development professionals
Commitment to and experience with creating an inclusive environment
Excellent interpersonal, communication and mentoring skills to interact with a wide range of staff and volunteers; ability to interact sensitively with a variety of personalities
Exceptional problem-solving, time and project management skills with an ability to prioritize and execute multiple high-level projects simultaneously
Organized, flexible, detail-oriented and creative thinker
About The Library Foundation of Los Angeles
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles (LFLA) is a private foundation with a public purpose. Created in 1992 to provide the Los Angeles Public Library with key support for its major programs. The mission of the LFLA is to enrich the capabilities, resources, and services of the Los Angeles Public Library through fundraising, advocacy, and innovative programs that benefit the community and promote greater awareness of the Library’s valuable resources.
The Los Angeles Public Library serves the largest and most diverse population of any urban public library system in America. With 72 neighborhood branch libraries and the historic Central Library, its service area covers 470 square miles in Southern California. The LFLA has a dedicated and generous Board that describes the purpose of the LFLA as being, in part, to “transform our city and the worlds through the power of libraries.” Through showcasing the Library’s collections in major exhibitions, publishing books, and producing innovative programming, the LFLA partners with the Los Angeles Public Library to increase local, national and international awareness of this leading 21st century library system. The LFLA has been successfu...l in building its endowment and in attracting prominent national foundations that seek to invest in innovation and view the LFLA as a key partner on issues as diverse as civic engagement for young people, increasing understanding of the most important science concepts of our times for people of all ages. The award-winning ALOUD author series is a signature program of the LFLA and continues to bring in a younger and diverse audience from across Southern California. The LFLA raises between $6 – $8 million each year.