The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia inspires people across America and around the world to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. A private, independent nonprofit, the Center is chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” To fulfill that mission it serves as America's leading platform for constitutional education and debate.
As a Headquarters for Civic Education, the Center delivers the best educational programs and online resources that inspire, excite, and engage citizens about the U.S. Constitution. As America's Town Hall, the Center brings the leading conservative, libertarian, and progressive thought leaders together for debates and podcasts about the central constitutional issues in the news, engaging hundreds of thousands of listeners and visitors each month. As the Museum of We the People in a beautiful building on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, the Center brings the Constitution to life for thousands of visitors of all ages through interactive programs and exhibits and rare, precious founding documents, including one of the twelve surviving copies of the Bill of Rights and the five rarest drafts of the U.S. Constitution.
In America today, constitutional literacy and civic education are in a state of crisis. A third of Americans cannot name a single branch of government, and only a third can name all three branches. Moreover, at a time when populist forces on the left and the right are threatening constitutional principles around the world, this civic ignorance has grave consequences for our democracy. For constitutional democracy to survive, citizens must know their rights and responsibilities, the sources of their liberties, and the history of the Founders' struggles to protect them.
In response, the National Constitution Center has initiated a new strategic plan, Educating America: An Initiative for Constitutional Education and Civil Dialogue, to invest in programs and operations with a multi-eight-figure fundraising goal to be raised in the next three to five years. This initiative will expand the Constitution Center's reach, restoring constitutional education to the center of American life and elevating civic discourse by hosting constitutional conversations on all media platforms across America.
Reporting to the vice president for external relations, the Assistant Vice President for External Relations (AVP) is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the National Constitution Center's external relations program and managing approximately 10 to 12 corresponding staff, inclusive of the following: institutional giving (corporate, foundation), annual giving and memberships, legacy or blended giving, special events, stewardship, development operations, and institutional and program-specific marketing and communications. The AVP serves as the Center's overall No. 2 leader for the external relations team and as a strategic partner to the vice president for external relations, the president and CEO, and the executive vice president and COO, among other Center leaders, in setting annual and multi-year fundraising goals, and identifying and refining giving priorities. S/he will be a key figure in continuing the maturation of an organization-wide, major-gifts-focused culture of philanthropy and building the donor base on a national scale, while increasing overall philanthropic resources, high impact partnerships, awareness, and powerful connections with both the Constitution Center's existing stakeholders and its emerging audiences. The AVP will champion the incorporation of industry best practices and an ethos of continuous improvement. S/he will also personally engage in frontline fundraising, carrying a portfolio of current and prospective donors at the level of high-end membership gifts and emerging major gifts. The AVP must possess the leadership stature and strategic decision-making ability to serve as proxy for the vice president for external relations as necessary, as well as the ambition to grow as a leader within the organization as the external relations program evolves.
Required qualifications and experience: dedication to the mission and goals of the National Constitution Center and credible knowledge of current issues related to the U.S. Constitution and civic affairs; demonstrated commitment to freedom and civil discourse through personal or professional endeavors, volunteerism, or other means; bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred; minimum of seven years of experience in increasingly responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, annual giving, planned giving, stewardship, board relations) and participation in a major capital campaign, preferably within a major cultural institution, nonprofit organization, educational institution, or other environment of similar complexity; demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including experience creating and managing a budget; particular strength in developing the case for support and strategic, complex, and innovative fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives; hands-on experience with six and seven-figure gifts, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual giving strategies; success in securing gifts from both defined and undefined constituencies; steeped in modern philanthropy best practices and able to effectively integrate external relations functions; must have the breadth of skills required to contribute to macro-level external relations strategies, including those related to organizational branding, marketing, and communications; ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about strategy and process; experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers; skill at goal setting and measuring success, and agility in addressing alternate program directions to meet goals when necessary; experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring strategic plans.
The National Constitution Center has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search processes. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, NY 10174