Chief Philanthropic Officer
Company: Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc
Location: San Rafael
Posted on: April 9, 2021
**Guide Dogs for the Blind has retained The Orr Group for this
search. Interested candidates should apply for this role directly
though The Orr Group by clicking on the following link:
https://grnh.se/468cf8123us. OVERALL SUMMARY: Reporting to the CEO,
the Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO) is accountable for achieving
the fundraising goals of the Philanthropy team by growing
institutional and individual contributions and by managing key
donor relationships. The CPO assigns goals and responsibilities to
team members and coaches, develops, and assesses the team. As a
member of the Executive Team the CPO helps to lead the
organization. The CPO works collaboratively across the organization
to build a culture of philanthropy and ensure GDB's mission is
achieved. POSITION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Strategic Leadership
- Lead the creation of a fundraising strategy and create the
plans that will ensure that GDB's fundraising goals are achieved
through multiple fundraising approaches/channels that reach a
diversity of donors including, but not limited to, individual
donors, planned giving, foundations, direct mail, online giving and
corporate campaigns etc.
- Build and execute a fund development strategy and plan to
support GDB's 10-Year Strategic Plan.
- Advise the CEO on relationship building and fundraising
opportunities that are strategic and of the highest priority and
ensures that the CEO's time is scheduled effectively in fundraising
and donor cultivation processes and events.
- Evaluate the fundraising activities annually to ensure quality,
productivity and relevance towards meeting goals.
- Maintain a portfolio of top corporate, foundation, leadership
and donor and prospects; develop and implement strategies for
engagement in GDB's activities and increased giving.
- Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors by involving
them in the execution of the fundraising plan.
- Keep the Board informed of Philanthropy team activities;
provide data relevant to tracking fundraising progress and
planning. Keep the team informed of Board decisions and involve
team members with the Board whenever possible/feasible.
- Create regular opportunities for the Philanthropy team to meet
with other GDB departments to freely share knowledge, strategies,
stories of impact and other important information that will enable
the organization to successfully reach all of its goals in a
collaborative, aligned manner.
- Serve as a passionate and informed advocate for GDB. Clearly
communicate the impact of GDB's work, verbally and in writing,
throughout corporate and community networks.
- Develop and cultivate a culture of Philanthropy within all GDB
constituencies including employees, volunteers, clients and
- Work collaboratively with Marketing on initiatives, social
media and other fundraising support and collateral to be used by
the Philanthropy team.
- Represent GDB community on boards, panels and events that
support GDB's community and fundraising goals.
- Accountable for the fundraising performance of the Philanthropy
team. Lead the work of the Philanthropy team and ensure that the
team is meeting or exceeding fundraising goals.
- Hire, develop, supervise, coach and evaluate team members and
create a supportive, goal-oriented and productive work culture
based on the organizational values of GDB. Set performance goals
for team members and evaluate performance against goals on a
regular basis. Effectively coach team members and provide
supportive and developmental feedback to enhance performance.
Ensure that team members develop the technical, leadership and
professional skills to be successful.
- Develop a high-performance team culture focused on leadership
and accountability at all levels, continuous learning,
collaboration, measurement, and goal achievement.
- Ensure that processes, procedures and assignments of
responsibilities are designed to meet fundraising goals in an
efficient, manageable and effective manner. Financial and
- Create and monitor the Philanthropy team budget. Work
collaboratively with the Chief Financial Officer and the entire
leadership team in creating the organization's overall budget by
providing accurate information and the best forecasts
- Ensure that accurate and updated records of all communications
and donor information are maintained by team in Salesforce and/or
other CRM software. Ensure that customized donor data is accurately
imported, exported, and edited in a variety of digital platforms
and tools. ESSENTIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
- Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with 20 or more years of
relevant experience, preferred. Graduate degree in a relevant field
is a plus.
- Proven history of prior experience should include growing
revenue by 15% for multiple years in a row and leading a
development team of 10+ managers and individual contributors.
- Proven experience in leading people and managing systems to
achieve fundraising goals and substantial increases in revenue
while cultivating a work culture that is high performing,
developmental, innovative, creative, inspiring and fun.
- Outstanding organizational skills to operationalize a strategic
fundraising plan by identifying goals and objectives and specific
actions to achieve them, setting priorities, delegating actions to
team members and influencing upward and laterally in order to
ensure that key actions in the plan are executed by all needed
stakeholders including the CEO. Ability to evaluate results and
adapt plan, as needed, to improve future performance.
- Comfortable building relationships with corporate and
foundation leaders, high net-worth individuals and community
leaders and with making high dollar "asks".
- Experience developing and managing departmental budgets.
- Experience leading organizational and operational change.
Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities simultaneously and
delegate appropriately to ensure that all goals are being met.
- Experienced team player in a high-performing, collaborative
leadership team. Demonstrate respect for the contributions of
others. Able to build cooperative relationships with peers, share
knowledge, learn from others and contribute to team and
organizational goals in addition to individual achievements.
- History of working effectively with all people irrespective of
their history, economic status, challenges, race, gender,
educational level or sexual orientation. Reflect a value for the
importance of diversity and have experience in creating and/or
working in diverse organizations.
- Powerful advocate for scaling social change and building an
infrastructure of opportunity.
- Excellent written and oral communication and networking skills
with the ability to engage, inspire and educate in personal
meetings, group settings and in written form.
- Energetic, diplomatic, adaptable and with a good sense of
- Passionate about the mission, vision, and goals of GDB and
possess an understanding of how this position contributes to the
organization's success. Brings humility and a deep commitment to
philanthropy and empathy for those who struggle to maintain
self-sufficiency, personal well-being and hope.
- Proficient in MS Office applications; working knowledge of
Raiser's Edge or SalesForce software highly desirable. Guide Dogs
for the Blind The largest guide dog school in North America, Guide
Dogs for the Blind creates inspiring partnerships between people,
dogs, and communities. With exceptional client services and a
robust network of instructors, puppy raisers, donors, and
volunteers, we prepare guide dogs to serve and empower individuals
who are blind or have low vision, throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Our team includes approximately 300 employees and 3,000 volunteers,
supporting 2,300 working teams (clients and guide dogs). Apply Now
At Guide Dogs for the Blind, we respect, value, and appreciate all
differences. We welcome all qualified candidates irrespective of
your race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression,
sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, genetics,
disability, age, or veteran status. Individuals with disabilities,
especially those who are blind or visually impaired, are encouraged
to apply. If you have a disability and need assistance and/or
accommodation with applying for a job, please feel free to contact
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