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Executive Director for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations Office
Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Talladega, Alabama
Date Posted 08/06/2020
Philanthropy-Foundation Relations
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

AIDB is sensitive to the needs of individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing and for qualified applicants and employees will make reasonable accommodation

POSITION TITLE: Executive Director for Institutional Advancement and Community

Relations Office


The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the world’s most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and service program serving individuals of all ages who are deaf, blind, deafblind and multi-disabled and their families. Founded in 1858, AIDB serves more than 26,000 infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss throughout Alabama each year.

Our services literally span a lifetime including five campuses in Talladega, eight regional centers located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia with programs that range from early and senior intervention, traditional and nontraditional education services in residential and outreach settings and a manufacturing facility that is the state’s largest employer of adults who are blind and deaf.


The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is located just minutes away from the Talladega Speedway, Highway 280 and from shopping and dining in neighboring cities such as; Trussville, Irondale, Pelham, Leeds, Alabaster, Chelsea, Hoover, and Westover.


Our employees are among the organizations’ most valuable assets and resources. We share compassion for leveling the playing field for all. Our Mission makes AIDB a unique place to work and the Office of Institutional Advancement and Community Relations is where the legacy of AIDB will continue through a strategic and comprehensive development program.

The Executive Director for the Institutional Advancement and Community Relations role will be responsible for developing, leading and directing the overall development strategy and community engagement in support and advancement of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind’s Mission and fundraising strategic plan. The successful applicant will be responsible for overseeing the annual, major and planned gift cultivation and solicitation, corporate and foundation support, comprehensive and capital campaigns, state and federal governmental support, as well as serves as the principle liaison between community and industry leaders associated with all Institute interests. The incumbent shall ensure that supporting functions including but not limited to grant writing, research and gift processing, marketing, public relations and donor programs are executed effectively.


You will play a vital role to ensure that AIDB’s Mission and Purpose is reinforced through cultivation, solicitation, and philanthropic support from not only the immediate and statewide community, but also building an advancement program that places AIDB on a national stage.

You will serve on the President’s Senior Administrative Staff as an advisor on all advancement related programs.


  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Public Relations or related field from an accredited college or university.

  • Must have and continue to maintain Certified Fundraising Executive credentials.

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of increasingly responsible fundraising leadership positions in a nonprofit environment.

  • Minimum five (5) years experience at a foundation/department leadership level to include board of directors.

  • Experience with partnering with President/CEO and Foundation Board of Directors to establish the strategic fundraising plan for the organization.

  • Lead and sustain the advancement of AIDB’s Mission to include; planned and annual giving, foundation and corporate asks, direct mail, special events, major donor solicitation, and capital campaigns.

  • Oversee all communications and outreach activities to increase AIDBs visibility state and nationwide.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain stellar working relationships with direct reports, colleagues, and external stakeholders.

  • Proven ability to steward multiple funding relationships, secure grant funding, ongoing grant management and working with budgets.

  • Exceptional writing and communication skills with experience in developing and presenting reports to a variety of audiences to include building a social media presence.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute multiple complex projects and prioritize competing deadlines.

  • Proven ability to work with a high level of independence, prioritize assignments and departmental needs to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to communicate and engage with both an effective individual interpersonal communication style and for effective small and large group presentation.

  • Ability to work effectively and respectfully with a variety of constituencies representing diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • May be required to obtain a valid driver license and provide current auto insurance policy.

  • Must be able to travel by air and car 50% annually (some occasions overnight).

  • Must be available to attend evening and weekend events.

  • A sign language proficiency level of SURVIVAL according to the AIDB evaluation system must be obtained within the first thirty (30) months of employment.

  • Upon offer of employment, the ABI/FBI record check must be completed based on the Alabama Child Protection Act of 1999 pursuant to Act 2002-457. A non-refundable fee of $48.15 is required at the scheduled appointment.

SALARY: $85,851-$126,797

Scale A1 Rank 02

260 Days


This is an exempt position and is not subject to overtime and/or compensatory time provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Direct deposit is required

Please apply at https://www.aidb.org/6061

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