Vice President, Philanthropy

Posted: 2/2/2022

Status: Full-time, exempt
Reports to: President + CEO
Supervises: Donor Engagement Officer, Marketing + PR Director


McColl Center is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary arts hub in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. We are where artists and people who care about them converge, connect, and thrive. As a hub for creativity and a catalyst for growth, McColl Center is committed to putting artists first, supporting them throughout their careers with artist studios, access to modern equipment and tools, entrepreneurship programs, and 5,000 SF of gallery space to exhibit and sell work.

As a team, we embrace diversity, equity, inclusion, and access as core values and a strategy to advance artists and community. We strive to create a welcoming space for everyone by respecting the creativity, ideas, beliefs, cultures, identities, and lived experiences of all artists, volunteers, stakeholders, visitors, staff, and partners, and assume the good intentions of those with whom we collaborate and interact.


Vice President, Philanthropy (VP) develops and facilitates opportunities for donors to support McColl Center’s dynamic residencies, events, programs, and workshops. The VP will create the strategy and executable plans to maintain and grow individual, foundation, corporate, and public-sector giving. The VP serves on the Executive Team, leads the Philanthropy Department, and co-leads the Marketing and Public Relations Department with the VP, Creative Director.

The VP will join McColl Center at an exciting time, as the organization continues implementation of its bold strategic plan. The VP will be innovative in their approach while also understanding best practices, budgeting, reporting, and documentation requirements. The VP will excel in goal attainment, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and maintain the highest ethical standards. The VP will value building community among McColl Center Igniters (individual donors) and will honor gifts of all sizes.


  • Design and implement a multi-year philanthropy plan with clear objectives and timelines to support a $1.4 million annual fundraising goal
  • Engage with the Board of Directors and the Philanthropy Committee to leverage their support and networks for revenue generation
  • Build and nurture long-lasting relationships with the Igniters’ community to include cultivation, soliciting, closing, and stewardship
  • Sustain and grow relationships with key constituents including the Windgate Foundation, Bank of America, Foundation For The Carolinas, the North Carolina Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and other corporate, nonprofit, and public funders
  • Collaborate with the VP, Creative Director on public relations and marketing efforts to advance support and increase community engagement
  • Plan and execute McColl Center’s fundraising events to build relationships and secure support including engaging with artists for commissions and participation
  • Represent McColl Center by attending internal and external events to network and build the brand
  • Participate in professional development to stay abreast of best practices in the sectors and in philanthropy
  • Utilize best practices in donor cultivation and stewardship to ensure the President + CEO is well-positioned with ask dates, ask amounts, relevant research, and expected gift close dates
  • Create and monitor annual budgets for contributed revenue and expenses while evaluating monthly accountability reports for organization’s fundraising operations
  • Participate in grant writing and reporting efforts in partnership with the President + CEO, Creative and Finance Teams, and contract employees
  • Evaluate and analyze effectiveness of fundraising and marketing strategies for growing support
  • Maintain the highest level of integrity and confidentiality of donor and prospect information
  • Oversee efforts to leverage donor management software to ensure records are maintained and accurate
  • Coordinate the development and maintenance of gift processing, donor relations, and prospect management policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and quality of information and stewardship practices
  • Maintain a close relationship with the VP, Creative Director and Marketing + PR Director to establish a shared marketing vision
  • Lead, develop, and coach direct reports and consultants to achieve growth, maintain high morale, and retain talent
  • Work with the Finance Team to reconcile and review advancement financial reports to ensure accuracy of donor contributions and advancement expenses
  • Serve in a leadership capacity on cross-functional teams to implement the strategic plan
  • Provide support for additional McColl Center activities as assigned


  • Seven years of development experience preferred with a proven track record in actively securing gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations
  • Exceptional leadership, emotional intelligence, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience leading a team and volunteers
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Possess knowledge of development and marketing best practices to meet goals, and educate the team and volunteers
  • Experience writing copy, editing, and proofing
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft applications, CRMs, and social media platforms
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, and manage a busy schedule


  • Salary Range: $80,000-$90,000 annually
  • McColl Center offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, life, paid time off, and a 403(b)-retirement plan
  • This position is based at McColl Center and eligible for flexible work benefit after 90-days


For immediate consideration, please formally apply online and provide a resume and cover letter.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job classification. They are not to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities of people so assigned.

McColl Center is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to abide by all federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination based solely on a person’s race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, physical disability, mental disability, age, military status, marital status, registered domestic partner status, gender (including sex stereotyping), medical condition (including but not limited to cancer related or HIV/AIDS status) sexual orientation, or any other protected status except where a reasonable, bona fide occupational qualification exists.