Safe Horizon is seeking a seasoned, creative, and forward-thinking individual to act as Chief Development Officer (CDO). The Chief Development Officer will be part of Safe Horizons executive team, reporting directly to the CEO and supervising a staff of approximately12 development professionals. In that role, he or she will be responsible for all aspects of fundraising from public and private sources, creating a diversified revenue stream that supports organizational sustainability, and growth. A major goal for the CDO is to increase private fundraising significantly over time.
The successful candidate will be a demonstrated leader able to skillfully represent Safe Horizon to donors, prospects, and the public. She or he will have proven success as a manager and strategic planner in a high-paced, outcome and deadline-driven environment. This individual will have to accept the challenge of raising large amounts of money in uncertain times and have the capacity to grow the base over time. The successful candidate will be diplomatic, of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgment and interpersonal skills. She or he will be able to successfully navigate complex organizational structures and effectively collaborate across departments and divisions to attain results.
Oversee all aspects of fundraising including private and government grants, corporate partnerships, special events, and individual and major gift campaigns.
Significantly increase these sources of funds over time.
Provide leadership for a fundraising department, creating short-term and long-range plans to meet revenue goals.
Manage and continue to forge a high functioning team of development professionals.
Organize and manage daily operations, set goals and performance measures to evaluate department performance.
Lead the government fundraising process, including: scheduling meetings with program and fiscal staff; establishing deadlines; writing, editing and proofreading copy; gathering attachments and signatures; and submitting complete proposal packages.
Collaborate with CFAO and Chief Program Officer to develop budgets, track revenue, and manage expenses across the organization.
Act as a compelling advocate for Safe Horizons programs with internal and external stakeholders.
Collaborate closely and productively with Marketing staff.
Collaborate with Safe Horizons various board committees to recruit and cultivate members, structure and manage activities, lead meetings and comprise reports.
Oversee and execute all the Special Events; including theme, event participants and honorees, budgets, collateral, venue and artistic elements.
Understanding and commitment to Safe Horizons mission.
Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to articulate Safe Horizons mission to generate support.
Knowledge of New York City business, government, and philanthropic communities.
Bachelors degree, extensive knowledge of all forms of fundraising, with a demonstrated track record of success in a senior development position.
Strong management skills, demonstrated experience in strategic planning, team building, and leading change.
Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships, motivate and work effectively with CEO, board members, colleagues, donors and volunteers.
Expertise in managing budgets and fundraising data, thorough understanding of donor perfect and data management systems.