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Chief Development Officer
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in Asheville, North Carolina
Date Posted 08/11/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, solutions-oriented leader who likes to create and build for scale. This leader rallies cross-functional teams around a common vision and aligns efforts to fuel mission.

Come join a collaborative, dedicated and enthusiastic team who is leading the way in transforming how childhood brain cancer will be cured and how kids with brain tumors are being cared for today.

The Organization

Every day, 13 children and teens are diagnosed with a brain tumor, the deadliest childhood cancer. And every day after, they are in a fight for their life. It’s a fight the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is here to win. A fight for a cure. A fight that impacts every member of the family, every day.

As the world’s leading nonprofit dedicated to children and teens with brain tumors, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s mission is to care for families along their journey, cure all childhood brain tumors and help survivors and families thrive. Since 1991, we have funded and partnered with organizations to fund more than $45.7 million in scientific discovery to increase survivorship, improve quality of life and ultimately eliminate pediatric brain tumors. We also provide emotional, informational and logistical support to help families navigate their journey. Our signature Ride for Kids, Starry Night and Vs. Cancer events rally supporters across the country, and regional offices provide critical on-the-ground support to families. Visit to learn more.

The Role and Responsibilities

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will design, lead and orchestrate the implementation of a fundraising strategy and structure that supports the growth and stability of the organization. The CDO will provide strategic leadership as well as day-to-day management and implementation of all fundraising initiatives including major, annual and planned giving programs and three national signature fundraising campaigns.

The CDO will have a strong understanding of how to use analytics to develop a cohesive revenue strategy. Prior understanding of a chapter/field organization structure will be valuable. The successful CDO will be solutions-oriented and work collaboratively with a team of passionate staff and volunteers across the country to connect and cultivate fundraising programs to drive the PBTF’s mission forward.

Responsibilities include:

  • Create and implement a data-informed fundraising strategy that incorporates individual, planned and annual giving, corporate support and direct mail.

  • Build, lead and manage a team of professional fundraisers and a small number of vendors.

  • Cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of high-value, mission-centric donors and potential supporters.

  • Strengthen the organization’s planning and evaluation muscle.

  • Craft a compelling case for ongoing philanthropic support.

  • Oversee development staff responsible for donor database management, including data entry, reporting and stewardship.

  • Establish policies and procedures for more comprehensive and effective stewardship of donors.

  • Work closely with National Director of Marketing Communications to maximize market campaigns and philanthropy programs.

  • Reinforce a culture of philanthropic investment and partnership among all stakeholders, from staff to volunteers to donors.

The Ideal Candidate

The PBTF seeks a professional with the following skills, qualifications and characteristics:

  • Emotional and moral intelligence.

  • Creative and solutions-oriented thinker, including the ability to identify shared interest and shape partnerships in a way that benefits both the interests of the donor and the foundation.

  • 15+ years of diverse fundraising and leadership experience with a nonprofit, preferably a health nonprofit.

  • Proven success cultivating and leading a high-performing team, creating the strategy and executing plans to grow revenue through multiple fundraising platforms.

  • Track record of setting and achieving ambitious fundraising goals.

  • Proven success identifying, researching and cultivating major gifts prospects from new and current sources (individual, foundation and corporate), including securing six-figure gifts.

  • Experience with annual and planned giving programs desired.

  • Demonstrated ability to be entrepreneurial, proactive and adaptive.

  • A positive attitude and collaborative communication style with a high degree of responsiveness to patient families, supporters, volunteers and colleagues.

  • Exemplary written, verbal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively articulate the mission to a variety of audiences.

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Application Process

Send your cover letter, detailing your fit with our desired experience, and resume with Chief Development Officer in the subject line. No phone calls, faxes or personal visits.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

The PBTF is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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