Director of Advancement

The Director of Advancement will be a key member of the agency’s Leadership Group who defines and leads the organization’s fundraising and marketing efforts to ensure that it secures necessary financial resources for its operations, to expand awareness of its value proposition, and to promote and maintain a positive reputation throughout Lehigh, Northampton, and Monroe counties. The successful candidate will be a positive, energetic professional who is enthusiastic about the expression and implementation of brand and the generation of revenue growth. The successful candidate will assume this position on October 1, 2020.

Department: Advancement

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Full-Time Exempt

Benefits: Eligible for Full-Time Employee Benefits



  • Develop, implement, and provide oversight of a rolling agency advancement plan, annual advancement budget, and all related project and event budgets.
  • Expand and carry out prospect identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, recognition, and stewardship related to the agency’s contributions from individuals.
  • Organize and execute the creation of grant requests and reports in accordance with deadlines identified by relevant corporations, foundations, and regional United Way organizations.
  • Explore and identify additional relevant grant opportunities for which the agency would be a viable candidate.
  • Inform and lead the successful implementation the agency’s portfolio of community and fundraising events – including focused conversation events for stakeholders, participation in the Lehigh Valley Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, a fundraising event in Monroe County, and the organization’s signature Songs4Sight event.
  • Develop new fundraising events as deemed appropriate with respect to anticipated return on investment.
  • Assist and help inform efforts of the Executive Director to apply for and execute government contracts.
  • Execute and ensure the implementation and consistent representation of the agency’s branding by all organizational personnel and contract partners.
  • Develop, enact, and supervise the agency’s promotions and communications – including those delivered through all appropriate and effective traditional and digital platforms – in order to increase interaction with constituents and awareness of the organization’s mission, impact, and value.
  • Implement an effective brand that advances awareness of the agency, its breadth of services, and its value for everyone in its service areas.
  • Enforce subsequent brand guidelines for all agency employees, board members, and volunteers.
  • Investigate and develop potential new revenue streams for the agency.
  • Attend all staff Leadership Group meetings and attend agency board meetings, committee meetings, and endowment board meetings as applicable.
  • Manage the Advancement Committee of the agency’s Board of Directors, which is comprised of board members and community leaders.
  • Assure proper maintenance of fundraising records and timely acknowledgement of all donors and gifts.
  • Coordinate requests for public speeches and appearances at community events by agency personnel and represent the agency at events as is necessary.
  • Perform additional duties assigned by the Executive Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Majors in marketing, communications, management, public relations, pre-law, or journalism preferred.
  • At least three (3) years of full-time professional experience in either fundraising marketing, communications, public relations, or resource development. Experience in the nonprofit sector is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to represent the agency passionately and influence community excitement around its mission through writing and speech.
  • Flexibility to act as both a champion for the agency’s fundraising and marketing functions and as an agency leader who appreciates the interconnectedness of all organizational functions.
  • Solid organizational and abilities and a demonstrated ability to implement and execute multiple tasks and strategies.
  • Skills and/or acumen with respect to website management and editing, photo and video production and editing, desktop publishing with software such as Adobe InDesign, and the design and editing of agency collateral.
  • Understanding of or acumen with respect to financial strategies, metrics, and reports.
  • Daily access to a vehicle and capability to travel throughout Lehigh, Northampton, and Monroe counties without restrictions. Licensed drivers must possess auto insurance.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check and child abuse clearance, unless employed currently by the agency.
  • Ability to lift and carry items of up to 10 pounds.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, service, credibility, and commitment.


  • The Director of Advancement will receive a salary approved annually by its Board of Directors as part of its operations budget.
  • This compensation will reflect the employee’s annual performance review – which evaluates performance with respect to major job responsibilities, professionalism, dependability, judgement and decision making, quality of work, initiative, teamwork, client and constituent focus, conflict management abilities, and interpersonal skills.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The Center for Vision Loss is an equal opportunity employer in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and municipal laws.


How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief additional materials as desired to:

Dennis Zehner
Center for Vision Loss
845 West Wyoming St.
Allentown, PA 18103