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Vice President, Development (Black Girls Code)

Black Girls CODE (BGC) is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. BGC introduces computer programming and technology to girls from underrepresented communities in technology areas such as web design, robotics, gaming, mobile app development and more. By cultivating the next generation of coders we hope to grow the number of women of color in technology and give underrepresented girls a chance to become the future leaders in technology and the masters of their technological worlds. We thrive on working in a collaborative, fast-paced environment. We represent a diversity of backgrounds, a wealth of experience and a lot of fun. Black Girls CODE's ultimate goal is to provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.

“Imagine. Build. Create.”

Since launching in April 2011, BGC has had the honor of bringing technology and entertainment to many wonderful girls of color. By teaching the girls programming and game design, BGC hopes to have started the lifelong process of developing in them a true love for technology and the self-confidence that comes from understanding the greatest tools of the 21st century. Through community outreach programs such as workshops and after school programs, we introduce underprivileged girls to basic programming skills in languages like Scratch and Ruby on Rails. The skills they acquire through the programs give these young women a chance at well-paying professions with prestigious companies, as well as the ability to enter into the field as entrepreneurs and leaders of technology.

BGC has exclusively retained Nonprofit HR to assist in its recruitment efforts for its next Vice President, Development (VP).  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Vice President, Development (VP) is a member of the senior leadership team and has overall responsibility for leading the development operation and staff. The VP is a strategic thinker and is responsible for developing a bold development plan and the fundraising strategies to achieve the plan in close coordination with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, chapter organizations, and the development staff. The VP develops and leads BGC’s efforts to enhance current and generate new programmatic and unrestricted funding. This person will oversee and support the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual, government, corporate, and foundation donors, and drive efforts to broaden the donor base and revenue streams.

The VP ensures that the organization is well positioned in a rapidly evolving and competitive environment. S/he/they ensures that strategies are clearly understood by all stakeholders and that the development office is achieving its strategic goals at an optimum pace. In collaboration with the Executive Director, the VP identifies and leads new business development opportunities and ensures highly productive and positive relationships for the benefit of the BGC.  The VP serves as the Chief Fundraiser for the organization and successfully balances (at times) a rigorous travel schedule meeting with potential and current funders; and the role of coach, mentor, and leader of the development staff. Candidates with passion for tech diversity and inclusion and a strong sense of creating positive change in the world through social impact work are encouraged to apply. 

The ideal candidate is a dynamic leader who can build and execute thoughtful and ambitious strategies while ensuring operational excellence. The VP will be a results-oriented motivator with high standards for excellence. S/he/they will be a clear, consistent and empathetic communicator, someone who excels at relationship building, who is constantly innovating and has entrepreneurial instincts, who naturally absorbs new information, and who has a contagious drive for excellence and accountability. It will also be the VP’s responsibility to establish credibility throughout the organization and with the Executive Director as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges.

Internally, the VP must develop, lead, attract, inspire, retain, and manage a diverse, talented, and high-performing team, to ensure that the mission and core values of BGC are put into practice by holding everyone accountable for quantifiable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Team building is key. Beyond guiding the staff in their respective areas of functional expertise, the executive must foster a shared vision for the important work it must do—making the most of the staff's collective talent in support of organization-wide success. In an environment that is collegial and where talent and culture are critical, the VP will need to engage staff in strategic operations and execution through responsive and transparent communication and leadership.

The ideal candidate will possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) with a minimum of 15 years of relevant work experience, including at least five years of executive-level fundraising experience with private foundations, corporations and major donors on a national and international scale. This role requires passion for BGC’s mission and goals, coupled with work experience and donor contacts in mission aligned areas. The position requires a proven track record in fundraising from a variety of sources, including government agencies, private foundations, individuals, and the private sector. The person should be skilled at building relationships among and working effectively with diverse groups, and preferably have knowledge of and/or experience serving underrepresented communities, neighborhoods, and populations. The position also requires demonstrated entrepreneurial ability to develop alliances and coordinate shared interests of all parties, with excellent communications and problem-solving skills designed to meet the challenges of the organization. It is essential that s/he/they possess excellent written and oral communication skills, with considerable experience in writing and presenting information to a variety of audiences, as well as a demonstrated ability to use data and CRM systems to set fundraising strategy and priorities, measure outcomes, and drive superior performance.

For consideration, interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter must address your experience and qualifications being sought. Electronic submissions highly preferred. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Please visit: www.blackgirlscode.com for more information about the organization.



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