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. Citizens who have taken a class on civics or the U.S. Constitution are more likely to believe in protecting judges from popular calls for their removal in the face of unpopular rulings. Constitutional education, in other words, is crucial to creating informed citizens who are willing to preserve, protect, and defend the rights and liberties that define us as a free society.
At this moment, the National Constitution Center's mission is more urgent than ever. American democracy cannot survive both ignorant and free. 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 president and chief executive officer, the Vice President of Advancement (Vice President) serves as the Center's chief development, marketing, and communications officer, providing fully integrated leadership across those functional areas, inclusive of the following: major and principal giving from individual and institutional sources, annual giving and memberships, legacy or blended giving, campaign initiatives, development operations, and institutional and program-specific marketing and communications. The Vice President serves as a catalyst and provides support to the president and chief executive officer regarding special projects to capitalize on new opportunities and identify new stakeholders. S/he also provides strategic support for special events. The Vice President is responsible for the direction and supervision of an advancement staff comprised of approximately 13 individuals. S/he will be charged with 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 Vice President will work closely with the president and chief executive officer to create advancement plans and institutional marketing goals focused on the larger strategic goals of the institution, notably the new strategic plan and funding initiative, Educating America: An Initiative for Constitutional Education and Civil Dialogue. The Vice President will serve as the Center's chief officer for all major fundraising initiatives or campaigns. The Vice President will collaborate with the president and chief executive officer and other members of the senior leadership team on overall organizational strategy.
The Center seeks an innovator in philanthropy who has deep experience in major gifts fundraising and campaign strategy and execution. S/he must be a student of modern philanthropy and able to effectively leverage complementary advancement functions through strategic, forward-thinking integration. The successful candidate will be a proven leader, manager, mentor, and collaborative colleague who is comfortable leading major initiatives and supporting the leadership of others, and has a track record of effectively spearheading organizational change.
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, advanced degree preferred; minimum of seven to 10 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; steeped in modern philanthropy best practices and able to effectively integrate advancement functions; in addition to possessing excellent fundraising abilities, must have the breadth of skills required to devise macro-level external relations strategies, including those related to organizational branding, marketing, and communications; 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 and greater, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual giving strategies; demonstrated ability in planning and executing integrated, strategic marketing and communications in support of achieving programmatic, institutional, event, and fundraising goals; 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; the ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process.
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