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Community Builders of Kansas City
Missouri, United States
$115,000.00 - $130,000.00
Closing date
May 22, 2024


Community Builders of Kansas City (CBKC) is Kansas City’s largest urban core developer.  Our vision is simple: we strengthen families and transform communities. A 501(c)(3) and not-for-profit community development corporation, we work within the neighborhoods we serve, to build meaningful relationships, and act as community convener, facilitator, and resource for services. Since 1991, CBKC has invested more than $300 million in urban redevelopment, and we are actively striving to make an even greater impact by serving more communities. We consistently earn the recognition and respect of our national community development peers and produce award-winning projects that change a community’s landscape by igniting and fueling equity, access, opportunity and advocacy.   POSITION SUMMARY


The Chief Philanthropy Officer is a professional who is energetic, up-beat, and possesses a “can-do” attitude and is eager to join our entrepreneurial community development team. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will work under the supervision of the President/CEO, to develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan crafted to expand CBKC’s philanthropic, corporate and government funding sources, nationally. CBKC is looking to expand its network of funders outside of its homebase of Kansas City.




  • Collaborate with the President/CEO to define, establish and implement a sustainable fundraising strategy designed to capture a diverse collection of revenue sources, including grants, contracts, sponsorships, earned revenue, etc.
  • Identify potential national, regional, and local prospects for new funding
  • Collaborate with the President/CEO to develop and manage key funding relationships.
  • Identify and prospect contracting opportunities with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the States of Kansas and Missouri, and federal agencies.
  • Develop other resources necessary to support CBKC’s mission and strategic pillars.


Grant Writing and Reporting

  • Build professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders and successfully communicate verbally and in writing
  • Collaborate with the CBKC staff to envision, draft, and submit grant and contract proposals
  • Track, draft, and submit grant and contract reports
  • From idea to implementation, creatively cultivate corporate visions and inventively translate those visions into materials and presentations for donors and funders
  • Liaise with other staff to report CBKC’s accomplishments and activities



  • Construct, articulate, and implement CBKC’s annual strategic plan
  • Monitor and report regularly on successes, challenges, and improvement strategies
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • Business operations skills and financial acumen needed to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Proven experience cultivating existing and new donor relationships, on a national platform
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to work independently and in a highly collaborative, team environment
  • Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and think strategically
  • Ability to set, manage, and meet multiple deadlines simultaneously, and pivot, to respond to changing demands
  • Comfortable interfacing with and presenting to potential and existing funders, executives, government agencies, and political officials, including in a public forum
  • Demonstrate willingness to deal with difficult subjects for the benefit of CBKC
  • Ability to travel throughout the region and the country 





  • Bachelor’s degree required plus advanced degree and 6-8 years relevant experience; Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) or Association of Fund Raising Professional (AFP) designation a plus




  • Demonstrated experience in working with diverse groups of stakeholders, presenting information, and facilitating contentious discussions
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, managing time and workload
  • Demonstrated knowledge of philanthropy, fundraising and grant writing
  Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $110,000 - $130,000, commensurate with experience, education, and track record of accomplishments. CBKC offers a competitive benefits package that includes insurance premium payments, employer retirement contributions, paid vacation and sick leave, teleworking, and an optional deferred salary retirement plan. This position is exempt from overtime wages. This job description is a summary of an employment-at-will relationship.  Only some responsibilities are outlined.  Because of the fluid nature of CBKC’s development work and this position, changes should be anticipated, and other duties will be assigned as necessary.

To Apply

Please email a resume (with " Director of Development “in the subject line) along with a cover letter of interest and salary requirements to Delreese Mays at No phone calls, please. The position is open until filled. References may be required. CBKC is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage people of color, women, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities to apply.


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