Vice President External Affairs

14 Jan, 2023


Vice President External Affairs

National Children's Center
Washington, D.C.


The Vice President, External Affairs (VP) is a member of the senior leadership team reporting to the President and CEO. The VP will work side-by-side with the CEO and NCC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) to support and strengthen NCC through the development and implementation of strategies, processes and activities that improve communications, marketing, government and community relationships, partnerships, and client and family engagement. The VP will also directly supervise and provide guidance to the Development team.



The National Children’s Center, Inc. (NCC) is a non-profit organization that daily serves over 500 infants, children and adults with and without disabilities in the Washington metropolitan area. Since its founding in 1958, NCC has provided lifelong educational, health and well-being, community-based services for infants to seniors to address a broad spectrum of developmental and intellectual disabilities. NCC’s mission is to “Enhance the lives of people of all ages, diverse backgrounds and differing abilities through inclusive opportunities” and advocates for their full integration into all aspects of life in the community.


Principal Duties:


Vision and Purpose


Establish, communicate, and inculcate, internally and externally, a clear and compelling culture and vision of the mission, value, purpose and life-changing outcomes of NCC to client stakeholders, community members, and partners.


Communications and Marketing


  • Develop internal and external communications plan.
  • Develop the NCC brand campaign and communication strategies to proactively market the work of NCC.
  • Coordinate marketing efforts for current programs and future partnership development.
  • Manage expansion of the social media and media reach of the NCC organization.


Government and Community Relations


  • Interface with DC, MD and VA government agencies to ensure that current and new NCC programs and initiatives are positioned to be successful in their respective jurisdictions.
  • Plan and supervise coordination with government officials and regulators to gain approvals for current and new business entities.
  • Provide advice and assistance to the COO and the broader NCC management team with regard to regulations, feasibility and cost-effectiveness of entering new service areas.
  • Represent NCC at health fairs, collaborative/community organization events, and district-wide meetings.




  • Develop system-wide guidance and coordinate volunteer services across the NCC entities.
  • Develop and maintain the relationships with partners in the education field to better assist with growing the current and future business entities.
  • Work with CEO to identify new business strategies and markets, including but not limited to the development of partnerships with and the acquisition of new entities.
  • Maintain relationships with present community partners and strategically engage in outreach activities and events to reach new partners.


Client Engagement


  • Develop engagement strategy with CEO to ensure families feel welcome and to broaden the greater appeal of the organization to stakeholder communities.
  • Assist in developing the feedback loops to ensure that information gathered from the engagement strategies are used to inform current work in NCC and assist in the development of new work steams.




  • Manages the development function for the organization.
  • Assists the CEO in the identification and pursuit of Individual Donors and Corporate Partnerships.
  • Oversees the growth and development of the donor database.
  • Facilitates the growth and expansion of the development team
  • Supervises all special events to promote awareness and cultivate relationships




  • Contribute as a member of the leadership team and work cross-functionally on strategic planning and business development efforts.
  • Manage staff, perform timely evaluations, and support and provide appropriate training and development opportunities.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • More than ten years of management experience in helping organizations understand their client needs and creating strong feedback mechanisms for clients and stakeholders to help the organization change and grow.
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Development and Client/Donor outreach
  • Experience in assessing the external environment and using data/input to grow organizations.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field


Desired Qualifications:


  • Experience in development/fundraising and grant writing
  • Knowledge of the Washington, DC metropolitan community preferred.



Attributes and Expectations:


  • Ability to work independently
  • The VP is expected to be respectful and represent NCC in such interactions, maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Results-oriented: Must be comfortable in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • A passion for education and social services with respect to children and adults with disabilities.
  • Personal transportation required.




Additional Salary Information: Compensation and Benefits: • Salary commensurate with experience • Vacation, sick leave, and personal leave policy, • Medical, dental and vision and supplemental benefits plan • Optional 403(b) plan

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

You are required to be FULLY vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to your first day of employment. 


NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

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Job posted: 2023-01-14