Chief Development Officer

YMCA of Upper Palmetto is a mid/large Y association (top 100 YMCA in the country) consisting of 12 locations including an overnight camp.
Job Description

The YMCA of Upper Palmetto is a mid/large Y association (top100 YMCA in the country) consisting of 12 branch locations including an overnight resident camp, executive level fitness centers, flagship facilities and mission YMCAs with over 13 pools, which includes two 50-meter pools and three water parks. The YMCA of Upper Palmetto boasts a diverse talent pool that is committed to great customer service, quality programs and clean facilities.  The Y association is financially healthy, year over year operationally sound budgets, tenured senior level leadership with quality volunteer boards that are engaged and supportive of the Y’s strategic plan.  

The YUP’s service area consists of three counties (York, Lancaster and Chester) just south of Charlotte, NC in upstate South Carolina. The area is blessed with great schools, fantastic four-season weather, multiple health care providers, great outdoor recreational opportunities, varied housing options and numerous food/restaurant options. The area has the best of small-town America with big city, beaches, mountains access close by.  

In addition to living and working in a great area of South Carolina, the YMCA of Upper Palmetto also has a great employee-centric benefits package which includes12% fully paid Y retirement once vested, 8 paid holidays and generous paid time off based on YMCA tenure, bonus opportunities based on effect of year end results. Salary is commensurate with experience. The YMCA of Upper Palmetto also looks to be a leader in the YMCA movement and has established salary goals with regards to employee compensation that is part of the YMCA’s strategic plan for 2024-2027. 


This position supports the work of the YMCA of Upper Palmetto association. The CDO position is housed out of the Y’s corporate office located in Rock Hill, SC.  The position is part of the CEO’s key management team and is responsible for all financial development activities for the YMCA.  Duties to include direct oversight of the Y’s annual support program, grant writing, capital development and the like - manage the full range of activities in order to support and achieve Y’s philanthropic endeavors. For more information contact Kirk Eich, Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Upper Palmetto at [email protected] 

  • Bachelor's degree in business, journalism, communications, or a related field or equivalent education/experience.
  • Five (5) years of successful experience in grant management or equivalent experience, preferably in a YMCA setting.
  • Successful track record in applying proven practices related to annual fundraising, developing successful grant proposals, working with institutional donors, and the management of all related grant compliance and reporting practices.
  • Knowledge/clear understanding of fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, particularly the ability to read, analyze, write, edit reports according to prescribed style/format and correspond with external businesses and community members.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, peers, volunteers, customers and the general public.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, as well as the ability to collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, reason and solve problems.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer for extended periods of time and be able to communicate using a computer and phone/smart device. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach, and must be able to move around the work environment.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 
Essential Functions
  • Manages grant proposal development, compliance monitoring and reporting process.
  • Researches potential funders, (i.e., foundations, corporations, etc.) and develops grant proposals to help fund the Y's programs.
  • Maintains an efficient and effective tracking and reporting system that supports the financial development efforts of the Y.
  • Establishes and manages a comprehensive process for timely and accurate grant evaluation, quality compliance, project and program fulfillment and reporting to funders.
  • Manages and implements an organized system of communications internally and externally to provide stewardship to donors regarding grant awards and the management and monitoring of the funders' requirements for recognition.
  • Provides support for Association-wide special events and projects.
  • Manges the Y’s annual support program (goal is to raise 10% of the Y’s budget annually thru development efforts)
  • Performs other duties as assigned.