Vice President of Partnerships & Development

United States, Illinois, Chicago
April 1, 2022

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-focused mental health organization whose mission is to “provide hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders.” DBSA, at the national level, supports more than 500 support groups and over 120 local affiliate chapters. Each year, DBSA reaches more than a million individuals with support, educational resources, and tools to help individuals living with mood disorders lead productive and fulfilling lives. Additionally, through our advocacy efforts, we amplify peers’ voices and work toward systemic change in the delivery of mental health care.

DBSA offers peer-based, wellness-oriented support, empowering services, and resources. These are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them. DBSA is available online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and videocasts, in printed materials, our chapters, and in mental health care facilities across America.

DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder, and that experience informs everything that we do.

OUR VALUES

Integrity, Openness, Mindfulness and Collaboration

THE POSITION

The Vice President of Partnerships & Development will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of DBSA. In collaboration with senior leadership and the board of directors, the Vice President will create and implement a development plan that guides all aspects of the organization’s fundraising strategy, including annual, corporate and foundations, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and biotech industry partners, major gifts, and planned giving programs. The plan will build on DBSA’s current fundraising success and

focus on implementing a proactive relationship management approach. In addition, the Vice President is responsible for creating a strategy to build and strengthen partnerships on a national, state, and local level.

As a member of the senior leadership team, the Vice President will work collaboratively across the organization to ensure continued growth. The successful candidate will work to expand the culture of philanthropy at DBSA and continue the organization’s efforts to build a comprehensive development program that meaningfully engages existing donors and attracts new supporters. This leader will play an essential role in setting measurable, short- and long-term goals and establishing metrics to evaluate achievement. The Vice President of Partnerships & Development currently leads four full-time staff members, including the Senior Manager, Mental Health Equity & External Partnerships; Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations; Annual Fund Coordinator; and Manager, Outreach & Partnerships.

The successful candidate must bring a passion for the mission of DBSA and at least seven years of senior-level leadership in managing fundraising teams. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

QUALIFICATIONS

These recommended qualifications and related work experience are suggestive only. They are not intended to limit or restrict employees or applicants in any way. They are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. The requirements of this position are subject to change with or without prior notice.

The Vice President of Partnerships & Development will have the following primary responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership in developing and implementing a comprehensive development plan for DBSA, encompassing annual, corporate and foundation, industry partners, major, and planned giving programs, and a successful track record with growing earned income streams.
  • Cultivate relationships with organizations serving communities of color and other marginalized groups who seek to connect their members with education and peer support related to depression and bipolar disorder.
  • Play a primary leadership role in cultivating and soliciting a portfolio of prospective donors (individuals and organizations, including the board) while using strategic relationship management practices to track the activity.
  • Develop and manage board fundraising strategies, educating board members about their role and supporting their engagement. Serve as liaison to the board’s development committee.
  • Serve as primary liaison with program staff to interpret information related to new and existing programming and alignment with funding prospects in all donor categories.
  • Identify measurements necessary for fundraising, both qualitative and quantitative, and maintain a process for capture and reporting.
  • Supervise Partnership & Development staff, establishing measurable goals and metrics for activity.
  • Support the fundraising role of the CEO by providing guidance and tactical support on donor strategy and outreach and ensuring that he is prepared for fundraising meetings.
  • Oversee growth strategies, particularly related corporate and foundation support and major gifts.
  • Provide strategic direction for the annual giving program and donor-based communications.
  • Manage the development budget for the best return on investment.
  • Develop and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships with the executive team, staff, board, volunteers, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Advocate and advance best practices in fundraising on behalf of the development team.
  • Travel (local and national) and attend evening and weekend events, as needed.

COMPENSATION

  • Salary Information: $130,000 – $160,000 annually, commensurate with experience.
  • This is a full-time position with generous benefits, including health, dental, vision, disability, 401K, and life insurance.
  • The position will primarily work standard hours of 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, with flexible start/end times possible. Periodic evening or weekend hours may be required.
  • Currently, this position will require two days (Monday & Wednesday) in the office. DBSA is headquartered in the Chicago Loop. The candidate may work the remaining workdays either from the office or remotely. *

DEDICATION TO AN EQUITABLE WORKPLACE

DBSA is committed to equal employment opportunity for all employees, and to providing employees with a work environment free of any form of discrimination and harassment. DBSA is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through our equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.
At DBSA, we make a point to celebrate our differences and respect each other’s unique perspectives. In fact, it is core to the work we do. DBSA encourages our employees to bring their authentic selves to work, where they receive a wholehearted welcome.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT

DBSA employees are required to provide digital proof of an updated COVID-19 vaccination status within 45 days of the acceptance of the employment offer unless the employee is granted accommodation in accordance with applicable laws.

* This policy may be reviewed and revised.

