For more than 30 years, Collaborative for Children has meaningfully improved the quality of early childhood education and care for Houston-area children through those who are most influential in their lives. The agency works with child care providers and families to create high-quality learning environments and advocates for policies that benefit the early
The Chief Development Officer has ultimate responsibility for coordination and implementation for all Collaborative for Children (“CC”) fundraising efforts, including unrestricted gifts and program support from individuals, foundation grants, federal grants, corporate support and fundraising events. This senior leadership position requires demonstrated breadth across all giving aspects and funding vehicles. Foundational to the success of this role is developing annual gifts, major gifts, and planned gifts to ensure the necessary resources to fund the mission of Collaborative for Children.
Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards CC’s donor base:
Works with the President/CEO and volunteers to expand CC’s base of individual, corporate and foundation supporters through CC’s appeals, including the philanthropic support group (individuals), events (individuals and corporations) and general operating and program support (all sources). Conducts donor research and rates donors based on giving history, capacity, and contacts on CC board. Develops and manages customized cultivation plans for major donor prospects from all sources.
Fund Development Goal, Plan and Process to Monitor Implementation:
Work with CEO, Fund Development Chair and Board to set short and long-term fundraising goals that are challenging yet attainable. Develop a multi-year Fund Development Plan, creating a timeline and action steps to implement the plan. Plan is to include financial goals for both unrestricted and program-specific funding based on current needs and future growth. Plan also includes goals for individual donors (Circle of Friends), new prospects and major gifts. Goals will be based on interdepartmental and strategic needs. Engages program staff in providing program stories that capture the impact of CC’s program on young children and families and shares with key donors.
Staff and budget supervision:
Supervises fund development staff, including individual goal setting, performance appraisals and providing regular feedback on performance. Tracks annual budget for the department and audits income/expenses monthly to ensure accurate reporting. Supervises staff to ensure that the fundraising/CRM database is updated regularly to include all contacts and gifts from donors.
Completes other duties as assigned:
Provides leadership and support for CC Leadership Team, All-Staff meetings, subcommittees and activities; participates in CC sponsored events; represents CC at Community events; participates in professional development opportunities to improve skills.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE: SKILLS, ABILITIES & OTHER CHARACTERISTICS
Minimum Education, Work Experience and Competencies
Bachelor’s Degree required, CFRE a plus
Minimum ten years of progressively more responsible positions in nonprofit fundraising
5 years managerial experience
Results oriented - proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgement; high level of business acumen; the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget and problem solving, project management and creative resourcefulness in overall program execution.
Strategic vision and agility- ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan.
Capacity Building – ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity
Leadership and Organization – exceptional capacity for managing and leading people
Proven track record in a successful fund development program, with an emphasis on individual giving, foundation and corporate fund raising, government agency grants, special events and major gift solicitation
Demonstrated ability to recruit, retain and support volunteers involved in fund development program
Knowledge and understanding of planned giving, endowment and capital campaigns
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent public speaking skills
Ability to work with a diverse group of people
Excellent interpersonal and management skills
Strong organizational, project management and record keeping skills
Able to work flexible schedule
High energy level
Capable of handling multiple tasks and priorities
To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume to the following link:
Collaborative for children values a diverse, respectful and collaborative work environment. We establish and maintain trustful relations with all staff, contractors, funders, partners and communities we serve in. Our values of Inclusive, Transparent and Relentless provide the basis for the work we do, the people we employ, and the way we change lives.
About Collaborative for Children
Collaborative for Children is a highly sought after expert in the area of quality early childhood learning. With a focus of on providing quality improvement in all aspects of interactions for early childhood education, including parents, teachers, center directors and other influencers in the child's life. Taking a holistic approach to quality improvement via programs, assessments, mentoring, and curriculum to ensure the best possible outcomes for children.
All children in Greater Houston have the high-quality early learning opportunities they need to achieve their full potential.
We meaningfully improve the quality of early childhood education and care for Greater Houston’s children through those who are most influential in their lives.
Additional Salary Information: Incentive Compensation Plan may be added for calendar year 2020.
About Collaborative for Children
Collaborative for Children is a nonprofit that strengthens early education throughout Greater Houston. We work with parents, educators, and local leaders to make sure our region’s children are ready to succeed in the long term.