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Chief Development Officer
The National CASA/GAL Association for Children in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 11/06/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

With a vision of a world where every child who has experienced abuse or neglect is given the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home, the National CASA/GAL Association for Children works in support of a network of 950 regional and local programs across 49 states.

Court Appointed Special Advocate® (CASA) and guardian ad litem (GAL) dedicated volunteers are appointed by judges and stay with a case until it is closed, and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. Through a best-interest advocacy approach, the National CASA/GAL network serves over 271,000 children annually. Studies have shown that a child with a CASA/GAL volunteer is less likely to reenter the child welfare system and is more likely to achieve permanency with better long-term well-being outcomes than children without a CASA/GAL volunteer, including academic and behavioral performance.

National CASA/GAL is looking for a Chief Development Officer (CDO) who will report directly to the CEO and serve as a key member of the executive team. The CDO will lead comprehensive fundraising programs that support National CASA/GAL’s mission and vision, including gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations, and sources for annual, major, and planned giving. The Chief Development Officer will be expected to continue to build the structure, systems, and programs for growing philanthropic programs and fostering a culture of philanthropy. The Chief Development Officer will lead and manage a talented team of three development professionals with an expectation to grow the team in future.

This position may be based in any of National CASA/GAL’s offices in Seattle, Washington DC, or Atlanta. The ideal candidate will have a visionary and entrepreneurial approach to their work, a deep passion for the mission and vision of National CASA/GAL, strong leadership skills to support a national team, and excellent fundraising abilities to build major and leadership gifts from new and existing high-net worth donors and prospects.

The Chief Development Officer will carry a portfolio of major donors, and staff the CEO, Board, and other senior leaders as appropriate to further philanthropic relationships. To be successful, the Chief Development Officer must be a confident, collaborative, and results-oriented leader who can articulate clear and compelling cases for support that ensure the growth and vitality of one of the nation's premier supporter of some of the most vulnerable children. The ideal Chief Development Officer will bring most of the following qualifications and skill sets:

• A passionate commitment to the mission, vision, and values of National CASA/GAL.

• A minimum of seven years of senior leadership experience managing successful fundraising teams for nonprofit organizations; prior experience with a national and/or federated nonprofit organization would be an advantage.

• Proven experience building and growing a comprehensive fundraising program, with a particular focus on major, annual, corporate, and foundation giving; demonstrated experience cultivating and soliciting six- and seven- figure gifts.

• Ability to be strategic, visionary, and pragmatic while partnering with a visionary and vibrant CEO to drive transformative growth across a national organization.

• Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with senior leadership teams, engaged boards, and volunteers.

• Ability to hire, supervise, motivate, and retain a development team that strives to achieve and exceed goals.

• Proficiency utilizing data to establish a robust donor pipeline and strategy for sustainable growth.

• Excellent communication skills, including strong listening, written, verbal and presentation skills.

• Exceptional emotional intelligence, integrity, and grit; the ability to be a bold, creative, and critical thought partner.

• Strong knowledge of advancement and donor database management systems, particularly Raiser’s Edge.

• The ability to travel as needed and attend evening and weekend events.

• A bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience. National CASA/GAL has retained Campbell & Company to conduct this search.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to Angèle Bubna, Associate Consultant, Executive Search,

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