Reports to: President and CEO
Staff reporting to this position: Various
Position classification: Exempt, full
Minimum compensation: $225,000–$235,000
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week,
Washington, D.C., office)
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Chief Development
Officer (CDO) is a member of the Executive Leadership team and is
responsible for leading the development operation and staff. The
CDO will develop a bold development plan and fundraising strategy
for American Progress. They will work closely with the CEO on board
engagement and manage a portfolio of seven-figure prospects while
leading and overseeing the management of the Development
This position is ideal for a dynamic, results-driven, and
well-organized development leader who is committed to a progressive
policy agenda and to the American Progress mission to improve
the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas, as well
as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only
changing the conversation, but changing the
country. In addition, this position will support
CAP’s five crosscutting priorities:
- Building an economy for all
- Restoring social trust in democracy
- Advancing racial equity and justice
- Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
- Strengthening health
The Development department works with program staff at both the
Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) organization, and the
Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization,
to fundraise for support for American Progress’ priorities and bold
- Lead a Development department of 17 fundraisers and support
staff to help them reach their combined goal of $50 million
- Support the President and CEO with board engagement,
management, and recruitment.
- Carry a portfolio of seven-figure prospects.
- Ensure that all stakeholders clearly understand strategies and
that the Development department is achieving its strategic goals at
an optimal pace.
- Enhance unrestricted funding while generating new programmatic
- Serve as the organization’s chief fundraiser and successfully
balance a sometimes rigorous travel schedule to meet with potential
and current funders.
- Serve in the role of coach, mentor, and leader of the
- Establish credibility throughout the organization and with the
President and CEO as an effective developer of solutions to
- Develop, lead, attract, inspire, retain, and manage a diverse,
talented, and high-performing team to ensure that the mission and
core values of American Progress are put into practice by holding
everyone accountable for quantifiable high-quality, timely, and
- Guide staff in their respective areas of functional
- Engage staff in strategic operations and execution through
responsive and transparent communication and leadership.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Requirements and qualifications:
- More than 15 years of nonprofit leadership experience managing
a large, comprehensive, national fundraising program or comparable
work with a nonprofit advocacy or policy-oriented organization is
- Demonstrated success leading a team, managing a seven-figure
portfolio of individual and/or foundation donors, and managing
relationships with internal and external partners to create the
conditions for success.
- Demonstrated work experience and donor contacts in
- A proven track record in fundraising from a variety of sources,
including government agencies, private foundations, individuals,
and the private sector.
- Demonstrated entrepreneurial ability to develop alliances and
coordinate shared interests of all parties.
- Excellent problem-solving skills designed to meet the
challenges of the organization.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, with
considerable experience in writing and presenting information to a
variety of audiences.
- Ability to use data and CRM systems to set fundraising strategy
and priorities, measure outcomes, and drive superior
- Knowledge of various progressive philanthropic sectors
including racial equity, rights, justice, international affairs,
public health, education, or democracy is desirable.
- Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced
- Ability to work both independently and as a member of a
- Familiarity with 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) regulations is a
- Ability to work additional hours as needed to meet deadlines
and manage workflow.
- Support for American Progress’ mission and commitment to a
broad progressive agenda.
- Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or equivalent experience
Applications should include a cover letter and résumé. Writing
samples may be requested.
American Progress provides a competitive compensation and
benefits package. This position is not represented by a union.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to
apply. The starting salary for this position is $225,000–$235,000
We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the levels of community
spread and adjust plans as needed for in-office work. Any changes
to our current hybrid work policy will be communicated at the time
of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs