Annual Giving, Development – General, Donor Relations/Stewardship
SAFE seeks an experienced and passionate fundraising leader to serve as the Vice President of Development to lead a lean development organization to develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy that yields sustained multi-year funding results. Building on the success achieved to date by SAFE, the Vice President will collaborate with the President/CEO, other senior staff, and volunteer leadership to manage overall development systems and strategy, while focusing primarily on identifying, cultivating, and soliciting high net worth individuals to fund SAFE’s activities.
S/he will leverage all the resources of the organization, including its remarkable base of supporters, high profile Board contacts, and a variety of research reports and expertise. S/he will work to enlist new donors with a particular focus on increasing SAFE’s unrestricted funding. And s/he will ensure that development, marketing and communications, and program strategies align for donor engagement and enhance the long-term financial stability and growth of the organization.
The Vice President of Development will report to the President/CEO and will collaborate closely with the Executive Vice President. S/he will manage and mentor a Managing Director of Corporate Engagement and retain additional development talent to the extent necessary or appropriate. S/he will also coordinate with the Director of Operations, who oversees database and donor management systems, and will work closely with the Director of Editing and Content, who assists with grant writing.
Leverage Relationships and Coordinate Fundraising Efforts
The Vice President will be the leader of a development program that relies on the efforts of a small but effective inter-departmental team and consultants, and leverages the influence and network of SAFE’s high-profile leadership. The Vice President will establish effective communications and working relationships with the CEO and Board Members to enhance their fundraising efforts, while cultivating relationships of her/his own with donors and prospective donors. S/he will support the CEO’s and EVP’s efforts to recruit new Board and Energy Security Leadership Council members, and to engage corporate leadership around relevant councils (Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, Electrification Coalition Business Council, etc.). Additionally, s/he will work closely on donor-driven projects, ensuring that donor goals are met.
Expand Base of Sustaining Funders
Demonstrating fund-raising best practices, the Vice President will focus on donor capture and retention, including donor engagement, donor recognition, and overall “moves management” while also implementing a methodical prospect research and clearance process.
Build and Manage an Integrated Development Program
The Vice President will ensure that Development is well-integrated across the entire organization, informed regarding goals and successes, as well as helping to frame organizational strategies, priorities, and programs to best attract donor interest and instill a donor-centered culture. S/he should ensure full utilization of fundraising software across the organization. The team will be known for its organization, effectiveness and creativity.
Improve Donor Relations and Communication Materials
The Vice President will revamp donor communication vehicles to connect effectively and consistently with prospects and donors. S/he will tailor communications to be targeted to specific constituents and ensure donors are contacted with the appropriate frequency.
Professional Skills and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree
Minimum of 10 years or more of professional experience with a proven track record of securing six- and seven-figure, multi-year commitments from a variety of funding
Demonstrated experience building effective networks among foundations, major donors and social investors in related sectors (e.g. security, energy, sustainability or civic engagement) and in building and fostering relationships with high net worth individuals.
“Self-starter” and goal-driven individual with a determination to get out of the office to develop and build funding relationships with new and existing donors.
Strong leadership, management, and influencing skills.
Thrives in a high energy environment with the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously; comfortable working in a start-up-like environment with lean support
Excellent project and process management skills. Understands the power of planning, research and targeted
Strong editorial and grant writing experience, and a willingness to do many aspects of this themselves.
Embraces SAFE’s mission, vision and strategic direction.
Thinks outside the Beltway but has an in-depth understanding of Washington politics and is comfortable engaging with donors along the policy and political spectrum.
Team player and collaborator who is open and transparent about process and progress. Willing to pitch in and help others when
Good sense of humor.
Ability to travel up to 33%.
Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) is an action oriented, non-ideological organization committed to reducing America’s dependence on oil to bolster national security and strengthen the economy. The organization has ambitious plans to advance energy security in the United States by expanding domestic oil and natural gas production, improving fuel efficiency, and accelerating the shift toward a transportation sector powered by a broader mix of diverse energy sources.
