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Chief Development Officer

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
Job Description
Posted 03/12/19 
The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is a member of the executive leadership team responsible for developing overall financial development strategies and leading association-wide implementation that supports the Y’s mission, vision and culture. Major areas of focus include Annual Campaign, Capital Campaign, Government and Foundation Grants, and Endowment/Planned Giving.  The CDO will partner with the with the Association’s Board of Directors, Foundation Board of Directors, Financial Development Team, Senior Leadership Team and President/CEO to achieve short- and long-term philanthropic goals.   

  • Develops and leads the financial development strategy for the association. 
  • Provides leadership and manages the financial development team.
  • Responsible for developing and attaining annual fundraising goals in collaboration with Y volunteers and senior leadership team.  
  • In partnership with the President and CEO, develops strategy for and leads capital campaigns. 
  • Provide strategic direction for endowment/planned giving, including leadership for Vice President of Endowment.
  • Serves as primary associate liaison to the Financial Development Council of the Board.
  • Cultivates, stewards and solicits major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Oversees private and government grant proposals, reporting and management.  
  • Develops and implements strategies to increase volunteer involvement in all aspects of financial development.
  • Represents the YMCA in the community, and with individual donors, corporations, foundations and government entities.  
  • Oversees the development and production of collateral fundraising materials to effectively community the cause and impact of the Y. 
  • Serve as the primary contact for United Way (UW), providing oversight of the Y’s UW associate campaign and working with the UW to solicit funds for the Y’s cause. 
  • In partnership with the Chief Operating Officer and Chief People & Inclusion Officer, serve as the technical advisor for volunteer committees. Assist center leadership in recruitment and training of new Council members.
  • Prepare ongoing campaign updates for management, the Board of Directors, and volunteer committees, including qualitative and quantitative analysis of fundraising progress.
  • Provide training and leadership development in the areas of fundraising and volunteer development.
  • In partnership with volunteers and associates, develop the fundraising event strategy and provide oversight to planned events that ensures events are coordinated, meet fundraising goals and  represent the Y’s mission and cause. 
  • Oversees the collection of campaign prospect information and work with development department associates to input and track appropriately in fundraising software.
  • Develop and monitor annual financial development budgets for the association and the financial development department.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) or Certified Fund Raising Management (CFRM) designation preferred.
  • Minimum of ten years financial development experience required with proven fundraising accomplishments.   
  • Collaborative leader with strong management skills and the ability to lead associates at all levels within the organization. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Successful experience in recruiting and working with volunteers.
  • Effectively work with and lead people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, opinions and perceptions.
  • Ability to work outside standard work hours and to travel locally and nationally.
  • Committed to the Y’s mission, vision and values
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