SEARCH FOR THE CHIEF
New Orleans, Louisiana
Kingsley House, Greater New Orleans’ most established and
effective social services organization dedicated to educating
children, strengthening families, and building community, seeks a
seasoned, deft Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) to spearhead the
organization’s essential fund development and communications
Reporting to, and working closely with, the Chief Executive
Officer (CEO), the CAO will serve as a member of Kingsley’s
multi-talented senior leadership team, with a broad mandate to plan
and lead the implementation of fundraising and marketing strategies
that will elevate and enhance the organization’s work and position
Kingsley for its next century of service.
The ideal candidate will possess experience working in a
matrixed development operation, as well as concrete knowledge of
fundraising and communications best practices. In equal measure,
the CAO must have the skills to develop and drive Kingsley’s
advancement work forward, serving as the organization’s primary
frontline fundraiser and managing a portfolio of individual and
institutional donor relationships; overseeing the organization’s
communications and marketing strategies; functioning as a partner
to the CEO and Kingsley’s boards of directors in the organization’s
advancement efforts; and adeptly leading a dedicated advancement
ABOUT KINGSLEY HOUSE
Now in its 125th year, Kingsley offers nationally-accredited and
state-certified programs and services to more than 8,000 infants,
toddlers, youth, parents, seniors, veterans, and medically-fragile
adults in the Greater New Orleans area each year. The organization
envisions a city and region where all young children are ready to
succeed and all citizens are healthy and economically stable. To
achieve this vision, Kingsley serves entire families via
interconnected services and programs in the areas of education,
health and well-being, employment, and family economic
Kingsley is the umbrella organization for three discrete
entities: Kingsley House, Inc., the 501(c)(3) organization that
houses Kingsley’s core programming; Kingsley Foundation, the
supporting organization to Kingsley House, Inc.; and Educare New
Orleans, a NAEYC-accredited, national model early learning center
that is operated and managed by Kingsley House, Inc.
For more information, visit www.kingsleyhouse.org.
The CAO will maintain primary responsibility for designing and
executing a comprehensive fundraising program for Kingsley,
employing a balanced mix of strategies to attract and retain
funding from individuals, corporations, foundations, planned giving
efforts, and special event opportunities. Across Kingsley’s revenue
streams, the CAO will be responsible for raising approximately
$750,000 in unrestricted funding and $500,000 in restricted funding
for Kingsley and Educare programming and general operations
annually. In concert with the CEO and Kingsley’s boards of
directors, the CAO will establish performance measures and monitor
results in order to evaluate the effectiveness of Kingsley’s
fundraising program year over year.
The CAO will lead, manage, and mentor a four-person team,
comprised of the Director of Annual Giving, the Director of
Marketing and Communications, the Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, and the Development Coordinator. Internally, the CAO
will serve as a thought partner to the CEO and to Kingsley’s senior
leadership team, providing input regarding agency-wide short- and
long-term strategic and operational planning processes. Externally,
the CAO will serve as an inspiring representative of the agency;
the CAO will also support the CEO’s efforts to build effective
external partnerships with key constituencies and stakeholders.
Woven throughout the entirety of their work, the CAO will foster
a culture of philanthropy at all levels of the agency, while
ensuring that fundraising and communications activities are carried
out in keeping with Kingsley’s values, vision, mission, and
overarching strategic objectives.
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Kingsley’s CAO will encounter several key opportunities for
impact in the role:
Generate new philanthropic pathways for
The CAO will be proactive in bolstering Kingsley’s existing
contributed revenue streams – foundation grants, annual giving, and
special event sponsorships chief among them – while cultivating new
opportunities for growth, particularly in the areas of major and
mid-level individual giving. In expanding the components of
Kingsley’s fund development program, the CAO will be called upon to
harness their own established relationships within the broader
Collaborate with Kingsley’s committed and engaged
The CAO will serve as a partner to the boards of directors of
Kingsley House, Inc., Kingsley Foundation, and Educare New Orleans
in their work on the agency’s behalf. The successful CAO will
possess the gravitas to work productively across these board
constituencies, leveraging the diverse expertise of Kingsley’s
board members to lift the organization’s advancement efforts to new
Spearhead institutional activities surrounding
Kingsley’s name change
In 2021, the leadership of Kingsley announced its intention to
adopt a new name for the organization – one that more accurately
reflects the agency’s vision and values. The CAO will play an
instrumental part in rolling out the organization’s name change and
refreshed branding schematic.
Encourage new investment in, and engagement with,
The CAO will have the opportunity to serve as a central,
compelling messenger of Kingsley’s programmatic priorities and
successes. In their interactions with board members, donors,
potential prospects, and other stakeholders, the CAO will motivate
partners to invest in, and engage with, the organization by
presenting a cohesive articulation of Kingsley’s value proposition
and a clear explanation of why the agency’s work is both essential
and uniquely impactful.
The most competitive contenders for the CAO role will possess a
solid combination of the following traits and experiences:
- An interest in, understanding of, and commitment to Kingsley’s
mission, vision, and values.
- At least seven (7) years of successful experience in overseeing
and managing development team(s) and overseeing development
- A demonstrated track record of success in crafting and
implementing comprehensive fund development programs.
- Familiarity and experience with a broad range of organizational
advancement strategies, including annual campaigns, direct mail,
endowments, planned giving, capital campaigns, marketing and public
relations efforts, and special events.
- A demonstrated track record of personally closing gifts of at
least five figures.
- Experience interacting with and/or managing the administrative
functions of a development operation, including gift processing,
donor and prospect information management, and grant
- A demonstrated ability to work effectively with governing
boards of directors, board development committees, and high-level
- A proven ability to work effectively and respectfully with a
broad range of people from diverse cultural, ethnic and
- Excellent interpersonal skills; the ability to meet people with
- Excellent and effective verbal and writing skills; the ability
to edit effectively and communicate with tact and diplomacy when
- The capacity to meet deadlines, remain well-organized,
prioritize workload, and work under pressure.
- A deep respect for the integrity of Kingsley’s program
participants and their right to privacy and confidentiality.
- A willingness to maintain confidentiality with respect to
personnel and proprietary agency information.
- A willingness to ensure compliance with all regulations and
laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
Kingsley House has retained Arabella Street Strategies to assist
the search committee in its identification and review of candidates
for the CAO role. Please direct all nominations, inquiries, and
applications, in confidence, to KingsleyHouseCAO@arabellastreetstrategies.com.
No calls, please.