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Chief Development Officer

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Chief Development Officer
The YMCA of Greater Boston

Position Type: Full-Time

Function: Fundraising/Development


Mission statement:
The YMCA of Greater Boston is one of Massachusetts leading nonprofits committed to strengthening communities by improving health, empowering youth and activating people for good.  Every day the Y works with thousands of men, women and children to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has access to Y programs and services. As the nation’s fifth largest charity, YMCA’s across the country are creating a community of caring people through meaningful memberships.  For more than 165 years, the Y has been developing skills and emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse populations, preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities. The YMCA of Greater Boston is America’s first Y.

Position Details:
Job Description:
Chief Development Officer



We are seeking an experienced Chief Development Officer who is ready to join a team of caring people who work as a team, with determined intentionality, to activate people for good. The YMCA of Greater Boston knits our community together with people of all backgrounds and at all stages of life with a focus on improving health and empowering youth and families.  Come join us and make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you



Reporting to the President & Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) has the responsibility for implementation of the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Financial Development strategies and initiatives. This includes but is not limited to our Annual Campaign, Government and Foundation Grants and Endowment Development efforts and Capital project fundraising,. The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is a member of the Senior Management team and as such plays a major role in setting the direction of the Association. He/she will coordinate the fundraising efforts of the branches, work with the Association Board, and partner with the President/CEO in fundraising to reach philanthropy goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide strategic direction in support of the YMCA of Greater Boston’s strategic imperative to be a charity of choice
Accountable for setting and meeting annual fundraising goals in collaboration with volunteers and other members of the senior leadership team
Work with development staff and senior leadership to project, track and meet fundraising goals
Create annual business plan to meet philanthropic financial goals, analyze results and adjust plans accordingly
Work in partnership with IT leadership to develop CRM capabilities to sustain and expand philanthropic giving
Manage team of six fundraisers in advancement of fundraising goals
Support the expansion of endowment and legacy giving
Support marketing efforts as related to philanthropy
Donor Management:

Serve as prospect manager for 50+ major donor prospects (including prospect research and strategy development)
Work closely with CEO to define new initiatives designed to increase the donor base such as the 1851 Leadership Society, Heritage Club, President’s Roundtable, YMCA Champion and new initiatives to be identified
Collaborate with CEO and Development staff on identification, cultivation and stewardship opportunities for major gifts donors and prospects
Work with senior leaders within the YMCA of Greater Boston, including executive directors at the branches, in a concerted effort to develop major gift prospects, maximizing efficiency and productivity
Participate in solicitations as appropriate
Compose special proposals and letters to major gifts donors as appropriate
Research prospects and donors as needed
Volunteer and Senior Management Staffing:

Staff Financial Development Committee, including strategy sessions with Chair, development of Committee agenda, production of materials, and staff follow-up from meetings to drive next steps
Staff Special Event Committee, including working with volunteers and event planner on branding of signature event, renewing and securing lead sponsors, oversight of all collateral materials
Oversee implementation of donor strategies with key volunteers and YMCA staff
Work with CEO to set activity and revenue goals for major gifts and annual fund efforts and monitor progress toward these goals
Develop briefings, letters, proposals and related materials for key volunteers, CEO and Senior Leadership as it relates to prospects and donors
Perform special tasks, duties and projects as assigned
Effect on end results:


This position has the primary impact on the overall effectiveness with which the Association accomplishes its purpose, goals, and objectives in serving the community.  Therefore, the effectiveness of this position should be measured by:


The YMCA of Greater Boston will maximize its financial resources available from philanthropic individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations
The level of Board Member engagement in the Association’s fundraising efforts as contributors and fundraisers
The number of people participating in the YMCA’s programs and services, especially those members of our community who would not ordinarily be able to afford the same
Branches and their boards will maximize their fundraising potential.
Position Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required
Eight to ten years of fundraising experience. Proven fundraiser with campaign, major gifts, and annual fundraising experience
Team-oriented leader with strong management skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational and analytical skills; project management skills. Experience with Board volunteer management and ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team, flexibility and sense of humor
Proficient in Raiser’s Edge and Microsoft Office
Commitment to the YMCA mission
Work Environment & Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
Evening and weekend work is expected and may be required
YMCA Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies:

Resource Developer: Tell the YMCA story in a compelling way that influences others to donate both time and resources to support the YMCA mission and strategy. Staff must be able to articulate how the YMCA is a charitable organization
Mission Advancement: Incorporates the Y’s mission and values into the organization’s vision and strategies. Ensures community engagement; promotes the global nature of the Y. Leads a culture of volunteerism ensuring engagement, inclusion, and ownership. Leads a culture of philanthropy
Collaboration: Advocates for and institutionalizes inclusion and diversity throughout the organization. Initiates the development of relationships with influential leaders to impact and strengthen the community. Is recognized as an inspirational community leader who navigates complex political and social circles with ease. Communicates to engage and inspire people within and outside the YMCA. Ensures that a talent management system is in place and executed effectively
Operational Effectiveness: Possesses penetrating insight and strong strategic and critical thinking skills. Invests resources in well-designed innovation initiatives. Creates a structure to deliver organization-wide results to achieve objectives. Develops and implements stewardship strategies. Determines benchmarks and ensures appropriate leadership to meet objectives
Personal Growth: Creates a learning organization. Effectively drives change by leveraging resources and creating alignment to expand organizational opportunities. Shares authority and demonstrates courage and humility. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology
Operational Impact: Continually seeks to better understand job demands to assist in priority setting and planning i.e., participate in association initiatives