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Chief Development Officer

Matheny Medical and Educational Center
New Jersey, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 17, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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WittKieffer is pleased to collaborate with the Matheny Medical and Educational Center (Matheny) as they seek an innovative Chief Development Officer. Newly hired CEO Bill Kent is looking for an exceptional executive to join him in building out Matheny's overall development efforts. Headquartered in Peapack, NJ, Matheny was launched in 1946 as the dream of Walter and Marguerite Matheny. Their son was born with cerebral palsy, and they saw a world that could not respond to children with special needs. Their passion for their son’s welfare and their concern for the many other children with special needs led them to launch the Matheny School, starting with three students and an operating budget of $3,000 obtained through a GI loan. In 1964, Matheny received approval as a special hospital from the New Jersey State Department of Health. Today Matheny employs approximately 600 team members and has an endowment in excess of $44 million. 

Matheny is a special hospital, educational facility, and residence for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. In addition, it operates an outpatient medical and dental center and a system of five group homes (with two more under construction). The school provides an individually specialized educational program that combines academics and functional life skills for students from 3 to 21 years old. The comprehensive outpatient center offers a variety of medical and dental services to meet the healthcare needs of people with all types of disabilities. Matheny is fully accredited and has deemed status by The Joint Commission. It also trains healthcare professionals, therapists, and educators in how to work effectively with persons who have developmental disabilities. 

The CDO will be a highly visible executive both locally and within the donor community across New Jersey and the region, with oversight responsibility for all activities involved with fundraising to support the programs of Matheny, including annual, planned and capital giving. The Advancement portfolio also includes all activities designed to engage patient families, community members, corporations, foundations and other individual friends in support of Matheny and in the building, cultivation and nurturing of those relationships essential for fundraising success. The CDO will partner with the President and CEO, Matheny leadership and the Board of Trustees in carrying out Matheny's fundraising mission. 

The successful CDO candidate will be an executive with a record of accomplishment in creating a successful fundraising organization focused on authentic relationship building that yields results. In addition, the CDO will be expected to find creative and effective ways of telling Matheny's story to a broader donor community. As President and CEO Bill Kent develops his vision for Matheny, the CDO will have the opportunity to create exciting new fundraising priorities, while also building a best practices fundraising organization on the foundation of an extraordinary brand, unmatched service delivery and a history of development success. Additional information about this position, including a Leadership Profile, can be found at

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted through the WittKieffer Candidate Portal by clicking here. For additional questions, please contact the consultants supporting this search, Greg Duyck and John Fazekas, preferably via email at or 781-564-2633. 

The Matheny Medical and Educational Center values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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