Chief Development Officer


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Association Offices
50 State House sq 2nd FL
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Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will manage a team of 4 and is responsible for the development and implementation of the YMCA of Greater Hartford’s fundraising strategies and initiatives which include capital campaign, major gifts, events, grants and endowment development. A skilled relationship builder, this person will strengthen and professionalize a fundraising department currently raising $1.7m a year.  Working closely with the Association Board and volunteers, and supporting the President/CEO’s fund development efforts, the CDO will give direction, support and training to branches related to their development efforts and provide leadership and oversight to the development team



Key Responsibilities


·  As a member of the senior management team, create the plan, strategy, policies and procedures to systematically increase fundraising revenue to support the organization.

·  Help to shape and define a culture of philanthropy within the organization.

·  Work closely with development staff and senior leadership to ensure fundraising goals are being met.

· Serve as a key strategist and member of the organization’s senior leadership team.

·  Lead brand awareness marketing efforts, create opportunities to increase visibility and develop communication materials.



· Manage a team of 4 including a Director of Development, Grant Writer, Grant Administrator, and Business Manager

· Work closely with development staff and senior leadership to analyze development plan results and proactively develop strategies to address areas where goals are not being met.

· Provide training to senior leaders and volunteers on identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects.




· Work with senior leadership to set strategy and revenue goals for organizational wide fundraising efforts.

· Personally, cultivate and steward a portfolio of 50+ major donor prospects.

·  Work closely with CEO and volunteers to identify and prioritize capital campaign needs and take a lead role in planning and implementing a capital campaign for the Association.

· Work collaboratively with senior leaders to identify, plan and implement donor recognition events and any Association wide special events.

· Develop briefings, letters, proposals and related materials for key volunteers, CEO and COO as it relates to prospects and donors.

.•Ensure there is a calendar for grant submissions and that the Development team is proactively researching and appropriately responding to grant opportunities.




  • 10+ years of fundraising experience with 5 years of experience leading a fundraising department at an organization of similar size and scope.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising best practices.
  •  Experience managing a portfolio of major gift donors and success in closing major gifts.
  • Leadership experience in a successful capital campaign.
  • Success in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding new donors.
  • Knowledge and comfort using fundraising software and fund raising tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish solid relationships with Board members, volunteers, and senior staff.
  • Proven ability in consensus building and goal setting.
  • Familiarity with Hartford market a plus.
  • Passion for the mission of the YMCA and the ability to effectively serve as an ambassador for the organization.