Vice President of Development
The Mentoring Alliance
The Mentoring Alliance (TMA) is looking for a new Vice President of Development to help lead their ongoing development and future growth. Their mission is to mobilize godly people into the lives of kids and families, to provide tangible help and eternal hope. Having experienced explosive growth over the past five years, they currently work in Tyler, TX and are considering plans to expand regionally and perhaps, nationally.
The Mentoring Alliance is a Christ-centered, intentionally multi-ethnic ministry serving children and families in East Texas. They connect godly people with families in their community to provide high quality after-school programs, summer camps and one-on-one mentoring relationships.
TMA originated from the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas – created in 1992 – when a small group of area youth leaders saw a need for after-school care for youth. It earned official nonprofit status and affiliation with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. By 2005, the need to focus on serving younger children was addressed and after-school clubs were opened at local elementary schools. In 2015, an umbrella organization, The Mentoring Alliance, was created, under which all three of their programs operate: Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas after-school program, Gospel Village one-on-one mentoring programs, and Rose City Summer Camps day camp program. Each program is Christ-centered and biblically-grounded, offering a year-round circle of care to the children they serve.
Their budget this fiscal year is just over $3.6 million, with approximately $1.4 million being operating income from their programs and $2.2 million being from fundraising. Last year, 41% of their revenues came from program fees, 28% from foundations, 25% from individual contributions and 5% from special events (1% from other sources). In FY2016–17, their program ratio was 81%.
The new Vice President of Development is a key member of the leadership team – along with the President, Vice President of Operations, and Senior Director of Ministries – and serves as the person responsible for successfully creating, leading and implementing an integrated resource development strategy, including ongoing donor development, marketing and community engagement, foundations and grants, gift and estate planning, and overseeing a portfolio of key major donor relationships.
To put it very simply…the ideal candidate needs to be both “an architect and a hunter”. In other words, there is a need for someone with great capacity to lead and grow a fundraising department in a bigger, better way – to put together workable strategies – but who will also spend time out in the community, meeting with donors and potential donors and developing relationships. This new leader must be effective at making the ask and securing gifts for the ministry.
And what is the right candidate doing now? They are probably working in development at another ministry. They could be part of a team at a larger ministry who is ready to lead, or they could be someone in an organization who feels they have plateaued and is looking for a new, dynamic and growing opportunity. Or they could possibly be from the business world; someone who has proven business development and relational sales experience and is looking to use those skills in a ministry context. The key for someone with this background will be their ability to translate those skills to the fundraising context and to lead a department and a strategy well. The ideal candidate could be described as a team builder, relational, flexible, an empowerer, an innovator, proactive, and engaging.
To download the full Organization & Position Profile (highly recommended), please click here.
To learn more about TMA, please visit its website at www.thementoringalliance.com.