The Angeletti Group invites nominations and applications to join
the leadership team of Columbus House, Inc. as its Chief
Development Officer (CDO). This is an exciting opportunity for an
experienced, creative, and visionary fundraising professional to
elevate Columbus House’s fundraising strategy and maximize public
awareness of, participation in, and support of Columbus House
programs and services. The Chief Development Officer will report to
the Chief Executive Officer and will be a results-driven
development professional with capital campaign and major gift
solicitation experience and a strong record of success. They will
oversee a comprehensive fundraising program and community and media
relations that will drive growth in all aspects of contributed
COLUMBUS HOUSE: THE WAY HOME
Columbus House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has
provided solutions to homelessness since 1982. It recently updated
its mission statement: “To serve people experiencing homelessness
or at imminent risk by providing life-saving outreach, shelter and
housing and by fostering their personal growth and independence. We
advocate for and create affordable housing to end homelessness in
our communities.” This mission retains its commitment to helping
households through the immediate and urgent crisis of homelessness,
but also makes clear its commitment to championing solutions to end
homelessness once and for all. The agency’s primary goal is to
provide housing either through its own programs or through
referrals throughout Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven, and New London
counties to service-enriched or independent housing. Throughout the
years, Columbus House has expanded its programs to include not only
emergency shelter, but a continuum of housing and services designed
to help people who are homeless move toward independence.
The 2,800 people Columbus House serves annually includes
families with children, seniors, veterans, and those with mental
health, chronic medical, and substance abuse disorders. Its service
areas include Outreach & Engagement, Shelter Services, Housing
Services, Veterans Services, Income and Employment Services,
Housing Security, and Youth Services. All of its programs support
best practices of Housing First, Harm Reduction, Trauma Informed
Care and Person Centered Services so that each person receives
services specifically tailored to their personal goals and
aspirations. Columbus House partners with many area agencies to
ensure its clients access the tools they require to move out of
homelessness with wrap-around services and programs. Some of its
partners include Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, the Connecticut
Mental Health Center, the APT Foundation, Connecticut Veterans
Legal Assistance, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, United
Way of Greater New Haven, and The Community Foundation for Greater
New Haven, in addition to many social, civic, and religious
THE VISION FOR THE FUTURE
To advance lasting solutions to homelessness, Columbus House has
been working on several new initiatives that will increase the
affordable housing available to people experiencing homelessness
and improve the experience of people when their journey includes a
stop at its New Haven Emergency Shelter. One is the creation of
non-congregate shelter, which will provide a safe and dignified
space for people experiencing homelessness. “Non-congregate” means
that people will not have to sleep in a large room with others, but
instead will have their own room and bathroom that will give them a
sense of safety, autonomy and convenience while reducing the risk
of communicable diseases. Columbus House has already secured
significant funding commitments to get started on the design and
construction of this non-congregant shelter at its campus on Ella
T. Grasso Boulevard. It also pushing forward on two projects that
would provide permanent housing for as many as 78 people
experiencing homelessness in Middletown.
These permanent housing developments will include wraparound
services to ensure that its clients can maintain their housing
stability and achieve their personal goals. Much of the funding for
Columbus House comes from government grants which requires that it
apply (or re-apply) every year and are not guaranteed. Moreover,
government grants do not cover the full cost to run its programs.
Its goal is to diversify our revenue streams and increase support
from individuals, corporations, and foundations to help cover the
costs of programs not covered by government funding. Columbus House
also anticipates embarking on a capital campaign to support its
vision to provide permanent housing.
THE CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
The Chief Development Officer designs, implements, coordinates,
and evaluates all fundraising activities. The CDO will provide
strategic oversight on all matters relating to the operation of the
Development Department and its staff, which consists of the
Development Director, Communications Specialist, Volunteer
Coordinator, Grants Administrator, the Donor Relations Specialist
and Development interns. The CDO will also oversee Columbus House
community and media relations and communications to maximize public
awareness, participation in, and support of its programs and
- Define, document, and disseminate a compelling case for
support, philanthropic vision, and mission to guide the Development
Department in its work with the broad input of staff, board, and
- Serve as an internal and external advocate on behalf of those
experiencing homelessness and of the services offered by Columbus
- Manage and direct department staff members and volunteers
engaged in fundraising in the fulfillment of their fundraising
responsibilities, community relations, prospect/donor cultivation
and donor recognition.
