Scion Executive Search (www.scionexecutivesearch.com) has been retained to
conduct the search for the Chief Philanthropy Officer at Guide Dogs
for the Blind (www.guidedogs.com). This individual would need to
be located within commuting distance to GDB’s office in San Rafael,
CA and this role is based on-site 100%. Based on performance and
requirements of the role, remote work can potentially be explored
Reporting to the CEO, the Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO) is
accountable for achieving the fundraising goals of the Philanthropy
team by growing institutional and individual contributions and by
managing key donor relationships. The CPO assigns goals and
responsibilities to team members and coaches, develops, and
assesses the team. As a member of the Executive Team the CPO helps
to lead the organization. The CPO works collaboratively across the
organization to build a culture of philanthropy and ensure GDB’s
mission is achieved.
Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) Since 1942, Guide Dogs for
the Blind (GDB) has been creating partnerships between people,
dogs, and communities. With exceptional client services and a
robust network of instructors, puppy raisers, donors, and
volunteers, we prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and
empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired from
throughout the United States and Canada.
All the services for our clients are provided free of charge,
including personalized training and extensive post-graduation
support, plus financial assistance for veterinary care, if needed.
Our work is made possible by the generous support of our donors and
volunteers; we receive no government funding.
Guide Dogs for the Blind empowers lives by creating exceptional
partnerships between people, dogs, and communities.
Guide Dogs for the Blind envisions a world with greater
inclusion, opportunity, and independence by optimizing the unique
capabilities of people and dogs.
POSITION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- Lead the creation of a fundraising strategy and create the
plans that will ensure that GDB's fundraising goals are achieved
through multiple fundraising approaches/channels that reach a
diversity of donors including, but not limited to, individual
donors, planned giving, foundations, direct mail, online giving and
corporate campaigns etc.
- Build and execute a fund development strategy and plan to
support GDB’s 10-Year Strategic Plan.
- Advise the CEO on relationship building and fundraising
opportunities that are strategic and of the highest priority and
ensures that the CEO’s time is scheduled effectively in fundraising
and donor cultivation processes and events.
- Evaluate the fundraising activities annually to ensure quality,
productivity, and relevance towards meeting goals.
- Maintain a portfolio of top corporate, foundation, leadership
and donor and prospects; develop and implement strategies for
engagement in GDB’s activities and increased giving.
- Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors by involving
them in the execution of the fundraising plan.
- Keep the Board informed of Philanthropy team activities;
provide data relevant to tracking fundraising progress and
planning. Keep the team informed of Board decisions and involve
team members with the Board whenever possible/feasible.
- Create regular opportunities for the Philanthropy team to meet
with other GDB departments to freely share knowledge, strategies,
stories of impact and other important information that will enable
the organization to successfully reach all its goals in a
collaborative, aligned manner.
- Serve as a passionate and informed advocate for GDB. Clearly
communicate the impact of GDB’s work, verbally and in writing,
throughout corporate and community networks.
- Develop and cultivate a culture of Philanthropy within all GDB
constituencies including employees, volunteers, clients, and
- Work collaboratively with Marketing on initiatives, social
media and other fundraising support and collateral to be used by
the Philanthropy team.
- Represent GDB community on boards, panels and events that
support GDB’s community and fundraising goals.
- Accountable for the fundraising performance of the Philanthropy
team. Lead the work of the Philanthropy team and ensure that the
team is meeting or exceeding fundraising goals.
- Hire, develop, supervise, coach, and evaluate team members and
create a supportive, goal-oriented, and productive work culture
based on the organizational values of GDB. Set performance goals
for team members and evaluate performance against goals on a
regular basis. Effectively coach team members and provide
supportive and developmental feedback to enhance performance.
Ensure that team members develop the technical, leadership and
professional skills to be successful.
- Develop a high-performance team culture focused on leadership
and accountability at all levels, continuous learning,
collaboration, measurement, and goal achievement.
- Ensure that processes, procedures, and assignments of
responsibilities are designed to meet fundraising goals in an
efficient, manageable, and effective manner.
Financial and Administrative
- Create and monitor the Philanthropy team budget. Work
collaboratively with the Chief Financial Officer and the entire
leadership team in creating the organization’s overall budget by
providing accurate information and the best forecasts
- Ensure that accurate and updated records of all communications
and donor information are maintained by team in Salesforce and/or
other CRM software. Ensure that customized donor data is accurately
imported, exported, and edited in a variety of digital platforms
ESSENTIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
- Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with 20 or more years of
relevant experience, preferred. Graduate degree in a relevant field
is a plus.
- Proven history of prior experience should include growing
revenue by 15% for multiple years in a row and leading a
development team of 10+ managers and individual contributors.
- Along with this experience, being well entrenched and
connected in an extensive national portfolio.
- Proven experience in leading people and managing systems to
achieve fundraising goals and substantial increases in revenue
while cultivating a work culture that is high performing,
developmental, innovative, creative, inspiring, and fun.
- Outstanding organizational skills to operationalize a strategic
fundraising plan by identifying goals and objectives and specific
actions to achieve them, setting priorities, delegating actions to
team members, and influencing upward and laterally to ensure that
key actions in the plan are executed by all needed stakeholders
including the CEO. Ability to evaluate results and adapt plan, as
needed, to improve future performance.
- Comfortable building relationships with corporate and
foundation leaders, high net-worth individuals, and community
leaders and with making high dollar “asks”.
- Experience developing and managing departmental budgets.
- Experience leading organizational and operational change.
Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities simultaneously and
delegate appropriately to ensure that all goals are being met.
- Experienced team player in a high-performing, collaborative
leadership team. Demonstrate respect for the contributions of
others. Able to build cooperative relationships with peers, share
knowledge, learn from others, and contribute to team and
organizational goals in addition to individual achievements.
- History of working effectively with all people irrespective of
their history, economic status, challenges, race, gender,
educational level, or sexual orientation. Reflect a value for the
importance of diversity and have experience in creating and/or
working in diverse organizations.
- Powerful advocate for scaling social change and building an
infrastructure of opportunity.
- Excellent written and oral communication and networking skills
with the ability to engage, inspire and educate in personal
meetings, group settings and in written form.
- Energetic, diplomatic, adaptable and with a good sense of
- Passionate about the mission, vision, and goals of GDB and
possess an understanding of how this position contributes to the
organization’s success. Brings humility and a deep commitment to
philanthropy and empathy for those who struggle to maintain
self-sufficiency, personal well-being, and hope.
- Proficient in MS Office applications; working knowledge of
Raiser’s Edge or Salesforce software highly desirable.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
For this role, GDB offers a competitive annual base salary based
on experience plus a robust benefits package that includes medical,
dental, vision, a 403 (b) retirement plan with employer match, and
a generous paid time off program including 11 paid holidays, 14
paid days off, 10 sick days, LOAs, carpool, employee lunch program,
employee assistance, employee referral program, school visitation,
tuition reimbursement, wellness programs, dog friendly workplace,
and service awards after periods of service to the
Relocation assistance can be considered.
HOW TO APPLY:
Scion Executive Search (www.scionexecutivesearch.com) has
been retained to lead this search. For immediate consideration
please respond to this posting with your resume/curriculum vitae
and cover letter in Word.docx or PDF format.
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