Vice President Donor Relations


The Vice President Donor Relations is responsible for securing sufficient funds to operate, expand, and endow the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc programs. The Vice President Donor Relations initiates, manages, and evaluates all current/deferred gift programs and promotes public support for the Youth Ranches through various means of communication. 

The Vice President Donor Relations is directly responsible to the Executive Vice President and is a member of the Main Office administrative team.

This position is not eligible for overtime pay.


The following duties and responsibilities are given as examples of the various types of work performed in this position.  Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned.

  1. Provide a clear vision and leadership for the statewide donor relations team in an effort to meet the overall financial development objectives.
  2. Provides risk management and supervision for the statewide donor relations team by coordinating, advising, motivating, training and evaluating employees.
  3. Knows and interprets the mission of the agency to the public through the various media, publications, and verbal communication.
  4. Acquires and cultivates charitable gifts through direct mail, payroll deduction and various other methods.
  5. Provides appropriate donor recognition opportunities by ensuring various awards and other tokens of appreciation are available as needed.
  6. Recommends, implements, and evaluates strategies for increasing current and deferred gift support (particularly wills, gift annuities and charitable trusts) from the various Youth Ranches donor sources; assumes ultimate responsibility for the accuracy of various calculations pertaining to deferred gifts and compliance related to various charitable solicitation laws.
  7. Provides regular analysis and feedback of fundraising efforts.
  8. Develops and manages various agency publications and produces promotional, informational or appreciation items.
  9. Coordinates and schedules all fundraising special events.
  10. Develops and maintains an agency-wide Crisis Management Policy and is alert to potential crisis situations that may adversely affect the Youth Ranches.
  11. Reviews special gift agreements, endowments, scholarships and restricted funds to ensure they are formatted in accordance with donor wishes and agency needs.
  12. Works with the Vice President of Programs and Vice President of Finance in the administration of designated funds.
  13. Ensures the procurement and purchasing of items for areas of responsibility in accordance with agency purchasing policy and procedures.


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of fundraising and development experience in progressively responsible leadership positions.
  • Strong background managing all aspects of fundraising, including high net worth
    individuals, foundation and corporate relations, direct mail, and social media.
  • Experience creating budgets and forecasting revenue.
  • Proficiency with fundraising applications using available data to perform
    comprehensive donor data analysis and reporting.
  • Strong understanding of data utilization and management, as well as the effective
    use of fundraising data for strategic operations and decision-making.
  • Experience supervising and managing a diverse and geographically distributed
    team with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, delegate responsibility, inspire, engage and motivate staff.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each area of responsibility satisfactorily.  The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

  1. Must have the ability to establish long and short range goals and follow through to completion and be able to manage multiple priorities.
  2. Must have the ability to establish effective working relationships with Youth Ranches staff and other key individuals and must have skills in donor relations, image building, and developing esprit de corps.
  3. Must have the ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents; ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries and complaints; ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations, and to communicate in a clear and concise manner.
  4. Must have the ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistics; ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  5. Must have the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; ability to interpret extensive variety of instructions; ability to deal with problems involving variety of situations.
  6. Must have the ability to advise in a tactful manner.
  7. Must have the ability to delegate in an effective manner.
  8. Must have the ability to professionally manage difficult and sensitive situations and refrain from divulging confidential information to unauthorized persons.


The physical requirements described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, talk, hear and reach with hands and arms.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception and the ability to focus.


The Vice President Donor Relations must be willing and free to drive and travel extensively.  Work is generally performed in indoor office/home settings, with the exception of special events, which may be conducted in outdoor settings, i.e., Open House celebrations, auctions, tournaments, etc. Therefore, at times, they must be able to tolerate heat.  There are no special conditions.

BASE SALARY                  $75,000.00 Annually

DEADLINE TO APPLY      Open Until Filled

CONTACT                        Maria Knapp, Executive Vice President

Job Category: Vice President Donor Relations
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Main Office - Live Oak

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