Employment Opportunity

Parent Aid Job Announcement

POSITION:   Chief Development Officer


PURPOSE:    The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for providing strategic leadership for Parent Aid by working in conjunction with the Board of Directors to establish overarching fundraising goals and business development strategies which, as implemented, will serve to support the organization’s mission and growth while ensuring financial strength and long term viability.


RESPONSIBLE TO:                        Board of Directors


Key Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated abilities to think strategically, plan tactically, prioritize time and projects, create and maintain successful relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • A minimum of five (5) years progressively upward management and fund development experience in non-profit or public sector leadership and development roles, including fiscal management and accountability, fundraising and business development
  • Demonstrated record of successful business development and fundraising activities, including grant writing and solicitation
  • Exceptional community and public relations skills, evidence of strong written and oral communication abilities
  • Experience with initiative development, project management and program implementation
  • Ethical, self-motivated, high performance attributes with utmost integrity
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree (MA, MBA, MPA, MS) preferred


Essential Functions:


Fundraising and Development


Work closely with the Board of Directors to set goals, manage expectations, build support, and develop strategies and programs necessary to ensure fundraising success

In collaboration with the Board of Directors, create and implement a plan to identify potential prospects for key fundraising priorities

Create and manage an original portfolio of prospects, serving as the major/principal gifts officer, who cultivates relationships, submits major/principal proposals, and stewards high level donors

Execute agreed upon metrics for current or prospective donor visits, proposals and/or presentations, with an established first year fundraising goal and incremental, subsequent year increases

Develop and manage prospect cultivation strategy, prepare clearly written cases for support, proposals for gifts, stewardship reports, and submit regular, written documentation and reporting of fundraising activities for Board of Directors review

In collaboration with the COO, identify, write and submit grant applications, ensuring the timely and accurate submission of all proposal requirements

Represent and expand Parent Aid’s mission, vision and presence in the community, serve as the point of contact for all fundraising activities, demonstrate and support a spirit of outreach for staff


Community and Public Relations


Promote, inform and raise awareness of Parent Aid’s activities and outcomes in the community to external partners, funders, prospective donors and other external stakeholders

Create and maintain effective collaborations with community partners, agencies and other stakeholders, invested in the organization’s mission and services

In collaboration with the Board of Directors, identify and implement projects, resources and/or other activities, which will increase Parent Aid’s visibility, strengthen its brand, and support fundraising endeavors




In collaboration with the Board of Directors and COO, provide leadership and guidance in developing programs and resources that achieve the organization’s mission, vision and strategic fundraising goals


Fiscal and Operational Responsibilities


In conjunction with the COO, develop and maintain sound financial practices, including compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations

In collaboration with the Board of Directors and COO, develop annual and program budgets, ensuring compliance with all funding requirements and budgetary guidelines


Board Support and Collaboration


Partner with the Board membership to achieve strategic fundraising plans and goals, providing supportive communication and timely information

Serve on the Fund Development committee, serve as the liaison for Board cultivated donors, and participate in all Board initiated fundraising efforts


Minimum Requirements:


  • Valid Drivers’ License and reliable transportation
  • Successful completion of background and credit check
  • Computer skills proficiency, including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Flexible schedule, including some week-ends and evenings
  • Bachelor’s Degree

How to Apply:


Please email your resume and a cover letter to hr@parentaid.org. The position will remain open until filled, however, initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to July 31, 2017. Your cover letter should answer the following questions:

  • Why are you applying for this position?
  • What special aspects of your work or life experiences will contribute to your success in this role?
  • How will this position help you achieve your career goals?
  • What is the most important component of this position?