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Chief Development Officer
Date Posted 06/15/2022
Nonprofit-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Chief Development Officer

Full Job Description



This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Chief Development Officer at YMCA of Southwest Florida stewards the Y’s cause, promoting and protecting the brand and reputation as a global, inclusive organization within the community.

Reporting to the president & CEO, the Chief Development Officer will be responsible for crafting the overall strategic direction for financial development, providing strong leadership for Major Gift, capital campaign, endowment, and donor relationships.

The Chief Development Officer will lead and oversee all fundraising activities, particularly within the foundation community, corporate giving sources, individuals with a significant capacity to make a difference and other untapped areas.


  • Prepares a master plan of funding priorities.
  • Creates and implements fundraising programs to match organizational needs.
  • Recommends and monitors annual development plan and budget.
  • Achieves personal and departmental performance goals for fundraising.
  • Creates leads and organizational initiatives for capital campaign, annual major gifts and endowment/planned giving.
  • Determines fundable projects and programs with the CEO and staff and packages them appropriately for consideration of individual donors and foundations.
  • Ensures annual campaign and cause champion initiatives are led successfully.
  • Directs all public relations related to organizational philanthropic efforts.
  • Maintains research on foundations, creates proposal timelines, writes grants and maintains all reporting and stewardship as appropriate.
  • Works with CEO, Board members and volunteers to identify, cultivate and solicit individuals, foundations, corporations and other organizational sources of major gift support relevant to top priority needs.
  • Maintains regular communications with prospects and donors via stewardship program.
  • Identifies and manages a portfolio of 75-100 prospective major gift donors.
  • Oversees donor data-base system, supervising appropriate capture and recording of information fields, and creates timely, informative reports.
  • Monitors lapsed donors and create initiatives to maintain continued relationships.
  • Coordinates and provides staff support for regular meetings of Development Committee and Foundation Board as directed by CEO.
  • Provides training and opportunities for involvement in the fundraising program for the Board of Directors, Foundation and Community Boards.
  • Remain up to date on current fund raising, direct marketing and procedures being used in the non-profit sector as well as current tax law affecting annual charitable giving.
  • Promotes and practices the YMCA mission and values, and follows all policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Evaluates fundraising programs, special events and campaigns to ensure that the desired return on investment is achieved.
  • Supervises departmental staff and independent contractors

Secondary Responsibilities:

Every incidental duty connected with the Chief Development Officer job cannot be specified in the position description and the colleague, at the discretion of the Chief Executive Officer, may be required to perform duties that are not included in this job description.

. Requirements:


  • An undergraduate degree is required, with an advanced degree preferred.
  • CFRE preferred
  • A minimum of 10+ years of experience in development, including a proven track record in transforming an organization’s outcomes.
  • Experience researching, identifying, nurturing, and engaging external partners that align with the organization’s objectives is necessary. A broad-based development background encompassing public, foundation and corporate grants; major gifts; planned giving; capital development; sponsorships; endowment; and annual funds from diverse sources is required.
  • Must possess a demonstrated record of personal success in raising significant gifts (i.e., successful six/seven-figure asks) from individuals, businesses, foundations, corporations and/or the public sector.
  • Experience leveraging fundraising databases and support systems for donor segmentation, research and targeted acquisition is required.
  • A strong understanding of prospect research; social media; and emerging technology tools and how to leverage these technologies to connect with constituents and develop new funding streams would distinguish highly qualified candidates.
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