Chief Advancement Officer

California, United States
$125,000.00 - $140,000.00
Nov 20, 2020
Dec 19, 2020
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Employment Type
Full Time

Chief Advancement Officer Job

Position Overview

Movement Strategy Center is seeking a Chief Advancement Officer to guide MSC’s storytelling and strategic communications, develop an impactful fundraising strategy for the organization, guide the philanthropic services program, and lead and catalyze innovations in MSC’s revenue model in order to deepen and accelerate the transition from a world of domination and extraction to a world of resilience, regeneration, and interdependence. The Chief Advancement Officer reports to the Executive Director.

About Movement Strategy Center (MSC)

Founded in 2001, Movement Strategy Center over the last two decades has been a social and environmental justice incubator, serving as a movement a hub both housing visionaries and emergent networks, and providing core intermediary functions to advance ecosystem-wide impact: resourcing a robust and maturing ecosystem of leaders, networks, and projects, and offering core infrastructure support through fiscal sponsorship and philanthropic services.

In recent years, MSC’s in-house incubation efforts have focused on cross-sector movement building _ to cultivate the power necessary to accelerate a just transition _from a world of domination, extraction, and violencewhere the few live at the expense of the many – to a world of interdependence, liberation and resilience, where the many govern for the benefit of all. MSC centers Black, Indigenous, and people of color intergenerational systems leaders and networks that are committed to transformation and boldly leaning into the future and whose communities are most impacted by extraction, domination, and violence.

MSC understands that transformative movements change the way we think, our structures and systems, the way we live, and even who we are. We recognize that we are whole people, and whole communities, and because the issues and problems we face are interconnected, our systemic solutions and movements must be interconnected as well. The way we achieve our goals and with whom are just as important as our outcomes.

Core Responsibilities

The Chief Advancement Officer will deepen strong collaborations with philanthropic partners and will engage MSC’s staff, Movement partners and community around the country. They will grow and strengthen a dynamic network of philanthropic partners who are engaged in a shared vision for Transition to a world of interdependence, resilience and regeneration; commitment to the infrastructure required for collective impact; and excitement about being engaged as partners in the Social Movement ecosystem. The DOA serves on MSC’s core leadership (executive) team, collectively guiding the strategic execution of our mission, and will engage the entire staff and our Movement Partners in our revenue strategy.

The Chief Advancement Officer will ensure that measurable goals, clear work plans and calendars, and a budget is in place for the department on an annual basis. The Director of Advancement will be held accountable for maintaining excellence in the operational systems that make fundraising, marketing/communications, and philanthropic services possible, and make sure that we achieve our revenue, business development, and engaged audience growth goals each year.


Storytelling, Meaning Making & Communications (40%)

  • Lead the development of the clear articulation of MSC’s vision, mission, work, values, purpose and TOC.
  • Lead the development of core stories that convey MSC’s Movement Ecosystem approach, our impact, and our partnerships.
  • Develop and oversee strategic communications strategy, plan, and team to excite and engage funders and donors in MSC’s work.
  • Creative direct storytelling and design projects.
  • Develop strategies to grow MSC’s reach and audience, in order to amplify the work of the ecosystem.
  • Hire and Manage an internal communications team for powerful communications and storytelling.

Team Management Responsibilities (20%)

  • Supervise team leads in areas of responsibility, including support and coaching for team members holding philanthropic services accounts.
  • Develop strategies, budgets, and roadmaps to execute on the vision for areas of responsibility.
  • Guide and manage the work of partners, consultants, and fellows as it relates to communications, or development.
  • Serve as a part of the directors team to collaboratively keep a view and smooth operations of the whole org.

Fundraising & Business Development (20%)

  • Lead fundraising & business development efforts in relation to innovations funds.
  • Develop and implement a 3-5 year fundraising strategy for the organization, in partnership with the development team.
  • Cultivate and sustain investment partnerships with current funders and donors
  • Support MSC and broader team, to cultivate funder relationships and to frame asks.
  • Partner with funders to shift the culture of the current landscape or develop some way to convey a shift in funding culture where there is more partnership in transforming the world to be more resilient, regeneration, and interdependent.
  • Partner with executive and development teams to build a culture of shared fundraising and to engage the entire MSC leadership and staff team in revenue strategy, relationship building, communications, and reporting.

Revenue/Business Model & Strategy (20%)

  • Working closely with the Executive Director and relevant team leads to develop and carry out collaborative/ecosystem revenue strategies, driven by the purpose/strategy of MSC’s mission, vision, and TOC and commitment to developing a revenue model to build more power in the ecosystem to drive systemic change that leads to a just transition.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and relevant team leads, develop revenue goals and strategies that lead to the long term financial sustainability of MSC.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position will supervise the Advancement Department, housing development, communications, and philanthropic services.

Expected hours of work

Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily schedule is flexible within the proximity of this time frame, and will be decided in consultation with the supervisor.


No significant travel expected during the pandemic.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written;
  • Demonstrated integrative and cross-functional leadership experience across strategic communications and partnership management, including through fundraising and development;
  • Demonstrated department and/or team management experience;
  • Agility with switching between and integrating whole systems and functional strategy, process, and relationship-based interaction with ease;
  • Ability to manage and make progress on multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to handle diverse challenges with a calm demeanor and positive outlook and be oriented towards excellence in service;
  • Excellent computer skills: Adept in Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Docusign and Adobe Acrobat Pro, etc;
  • Computer skills: Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Dedication to social justice;
  • An orientation towards learning and development; willing to learn from mistakes, receive feedback, and give feedback to others.

Position Type and Compensation

  • 100% FTE, exempt position. Annual gross pay is $125K-$140K (@100%FTE).
  • MSC’s 100% FTE benefits package includes:

o 20 days vacation leave per year;

o 12 standard holidays and 2 personal days per year;

o 12 sick days per year;

o 1 week paid MSC family and medical leave after one year of service; an additional week of paid leave for each additional year of service, up to 4 weeks;

o Medical, vision, dental for employees and dependents (requires 30 day waiting period and a per paycheck employee contribution);

o 100% employer sponsored basic life, short-term and long-term disability insurance coverage;

o Access to a 403b retirement plan.

o Access to FSA and Commuter Benefits.

Movement Strategy Center is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. People of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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