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Chief Development Officer

Company: Girl Scouts of Central Texas
Location: Austin
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Girl Scouts of Central Texas
Job Description

Job Title:

Chief Development Officer (CDO)

FLSA Status:

Exempt Full Time


Fund Development

Reports To:

Chief Executive Officer


Austin, Texas

Job Purpose:
At Girl Scouts, we believe that when you invest in girls, you change the world. Girl Scouts discover their skills and interests, connect with supportive peers and adults, and make a positive impact in their community. Research shows that Girl Scout alums are more likely than their peers to achieve academically, earn higher wages, act as leaders in their community, and be satisfied with life. Every girl deserves these advantages, so we want every girl to have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout.

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for developing and executing creative and impactful short- and long-term public support strategies that take our organization to the next level and enable consistent year-over-year growth across our 46-county jurisdiction. A dynamic self-starter, the CDO leads a motivated development team to achieve our fundraising goals by growing and diversifying our support across all streams including individual, corporate, foundations, and government, to expand our donor base and continue to deepen existing relationships. The CDO reports to the CEO, rounds out the executive leadership team, plays an active role in donor cultivation and solicitation, manages the Fund Development team to steward existing donors and maximize new opportunities, and engages our Board of Directors in development strategy and planning.

In our workplace, people of all cultures and backgrounds are valued, employee health and wellbeing are prioritized, and diverse ideas are encouraged. Teamwork, friendship, and community unite us as we change the world through small acts of kindness and big ideas. Girl Scouts of Central Texas offers a flexible work-from-home environment, generous PTO and paid holidays, and significant employer contribution toward insurance benefits.

Essential Functions

Strategic Planning

Lead a large fundraising campaign that will fuel strategic growth for Girl Scouts of Central Texas.
Develop and implement a strategy and annual fundraising plan that is clear in its objectives, goals, target audiences, timelines, and assignment of responsibilities.
Provide guidance for how to best raise funds outside of the greater Austin area as an element of the overall development strategy and plan.
Contribute to the organizations strategic plan and direction in collaboration with the CEO, the executive leadership team, and the Board of Directors.
Participate in short- and long-term strategic and operational planning for the organization.
Work collaboratively with the Chief Financial Officer and the executive leadership team to inform organization-wide budgeting.
Stay informed on community, state, and national issues and fundraising trends that have a bearing on the work of GSCTX, sharing information as relevant for the executive and Fund Development teams to stay informed and current.

Fund Development Team Management

Lead the work of the Fund Development team and be accountable for ensuring that the team is meeting or exceeding fundraising goals.
Ensure that fundraising is carried out in keeping with the organization's values, mission, vision, and plans.
Create and manage the Fund Development team budget and provide accurate forecasts.
Expand and diversify the network of GSCTX to bring more donor prospects into the pipeline.
Foster and maintain a high-performance team culture focused on leadership and accountability at all levels, continuous learning, collaboration, measurement, and goal achievement.
Establish clear departmental and individual success metrics and evaluate team performance accordingly.
Maintain accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.
Ensure the quality and accuracy of our donor records is maintained through in-depth knowledge of donor CRM, specifically Blackbaud platforms.

Fundraising and Networking

Nurture potential funders through existing relationships, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
Develop and implement strategies for engagement in GSCTX activities that lead to increased giving.
Serve as a passionate and informed advocate for GSCTX. Clearly communicate the impact of our work, verbally and in writing, throughout corporate and community networks.
Support the CEO in cultivating strategic, high-level relationships of the highest priority to the organization.

Cross Departmental and Board Collaboration

Collaborate with the Board of Directors by involving them in the planning and execution of the fundraising plan. Keep the board informed of Fund Development team activities; provide data relevant to tracking fundraising progress and planning.
Provide upskilling/coaching to board members and staff as appropriate to help with fundraising efforts.
Build relationships with other Girl Scout councils across the nation and with Girl Scouts of the USA staff to share best practices.
Work collaboratively with the Marketing and Communications team on events, initiatives, and other fundraising support and collateral to be used by the Fund Development team.
Partner with the Finance team to accurately track and report gifts monthly.
Work to ensure teams smooth collaboration with the Girl Experience, Membership, and Finance teams in collecting and reporting any data necessary for funder and other external requirements.

Required Qualifications

Five or more years of management experience.
CFRE certification.
Proven history of high-level, high-return fundraising results based on building strong, lasting relationships with a diversity of donors and through a diversity of strategies that uniquely reach each type of donor.
A deep knowledge of the Austin-area corporate, foundation, and government landscape with potential to introduce Girl Scouts to new contacts.
Ability to positively influence others and act as an ambassador for Girl Scouts of Central Texas.
Experience expanding grant portfolio to include state and federal grants.
Proven experience in leading people and managing systems to achieve increases in revenue while cultivating a work culture that is high performing, innovative, creative, and fun.
Comfort building relationships with corporate and foundation leaders, high net-worth individuals, and community leaders and with making high dollar asks.
Demonstrated history of working effectively cross-departmentally, cultivating a culture of collaboration, and demonstrating respect for cross-departmental processes, staffing, and expertise.
Ability to critically assess current processes and suggest improvements.
Ability to critically assess team member performance and development needs.
Exceptional written and oral communication, public speaking, and presentation skills.
Ability to comprehend and analyze financial and statistical data.
Understanding of data security principles and best practices.
Ability to make a commitment to the philosophy of Girl Scouts, both nationally and locally.
Yearly membership in Girl Scouts of the USA.
Maintain a valid TX drivers license, and acceptable driving record, acceptable insurance, and reliable transportation.
Satisfactory results from a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of Girl Scout policies and processes.


Bachelors degree (or equivalent experience) with 12 or more years of development or philanthropy experience.

Physical Requirements

This is largely a sedentary role but involves walking or standing for brief periods of time and for special events.
Regular travel within the greater Austin area, monthly travel to Waco, and occasional travel to Bryan/College Station and San Angelo to meet with donors and prospects and attend events.
Frequent use of computers and other office productivity machinery, such as copy machines and printers.
Periodic filing will require the ability to reach, push, pull, bend, stoop or stand as necessary. Will occasionally lift office products and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds.
Normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities, finger dexterity and repetitive hand motions for manual manipulation of a keyboard or mouse.
Ability to read, write, and communicate verbally and in written form to express and exchange ideas and can understand, remember, and communicate routine information.
Ability to compose material such as donor proposals, grant applications, organization-wide communications, detailed reports, and to create slides to aid in presentations.
Ability to maintain emotional control under stress.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the key responsibilities of this position.

Environmental Demands

Continuous indoor activity and exposure to florescent light.
Occasional outdoor activities and exposure to weather.
Ability to travel within the council jurisdiction.
Work some nights and weekends, as needed.
Frequent work under stress and under pressure of deadlines.


Health, Dental, and Vision insurance
Paid life insurance
Paid long term disability
403(b) matching
Generous paid time off
Paid holidays including a winter break
Paid parental leave

Important Note: The information contained in this job description is intended to outline the general nature and scope of work being performed by an employee assigned to this position. It is not intended to be construed as a contract . click apply for full job details

Keywords: Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Austin , Chief Development Officer, Executive , Austin, Texas

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