VisionLink is dedicated to assisting adults who are living with vision loss to achieve greater independence through excellence in education and wrap-around support services that advance necessary skills, establish meaningful community connections, and enable those served to live their lives to the fullest.
VisionLink can trace its beginnings to organizations serving blind and visually impaired individuals in the 1870’s and had been operating as Associated Services for the Blind for nearly 40 years. Its recent rebranding as VisionLink communicates the organization’s role more clearly as a “bridge” and connection between adults experiencing blindness, low vision, and vision impairment with essential resources, programs, and providers. The organization seeks to improve accessibility on a macro level, working in tandem with local organizations to improve programs to better serve adults facing vision loss.
This is an exciting time for VisionLink, as the organization actualizes its new brand and mission and opens a new training and education center (with a Low Vision Resource Center) for individuals experiencing vision loss. This is an ideal position for an experienced development professional who is a) a leader and thought partner, b) adept at both setting and executing strategy, c) someone who can turn big ideas into action steps that move the team forward, and d) someone who can proactively identify solutions for complex challenges.
Reporting to the President/CEO, the Director of Advancement and Philanthropy will manage all aspects of fundraising strategy and execution for the organization and work to establish starting goals and processes for the organization’s grantmaking function. This is a new position, designed to advance the organization’s fundraising initiatives and expand the senior leadership team. (VisionLink is open to a Chief-level title and salary for candidates with extensive experience and an exemplary track record.)
The Director of Advancement and Philanthropy will lead the organization’s strategic fundraising agenda to exceed its revenue goals and effectively manage a $2.8 million annual budget through the solicitation of individual, corporate, and foundation support and grants. Managing a supportive team member and working with established marketing/communications consulting partners, the Director of Advancement and Philanthropy also builds VisionLink’s identity to raise awareness of the organization and its services, partnerships, and connections.
This position will have the opportunity to assess the development team’s infrastructure and advocate for appropriate resources to achieve short-term and long-term fundraising objectives. The Director of Advancement and Philanthropy will work closely with VisionLink’s President & CEO, Board, and Development & Marketing Committee.
The organization is poised to increase its fundraising activity and results and this is an incredible opportunity for a dynamic fundraiser to propel VisionLink to make an even greater impact by raising resources, forging relationships, and launching a philanthropic strategy.