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About the Organization

Zaytuna College, America’s first Muslim liberal arts college, aims to help integrate the study of Arabic and Islam into the Western canon. Our mission is to educate and prepare morally committed professional, intellectual, and spiritual leaders, who are grounded in the Islamic scholarly tradition and conversant with the cultural currents and critical ideas shaping modern society.

We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree program in Islamic Law and Theology, as well as a popular six-week Summer Arabic Intensive program. We are located in Berkeley, California, in a historic building on “Holy Hill,” so named because it has the largest consortium of religious schools in America.

We offer a friendly, respectful and collaborative work environment.

About the Position

We are currently seeking a Vice President of Development who will work with the college President and the V.P. of Administration and Finance to build on our fundraising success and create a strong financial foundation for continued growth. The Vice President of Development will oversee all development operations, leading a team responsible for nationwide fundraising efforts including individual donor cultivation, solicitation and retention, institutional grant seeking, corporate partnerships, and donor communications.

The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial professional with a strong track record of fundraising success, organizational leadership experience, a passion for the Zaytuna College mission, and the ability to communicate the College’s vision and impact to a diverse group of donors. This is a full-time, exempt position and reports directly to the Vice President of Administration and Finance.

Responsibilities include and are not limited to:

Strategy Development

• Create and implement a fundraising strategy to support the College’s FY2014-18 Growth Plan
• Work with the President and Board of Trustees to develop donor cultivation strategies
• Partner with the President, the VP of Administration and Finance, and the VP of Academic and Student Affairs to align development goals with the overall organizational strategic plan and long-term goals

Fundraising, Donor Management, and Stakeholder Engagement

• Manage key fundraising deliverables and performance measures for the organization, monitor results and provide the President and Board of Trustees with regular updates
• Design and implement a major gifts program to significantly increase revenue from individuals
• Partner with and guide the President and Board of Trustees to manage and optimize their involvement in cultivating, soliciting and retaining donors
• Identify ways to increase meaningful engagement with Zaytuna’s key donors and ambassadors
• Evaluate the ROI of national and local fundraising events and make recommendations to the Zaytuna College Executive Team (President and Vice Presidents)

Development Operations and Analytics

• Manage an effective fundraising platform that supports significant growth
• Oversee all day-to-day department activities including donor relations, gift processing, record keeping, and reporting
• Analyze results, identify areas for improvement, and make data-driven revenue projections
• Prepare and manage the annual Development budget

Team Management and Organizational Leadership

• Manage a Development team of staff and consultants
• Train, mentor and evaluate the performance of the Development team
• Engage the President and the Board of Trustees in fundraising efforts and create appropriate and effective roles for them to help meet annual revenue goals
• Actively partner with a national network of Zaytuna College “ambassadors” to develop fundraising events to meet revenue targets and grow the supporter base in North America

Experience and Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree preferred
• Minimum of 10 years of experience in fundraising and sales, with at least seven years in a development or sales leadership role
• Prior senior management experience in a rapidly scaling organization
• Prior success in developing and implementing a multi-million dollar, multi-year fundraising strategy/campaign
• Proven record of successful management of a million-dollar-plus national portfolio of major donors, foundation and corporate partners or equivalent experience in sales management
• Demonstrated commitment to organizational development/talent development in prior roles
• Demonstrated experience leveraging a technology platform to manage workflow and data and conduct complex, multi-year analysis; experience with Salesforce preferred
• Ability to travel up to 40% of the time

Personal Characteristics Desired

• A strong commitment to the Zaytuna College mission
• Ability to thrive in a faced-paced, entrepreneurial environment; comfortable with ambiguity and shifts in scope of duties
• Pro-active personality and willingness to lead change
• High ethical standards, professionalism and integrity
• Personal commitment to customer/donor service
• Collaborative approach and a “can do” attitude; willing to roll up sleeves and do whatever it takes to support team priorities
• Resourceful problem-solver who takes the initiative to identify and assist in resolving problems both within and beyond areas of direct responsibility

Compensation & Benefits

• Competitive salary
• Employer shared health benefits; Paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave
• Access to employee-funded pre-tax health and child care spending accounts
• Flexible and remote workplace
• Professional development and advancement opportunities within an innovative and growing organization

Additional Info

  • Work Status:
    • Full-time
  • Job Location:
    • Berkeley, California

How to Apply

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    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
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    • An Equal Opportunity Employer