Vice President, External Affairs


Founded in 1996, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. The organization advocates for public policies proven to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. 

Position Summary

The Vice President for External Affairs leads the overall strategic direction and implementation of all development programs, including fundraising and donor-related communications. The VP for External Affairs is responsible for all strategies designed to increase support for TFK’s mission and programs and for promulgating an institution-wide culture of philanthropy. The VP sits on the executive leadership team of TFK and reports to the Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements strategies for revenue generation from a diversity of revenue streams, including individual major gifts, foundations and corporations, mail and online programs and planned giving.

  • Sets annual and long-term goals for increasing revenues.

  • Generates increased revenue from both existing and prospective donors.

  • Maintains a robust prospect pipeline.

  • Represents TFK and partners with the President, the Executive Director and the board to cultivate and solicit prospects and donors.

  • Works with the senior leadership team to recognize internal and external fundraising and donor communications opportunities and defines and executes appropriate strategies to support them.

  • Supervises the creation of all donor-related collateral materials.

  • Partners with the Vice President of Communications to design, implement and supervise all donor and stakeholder communications.

  • Builds a high-functioning team to further the work of the development department and TFK’s mission. Leads and supervises 4-6 staff in the development department and manages the day-to-day activities of the department.

  • In partnership with the finance department and other executive staff, provides revenue projections to support the annual organizational budget.

  • Creates and ensures adherence to the departmental budget.

  • Assures that all aspects of the department’s work is designed, budgeted, organized and staffed to achieve maximum success.

  • Ensures data-driven evaluations and projections.


  • Commitment to and passion for the mission and work of TFK.

  • Track record in the management of a comprehensive development program.

  • Proven track record of staff supervision and team building.

  • Exceptional communication and relationship building skills.

  • Ability to conceptualize issues, design solutions, makes decisions and effectively implements program strategies and activities.

  • Demonstrated capacity to work successfully with colleagues at all levels of the organization.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail and aspirations for excellence.

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

  • Knowledge of and proficiency with a variety of computer software applications, including Raisers Edge.

  • Education:  Bachelor’s Degree, advanced degree preferable.

  • Experience:  Minimum of ten years of supervisory experience in senior management.


To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, including salary history, and attach your resume to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Please reference the position code VPEA-06 in the subject line of your email.  Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. 

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.  No phone calls please.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids works with more than 130 organizational partners, including public health, medical, education, civic, corporate, youth and religious organizations. The Campaign does not accept any government or tobacco industry funding.



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Tobacco by the Numbers

  • 443,000: Annual tobacco-related deaths in U.S.
  • $96 billion: Annual tobacco-related health care costs in U.S.
  • Six million: U.S. kids alive today who will ultimately die from smoking
  • Five million+: Annual tobacco-related deaths worldwide
  • 600,000: Annual deaths worldwide caused by secondhand smoke
  • One billion: Worldwide deaths from tobacco this century unless urgent action is taken