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Chief Development and Communications Officer

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
California, United States
Salary Not specified
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Apr 26, 2023

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Chief Development and Communications Officer
Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
Pasadena, CA

About Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center (RBAC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, opened in 1990 and is in Pasadena's beautiful Brookside Park, just south of the famous Rose Bowl Stadium. This world-class aquatic facility offers year-round aquatic and fitness programming to children, youth, families, and seniors so that all generations can achieve the benefits of healthy living habits, regular exercise, and sports training. Today, RBAC serves more than 400,000 patrons annually.

The Center's two Olympic pools, diving well, Therapy Pool, and dry land facilities provide a full range of programs including:
o Lap Swimming (long & short course)
o Swimming Lessons
o Swimming Team
o Masters programs in swimming and water polo
o Recreational Swimming
o Special needs and adaptive swimming programs
o Therapy and rehabilitation programs
o Diving lessons
o Diving Team
o Water Polo Team
o Water Aerobics

To learn more about Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, please visit the RBAC website.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the President and Executive Director, the Chief Development and Communications Officer (CDCO) will be a key contributor to the organization's success and sustainability by contributing to the accomplishment of the organization's mission, fundraising goals, and vision. This is a unique opportunity for a charismatic development leader who is passionate about creating sustainability for a landmark that provides meaning well beyond its geographic footprint.

The CDCO will have administrative guidance and oversight of all aspects of the development function including fundraising, donor/foundation relations and events, with crossover responsibility in marketing, communications, public relations, and brand support. As a key member of the executive leadership team, the CDCO will work closely with an engaged staff and Board who are eager to act as ambassadors. This position will supervise a Development Manager, and Marketing and Communications Manager, and indirectly supervise a part-time Digital Marketing Specialist.

The CDCO will be enthusiastic about this opportunity to build on a solid foundation of donor support with a lot of untapped potential for the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. This leader will design the strategy for and oversee all fundraising efforts including cultivating, soliciting, and closing gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporate partners, as well as plan and execute a range of successful fundraising events. Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within RBAC and throughout the communities it serves, this individual will hold high the values of anti-racism as well as racial and economic justice.

Candidate Profile

The Chief Development and Communications Officer will be a bold, fearless, and experienced fundraising leader with a measurable track record of success in institutional, individual, and corporate giving, preferably in the Southern California philanthropic landscape. Bringing an adaptable mindset to the role, the successful candidate will build upon a long-standing foundation, bringing best in class practices, not afraid to challenge status quo and help lead the RBAC into its next phase of growth for all fundraising endeavors. With sensitivity and understanding, the CDCO will effectively interact with individuals from a variety of diverse cultural, socioeconomic, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, a successful candidate will bring many of the following professional competencies and personal attributes:

Fundraising Leadership Expertise

The CDCO will be an innovative and outside-the-box thinker who will find new funding opportunities to diversify revenue streams and secure funding to meet changing community needs and ensure long-term organizational sustainability. The CDCO will be a confident and self-motivated thought partner, who will work with the President and Executive Director, Board, and staff in identifying, devising, and implementing a fundraising strategy for the RBAC. Bringing best in class systems, processes, and current knowledge of fundraising practices with a strong understanding of donor management systems, the CDCO will be a big picture thinker, eager to roll up their sleeves to get the job done.

Donor Cultivation and Stewardship

The CDCO will excel at developing and stewarding relationships with donors, the Board, and
other funding partners, in addition to using their expertise to cultivate and leverage potential supporters. A charismatic fundraiser, the CDCO will bring a demonstrated track record of inspiring a wide array of donors and funders with evidence of closing major gifts, running a successful capital campaign to completion, and producing meaningful fundraising events in previous roles. The CDCO will also ensure that the RBAC's commitment to racial equity is reflected in how donors and funders are engaged with the organization.

Relationship Builder & Effective Communicator

Possessing strong interpersonal skills, the CDCO will foster meaningful relationships with the President and Executive Director, Board, staff, and community members, establishing themselves as someone who others can trust and count on for partnership and support. This individual will have the confidence and expertise needed to make recommendations to senior leadership and the Board regarding fundraising and communications strategies. The CDCO will also have excellent written communications skills with demonstrated writing ability across various formats including personal correspondence, grants, public relations, and organizational communications.

Communications Knowledge

The CDCO will have oversight of all communications functions, including its brand, newsletters, event materials, website content, and media campaigns, to raise awareness regionally about programming and fundraising for the RBAC. The CDCO will be able to effectively communicate the story of the RBAC to a diverse group of constituents, including funders, community leaders, and peer organizations, to ensure that all content reflects the RBAC's image as a leader in the aquatics and health and wellness community. The CDCO will work with programs staff to authentically tell the stories of the RBAC's rich history of impact in ways that are compelling, uplifting, empowering, and inclusive.

