LifeWorks is looking for a Chief Development Officer to join and head our Development team. This Senior Executive level position leads all development strategies with individuals and family foundations, including donor engagement and solicitation, special events, volunteer services, and marketing & communications in support of policies, goals, and objectives established by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. This position is responsible for developing and implementing annual fundraising, public relations and marketing plans to meet Agency objectives. This position works closely with LifeWorks Board of Governors to develop all external relations strategies and projects. This position is part of the senior management team (SMT) of the agency.
Design and execute strategies to achieve short and long-term sustainable philanthropy and engagement goals with individuals and family foundations through annual, major, planned, campaign and corporate giving strategies.
Act as primary advisor and coach on culture of philanthropy, ensuring policies, systems and practices support fund development and stewardship, support senior managers and board members in their development activities.
Spearhead sustainable philanthropy campaigns to expand operating, capital and endowment funding.
Oversee the design and implementation of an integrated marketing and communications plan that supports LifeWorks' strategic initiatives, fundraising goals, brand strategy, and mission. Work collaboratively with Director of Marketing and Communications to develop traditional and digital marketing fundraising strategies.
Work closely with team members, senior managers and board to ensure strategic direction and ROI on key philanthropic initiatives is supported and communicated.
Lead and motivate a department of six to eight professionals by managing employee performance, providing coaching and mentoring for growth and improved performance, and ensuring professional development opportunities are available to support employee goals and interests.
Manage a leadership donor portfolio, including cultivation, solicitation, closing of gifts, and stewardship.
Oversee departmental technology use, data collection, evaluation, and planning.
Direct responsibility for all related budgets, financial planning, and department expenditures.
Provide high-level monitoring and input regarding development department work flows, new project kick-offs, events and project management/results.
Function as a designated point person for outside media.
Member of the Agency's Strategic Management Team, responsible for providing Agency direction and making decisions affecting the Agency.
Participation in the development and implementation of Agency strategic planning.
Other duties as assigned.
Requires a Bachelor's degree with a Master's degree preferred
10 to 15 years of fund development leadership experience, with five to ten years of those years being in management, is required for this position. Capital campaign experience is preferred; or
Equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proven knowledge of current trends best practices in the field of philanthropy and the ability to analyze fundraising activities and benchmark with peer organizations to ensure the organization is on track.
An understanding of how to utilize social media to drive awareness, involvement, and fundraising.
Experience using data in planning and evaluation.
Experience with donor management systems and technology platforms to execute philanthropic strategies.
Experience in a large organization featuring multi-functional business units/programs (preferred).
Fundraising achievements in major gifts cultivation and solicitation (100k+ preferred).
LifeWorks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to being fearless advocates for youth and families seeking their path to self-sufficiency. We are committed to innovative problem solving, shared accountability, and a relentless focus on achieving real, sustainable, and measurable results for the clients we serve. Every member of our staff serves a meaningful purpose linked to our client's experience. Careers at LifeWorks offer opportunities for personal and professional growth and development while making an immediate difference in the lives of youth and families in our community.