Job Description: The Chief Development Officer is responsible for securing the annual funding for the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin. The CDO leads a team of development professionals in cultivating, stewarding and solicitating individuals, foundations, corporations, government agencies, etc... ensuring a donor centered culture is maintained.
Ensures that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision and plans.
Participates with the chief executive officer, staff and board in charting the organization’s course in fund development.
Evaluates the effect of internal and external forces on the organization and its fund development, recommends short- and long-range fund development plans and programs that support the organization’s values, mission and general objectives.
Keeps informed of developments in philanthropy and fund development as well as the general fields of management and the not-for-profit sector; informs the chief executive officer, development committee(s) and board on current trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policy making. Recommends policy positions concerning fund development.
Helps develop a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the organization that will enable it to attract, retain and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.
Helps establish performance measures, monitors results and helps the chief executive officer, development committee(s) and board evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s fund development program.
Provides general oversight of all of the organization’s fund development activities, manages the day-to-day operations of the development function, and monitors adequacy of activities through coordination with staff, appropriate committees, and governing body.
Ensures compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintains accountability standards to donors and ensures compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives.
Ensures establishment of and compliance with the organization’s own fund development and philanthropic principles, policies and procedures.
Assures stability by creating a working environment that is rewarding to staff and volunteers.
Appropriately represents the institution, its board and executive director to donors, prospects, regulators, development committee(s) and fundraising volunteers.
Fosters a smoothly operating development function through timely and effective resolution of disruptions.
Ensures attainment of the organization’s fund development activities through the selection, development, motivation and evaluation of human resources, both professional and volunteer.
Helps the board and development committee(s) determine accountabilities for board members and fundraising volunteers and helps evaluate performance regularly.
Helps identify, cultivate, recruit, and develop fundraising volunteers and leadership. Trains, places, coordinates and supervises fundraising volunteers.
Establishes personnel accountabilities for development staff and evaluates performance regularly.
Designs educational programs in fund development for staff and volunteers; participates as teacher and facilitator. Pursues formal and informal education for self and others.
Works with the chief executive officer, development committee(s) chair(s) and chair of the governing board to ensure fulfillment of fund development roles and facilitate the optimum interaction between management and volunteers.
Engages people in process, encourages questioning, and promotes participatory decision making.
With the development committee(s) chair(s), develops agendas for meetings so that the committees can fulfill their responsibilities effectively; develops an annual calendar to cover all crucial development issues in a timely fashion.
Informs the chief executive and volunteer leadership on the condition of the organization’s fund development program and on all important factors influencing it.
Gets the best thinking and involvement of each board member and each fundraising volunteer; and, stimulates each one to give his/her best.
Works with the chief executive and volunteer leadership to make development committee(s) and the board function effectively in fund development.
Annually, evaluates the performance of fundraising volunteers and reports to the executive director with recommendations for board candidacy.
Must be energetic, passionate, a self starter and highly engaged in all aspects of the mission.
4 year degree preferred, at least 5 years experience in non profit, preferred work in development or sales or equivalent experience.
Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively, sensitively, and compassionately resulting in long term relationship between stakeholders and mission.
Will only hire team members that are humble, hungry and smart (Ideal Team Player).