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Chief Development Officer

National LGBTQ Task Force
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 12, 2020

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Membership, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Special Events, Programs, Grant Administration, Grant Making, Other Programs, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Accounting and Finance, Public Relations and Communications
Advocacy, Community Development
Employment Type
Full Time
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The National LGBTQ Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country’s premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBTQ people, and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all.


Chief Development Officer

Position Summary:

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is the chief fundraising officer of the Task Force, reporting directly to the Executive Director (ED) and charged with overseeing the development department and executing a comprehensive fundraising strategy. In addition, the chief development officer is responsible for management of the department’s budget, enhancing fundraising for the department, and mentoring, supervising, and evaluating department staff.


Home Office Location:  Washington, DC or New York (currently teleworking)

Department: Development

Reports To: Executive Director

Supervises: Sr. Major Gift Officer, Membership Manager, Events Director, Director of Operations, Foundation and Corporate Giving Manager


Primary Responsibilities:

To succeed as Development Director, we have identified three primary areas of responsibility – grouped into Fundraising, Relationship Building, and Management


  • Encourage and Motivate. The CDO is one of the senior staff leaders of the Task Force, serving as a member of the management team, and supporting/partnering with other staff in fundraising for the organization.
  • Board Support. The CDO serves as the principal staff liaison to the Board of Directors on matters relating to fundraising and is the staff representative to the Resource Development Committee of the Board of Directors. The CDO works with the committee to ensure Board members achieve their individual and collective annual fundraising goals, as well as with operations staff to provide Board members with accurate reports of their personal giving and fundraising.
  • Maintains and Strengthens Relationships. Maintains and strengthens relationships with major donors and executive staff at corporations and foundations to retain significant donors.
  • Innovative Programs: Develop innovative programs such as the Task Force’s planned giving program
  • Leverage Our Mission: Leverage the Task Force’s annual Creating Change Conference and other programmatic events for fundraising and engagement opportunities.
  • Analyze your team’s fundraising strategies to assess whether what you planned is working or needs to be adjusted to better secure funding to support the work of the organization


Relationship Building

  • Network and Identify New Leads. Must be regularly engaged in spaces where you will meet, follow up with, and delegate new prospective major donors and institutional partners
  • Must be skilled and experienced with delegation/hand off relationships to team members for effective and efficient cultivation and securing of new funds and partnerships


  • Mentor and Develop. Provide mentorship, supervision, and evaluation for members of the development team supervised by this position.
  • Create clear roles and responsibilities. Lead development team members in goal and objective setting aligned to our strategic plan and annual departmental priorities.
  • Coaching and Oversight. Provide coaching based on experience and oversight to staff members on your team in the following arenas
  • Prospecting, securing, and growing funding from foundations as well as corporate funders for the Task Force and for its events.
  • Overseeing extensive membership program that includes direct mail, online efforts, telemarketing, small events, and canvassing.
  • Working with the organization’s communications department to oversee all aspects of digital fundraising and its intersection with direct mail.
  • Ensuring that the Task Force’s two major fundraising events in Miami- the Task Force Gala and Winter Party Festival- meet net revenue goals and continue to grow.
  • Making sure all donor services – acknowledgments, tax receipts, requests for information – are completed in a timely, thorough, and courteous manner, and that all donor data is maintained to a high level of quality.
  • Other Duties as Assigned.As part of your work at the Task Force, you will be asked to participate in fundraising, including participating in special events and conferences. Design and produce promotional materials.  Attend and deliver addresses at public speaking engagement to raise awareness of the organization's work, goals, and financial needs.



In this role, strategic thinking, strong writing skills, and organization are critical. A commitment to racial, economic, gender, and disability justice and a belief in our collective ability to create change in systems of power is mandatory.

A qualified candidate should have:

  • Development/Fundraising: Proven success in nonprofit fundraising, with a minimum of 10 years of experience in development, preferably for national organizations. Experience and success in fundraising from multiple sources including foundations, individual and major donors, corporations, and events.
  • Budgeting: Experience in leading complex budgeting across revenue areas and tracking revenue and expenses closely throughout the year.
  • Project Leadership and Management: Experience in supervising a large team of diverse staff. Experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects, including coordinating with colleagues to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to senior managers/board of directors.
  • Communications: Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising. Experience and ease with presenting to external audiences and the Board.
  • Collaboration: Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives. Demonstrated capacity and desire to work in a multi-cultural environment where diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, real or perceived gender identity, physical ability, and spiritual practice is an important value.
  • Relationship Building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong and authentic relationships with donors, Board members, peers, and team members.
  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge.


COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — health, dental and vision insurance; flex spending accounts, annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan.


Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your qualifications, experience relevant to these responsibilities and describing your interest in being a member of the Task Force staff. If possible, please submit the names, affiliations, and contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted via e- mail for this position at; please write "Chief Development Officer” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


The Task Force is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans, and people of color are encouraged to apply.


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