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Chief Development Officer

St. Paul, MN · Volunteering/Non-Profit
Preeminent Leadership Development Organization for youth to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.

Position Summary
The Chief Development Officer (CDO) leads the design and execution of a comprehensive fundraising program. The CDO develops fundraising strategies and programs that are closely aligned with and supportive of the organization's mission, and strategic and operational needs while achieving an exceptional return on investment.
As a member of the leadership team, the CDO works with the council’s Board of Directors, CEO, and the management team in establishing and integrating the organization’s goals and plans. In addition, the CDO is responsible for providing leadership and direction to council staff and volunteers, and for ensuring that state-of-the art tools, systems, procedures and processes are available and in place to serve the council’s fund development needs.

Major Job Functions (%) ​
  1. Development Leadership and Management (75%)
  • Develops and executes strategies and plans to maximize fundraising capability and results, ensuring a balanced and robust portfolio of fund sources.
  • Provides general oversight of all fund development activities, managing operations of the function, monitoring adequacy and effectiveness of activities.
  • Works with the CEO and the Board on plans and programs.
  • Assures the sound fiscal operation of fund development.
  • Manages the Fund Development Department, including supervision of staff and budget development/oversight.
  • Contributes to the development of the strategic direction and operational plans of the organization to successfully achieve the organization's mission. ​
  1. Organization Leadership (25%)
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the council. Actively participate in All Staff meetings, staff in-service training, and other meetings.
  • When representing the council to both internal and external audiences, articulate desired image and position to all audiences
  • Support the council’s commitment to diversity, volunteers, and staff and conduct all activities with a high degree of cultural competency.
  • Contribute to building a cohesive, flexible, and productive staff environment that demonstrates the values and mission and delivers high-quality customer service.
Critical Selection Criteria
  • At least 8 years of senior staff experience including a verifiable track record with capital/endowment campaigns, major gifts, planned gifts, direct mail and special events.
  • Experience in developing annual and capital campaign operating plans and materials as well as in research and strategy development for individual, foundation, and corporate major gift prospects.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in recruiting, training, and motivating volunteers at all levels, including corporate, community, and philanthropic leaders.
  • Management and organizational skills.
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