The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. - Director of Institutional Advancement

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The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. – Director of Institutional Advancement

  • Location: Montpelier, Vermont

  • Reports to: CEO

  • Full Time, Day Shift


The Director of Institutional Advancement provides leadership, planning, execution, and management of IPPI’s Advancement office and is responsible for the design, creation, implementation, and maintenance of a comprehensive, mission-driven institutional advancement program.   This is a new position that will require a seasoned advancement generalist to put agency-wide communications and fundraising systems in place while performing the friend-and fund-raising necessary to prepare for a capital campaign scheduled to begin 2020-21.

The Director will articulate a broad understanding of IPPI’s mission, vision, values, and operating principles as well as its position in the field/industry.  S/he is responsible for the marketing, communications, public relations and fundraising for the organization, which is headquartered in Vermont and operates in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  The Director of Institutional Advancement is a member of the senior leadership team and participates in shaping strategies and setting direction for the organization.

The Director of Institutional Advancement will be a capable communicator with strong interpersonal skills and a high degree of emotional intelligence.  This is extremely important given IPPI’s operations, staff, and constituents. 

Key Responsibilities (These responsibilities are not all-inclusive.  They are representative of the role and may be changed at any time.):

  • Develop and implement an integrated, organization-wide strategic communications plan that will enhance IPPI’s image and position

  • Create a branding/marketing/public relations strategy that will allow the organization to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences including stakeholders, the media, public officials, key influencers, and potential donors and volunteers

  • Oversee a branding effort that presents the agency as a unified, skilled, and trusted provider

  • Initiate a coordinated, agency-wide development program, beginning with an annual appeal, to generate $100,000 in year one and strategic, project-based fundraising that would generate $1 million in year two

  • Develop systems and prospects to ready the agency for a capital campaign to build and endow a school in Connecticut in year three

  • Develop, execute, and oversee the development of all print and electronic branded materials including website and other electronic media, newsletters, annual outcomes report, and other communications

  • Recruit and manage a communications, marketing, and development team consisting of Staff, Board members, and other volunteers or interns

  • Develop, in conjunction with CEO and senior leadership, short- and long-term budgets for the advancement office

  • Keep informed of developments in the fields of marketing, communications, and public relations in relation to non-profit human services

  • Serve as primary liaison to the Board of Directors, attend Board of Director’s meetings and serve as Ex Officio to the Board’s Advancement Committee

  • All other duties as assigned


  • Team player who can establish strong working relationships and work effectively with others, both outside and within the organization

  • Outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, including listening skills

  • Minimum five years’ experience at a senior level in the development, marketing, and/or communications department of a non-profit, mission driven organization

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred

  • Significant experience working with a Board of Directors

  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of privileged information

  • Ability to translate vision and strategy into results

  • Ability to quickly build credibility and develop effective partnerships with all levels of management across the state operations

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills

  • Proficiency with MS Office.

Other Requirements:

  • Satisfactory CORI and other record checks relevant to the position

  • Frequent travel to all states were IPPI operates

Physical and Mental Demands:

These physical and mental demands are representative of the physical and mental requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable qualified people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of this position.

  • Lift/carry up to 10 pounds; speaking; standing; sitting for long periods of time; reaching; bending; walking; reaching with arms and hands, balancing; using fingers to handle or feel.

  • Thinking analytically; analyzing and interpreting data; organizing and coordinating; problem solving; making decisions; communicating verbally; creating written communication; handling stress/emotions.

  • This position requires the routine use of standard office equipment such as computers, phones, copiers, fax machines, audio/visual equipment, etc.

  • This position operates in a professional office environment and also requires both business day, overnight, and out-of-area travel on a regular basis.

IPPI is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. IPPI and Talon RPO do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.