SAFE’s policy proposals have been embraced by the leaders of both major political parties. In 2007, President George W. Bush used the State of the Union Address to propose a plan closely mirroring a SAFE proposal, which ultimately led to the first improvement in automotive fuel-economy standards in a generation. In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined his plan to implement one of SAFE’s policy recommendations, the establishment of an Energy Security Trust, and credited the organization with generating the idea.
SAFE made its public debut in 2005 with Oil ShockWave, a fast-paced and realistic war game exercise led by former U.S. cabinet members – the crippling September air attack on S...audi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil processing facilities was precisely the scenario considered in one of SAFE’s Oil ShockWave simulations. It then formed partnerships with some of the country’s leading corporate executives and retired military officials to develop innovative methods to educate, communicate and advocate for policy solutions to America’s evolving energy issues. SAFE’s Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC) is co-chaired by Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and CEO of FedEx Corporation, and General Jim Conway, USMC (Ret.), 34th Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps.
In 2009, SAFE launched the Electrification Coalition (EC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit group of business executives representing the entire value chain of a proposed electrified transportation system, from automakers to utilities, to promote the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale.
SAFE provides fact-based analysis of energy policy, markets, and trends through a combination of original research, high-profile public events, traditional and social media outlets, and public advocacy. The organization’s policy platform is non-partisan and encourages members of both major political parties to set aside long-held orthodoxies for the good of the country.
SAFE was founded in 2004 and employs more than 20 people and multiple consultants. It has an annual budget of over $6 million comprised of foundations, corporate partners, and individual donors.
Initiatives that SAFE is undertaking to strengthen U.S. energy security and reduce the country’s dependence on oil include:
Implementation of Electric Vehicle Deployment Community Projects
SAFE and the EC launched two major projects – Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) and Drive Electric Orlando (DEO) – to support the deployment of electric vehicles in strategically chosen communities to demonstrate that significant adoption of EVs is possible in an environment in which regulatory policy, education, infrastructure, and other services come together in an integrated way. That work later expanded to Columbus, OH, the winner of the Smart Cities Challenge, after being engaged in the competition process, and then to upstate New York, all of which ultimately led to Bloomberg Philanthropies funding SAFE and EC’s work with the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative and the American Cities Climate Challenge. The EC’s effectiveness with these programs has resulted in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ recent renewal and considerable increase of funding to expand their work with these programs and launch a targeted new state policy and implementation program to increase EV supportive policies.
When SAFE was founded in 2004 there were few options to mitigate the vulnerabilities the US experiences due to its dependence on oil. In 2020, we have at our disposal the technology to diversify our fuel sources. SAFE plays an important role in explaining to conservatives that an unfree and unfair oil market is still problematic until we achieve greater fuel diversity. The technology exists to mitigate the vulnerabilities associated with oil dependence, Due to its focus on national and economic security, SAFE has a unique ability to engage conservative thought leaders and lawmakers on energy policy. Through targeted research, impactful public events, and the mobilization of trusted advocates, the organization is working to frame energy security policy in a way that brings conservatives to the table.
Commission on the Future of Mobility
The approaching 50th anniversary of the establishment of fuel economy standards as a cornerstone of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 offers an opportunity to reflect on their past and, more importantly, their future. Indeed, the accelerated deployment of connected, autonomous, and shared vehicle applications, along with the expansion of alternative-fueled powertrains and the growth of micro-mobility solutions, will expedite a critical transportation revolution. In addition to improving mobility, the convergence of these new technologies and applications can enhance global security, improve roadway safety, increase economic productivity, broaden economic prosperity, and reduce emissions. SAFE is in the process of establishing the Commission on the Future of Mobility whose members, drawn from around the globe, will comprise a select group of top leadership in companies across the mobility landscape from OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, transportation network companies, technology, freight and goods, modal operators, cloud services, insurance, and finance, as well as a select group of nonprofit sector stakeholders, including environmentalists, safety experts, and former regulators. The Commission’s ultimate objective is to establish a framework for regulations in the American, European, and Asian markets post-2025.
For more information, visit secureenergy.org.