The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) is a growing international climate organization building a team of passionate individuals working on solutions centered in equity. Founded in 1991, ISC’s mission is to unleash the power of communities and local leaders to respond to interconnected environmental, economic and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all. For the past 30 years ISC has driven innovative and transformative solutions to climate change, from helping factories in Asia reduce greenhouse gas emissions to preparing for rising sea levels in Florida and building community resilience in US cities, ISC’s programs create collaborative solutions that embed equity in the transition to a green, low-emission economy.
ISC seeks a skilled, creative, and innovative development professional with well-honed, demonstrated business development, deal-making, fundraising, networking and partnership development skills on a national or international scale. The ideal candidate will bring together the organization's internal and external development strategies, functions and programs, and be motivated by building the central development function and systems at a critical time in the organization’s history.
The Vice President, Development, will refine ISC’s business model, and continue the development of ISC’s funder base and revenue sources. This position is the key revenue driver of the organization, responsible for both short-term and long-term revenue goals and, over time, will diversify ISC’s resource base. The successful candidate will be motivated by the organization’s mission, that of its partners, and by embedding equity in climate change and sustainability policy and investments, in addition to how much money is raised year over year. The Vice President of Development will drive how the organization and its work is perceived by a wide array of audiences – current and potential funders and partners, companies, institutions, and the general public – and help to elevate ISC’s profile as a thought leader and actor in integrating equity in the discourse of the climate and sustainability field.
The successful candidate will have a broad-based mix of experience and skills to promote ISC globally, attracting funding to grow the size and impact of the organization, and continue to advance ISC’s role in community impact. They 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. As the primary architect of ISC’s growth strategy, the new leader will have the opportunity to help design programming, craft campaigns, forge meaningful alliances, and interact with major influencers in the field. The VP will shepherd a bold vision in partnership with the President, Board, and senior staff with the goal of ensuring that the ISC is well positioned in this rapidly evolving and competitive environment, building strategies and best-in-class systems and processes.
This position joins a growing team at a time of pivotal transformation for the organization. As ISC celebrates its 30th anniversary, we welcomed a new president, Deeohn Ferris, and are refreshing our strategic plan with a renewed commitment to addressing the structural racism and income inequality in the U.S. and Asia that undermine efforts to build strong communities and regions as they respond to climate change. The ideal candidate will hold, and have demonstrated actions, illustrating the same commitment and values.
The Vice President of Development will be responsible for:
This position requires an energetic and motivated leader with strong management and people skills, deep knowledge of non profit business development and fundraising, and the desire to build organizational systems and well functioning, dynamic teams.
Additional qualities of the ideal candidate include:
ISC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workplace. People from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.