Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Youth Organizations
4 Year Degree
Youth Homes has an exciting opening for a energetic, forward thinking, highly creative, and personable individual to fill the recently vacated role of Chief Development Officer (CDO). This role offers a unique opportunity to serve alongside passionate, talented, and hardworking individuals, within an established nonprofit, right in the heart of Contra Costa County.
The Chief Development Officer (CDO) works closely with the CEO, staff and Board to shape and implement the philanthropic growth and expansion of Youth Homes. This role requires a high level of proficiency in leadership, judgement, tact, and diplomacy. The CDO is responsible for strategic cultivation and increase of fundraising revenue streams through major gifts, annual giving, corporate and foundation grants, planned giving, and special events. The CDO also collaborates with the Marketing & Communications Manager to guide marketing and communications initiatives that advance the overall mission of the organization.
As a valued member of the executive team, the CDO plays a key role in the goals, strategic planning, and vision of the agency. The successful applicant should have proven experience as a fundraising and organizational development specialist, with proven management experience in a nonprofit organization or similar environment. You must be passionate about the ability of dynamic, diverse teams to actively improve the lives of young people.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Department Management, Strategy Development, and Evaluation
In close collaboration with the CEO and Board, build upon Youth Homes’ current development structures, systems and procedures, to ensure a healthy, robust, and cutting-edge development program that will be sustained over
Establish performance measures, monitor results and support the evaluation of fundraising activities to meet agreed
Formulates short and long-term fundraising goals for the organization, including key foundations and
Create and maintain effective donor development data base systems and procedures, in keeping with best practices and Associate of Fundraising Professional’s (AFP’s) Code of
Ensure compliance with laws and regulations, maintain accountability standards to funders, and ensure ethical compliance and high
Relationship Development and Donor Cultivation
Secure financial support from individuals, foundations, corporations and civic groups
Cultivate and maintain relationships with major donors and solicit funders and prospects through direct and personal
Identify planned giving prospects and work with board leadership to cultivate and solicit these
Develop long term strategies to promote and grow the Youth Homes Planned Giving Implement recognition and informational events as appropriate.
Oversee department outreach efforts to ensure all relevant donors and prospects are solicited during campaigns and events
Plan and oversee fundraising and donor cultivation
Raises awareness of the organization and its primary goals through outreach efforts, presentations, events in the community, publications, and media
Supervisory, Organizational, and Communication Duties
Passionate and experienced collaboration with people from diverse cultural, religious, educational, and socio-economic
Serve on executive team, provide strategic insight and support for agency
In collaboration with the Marketing and Communication Manager, produce highly effective collateral materials for donor base, including but not limited to: appeals, newsletters, impact reports, email communications, and special
In collaboration with grant writer, prepare and submit grant proposals and reports for foundations, corporations, and civic
Provide leadership on the Fund Development and Marketing and event
Collaborate with Fund Development and Marketing Committee to prepare and approve annual Fund Development plan and
Coordinate Board fundraising training
Create opportunities for team members’ leadership and professional development and ensure that team members are supported, valued, and energized to produce high-quality
Supervise a full-time Fund Development Associate, part-time Marketing and Communications Manager and Grant
Strong commitment to the mission, vision and values of the Agency in working with youth impacted by
Excellent project management skills, ability to use available tools to keep self and team organized and
Ability to be strategic and forward-thinking while balancing day-to-day
Demonstrated success in soliciting and securing major donor gifts, grant writing, public relations, annual giving, events, and planned
Marketing & Communications experience preferred, with knowledge of best practices within the areas of content creation, social media management, and persuasive writing,
Outstanding leadership and interpersonal Demonstrated ability to partner with Board members, a diverse staff, major donors, corporate executives, foundations, community representatives and community volunteers to achieve agency goals.
Sensitivity and respect for the privacy rights of clients and donors in all communications
Able to multitask, manage resources, and adjust to a rapidly changing environment
Bachelor’s Degree Emphasis in business, marketing or nonprofit management a plus
Minimum 4-6 years of senior Fund Development experience with proven management
Excellent writing, editing, public speaking, and presentation skills
Strong computer and database management skills
Strong attention to detail and excellent follow-up
Must be 21 years of age (licensing requirement).
Possess a CA driver’s license, with no restrictions
Responsible for providing own well maintained and privately insured car for official travel when
95% coverage for Medical, Dental & Vision
Paid sick leave
9 paid holidays, including a day off during your birthday
Life and AD&D Insurance (no cost to employee)
Flexible spending account
Continuing Education Reimbursement (up to $250/year)
403(b) Retirement Plan
About Youth Homes
Since 1965, Youth Homes has expanded opportunities for underserved youth, young adults, and their families with our core mission to connect, advocate, and empower. Our diverse, mission- driven staff act as leaders and change agents in the dynamic world of child welfare and behavioral health. Our collaboration directly supports youth well-being and their healing from trauma, which means listening with the intent to understand and delivering individualized, high- impact services focused on strengthening permanent family ties and lifelong skills.
For more information, including additional requirements (security screenings, etc.) please contact us at email@example.com
About Youth Homes
Youth Homes focuses on helping young people rebuild their lives and infusing hope and possibility into families, just as we have been doing for more than 50 years. We weave the expertise of professionals, the compassion of our dedicated community members and the resourcefulness of our youth and families into something that can feel like magic.
But it’s not magic. It’s extraordinarily hard work for youth, families, staff, and volunteers. And that hard work leads directly to successful outcomes — healthier families, children who believe in themselves and their potential, and communities that support young people and their futures.
We believe in optimism, hard work and the human capacity to change and grow. Leading productive, meaningful lives is way better than magic. The work of our staff, the families, and our young people who are so intent on finding their way — all this inspires us to step up to the challenge.
We invite you to learn more. Whether you decide to support Youth Homes financially, become an employee, foster parent, or volunteer — you can have a transformative influence on young people.