Collaborative and Strategic Manager

The CDCO will possess a collaborative mindset with comprehensive staff management skills, including experience building, mentoring, and coaching a team of high-performing professionals. With a commitment to continuous education, the CDCO will pursue ongoing professional development and awareness opportunities for the Development and Communications team to ensure the RBAC is a top performing environment. With the ability to be hands-on while thinking strategically, this person will have the patience to work towards creating a legacy infrastructure to ensure the sustainability of the RBAC and its programs.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy and Leadership
• Serve as a key strategist for the organization's long-range strategic fundraising and communications plan and agency budget;
• In collaboration with the Executive Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and Development Committee members, develop the vision for the future and participate in strategic planning;
• Create and present an annual written Development Plan and Case for Support to guide the organization's fundraising and marketing/communication efforts;
• Organize, direct, and train department staff. Direct the involvement of volunteers or contractors where necessary, and motivate staff and volunteers to accomplish fundraising goals;
• In conjunction with the Executive Leadership Team, Chair of the Board, and Chair of the Development Committee, work with Board Members to develop each individual's plan for participation in fundraising activities. Communicate with each Board Member regularly to encourage and support their fundraising efforts;
• Provide leadership to the Development Committee and support to its volunteer Chair and to any appointed subcommittees;
• Attend Board and committee meetings as needed or assigned. In conjunction with the Development Chair, report to the Board on the organization's progress in meeting its development/marketing departmental goals; and
• Develop departmental budgets, monitor expenses, and allocate resources in the most effective manner.

Major Gifts and Planned Giving
• Identify, cultivate, and successfully solicit large major gifts to meet established fundraising goals and to support and expand programmatic efforts;
• Organize and direct the cultivation and solicitation of major donors by volunteer leadership to meet fundraising goals;
• Develop and build planned giving program to secure deferred gifts for the RBAC's programs and future needs;
• Cultivate relationships with donors who have the potential to make major and planned gifts; and
• Appropriately steward existing donors to ensure they feel appreciated and are achieving their philanthropic goals.

Foundation, Corporation, and Government Relations
• Identify and cultivate meaningful working relationships with institutional leaders;
• Supervise the Development Manager in the strategic development and implementation of grant applications to foundations, corporations, and government entities; and
• Oversee prospect research and cultivation of new funding sources.

Annual Giving
• Develop and implement annual fund vehicles, including direct mail, events, monthly donor giving programs, etc.; and
• Create robust stewardship and appreciation efforts for donors.

Capital Campaign(s)
• Work with the Executive Leadership to review feasibility studies, develop campaign strategy, and set campaign sub-goals;
• Provide leadership to assure that campaign communications and cultivation event activity plans are met;
• Identify prospects on the individual, corporation, and foundation levels;
• Identify and cultivate capital campaign steering committee and Board members;
• Create and edit campaign communications, such as acknowledgments, follow-up letters, and newsletters, with the support staff; and
• Devise and manage logistics for cultivation events, coordinating publicity as appropriate, with Executive Director and support staff.

Marketing and Communications
• Supervise the Marketing and Communications Manager (MCM) in the planning and implementation of quarterly newsletters, annual reports, press releases, and event invitations;
• Work with the MCM in securing publicity for the RBAC from a variety of media outlets, including print, digital, and all social outlets;
• Manage the RBAC brand to ensure that all content reflects the RBAC's image as a leader in the aquatics and health and wellness community;
• Provide leadership in the on-going enhancement and maintenance of the RBAC's website;
• Ensure quality control for all forms of external communications including emergency communications including collaborating with the Executive Leadership team on internal and external messaging; and
• Represent the RBAC at appropriate functions.

Ongoing Development, Fundraising, and Donor Related Events and Activities
• Develops, initiates, and oversees the implementation and execution of all RBAC related fundraising and donor relations events;
• In conjunction with support staff, maintain donor database to effectively monitor prospect relations, track all donations, ensure accurate gift valuation and accounting, and acknowledge all contributions on a timely basis;
• Ensure appropriate stewardship of all gifts to the organization and implement donor recognition activities; and
• Supervise the staff in the preparation of reports that accurately track development revenue progress and department expenses.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The salary range for this role is $160,000 - $190,000 with a generous benefits package. 10 paid holidays (including 6 floating holidays) per year, and 120 hours of vacation accrued annually.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Michelle Bonoan and Jennifer Smith of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. Express interest in this role by filling out our Talent Profile, or email Michelle and Jennifer directly at and All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

Learn more about how we can help you with your search on the Koya Partners website.


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