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
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
Home Office Location: Washington, DC or
New York (currently teleworking)
Reports To: Executive Director
Supervises: Sr. Major Gift Officer, Membership
Manager, Events Director, Director of Operations, Foundation and
Corporate Giving Manager
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Prospecting, securing, and growing funding from foundations as
well as corporate funders for the Task Force and for its
- Overseeing extensive membership program that includes direct
mail, online efforts, telemarketing, small events, and
- 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
- 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
- Relationship Building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating
strong and authentic relationships with donors, Board members,
peers, and team members.
- Knowledge of Raiser's Edge.
Commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — health,
dental and vision insurance; flex spending accounts, annual and
sick leave; 403(b) plan.
HOW TO APPLY:
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 hr@theTaskForce.org; please write
"Chief Development Officer” in the subject line. No phone calls,
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.