Chief Development Officer, Westport CT

Expiring today

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Sep 16, 2016
Sep 29, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
SeriousFun Children's Network (SFCN), founded by Paul
Newman, is a growing global community of independently
managed and financed camps and programs, which have come together
with a common purpose - to serve children with serious illnesses
and their families, the services are always free of charge. Through
our 30 initiatives around the world, SeriousFun reaches more than
120,000 children and families annually.
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Reporting Relationship
The Chief Development Officer reports to the Chief Executive
Officer and is a member of the senior leadership team. He/she leads
a staff of six professional fund-raisers; works closely with the
Board of Directors through the Board's Advancement Committee; and
plays a strong leadership and coordinating role among the 16
advancement/development directors at the network's member

Position Overview
The Chief Development Officer's primary responsibility is to
lead the network's development and fund-raising capabilities,
thereby enabling the network to serve more children with
life-threatening illnesses and their families. As such, the Chief
Development Officer will be responsible for creating an inspiring
vision, clear strategy and achievable operating plan to grow
revenue and impact. That will entail a thorough analysis and
assessment of current efforts; identification of the right mix of
channels; appropriate allocation of resources; and a dogged
determination to deliver results, grow the total network and
improve the quality of more lives.
The Chief Development Officer will lead:

Fundraising among corporations, foundations and high net worth
donors to ensure sustainability of the support center and to
benefit member camps and global programs.
Engagement with Board Members to assure that they give and/or
get commensurate with their abilities and interests.
Event planning and strategy to assure that the twin goals of
raising more funds and broadening our brand awareness are met.
Collaboration with the marketing and communications team to
develop inspiring messaging and new strategies to reach more
potential donors through social media and online campaigns.
Strengthening the network's cadre of development staff so that
their total impact is always greater than the sum of the
Continuously evaluating existing efforts with an eye towards
improvement and seeking out new vehicles with a passion for
advancing the impact of the network.
Championing the advancement community within the broader

The Chief Development Officer has a broad portfolio of
responsibilities that includes designing the strategy, operating
plan and tactics that enable the organization to achieve its goals;
engaging with Board Members to ensure that their passion to help is
properly leveraged; team building, development and mentoring;
developing and strengthening relationships with major donors, both
individuals and institutions; and overseeing fund-raising events,
campaigns and other development initiatives. More specifically, the
Chief Development Officer will:

In collaboration with the senior leadership team and the
development staff itself, create and implement the department's
strategy and annual operating plan including revenue goals by
channel, return on investment targets and expense budgets.
Provide clear direction and appropriate goals to each member of
the development team. Monitor progress and provide help as needed
throughout the year.
Cultivate and solicit donors in conjunction with the CEO, Board
Members and the Newman family.
Work collaboratively with Camp CEOs and Directors of
Development to identify and cultivate existing camp donors looking
to form a global partnership with SeriousFun.
Work with the Chief Program Officer and Directors in Program
Department to create and implement targeted fund-raising
Work with the Director of Marketing and Communications to
create consistent messaging platforms, build brand awareness,
leverage the organization's web presence and capitalize on social
media opportunities.
Serve as the primary staff liaison with the Advancement
Committee of the Board of Directors and represent the development
team at Board Meetings.
Work closely with the CEO and the Nominating and Governance
Committee of the Board to identify and cultivate potential new
members of the Board.
Work directly and closely with camp CEOs and camp development
directors to build trust, foster collaboration and innovation and
grow the impact of the entire network.

Above all else, we seek a seasoned development leader with
passion for the SFCN mission, high energy and the ability to work
well with a variety of constituencies. More specifically, the
successful candidate will have:

At least ten years of demonstrable success in global

Experience in, and success at, fundraising within a federated
structure; and the ability to deliver financial value to
independently managed organizations AND provide the requisite
support for centrally funded programs.

The ability to lead a team of professionals, volunteers,
consultants and camp development directors.
A track record of developing new business, identifying new
sources of revenue and closing substantial major gifts.

Prior experience and success in developing and managing major
corporate and foundation partnerships.

Experience working with a high-powered and active Board of

Excellent speaking and written communications skills; someone
who is adept at inspiring and motivating others.

Versatility with computer technology and an appreciation for
the power of Raiser's Edge and similar reporting and tracking

The successful candidate will be a dynamic, energetic and
experienced leader with the ability to build genuine relationships
with a wide variety of people. He/she should be:

A confident yet humble, intelligent and articulate self-starter
and closer who is creative and entrepreneurial, yet collaborative
and team-oriented.

Outgoing and straightforward; someone who shares information
freely, listens carefully, gives advice and feedback directly and
respects the contributions and ideas of others.

Well-organized and results-oriented with exceptional attention
to detail and follow-through.

Decisive and resourceful with the ability to anticipate and act
on events and opportunities to advance the work of SFCN nationally
and globally.

Energetic and willing to work hands-on with staff and Board on
both day-to-day activities and groundbreaking initiatives.

A catalyst with vision who can create excitement and energy
around the mission of SFCN and persuade others to follow.

Emotionally mature with a sense of humor and the sensitivity to
work effectively with a group of diverse personalities.

Willing to travel locally, nationally and internationally as
needed (between 25% and 50%).

We offer a salary and benefit package that is competitive; an
excellent work location and environment; colleagues who are
passionate about their work; and the opportunity to improve the
quality of life for individuals and families with few other
resources to help them.
Serious Fun Children's Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer
and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply for this
To apply, please send your cover letter, resume and salary
requirements to
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