- In collaboration with Development staff and volunteer committee
members, facilitate the creation of, oversee/ coordinate the
implementation of, and evaluate the results of strategic and annual
plans and goals designed to maximize public awareness of,
participation in, and support of Columbus House.
- Design, implement, and coordinate an ongoing donor-centered
program of charitable gift development utilizing all available
vehicles to all potential constituencies.
- Research, identify, cultivate, and solicit high level, major
gift donor prospects.
- Secure strong volunteer engagement in the work of the
department, including the creation and staffing of a Development
Committee comprised of Board and community volunteers.
- Present monthly written and verbal fundraising status reports
to the Board of Directors, seek their comments and recommendations,
and advise them and the Chief Executive Officer on all relevant
development issues and trends (Annual Fund, Special Events, and
Planned Giving initiatives). Document, implement, and evaluate
action plans accordingly.
- In collaboration with the Development team, provide stewardship
over all donated funds to ensure their use is consistent with
expressed or implied donor intent and with all applicable
- Provide leadership on future capital campaigns and the creation
of an endowment where applicable.
- Maintain relationships with local and regional media and serve
as the agency’s point of contact.
- Write press releases, coordinate on-site and virtual interviews
with appropriate staff and/or clients, and participate in
interviews, as needed.
- Oversee the creation and implementation of the communications
plan including but not limited to marketing via social and
traditional media, email, and mail campaigns.
- Identify new prospective donors and coordinate the Development
Department’s Moves Management program.
- Identify opportunities for Foundation grants from individuals,
corporations, and community organizations.
- Periodically review and update the Columbus House case for
support, ensuring it accurately describes the needs of the
organization and that grants are administered consistent with donor
intent and established reporting mechanisms.
- Ensure the establishment of and compliance with Columbus House
policies and procedures; identify training opportunities for staff;
encourage ongoing professional development; and serve as coach and
counsel to staff, volunteers, and board members as
- Develop more effective and efficient processes in all areas of
responsibility in furtherance of a culture of continuous
- Other related duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Bachelor’s Degree with 8+ years of progressively responsible,
successful, and broad ranging fundraising and non-profit community
relations experience, including extensive experience with
individual giving and major gift development.
- Demonstrated passion for Columbus House’s mission and purpose,
and an ability to communicate this passion to others.
- Demonstrated experience managing a high-performing team
including professional development and mentorship.
- Goal oriented with a strong sense of confidentiality.
- Outstanding leadership, collaborative, management,
problem-solving, and verbal and written communication skills, with
the ability to represent the organization externally across a wide
range of stakeholders and constituencies.
- Excellent planning and organizational abilities; comfortable
working independently and collaboratively on multiple
- Computer literate with strong working knowledge of Microsoft
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and various donor development software
- Can effectively utilize the Development Department’s database
and its functions to support and facilitate the position
responsibilities; ensure the maintenance of database integrity
through a comprehensive understanding of its functionality and
ongoing interaction with the Development Director and/or Donor
Relations Specialist (database administrator).
- Demonstrated ability to analyze and compile complex data for
planning and reporting purposes.
- Experience building relationships with media contacts,
compiling and issuing press releases, participating in media
interviews (print, radio, social media, and TV), and planning press
- Expertise in marketing via social and traditional media.
- Expert relationship builder with the ability to find common
ground, build consensus, and strengthen collaboration among diverse
- Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional
- Strong community awareness and astuteness.
- Ability to successfully navigate in a fast-paced,
outcomes-driven, and entrepreneurial environment.
- Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and
- Valid driver’s license with a good driving history and daily
access to an automobile.
- Medical, dental, and vision benefits along with additional
- HRA Employer contribution towards deductible.
- 401K Retirement plan with employer matching.
- Paid time off and paid holidays.
- Voluntary benefits including FSA and DCA.
Nominations and confidential inquiries can be made to:
The Angeletti Group
Columbus House does not discriminate in employment opportunities
or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual
orientation, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or
expression, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, or any
other characteristic protected by law.
This policy governs all aspects of employment, including
selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination,
and access to benefits and training.