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Chief Development Officer

Brooklyn, NY

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The Position
With an annual budget of $11 million and more than 80 employees, **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is
seeking a dynamic and accomplished Chief Development Officer or (CDO). The CDO,
working closely with **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.’ CEO and its Founder/President, is charged with
providing the strategic vision and oversight for all fundraising efforts. The CDO will lead
a team of experienced fundraisers charged with the implementation and management of
a robust, creative, and sustainable development program designed to increase revenue
from several funding sources. A top priority is building support from individual donors
and expanding revenue from the annual gala. In addition, the CDO will play a leading
role in board development and build and manage a major donor portfolio.
Under the CDO’s guidance, the development department, with a staff of 5, will raise
funds across public and private sectors and generate support from national foundations,
government sources, and individual contributors. With an eye toward maximizing
resources, the CDO will oversee all departmental activities, including the creation and
execution of development plans, departmental budgeting and reporting, and the
establishment of fundraising systems and procedures. The CDO will work closely with
the Founder/President, the CEO, and the Directors of Institutional Giving and Individual
Giving to cultivate and secure major gifts and grants while also collaborating with the
Board of Directors and its committees to further the institution’s goals.
Personal and Professional Qualifications
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is seeking an individual with exemplary leadership skills and the ability to
work collaboratively across the entire organization. The CDO must demonstrate a bold
and innovative approach to fundraising and be a quick study of **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.’ past
successes and future opportunities. He or she must possess exceptional
communication and writing skills, demonstrate excellent interpersonal judgment, and
enjoy being part of an energetic and ambitious team.
The CDO should have demonstrated expertise in: individual giving (**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is eager
to convert our rapidly growing social media followers into donors.); moves management
fundraising, and major donor acquisition and stewardship. Experience with institutional
fundraising and annual events is also required.
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. records, shares, and preserves stories from a diverse range of American
voices — from our Griot Initiative to preserve stories of African Americans, to our
Historias Initiative to collect the experiences of Latinos. Candidates with experience
fundraising for organizations with diversity and social justice-oriented missions/values
are strongly encouraged to apply. We also seek to recruit and develop a staff whose
diversity matches the communities that we serve, and we strongly encourage
applications from people of color and the LGBTQ community.
Specific Responsibilities
● Serve as a member of the Executive Team; collaborate with and support the
CEO, President/Founder, Board of Directors, and staff to ensure the
organization’s expanding trajectory over the next several years and to fulfill our
strategic plan fundraising goals.
● Oversee **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.’ Development department and staff, providing leadership,
strategic vision, and planning to ensure that **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. meets and surpasses its
annual fundraising goals.
● Oversee and direct all events, including **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.’ annual gala.
● Represent **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. with prospects and donors and in other public settings to
advance the organization’s mission and visibility.
● Work with the Individual Giving team to develop and build a sustainable
individual giving program with a clear pipeline and moves management process.
● Develop/approve all written fundraising materials for use in print and online.
● Oversee the development and tracking of proposals, reports, and major donor
● Perform other duties to support the organization’s Development function, as
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 years of experience in the development field in
positions with increasing responsibility.
Experience leading a development team responsible for raising at least $8 million.
Event planning experience raising at least $700k .
Strong individual giving experience, including a proven track record of donor acquisition,
conversion, and retention.
Effective direct response writing skills with a record of successful donor appeals,
renewals, and stewardship and demonstrated experience with direct response
strategies and techniques, including both direct mail and digital communications.
Deep understanding of CRM best practices, strategies, and working within a
sophisticated CRM to communicate and appeal to donor base.
● Exemplary verbal and written communication skills and impeccable attention to
detail; strong organizational and project management skills; and the ability to
work under tight deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
● Extensive experience providing staff supervision and leadership; strong
team-building, conflict negotiation, and collaborative skills.
● Cultural competence/humility and the ability to thrive in a diverse working
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. will offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience along with
health insurance--excellent medical, dental, and vision plans--and flexible spending
accounts. Plus:
● 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan and employer match
● Employee Assistance Plan (free counseling, financial, and legal advice)
● Pre-tax transit benefits
● Generous paid time off (full-time regular staff get more than 40 days per year of
vacation, sick leave, personal days, Summer Fridays, and holidays, including a
day off in honor of oral historian Studs Terkel’s birthday)
● Our team is exceptional. We hire great people to do great things. At **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.
you will work with top talent from a variety of fields—including technologists,
designers, and archivists, to program managers, audio producers, and interview
● Our headquarters are in Fort Greene, Brooklyn—near almost every subway line
and the LIRR at Atlantic Center, and a short walk to the Brooklyn Academy of
Music, Fort Greene Park, local shops, and a thriving restaurant scene.
Commensurate with Experience
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