HOW TO APPLY

Please direct resumes and cover letters to jobs@dbsalliance.org.

Foundations and Corporate Relationships Manager

United States, Illinois, Chicago
April 1, 2022

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-focused mental health organization whose mission is to “provide hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders.” DBSA, at the national level, supports more than 500 support groups and over 120 local affiliate chapters. Each year, DBSA reaches more than a million individuals with support, educational resources, and tools to help individuals living with mood disorders lead productive and fulfilling lives. Additionally, through our advocacy efforts, we amplify peers’ voices and work toward systemic change in the delivery of mental health care.

DBSA offers peer-based, wellness-oriented support, empowering services, and resources. These are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them. DBSA is available online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and videocasts, in printed materials, our chapters, and in mental health care facilities across America.

DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder, and that experience informs everything that we do.

OUR VALUES

Integrity, Openness, Mindfulness and Collaboration

SCOPE OF ROLE

DBSA is seeking candidates for a Foundations and Corporate Relationship Manager with proven success in writing and securing foundation and corporate grants and sponsorships. Reporting to the Vice President, the Manager initiates, cultivates, and sustains relationships in an effort to secure $600+K in annual funding from a diverse portfolio including foundation grants and corporate sponsorships. Success will be measured using metrics such as the number of 1) prospect visits 2) LOIs and proposals submitted, 3) grants and sponsorships secured, 4) revenue secured, and 5) reports submitted on time.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Identifies and qualifies funding opportunities provided by public, private, and corporate foundations.
Independently initiates cultivation and solicitation strategies for new and previously identified foundation and corporate prospects that result in new and renewed revenue.
Writes letters of inquiry and full grant and sponsorship proposals, including budgets, program work plans, outputs, and outcomes in partnerships with other departments, to ensure that the proposals align with the mission of DBSA.
Creates and maintains a timeline of submission windows for institutional investors to ensure maximum opportunity for acceptance.
Leads DBSA’s Well at Work partnership program.
Works in collaboration with the Sr. Manager, Mental Health Equity & External Partnerships to submit sponsorship proposals to industry partners.
Assumes all reporting responsibilities as required by funders: industry, corporate, foundation, and government.
Works with Finance to ensure timely and complete release of restricted funds.
Monitors progress toward revenue goals and provides statistical reports on an ongoing basis.
Envisions and executes quarterly engagement activities showcasing DBSA priorities to existing and prospective foundations, corporations and high-capacity contributors.
Manage and serve as staff liaison to DBSA Associate Board

QUALIFICATIONS

These recommended qualifications and related work experience are suggestive in nature only. They are not intended to limit or restrict association employees or applicants in any way. They are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. The requirements of this position are subject to change with or without prior notice.

This position requires prior demonstrated success in securing grants from public and private foundations. The ideal candidate will have secured state and federal grants.

Education and Professional Work Experience

  • Minimum of three years of successful fundraising experience, specifically working with foundations and corporation
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work public health, social work, communications, or related field (ideal, not required)
  • Demonstrated experience in securing grants and sponsorships ($100,000 or more preferred)
  • Ability to work in teams in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to multi-task and provide support to team members with diverse work styles
  • Familiarity with donor tracking software such as Raiser’s Edge

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent listening skills
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to relate to and establish trust with a diverse constituent base
  • Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • Personal experience (self, family, or friend) with mental health is a strong plus

INTERNAL/EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS

Internal: Coordinates with all internal staff. Reports to the VP – Partnerships and Development.

External: Works with all key stakeholder groups, funders, mental health thought leaders, researchers, DBSA constituents, and other nonprofits.

COMPENSATION

  • Additional Salary Information: $55,000 – $58,000 annually
  • This is a full-time position with generous benefits including health, dental, vision, disability, 401K, and life insurance. The position will primarily work standard hours of 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, with flexible start/end times possible. Periodic evening or weekend hours may be required.
  • Currently, this position will require 2 days (Monday & Wednesdays) in the office. The candidate may work the remaining days remotely.*
  • * This policy may be reviewed and revised.

DEDICATION TO AN EQUITABLE WORKPLACE

DBSA is committed to equal employment opportunity for all employees, and to providing employees with a work environment free of any form of discrimination and harassment. DBSA is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through our equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.
At DBSA, we make a point to celebrate our differences and respect each other’s unique perspectives. In fact, it is core to the work we do. DBSA encourages our employees to bring their authentic selves to work, where they receive a wholehearted welcome.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT

DBSA employees are required to provide digital proof of an updated COVID-19 vaccination status within 45 days of the acceptance of the employment offer unless the employee is granted accommodation in accordance with applicable laws.

* This policy may be reviewed and revised.

HOW TO APPLY

Please direct resumes and cover letters to jobs@dbsalliance.org.