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Chief Development Officer

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is excited to announce its search for a Chief Development Officer.

The Chief Development Officer will provide operational oversight of a dynamic development department utilizing innovative approaches to optimize all revenue sources as well as a strategic vision to advance a comprehensive campaign that will ensure camp's future. The Chief Development Officer will establish, manage, and enhance relationships with individual donors, corporate partners, foundation leaders, and third-party groups.

Organization Description

Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides “a different kind of healing” to thousands of children with serious illnesses and their families annually – all completely free of charge. For many of these children and families, Hole in the Wall provides multiple Camp experiences throughout the year at the facility in Ashford, Conn, in dozens of hospitals and clinics, directly in camper homes and communities and through other outreach activities across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.


Primary Responsibilities

Development Department Oversight

The Chief Development Officer will:

  • Manage a personal prospect portfolio and serve as Hole in the Wall’s senior major and principal gift officer, securing financial support (gifts of $100,000+) to meet ambitious revenue goals critical to advancing key elements of the organization’s dynamic mission;
  • Develop strategic plans and design successful fundraising initiatives while closing leadership commitments for annual fundraising priorities and capital campaigns;
  • Manage partnership with fundraising counsel in support of the organization’s comprehensive campaign, implementing the current feasibility recommendations and campaign plan;
  • Provide and coordinate campaign direction to the development staff and leadership volunteers;
  • Mentor department directors and oversee all revenue sources including annual giving, events, corporate partnerships, peer-to-peer fundraising, foundations, major gifts, and planned giving;
  • Collaborate with department directors to establish annual revenue goals, monitor fundraising budgets, and develop future-minded strategies aligned with the organization’s long-term aspirations and objectives;
  • Maintain a dedicated departmental focus on sourcing new donors and growing the donor base in both the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic;
  • Support and staff the CEO in frontline fundraising activities and Board relations;
  • Provide routine reports as well as income and expense projections for CEO and CFO review;
  • Encourage continual assessments, reviews, and evaluations of departmental activities, policies, and procedures
  • Establish metrics, monitor results, and evaluate the effectiveness of all development areas;
  • Coordinate fundraising efforts with the SeriousFun Children’s Network Support Center and member camps; and
  • Collaborate with the communications department on all development-related communications.


The Chief Development Officer will:

  • Clearly communicate expectations, goals, and departmental objectives;
  • Articulate an inspiring vision and demonstrate a sincere commitment to organizational success;
  • Nurture, motivate, and lead a team of passionate development colleagues who are results oriented;
  • Capably supervise staff working remotely and effectively facilitate virtual collaboration with colleagues;
  • Implement Camp’s favorable campaign feasibility study and plan with the partnership of fundraising counsel; and
  • Ensure compliance with relevant regulations and laws, maintain accountability standards to donors, and adhere to codes of ethical principles and standards of conduct for fundraising professionals.

Board Relations

The Chief Development Officer will:

  • Prepare reports and presentations for each Board of Directors meeting (3-4 annually);
  • Prepare agendas, reports, and presentations for Development Committee conference calls (3-4 annually);
  • Collaborate with Board and Committee members to identify new fundraising strategies and prospects;
  • Work closely with the Development Committee Chair in setting annual fundraising goals and strategies; and
  • Support and staff Board members in frontline fundraising activities as needed.

Our Chief Development Officer should have…

  • A Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in nonprofit development and fundraising, including capital campaign and supervisory experience.
  • A proven track record of effective leadership and successful fundraising at a comparably sized organization.
  • The ability to establish positive relationships with a variety of people in multicultural environments.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Raiser's Edge software.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and written/oral communication skills.
  • The availability to work evenings and weekends as needed.



The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded by Paul Newman on the principles of inclusivity and acceptance, with programming that was free of charge for all participants and designed so that every child could participate, no matter their medical or physical differences. Over the years, this leveling of the playing field has also required a broader, bolder, and more intentional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. With half of the Camp’s service population being people of color, there is a significant sense of urgency to increase representation organization-wide as well as to advance anti-racism and racial equity initiatives that will serve to strengthen the Camp’s enduring commitment. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is currently engaged in a multi-year, multi-pronged action plan to ensure that its Founder’s original intent remains a dynamic and aspirational commitment embraced and advanced at all levels of organizational life.



The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp's corporate offices are located in New Haven, Connecticut. The organization provides flexible scheduling and telecommuting opportunities although the Chief Development Officer will be expected to be on-site for a minimum of two days each week for in-person supervision and collegial collaboration.



All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

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