About the Permanent Fund


Founded in 2000 by two philanthropists who were seeking a proactive and revolutionary way to make a difference for children and families in Vermont, the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children (The Permanent Fund) is a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation. The mission of the Permanent Fund is to “Ensure that every Vermont child has access to high quality and affordable early care and education by 2025.” The Fund serves as a catalyst and seed-funder for innovative initiatives and provides support critical to Vermont’s efforts to attract further funding to implement these programs. Since its founding, the Permanent Fund has led a statewide collaborative, strategic, and focused approach to ensure that outstanding programs for all of Vermont’s youngest children are launched, funded and integrated fully into Vermont’s early care and education system.


The Chief Development Officer is a new position at the Permanent Fund. The position represents an opportunity to join a timely and historic effort to create change on an issue that’s quickly rising to the forefront of public consciousness: early care and learning. The Permanent Fund team is a smart, energetic and fun group of people who are passionate about their work and fully committed to the Fund’s mission. Our workplace is located in the heart of Burlington’s South End Arts District and is an open and collaborative space. If you enjoy a fast-paced, team-based, dynamic work environment, a down-to-earth social atmosphere, and the opportunity to create real systemic social change in Vermont and beyond, this could be the place for you.


Position Summary

Under the general direction of the CEO, the Chief Development Officer is responsible for all aspects of the Permanent Fund’s comprehensive development and donor relations program. The Chief Development Officer will lead all resource development, strategic philanthropic planning, and programmatic funding alignment for the Fund and will help execute the development of an entrepreneurial organizational structure and plan that aligns with programmatic objectives. S(he) will have experience both raising and managing significant gifts and grants and developing fundraising strategies. This individual will also offer strategic guidance to the CEO.  This position will supervise a small fundraising team that includes a development writer and an executive assistant.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Planning and Strategy


  • In collaboration with the CEO and leadership team, lead the organizational alignment of short- and long-term strategic planning processes for revenue generation for the Fund.
  • Develop overall development strategy, goals, staff structure, plan, and budget for both the annual operating fund and a larger multi-year, multi-million dollar sunset campaign.
  • Establish and track metrics to measure the effectiveness of plans and recommend plan revisions, based upon performance assessment results.
  • Work to create and cultivate a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization where all staff and volunteers prioritize and contribute to the development functions of the organization and recognize that development is critical to overall success of the Fund.

Strategic Relationship Development


  • Systematically cultivate, manage and advance strategic and authentic relationships with select individual and corporate donors and prospects. This process includes identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects to meet annual and long-term campaign revenue targets.
  • Create and execute plans to expand the Permanent Fund’s donor and prospect pool beyond Vermont, creating connections and relationships with individuals, businesses, and foundations to support the Fund, prioritizing and executing solicitations and proposals from the highest ROI opportunities.
  • Working with the CEO and communications staff, represent the Fund and its programs at key local and national events and conferences and with other key stakeholder audiences. Prepare and deliver presentations to organizations and groups of individuals and businesses to promote the brand and cultivate financial support.
  • Work with program staff to identify and leverage existing and potential partnerships in areas to include, but not be limited to: child care, education, leadership education, economic development/finance, community development, sustainability, program infrastructure and healthcare.


Management and Execution of Development Activities


  • Oversee the annual operating fund campaign including mail and personal/ business donor solicitation and tracking.
  • Coordinate major donor strategy and solicitation process for long-term sunset campaign, aligning annual fund goals with the larger campaign goals.
  • Pro-actively staff the CEO to drive development activity through relationships with a portfolio of major donors and prospects.
  • Work effectively, in partnership with the CEO, with the board of directors and other influential and connected volunteers to engage them in development initiatives, with a priority on facilitating introductions to new prospects.
  • Establish and oversee administrative systems to accurately manage donor/prospect information, gift processing, accounting, management, data and reporting systems.
  • Provide leadership management support to the development staff.
  • In partnership with the Finance department and grants staff, lead overall grants management process for the Fund including ensuring compliance for all grant and gift agreements.
  • Oversee and report on monthly and quarterly financial assessments, forecasts, and reporting, in collaboration with CEO and Finance department.

Qualifications and Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and a minimum 7 years of successful experience in nonprofit development leadership, including strategy and planning, annual fund, major gifts, foundation grants and relations, and campaigns, or equivalent education and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish, develop, and maintain meaningful and authentic relationships with prospects, donors, board members and other constituents to grow relationships and financial support.
  • Demonstrated success in the solicitation and closing of annual, major, planned, and campaign gifts.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively, strategically, and collaboratively as a member of a senior management team.
  • Managerial experience and a willingness and ability to establish and work in a highly collaborative and integrated team-centric environment.
  • Ability to communicate professionally and persuasively, both orally and in writing, in order to convey credibility and expertise in advising donors on confidential and sometimes complex financial matters.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with fundraising/donor management software and administrative systems.
  • Ability to relate effectively and credibly to diverse groups of people including top community and business leaders, legislators, and donors and prospects.
  • A recognition of and passion for the societal importance of creating access to high quality and affordable early care and learning.
  • Skill in recognizing transformational opportunities, applying them in a real-world setting, and creating buy-in from staff and organizational leadership to unleash creative potential at all levels of the Fund.


To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, and three references by October 1, 2017 to jamie@permanentfund.org or Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, 19 Marble Ave, Suite 4 Burlington, VT 05401. The position will be posted until filled

Job Details

  • Position Type: Development
  • Location: Chittenden County
  • Employment Type/ Status: Full Time