The American Red Cross of Greater Idaho and Montana has an opening for a Regional Chief Development Officer in our Boise, ID office. As a member of the senior management team, the position will raise funds and manage a team of people helping us fulfill our mission of providing relief to victims of disaster and helping people prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies in our communities.
We are seeking a visionary leader who is responsible for strengthening and growing the donor base and the development program to meet assigned financial goals. This position will support the Regional Executive who is the chief fundraiser for the region but will also drive a strong revenue-oriented culture based on market-driven targets. This successful leader will maintain a portfolio of assigned major donors and prospects and personally makes solicitations. This position is a highly visible, externally facing role and will represent the Region in cultivating donors with the greatest capacity.
1. Strategy: Develops and executes annual and multi-year development strategies for the Region. Partners closely with the Regional Executive, DFVP and Board(s) in the Region to develop and execute the fundraising strategy in order to significantly grow annual revenues in the short term, while diversifying the funding base towards long term sustainability. Develops and implements a written plan for identifying, educating, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors across the Region. Leads focused growth in major gifts area; works directly with top major gift prospects in coordination with the Region’s Major Gift Officer(s). Oversees implementation of organizational campaigns in the Region, such as Holiday Campaign, Disaster Relief, and March is Red Cross Month. Acts as a senior leader in the Region and directs the Regional Development team with respect to strategic decisions for the organization; ensures that the Region meets all reporting requirements related to fundraising.
2. Fundraising Targets and Portfolio Management: Accountable for achieving or exceeding Region’s minimum fundraising target and managing to meet the fundraising expense target. Revenue target may increase due to major domestic disasters. Maintains own portfolio of assigned major donors and prospects, responsible for personally making face-to-face donor solicitations and meeting national/regional fundraising metrics.
3. Prospect Development: Works with community Board members and other leadership volunteers to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward appropriate donors. Identifies potential planned giving prospects among assigned donors and partners with Region’s assigned Gift Planning Officer to solicit those prospects. Implements programs/activities to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors at the $2,500 level or higher, with an emphasis on maximizing revenue for the American Red Cross.
4. Relationship Development: At the direction of the Regional Executive, serves as primary staff liaison for representatives of largest corporations and foundations for solicitation, cultivation and stewardship purposes. Collaborates with national ARC headquarters development staff to identify and maximize fundraising opportunities. Serves as the primary staff liaison for the Board’s Philanthropy Committee. Orients new Board members to their fundraising responsibilities and ensures that they receive the support they need to be successful volunteer fundraisers.
5. Staff and Volunteer Management: Works with the Regional Executive, DFVP and DVP to determine reporting structure for the fundraising staff in the Region (including the Community chapter fundraising staff) based on the Regional structure, and ensures the use of best practices for measuring staff members’ performance. Responsible for staff development of Major Gifts Officers and Associates.
6. Carries out any additional assignments required to fulfill the mission of the American Red Cross.
Essential Functions/Physical Requirements:
Depending on work assignment, may require ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; or the ability to stand, walk and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of up to 20 pounds. Overall mobility is essential. May include sitting for long periods of time, driving a vehicle and working under challenging conditions.
Work is performed indoors with some potential for exposure to safety and health hazards related to emergency services relief work. May travel and participate in meetings and conferences throughout chapter jurisdiction, state and Red Cross system. Because the Red Cross is a disaster response organization, staff may be asked to be on 24-hour call during period of major disaster.
Education: Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree is highly desirable.
Experience: Minimum 5 years of fundraising leadership experience. Proactive development leader with an established track record of increasing philanthropic revenue from diverse constituencies. Experience in the development and implementation of a broad-based fundraising program including personally opening doors, cultivation and successfully closing major gifts. Significant expertise with the Region’s funding community highly desirable. Progressive experience in successful development programs and knowledge of “best practices” in development. Corporate and/or Business-to-Business sales leadership experience may be substituted for fundraising experience.
Management Experience: Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience.