About Christopher & Dana
The Christopher & Dana Reeve
Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing
innovative research and improving the quality of life for
individuals and families impacted by paralysis. The Reeve
Foundation is a pioneer in the field of spinal cord injury (SCI)
research and has funded $140 million in the laboratories of key
thought leaders around the world. The Foundation is committed to
building on the findings of decades of research and developing
therapies that bring meaningful solutions to people with SCI. Its
National Paralysis Resource Center provides the most comprehensive
knowledge, tools, and services for individuals impacted by
paralysis through dedicated Information Specialists, a substantial
Quality of Life Grants Program, Peer & Family Support Program,
Military and Veterans Program, Racial and Health Equity initiatives
and Advocacy program.
As a partner and advisor to the
President & CEO, and the Board of Directors, the Chief
Development Officer (CDO) will establish and articulate a vision
for the organization’s next fundraising chapter, build and execute
a development plan and evaluate outcomes using a metrics-based
The Chief Development Officer will be
a seasoned fundraising professional who will transform and reach a
new and aspiring level of philanthropic success – one that will
propel the Reeve Foundation on a sustainable path for
accomplishment in the coming years. The Chief Development Officer
will be both a strategic thinker who can help guide the
organization’s growth and a practical implementer who can cultivate
new relationships to build the visibility, impact, and financial
resources of the Foundation.
Leading a team of nine Development
Associates responsible for cultivating and stewarding relationships
for Major Gifts and Legacy Giving, Direct Response (offline/online)
campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Support, Special Events,
Individual Giving, Corporate Development and Data
As an integral member of the Executive
Management team which oversees and manages the day-to-day
operations of the Foundation, the Chief Development Officer will
embody the values and mission of the Reeve Foundation and, as a
result, inspire and motivate others internally and externally to
fulfill the mission.
Position Duties and
- Develop and lead a comprehensive development strategy to
sustain and grow core support from $7 million to $10 million within
- Work closely with the President & CEO to lead the
identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of
foundation, corporate, and individual major donors to build lasting
relationships and ensure ongoing support.
- Partner effectively with the Board of Directors, ensuring a
close relationship to promote the organization’s development
strategy and inspiring engagement.
- Identify and bring new national corporate supporters engaged in
research, programs, education, and community events.
- Oversee regional growth opportunities in select markets with
- Partner with Chief Scientific Officer to create research
funding opportunities that are tangible, attractive and compelling
to donors, corporations, and foundations.
- Manage a personal portfolio of “high touch” donor prospects to
solicit 5 and 6 figure gifts.
- Serve as staff lead to the Board’s Development Committee,
providing guidance and support.
- Plan and lead the creation of donor communications, appeals,
acknowledgments, proposals, reports, and other written and online
- Oversee the growth of an individual major donor program that
includes strategic donor stewardship, solicitation, and
- Provide budgeting and financial reporting for development
- Collaborate across departments to ensure deep understanding of
programmatic objectives to expertly communicate Reeve activities
and research advancements with donors.
- Provide hands-on leadership, direction, mentoring and support
to the existing Development team of nine staff members; asses and
update position descriptions as needed and ensure team/individual
performance is measured against agreed-upon metrics.
- Hire and train staff as the organization grows.
- Participate in organizational planning and ongoing management
of the Reeve Foundation. Work with other senior team members to
maintain a unified strategy for daily operations.
POLICY ON PLACEMENT AND
- A four-year college degree and 10 years in a Senior Director,
Vice President or similar management position or equivalent
experience in related field as an effective people manager with the
ability to lead and motivate staff to achieve results.
- Ability to create and implement long-term strategic plans for
fundraising activities, experience in managing budgets, creating
forecasts, and analyzing progress through established metrics.
- Successful track record in building and executing a development
plan and evaluation of outcomes with a metrics-based approach.
- Experience managing relationships and strategy relating to
major gifts, legacy giving and other fundraising efforts.
- Keen understanding of effective advancement models and best
practices in a range of organizations.
- Strong, comprehensive managerial experience within a
foundation, nonprofit, or complex organization.
- Proven experience engaging board-level individuals.
- Intermediate level experience with a CRM system.
- Experience working in research, medical, patient
- Ability to lift 20 lbs. throughout the day.
- Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.
- Flexible and agile, able to adjust to different work styles and
- Outstanding presentation skills and communication skills and
the experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson,
- Ability to effectively manage, lead, motivate and direct
- Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to
communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and
- Multidimensional ability to think strategically,
programmatically, and operationally.
- Unimpeachable integrity; a long-term perspective; a strong
sense of accountability; a practical ability to get things done;
wisdom and good judgement; flexibility and courage to shift
direction and experiment with new initiatives.
The Batten Group and Christopher &
Dana Reeve Foundation are equal opportunity employers committed to
the principles of non-discrimination in the workplace. Under this
agreement, candidates will not be discriminated on the basis of
age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
national origin, disability, marital status or any basis that is
prohibited by federal, state, or local law.