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Chief Development Officer

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Connecticut, United States
$200,000.00 - $200,000.00
Closing date
Apr 23, 2024

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Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the Chief Executive 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 for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’s fundraising future. The Chief Development Officer will establish, manage, and enhance relationships with individual donors, corporate partners, foundation leaders, and third-party groups.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to children with serious illnesses and their families throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, free of charge. It’s a community that celebrates the fun, friendship, and spirit of childhood, where every kid can “raise a little hell.” Camp's goal is to ensure that children with serious medical conditions such as cancer, sickle cell disease, and other rare diseases have the chance to experience the world of possibilities that camp has to offer. Through the generosity of others, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp community provides this unique healing experience to kids in need and their families, including those who may not be able to come to camp.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded in 1988 by Paul Newman with one simple premise in mind: to provide opportunities for children with serious illnesses to experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand-in-hand with camp. It was Newman's dream that The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, with its unobtrusive expert medical care, would provide seriously ill children with a fun-filled experience defined by compassion, laughter, and acceptance.

When Camp opened, campers found a kid-sized old west setting inspired by “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” filled with traditional summer camp programs adapted so that children with physical and medical differences could participate. The accessibility of the programs along with a significant, yet unobtrusive medical presence allowed campers to embrace possibilities and safely challenge perceived limitations. Among kindred spirits facing similar challenges, they escaped isolation and found a community defined by acceptance. In 1989, the healing power of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp extended to families with the introduction of a summer session for the healthy siblings of campers. In 2002, one charismatic counselor, armed with paints and craft projects, ventured into a Connecticut hospital and proved that the fun and friendship experienced at Camp were portable. That is how the Hospital Outreach Program began and today more than 30 full-time specialists are serving more than 30 hospitals and clinics. Since 1992, Parent & Caregiver Retreats have offered current camper parents a multitude of ways to expand their supportive community and connect with other Camp families and in 2013, CampOut was launched, bringing the fun and friendship of Camp directly into camper homes and communities.

What started as a summer camp that served 288 campers during its first year in 1988, now provides hope and healing to thousands of children with serious illnesses and their family members annually through a variety of year-round programs—always free of charge.

In keeping with its Core Values, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp fosters a community of purposeful inclusion through a commitment to diversity and equity. Paul Newman's dream was to create fun Camp experiences where children marginalized and isolated because of serious illnesses could feel the healing embrace of acceptance and a sense of belonging while being surrounded by those who understand their unique challenges. Over the years, Camp has intentionally created inclusive programming and spaces for the children and families the Camp serves while also fostering a kind, caring community where everyone feels safe, respected, and loved. With half of the Camp’s service population being people of color, there is a significant sense of urgency to continue 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.

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least ten years of nonprofit development experience, including capital campaign and supervisory experience, is preferred for this position. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to the Camp, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. 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 as well the responsibilities, competencies, and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

The salary for this position is $200,000 annually. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp offers a comprehensive package of benefits that provides for the health and welfare of its staff including a healthcare plan, medical co-pay and insurance deductible reimbursement, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, wellness reimbursement, employee assistance programs, 403(b) and Roth 403(b) plans, defined contribution plan, tuition reimbursement, cross department and regional opportunities, professional organization and license fee reimbursement, 10 paid holidays, 27 days paid time off, and more.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Kim Farr at

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