Chief Development Officer

Join us as the Chief Development Officer at Greater Austin YMCA and make a significant impact in our communities! 
Job Description

We are looking for a Chief Development Officer (CDO) to join our team and lead us towards a bright future! As an executive visionary, you will lead the development strategy and create a culture of philanthropy that extends throughout our association and communities. Your impact will be seen through increased individual and family giving, annual contributions, and corporate partnerships. Working closely with dynamic boards, our passionate CEO, and dedicated volunteers, you will help us achieve our fundraising goals. You will also create and manage information management systems and infrastructure to enhance the donor experience and help us reach our target of $6 million in annual giving. Additionally, you will assist us in growing our endowment and funding $20 million in capital projects by 2030. As a key player in our capital campaign initiatives, you will develop strategies and build connections that turn possibilities into realities. Join us on this journey of growth and impact as we work towards a better future together! 

Salary Range: We offer a competitive salary ranging from $170,000 to $185,000 for this position. This salary is commensurate with your experience and skills.

Additionally, at the Greater Austin YMCA, our mission isn't just a statement—it's a guiding force that shapes our actions every day. Rooted in our unwavering commitment to serving our community and esteemed team members, our mission is a true way of life. We're passionate about fostering health and wellness for all, and we're truly excited to introduce the following comprehensive benefits package that has been thoughtfully designed to prioritize your well-being.

  • Health Insurance: We provide comprehensive health coverage, including medical, dental, and vision plans, to ensure the well-being of our employees.
  • Retirement Savings Plan: We offer a 12% employer-funded retirement plan upon meeting eligibility, empowering employees to plan for their future.
  • Paid Time Off: Work-life integration is important to us, which is why we provide up to 48 days of paid time off over vacation, holidays, and sick leave. 
  • Additional Perks: Free household membership to facilities operated by the Greater Austin YMCA, which is worth $1,000 annually.

What You Bring to Power Your Purpose 

You have demonstrated success in significantly growing contributed revenue as well as implementing groundbreaking strategies and innovative approaches to fund development, i.e., executing best practices and creating new practices. You also have a track record of success in designing and applying innovative approaches to strategic partnerships, corporate giving, and sponsorships. You possess an entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to lead strategically but also perform hands-on work in a “roll up your sleeves” culture.

  • Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • You have a bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) with a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible and successful executive leadership experience in fundraising, development, or advancement management (required). Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) is highly preferred, but not required.
    • Demonstrated success in developing and leading a comprehensive philanthropy program including major and planned gifts, annual giving, and foundation, corporate and government grants, and institutional support is required.
    • Track record of success in raising a minimum of $5 million in contributed funds annually and working effectively with diverse partners and stakeholders.
    • Demonstrated experience in executing the successful solicitation and closing of 7-figure campaign and gifts.  Possess knowledge and understanding of fund-raising technology and software support and demonstrated ability to select, implement, and effectively manage the technology.
    • Ability to be self-aware, recognize the emotions of self and others, and use this awareness to guide thinking, behaviors, and actions.  
  • You’re a Cause-Driven Leader – You are effective at:
    • Advancing our mission and cause – providing visionary leadership to ensure resources are mobilized to adapt to new challenges and needs in the community.
    • Building relationships – connecting people to the Y’s cause by developing inclusive relationships, partnerships, and collaborations to co-create solutions to pressing social needs.
    • Leading operations – ensuring relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability of the organization so we can continue to fulfill our promise to the community.
    • Developing and inspiring people – supporting the holistic development of self and others so everyone can embrace the Y’s cause, sustain our culture, and inspire others to action.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, talk and occasionally lift and/or move items, including equipment, furniture and/or children. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Essential Functions

How You Will Make an Impact (Essential responsibilities):

  • Participate in strategic planning for the Association, ensuring that philanthropy and development support the YMCA's values, mission, vision, and strategic plan.
  • Provide leadership and coordination to all development activities including major and capital gifts, annual campaign, endowment, foundations, and corporate giving and special events.
  • Establish working priorities, and in coordination with the AVP of Development, prepare and manage associated budgets.
  • Develop and implement strong donor communications and cultivation plans.
  • Cultivate prospects, major donors, foundations, and strategic partners to resource and increase the impact of the YMCA to meet community needs.
  • Manage donor and partner experiences to create long-lasting relationships between the donor and the YMCA. Represent and articulate the YMCA’s mission and programs to its potential constituents, members, and supporters.
  • In coordination with the AVP of Development, oversee creation and operation of a prospect and donor management system to ensure accuracy, legal, institutional, and ethical compliance with donor intent, and to improve the overall operation and effectiveness of Association fundraising efforts.
  • In coordination with the AVP of Development, ensure a successful grant writing plan for the association and communities served by the Y, growing year-over-year funding.
  • Ensure proper stewardship of all gifts through development and enforcement administrative procedures for recording gifts, tracking pledges, and managing stewardship plans.
  • Foster innovation through collaboration and forward-thinking across the entire organization.
  • Work in close partnership with the marketing and communications department to enhance the YMCA’s brand, partner and donor experience and advocacy among board and community leaders.
  • Provide guidance to the recruitment, development and engagement of Community Advancement Board members.
  • In coordination with center and program leadership, develop and maintain a strong volunteer base to achieve the strategic goals and objectives of the Association.
  • Develop and guide an actively engaged fund development committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Provide counsel, support, and coordination to association-wide staff concerning development.
  • Hold team accountable for achieving at high levels to meet strategic goals and objectives.
  • Models inclusive leadership behaviors and embraces all dimensions of diversity – building strong teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to our mission.
  • Responsible for hiring, coaching, and managing all direct reports and ensuring alignment with association people practices for all positions within their organizational structure.
  • Conducts Cycle Check-ins and the Annual Check-In with direct reports to ensure progress with OKRs, provide ongoing coaching and feedback, and discuss development opportunities.
  • Responsible for successful Strategic Plan metrics, and Objectives and Key Results (OKRs).
  • Implements a goal-based leadership approach (OKR methodology) and ensures the development department is actively working towards supporting organizational level objectives and key results.
  • Represent the Greater Austin YMCA locally, regionally, and nationally, both inside and outside the organization.
  • Expand learning and personal skill development through participation in local and national events and career development training.
  • Participate fully in Association events conducted for staff and volunteers. Perform other duties and special projects as assigned by the CEO.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.  

About Us:

The Greater Austin YMCA is a dynamic, equitable force in the community that helps people of all backgrounds improve their total well-being and quality of life. Founded in 1953 and anchored in three Central Texas counties, the Y is a $40 million community enterprise that serves nearly 100,000 people annually through eight centers. We also provide afterschool education and care at more than 70 licensed campuses in four school districts. Unlike any other organization in the region, the Austin Y has the unique ability to welcome, educate and elevate all, and is committed to creating innovative programs, places…and people.

Additional Information: 

The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

The Greater Austin YMCA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Greater Austin YMCA complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.