Chief Development Officer

Connecticut, United States
Competitive Salary
Oct 26, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer will provide operational oversight of a dynamic development department utilizing innovative approaches to optimize all revenue sources as well as a strategic vision for the camp’s fundraising future. The Chief Development Officer will establish, manage, and enhance relationships with individual donors, corporate partners, foundation leaders, and third-party groups. The Chief Development Officer will oversee a team of fourteen professionals including five direct reports.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded in 1988 by Paul Newman with one simple premise in mind: to provide opportunities for children with serious illnesses to experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand-in-hand with camp. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge. It’s a community that celebrates the fun, friendship, and spirit of childhood, where every kid can “raise a little hell.” Camp's goal is to ensure that children with serious medical conditions such as cancer, sickle cell disease, and other rare diseases have the chance to experience the world of possibilities that camp has to offer. Through the generosity of others, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp community provides this unique healing experience to kids in need and their families, including those who may not be able to come to camp.

What started as a summer camp that served 288 campers during its first year in 1988, now provides hope and healing to more than 20,000 seriously ill children and family members annually through a variety of year-round programs – always free of charge.The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded by Paul Newman on the principles of inclusivity and acceptance, with programming that was free of charge for all participants and designed so that every child could participate, no matter their medical or physical differences. Over the years, this levelling of the playing field has also required a broader, bolder, and more intentional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. With half of the Camp’s service population being people of color , there is a significant sense of urgency to increase representation organization-wide as well as to advance anti-racism and racial equity initiatives that will serve to strengthen the Camp’s enduring commitment. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is currently engaged in a multi-year, multi-pronged action plan to ensure that its Founder’s original intent remains a dynamic and aspirational commitment embraced and advanced at all levels of organizational life.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides flexible scheduling and telecommuting opportunities to its staff although the Chief Development Officer will be expected to be on-site for a minimum of two days each week for in-person supervision and collegial collaboration. During COVID-19, development staff are working remotely.

A proven track record of effective leadership and successful fundraising at a comparably sized organization is required for this position as is a bachelor's degree and at least ten years of experience in nonprofit development and fundraising, including capital campaign and supervisory experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

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