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Chief Development Officer

Families in Transition

Mission: To prevent and break the cycle of homelessness.

Our Aspiration:

To be the most effective and respected resource in the region preventing and breaking the cycle of homelessness.

Our Values:

  • Treating others with dignity;
  • Building collaborative relationships;
  • Empowering people

Our Core Strategy:

  • Pursuing evidence-based approaches to address the root causes of homelessness.
  • Meeting people where they are by providing essential needs while engaging clients in a transformative process to reach their fullest potential
  • Providing all the resources and support someone needs to prevent and break the cycle of homelessness; an
  • Building strong, collaborative relationships with our clients and partners to provide the best support possible.

*Families in Transition is an Equal Opportunity Employer*

Job Summary: 
The Chief Development Officer is responsible for leading all strategies for prospect identification, donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. This position is responsible for $2.6M+ budget annually. Along with the development team (4 staff), this position oversees the Volunteer Services team (2) and Marketing and Communications dept. (2)

The Chief Development Officer and their teams will execute cultivation and fundraising events and build upon a solid foundation of FIT donors, supporters and volunteers to increase private support to the mission. They will oversee all administrative functions within the department, in addition to working closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications to enhance donor communications and agency-wide marketing efforts. They will also oversee the work within our Volunteer Services department to recruit, retain and recognize our volunteers throughout the agency.


  • As a member of the Leadership Team, participates in management meetings, overall organization strategy and integrates RD tactics into organization activities.
  • Supervises the Volunteer Services and Marketing and Communications Depts


  • Leadership: Equitable: Enact a commitment to fairness and to the full participation of all members. Strategic Decision Making: Assessing facts, available resources, constraints, and mission and committing to a course of action to accomplish a long-range goal or vision.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Works with colleagues towards achieving organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise and is willing to learn from others and accept feedback. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Overall impact to the team.
  • Creative Thinking: Discovering new opportunities and solutions for problems by looking beyond current practices and using innovative thinking.
  • Work Standards: Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
  • Leading/Living the Vision and Values: Keeping the organization’s vision and values at the forefront of decision-making and action.

Work Environment/Physical Demands: 

  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, this employee will occasionally work in high, precarious places, be around fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and may receive donations that may have harmful items included, to include, but not limited to, sharps (needles, syringes etc...), weapons and drugs.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The Employee will at times be performing repetitive motions. The employee is occasionally required to sit; regularly climb or balance; and frequently stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Minimum Requirements (Education/Experience/Certificates/Licenses):

  • Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of seven years of experience working in a nonprofit with fundraising, volunteer coordination and/or event management responsibilities. Management experience essential.
  • Proven success in designing and managing a variety of fundraising campaigns, including solicitation of six-and-seven-figure gifts
  • Experience with developing and maintaining productive working relationships with board members, donors and co-workers at all levels.
  • Demonstrated high level of confidence in making strategic decisions, good judgment, and innovative and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent project management skills and the ability to manage complex timelines and multiple projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication and time management skills. Must be well organized and detailed oriented.
  • Maintain a professional appearance at all times.
  • Proficient in Salesforce CRM
  • Valid Driver’s License, Criminal Background Check/Driver Record Check
  • Creates comprehensive fundraising plan and budget to meet FIT’s yearly resource development goals, in conjunction with RD team, CEO, CFO, and board.
  • As part of fundraising plan, oversees the creation of yearly strategy and calendar for appeals, cultivation strategies (i.e. updates, newsletters, reports to donors, social media), and events, in conjunction with RD team and Marketing Department.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the on-going fundraising campaign(s), including fundraising efficiency (cost/expense), community engagement and overall success of the campaign.
  • Oversees, monitors and participates in activities to reach above referenced goals for fundraising from individuals, corporations, events, and foundations.
  • Oversees and monitors donor recognition, including gift acknowledgements, public recognition, donor signage, and stewardship strategies.
  • Works in step with President &CEO/Chief Financial Officer to cultivate and secure major gifts and advance planned giving program.
  • Develop, implement and oversee a comprehensive stewardship program to deepen ties with donors and further our fundraising strategies.
  • Develop, oversee, and implement best practices, benchmarks, and processes and procedures in conjunction with RD team.
  • Develop, identify, cultivate, solicit, steward, and secure financial support from individuals, businesses, and foundations for major gift and planned giving program.
  • In conjunction with the marketing department, create an awareness of the organization’s programs and attract maximum giving through special project campaigns, cultivation events, and planned giving. 
  • Along with the leadership team, be the face of giving for FIT at internal and external events
  • Serve as a primary staff liaison to the Resource Development Committee and the Alumni Board.
  • Oversee administration of Salesforce database system. 
  • Ensure donor information is handled with meticulous attention to privacy.
  • Identify and work with staff to prepare reports and briefings to track progress towards fundraising goals and other items to monitor and advance goals.
  • Identify and manage outside key knowledge experts to enhance FIT fundraising efforts, as needed.
  • Oversees/Manages both the Marketing and Communications department & Volunteer Services Department
How to Apply:

To apply send letter of interest and resume to Maria Devlin, President & CEO, 

Salary Range:

$85 - 120K

Job Location:


Date Added: November 10, 2021

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