Chief Development Officer

NAACP   •  

Baltimore, MD

Industry: Government & Non-Profit


15+ years

Posted 58 days ago

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization for equal rights, seeks a dynamic, experienced Chief Development Officer to foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization. This position will require the ability to cultivate, solicit and manage major gifts. Works with other key development administrators in the identification of potential major donors who have the capacity to contribute $100K or more and coordinates major fund raising efforts from all sources to support operations, endowment and capital projects within the Association.  This position directs the organization’s corporate culture, systems and procedures support fund development and vice versa; leads staff and volunteers to institutionalize philanthropy and fund development within the organization. Plans, coordinates and assures implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions to support the NAACP.



Under the direction of the President & Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer will:


  • Serves as primary fundraiser for the NAACP and works closely with the Chief Executive Officer to prepare a fund-raising strategy, as well as makes specific requests in person and by proposal to prospective donors
  • Work closely with the President & Chief Executive Officer and COO and CFO to establish an annual fundraising target, detailing the budget required to address the financial needs of the organization
  • Serves as support to the Fund Development Committee of the Board of Directors in developing plans to meet the organization's financial goals and objectives
  • Accountable for developing and implementing strategies to achieve the goals in keeping with established ethical standards, policies, and guidelines
  • Contribute to the writing of all development-related communications with the communications department (e.g., solicitations to members & supporters, corporate institutions, foundations, grants, donors, and/or prospective donor and social media campaigns)
  • Responsible for managing the Development Office and staff, coordinating fundraising campaigns, and identifying potential sources of funds (including individuals, foundations, corporations, annual giving, capital campaign, planned giving, and national and local chapter support)
  • Solicit and screen a high-potential “short list” of donors to be personally cultivated by the President & Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors
  • Participate in the process of setting the organization's strategic direction and short- and long-term plans, translates the vision and corporate goals set by the Board of Directors into effective operational strategies and actions


The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, competencies and personal qualities:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4 year college or institution or equivalent experience required
  • Minimum 15+ years of related experience in development, fundraising and cultivation of stewardship; with proven record of fundraising success and management in a nonprofit organization of national stature is required
  • Management experience required; responsible for training staff and fundraising volunteers and assists them in cultivating and soliciting major gifts 
  • Familiarity with social justice and civil right issues
  • Proficient with several computing technologies to manage donor/fundraising activities
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with Word, Excel, and Outlook required.


It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Requisition ID : 1118