Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California is searching for a dedicated and skilled Chief Development Officer (CDO) to help set direction and ensure the sustainability of the organization. The CDO will report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and will work with the senior management team, governing board and staff to help fund the organization’s vision, mission and annual strategies.
The CDO is responsible for planning and implementing strategies to secure donors and contributions in support of the organization, providing strategic oversight of the fund development program and staff, monitoring development activities and addressing issues that may hamper growth and success.
The successful applicant should have an outstanding track record of fundraising success with many years of management experience in a non-profit organization or similar environment. The CDO must be motivated, have the ability to solve complex problems and have a passion for philanthropy.
- Working with the CEO, staff, and governing board to facilitate short- and long-term strategic fundraising plans.
- Fostering a culture of philanthropy and ensuring that fund development activities are executed in keeping with the organization’s values, vision, and mission; and our position on diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
- Planning and implementing the organization’s fund development goals and programs.
- Maintaining a robust portfolio of prospects and donors along with key engagement tactics.
- Working with the CEO and governing board to ensure 100% board giving and board participation in key fundraising activities.
- Managing the Sr. Director of Development and overseeing development activities in coordination with staff.
- Establishing a balanced mix of donor sources and fundraising programs to attract and retain donors.
- Establishing performance measures, monitoring results and evaluating the efficacy of the fund development program.
- Developing and implementing a legacy/planned gift program.
- Working with the CEO and other appropriate staff to establish a community presence throughout the council’s 18 counties.
- Maintaining accountability and ensuring compliance with all regulations and laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising professionals.
- Keeping abreast of developments in philanthropy and fund development.
- BS degree or higher in a related field.
- Ten years fundraising experience.
- Experience with a donor database program.
- Comprehensive management skills and experience including short- and long-term planning, evaluation, marketing, finances, and directing and motivating staff.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Knowledge and experience in standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, grant writing, special events, telephone solicitation, direct mail and development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor research and fundraising reporting.
- Baseline certification in fundraising; the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) is preferred.
About our work environment:
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California offers a hybrid work environment, allowing staff to determine the best place to accomplish business objectives and serve the customer. At this time, staff is required to attend in-person all staff meetings twice each month, in-person leadership team meetings once per month, engage in an in-person meeting with their supervisor at least once per month and attend all staff social events during work hours.
Our work culture is based on a Community Statement that is grounded in personal responsibility:
- I am accountable for individual, team and organizational goals.
- I am committed to quality and doing my best whenever possible.
- I am solutions-oriented and thoughtfully solve problems.
- I am able to find a balance between shared and trusted procedures and innovative ideas in order to work effectively and efficiently.
- I am a professional and exhibit ethical behavior, skills and knowledge competence and leadership development.
- I challenge my fears and demonstrate courage.
- I contribute to an environment of respect, belonging and fun.
As a collective, we care about each other, we build mutual trust, we collaborate and we are transparent in our work with others. We take the good of the whole into account when making decisions.