Vice President of Philanthropy & Community Engagement

Employment Status



Open Until Filled


Ames, IA

At YSS we transform lives by creating hope and opportunity.  We’re seeking a proven leader, who understands sales, is mission and purpose driven, and wants to create IMPACT at one of Iowa’s most respected and comprehensive youth, family and, development organizations.
Reporting to the President and CEO and part of the YSS senior leadership team, the primary duties of Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Engagement involve the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive fund development and community engagement program with multi-year strategic goals and objectives. Leading a team of directors, the successful candidate will have overall responsibilities for agency wide annual giving, major gift solicitations, capital campaign development and execution, and planned giving efforts.  In addition, this role leads brand development and marketing, internal and external communications, public policy, volunteer and board engagement.
This role serves as the primary liaison to the YSS Fund Development and Public Policy Committees, and works closely with the Corporate Board of Directors, the Foundation Board of Trustees, and YSS Community Advisory Boards to drive philanthropy and community engagement efforts.

A full job description is available within the application process.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required.
  • Seven or more years of experience in successfully managing and growing a comprehensive fund development program is desired.
  • At least 5 years of supervisory experience is preferred.

A few other qualities we're looking for include:

  • Always focused on results. Has experience moving others to action, no matter their position.
  • A high energy leader who is a phenomenal relationship builder, demonstrating a clear presence in engaging with others.
  • Coachable and self-aware – open to feedback and always working to improve his or her craft.
  • Collaborative, and skilled at working with people from different departments, and different backgrounds.
  • Entrepreneurial, bringing new and different ideas to the table, and then taking initiative to make them happen.
  • great communicator – both in writing and in person in a variety of settings.
  • Mission focused and purpose driven.


For more information, please contact Andrew Allen, President and CEO, at

All applicants are required to complete an online application.
YSS hires nicotine free staff only. YSS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.