Social Venture Partners Tucson (SVP) is an ever-expanding community of engaged philanthropists dedicated to building nonprofits’ capacity, strength, and impact in addressing social problems. We make Southern Arizona a more equitable place to live by investing in high-potential nonprofits working in the areas of early childhood education, workforce development, racial and gender justice, and those serving historically marginalized communities. We bridge the gap between philanthropists and nonprofits through grant-making and capacity-building relationships, using a 2Gen approach to create generational change in our community.


SVP Tucson is in a period of rapid transformation and growth. Currently, we have:

  • an operating budget of $1,800,000
  • a staff of 8 FTE
  • 150 Investor Partners
  • a portfolio of 16 current and 92 alumni Nonprofit Partners

SVP Tucson is one of 30+ SVP affiliates bringing a unique model of engaged philanthropy to communities all over the world. Through our unique membership model, individuals and corporations make an annual philanthropic investment in SVP Tucson and have the opportunity to engage directly through strategically designed projects that include capacity building, professional coaching, and community convening.


The Opportunity

Tucson, Arizona is a haven for those who value outdoor activity and cultural richness. The city offers an exceptional lifestyle with over 300 days of sunshine a year, scenic hiking trails, and a robust culinary scene. Tucson’s relaxed pace and friendly community make it an appealing home for an individual, couple, or family.


While Tucson offers a great lifestyle, not everyone can access it. Many in our community, especially female-headed households with young children, face high poverty rates—around 20% overall and 34.6% for this demographic. This highlights why SVP Tucson is crucial, as we work to enhance nonprofit capacity and collaboration to uplift families economically, socially, and mentally.


SVP Tucson is on an exciting trajectory of impact and we are looking for a strategic and high-performance leader who can build and nurture relationships at all levels. As CEO of SVP Tucson, you will have an exciting opportunity to advance our vision: creating a community where everyone thrives.


Foundational Responsibilities:

The President and CEO will provide strategic and tactical leadership, working in partnership with the Board of Directors and Staff to advance SVP Tucson’s mission by:


Relationship-Centered Leadership:

    • Inspire SVP Tucson Partners (members) and potential Partners to deepen their investment and commitment to SVP Tucson’s mission and vision
    • Effectively engage with the Board of Directors, providing clear, timely reporting that promotes strategic conversation and deliberation
    • Compassionately and creatively lead Nonprofit Partners to build collaborative capacity
    • Hire, manage, and coach a highly competent leadership team and staff
    • Maintain awareness of community needs and opportunities, as well as a wide understanding of the trends in nonprofit and philanthropic ecosystems
    • Build and maintain relationships with relevant peers in local and national philanthropy, government, nonprofit sector, and business community to leverage impact


Financial Stewardship:

    • Continue the growth and diversification of revenue streams to meet goals, including major gifts, partner expansion, grants, corporate partnerships, government and planned giving
    • Use financial information provided by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA; SVP is a Supporting Organization of CFSA) to develop clear communications on financial performance and trends, prepare budgets for various programs and the organization as a whole, and prepare cash flow projections.
    • Create clear and concise financial dashboards for quarterly finance committee meetings; and ensure SVP Tucson meets IRS reporting requirements


Organizational Management:

    • Effectively execute SVP Tucson programs including Fast Pitch and the 2 Gen Collaboration
    • Champion ongoing organizational outcomes, make improvements where needed, and communicate results to the Board, Partners, and other constituents
    • Consistently achieve high standards of internal operations (finance and administration, systems, processes, communications, and events)


Required Competencies:

  • In-depth and proven experience with fund development and donor relations
  • Proven track record of building trusting relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, cultures, and professional experiences
  • Demonstrated track record of organizational and financial management
  • Innovative professional with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in increasingly broad leadership and management roles


Organizational Fit:

  • Demonstrated passion for philanthropy and enthusiasm for the SVP model
  • Enjoys working in a small, team-oriented, and dynamic environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours, with occasional evening events and meetings
  • A strategic decision-maker with proven organizational and analytical skills to manage complexity

Diversity and Equity:

SVP Tucson believes all people should have the opportunity to succeed. We recognize everyone has something valuable to contribute, we are aware of privilege and seek to understand different life experiences, and we incorporate diverse opinions and perspectives into our approach.


The ideal candidate will embody this value and effectively engage with individuals regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, age, religion, marital status, disability, national origin, and military status.


Job Title: President & CEO

Reports To: Board of Directors

Average Hours Per Week: 40

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary & Benefits: Salary plus competitive benefits DOE (dependent on experience) starting $135,000.

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