This newly created position will be instrumental in leading the department and the organization to meet annual fundraising goals, while growing and diversifying the agency’s funding base. Responsibilities include management of the day-to-day development operations while engaging Staff and the Board of Directors in expanding revenue streams to support new initiatives. The Chief Development Officer is responsible for growing the foundation portfolio, conducting development campaigns and expanding the major donor program.
Fostering a culture of philanthropy, the CDO is responsible for planning and implementing strategies to develop donors and contributions to support the mission of the organization. Assures development and maintenance of appropriate systems to fund development including but not limited to volunteer and donor management, research and cultivation, gift processing and recognition.
As a member of the senior leadership team, helps set the direction and ensures the financial health of the agency. The ideal candidate is expected to be a competent fundraiser and an excellent organizational development professional. All the while embracing the highest ethical standards in management, governance, fund development and non-profit leadership.
Must be an exceptional communicator and possess proven marketing and public relations skills. Curriculum Vitae/Resume should document a solid track record in creating, implementing and maintaining a comprehensive and sustainable fund development program.
The amount of knowledge required would typically be acquired in a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven (7) years fundraising experience in a professional position. Experience with major donor development and supervising a department is a must, experience with capital campaigns preferred.
Membership in a professional fundraising association is expected of a professional. Baseline certification in fund raising, the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Professional) is preferred.
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