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Chief Development Officer

Hunger Free America
New York, United States
$95,000.00 - $115,000.00
Closing date
Feb 20, 2024

JOB TITLE: Chief Development Officer



New York/NY/Hybrid. Most work may be carried out remotely, but some in-person attendance at Hunger Free America’s Manhattan headquarters and at on-site events in New York City at least a few times per year will be required.


Hunger Free America is a dynamic, growing, and highly effective nonpartisan, nonprofit organization seeking a Chief Development Officer to play a key role helping us make history by enacting the public policies and programs nationwide needed to entirely end U.S. hunger.  We are seeking a development/fundraising professional with a minimum of three years of successful, full-time development/fundraising experience and a proven track record of successfully raising funds from both institutions and individual donors. This is a full-time position that reports directly to the CEO. This position will usually require 35-40 hours of work per week and is ineligible for overtime payments.



  • Working closely with the CEO and parts of HFA’s senior leadership team, the Chief Development Officer will:
  • Design and implement all development and fundraising activities of the organization to increase donations from both unrestricted and restricted sources.
  • Manage all institutional and individual fundraising including raising funds from government agencies, foundations, corporations, small and medium donors, major gifts, direct mail and online donations, and events.
  • Increasing direct donations from high net worth individuals.
  • Directly manage the work of a Development Associate, an AmeriCorps VISTA, and occasional short-term or part-time employees.
  • Identify, research, write, pitch, and submit foundation, corporate, and government funding proposals. Develop and submit financial and programmatic progress reports to funders.
  • Collaborate with the Strategic Volunteerism department to integrate strategic volunteerism with fundraising, including designing innovative events that can improve volunteer-donor engagement and can increase funding from corporate volunteer programs.
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to increase our social marketing partnerships with companies and brands, and improve online promotional materials for the organization that relate to fundraising, as well as to increase mid-size and small donors online.
  • Collaborate with the Chief of Staff to co-lead the new Associate Board to develop a collaborative fundraising strategy. Guide board members to design and execute fundraising events and to curate strategic partnership leads with other organizations.
  • Advise the CEO and Board of Directors on how to fully integrate development priorities with  HFA’s strategic plan.
  • Work with the CEO and Chief of Staff to continually engage members of the Board of Directors with fundraising.


Ideal candidates will have as many of the following as possible:

  • A demonstrated, fierce commitment to, and passion about, Hunger Free America’s mission to completely end hunger nationwide, especially by raising wages and strengthening the social safety net. Specific knowledge of hunger and poverty issues are a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of three years of relevant, successful professional experience conducting both individual and institutional fundraising. A related graduate or professional degree is a plus.
  • Direct experience in grant writing, grant management, individual donor solicitation, board management and donor relations is required.
  • Successful fundraising track record and comfort and skill in asking individuals, organizations, and institutions for money. Direct experience in grant writing, grant management, individual donor solicitation, and donor relations is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills for a variety of audiences.   Must be able to write concretely and persuasively, sometimes on short deadlines. Most be strong, careful proofreader.
  • Proven ability to collaborate professionally and effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience developing and managing a nonprofit board and supporting board members to maximize their engagement.
  • Stellar organizational multi-tasking skills and an ability to meet tight deadlines without fail.
  • Experience with CRM/donor management software required. Familiarity with Salesforce and/or crowdfunding software is a plus.
  • Experience managing other development staff is a plus.
  • An outgoing, engaging personality.


The person in this position:

  • Must be able to frequently remain in a stationary position.
  • Occasionally moves about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, other offices, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery such as a calculator, copy machine and computer printer.
  • Occasionally travels around New York City and possibly outside of NYC to attend meetings, conferences, and other organizational events.
  • Frequently communicates with staff, donors, volunteers, and clients and must be able to exchange accurate information in these interactions.


This is a full-time, 35 to 40-hour per week position, with in-person work required in New York City at least a few times per year.

Starting annual salary range is $95,000 to $115,000 based on experience.

Hunger Free America offers significant benefits to full-time employees, including a strong health insurance plan which includes fully paid employee premiums and a health reimbursement account. Employees receive generous vacation, holiday, and sick time.


  • A resume and cover letter are required for your application. Apply here:
  • Hunger Free America is an equal opportunity employer. People of diverse races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are very strongly encouraged to apply.

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