Chief Development Officer

District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 25, 2021
Apr 23, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Jobs that require skills training are the backbone of our economy. The National Skills Coalition (NSC) fights for a national commitment to inclusive, high-quality skills training so more people have access to a better life, and more local businesses see sustained growth.

Since 2000, through expert analysis and technical assistance, broad-based organizing, targeted advocacy, and cutting-edge communications, NSC has changed hundreds of state and federal skills policies that have changed thousands of lives and grown local businesses and economies.

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and serves as a member of the Executive Team. The CDO provides input into NSC’s strategic direction regarding resource development, working directly with the CEO and the Board to ensure NSC’s fiscal stability and financial growth. The CDO oversees all organizational fundraising, which principally focuses on the solicitation and management of foundation grants but also includes donor solicitation (major, member, and grassroots) and other strategies developed by the CDO. The CDO also oversees reporting on NSC accomplishments to multiple audiences, including, but not limited to, current and future funders. Specific qualifications include:

  • Experience: At least 15 years of relevant experience, with a knowledge of the national / regional foundation landscape and donor solicitation strategies.
  • Strategic Leadership: The ability to bring together staff, Board, and other organizational assets around a common vision, and to get them to move collectively toward it in a manger that advances the organization’s overall goals.
  • Vision: The ability to analyze internally and externally, to anticipate the consequences and opportunities for the organization, and to articulate big picture goals that set future organizational direction.
  • External Influence: Ability to influence decisions, actions, and behaviors of decision-makers and other stakeholders, including negotiating, decision-making, and collaborating or partnering.
  • Communication Skills: Outstanding written and verbal communications skills, with the ability to effectively engage and communicate with target audiences.
  • Initiative: Takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities, acts on opportunities, generates new ideas, and practices self-development.
  • Attention to Detail: Committed to accuracy and excellence, looks for improvements continuously, monitors quality levels, and finds/owns/acts on quality problems.

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