Chief Development Officer

Job title: Chief Development Officer
Organization: Bethany House Services
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Job Description

Looking for rewarding work? Bethany House Services (BHS) is the largest provider of emergency shelter and HUD-funded housing programs for families in the region. Our mission is to empower families who are at-risk of or who are experiencing homelessness with solutions to achieve housing stability and long-term self-sufficiency. We envision living in a community where all families have a place to call home, and no one spends the night without shelter. In 2021, we connected nearly 550 families, including 1300 children with housing resources and supportive services. Our community-based approach allows us to influence how homelessness is addressed in the Greater Cincinnati area. With strong community support, we continue to expand our services which includes the successful completion of a $20 million capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art facility in the Bond Hill area, allowing us to expand our capacity to serve more families.

BHS is seeking a creative, strategic, and collaborative Chief Development Officer (CDO) to lead institutional and individual giving, as well as coordinate public funding, to support BHS’ $7 million annual operating budget. In addition, the CDO leads the agency’s community engagement activities to bring in-kind and volunteer support to enhance program services and agency operations. The CDO will supervise a team of four individuals and will shape the structure of the fundraising department. The CDO will have the unique opportunity to serve greater Cincinnati and help realize the mission of Bethany House Services.

The CDO will join the Executive Leadership team of BHS and reports directly to the CEO. This role will be responsible for cultivation of new donor prospects to support the agency’s annual campaign and any future campaigns, increasing grant revenue from government, corporate, and private foundations, and promotion of BHS to the community at large to engage donors and volunteers to support BHS through contributions of financial and human resources with the goal to relieve the current homelessness crisis while also addressing the root causes of homelessness.

Job Responsibilities:

Management & Leadership

  • Strategic, highly motivated, hands-on professional with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • In partnership with the Executive Leadership team, create a strategy for the organization’s overall vision, growth, and operations
  • Staffs the Development Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Develops and executes fund development strategies, community engagement strategies, and work plans for the staff and volunteer teams, monitoring progress and refining/adjusting to optimize results and increase revenues
  • Ensures appropriate systems are in place, including with respect to the constituent relations management system (Raisers Edge), for gift processing/acknowledgement
  • Highly collaborative, resourceful, and results-oriented with the ability to thing creatively, generate new ideas, prioritize, and follow through with execution of plans.

Fund Development

  • In partnership with the CEO, leads fund development for BHS, developing and executing strategies to increase revenues at and beyond our current $1.6 million raised annually through major, annual, foundation, corporate giving, and special events.
  • Maintains a portfolio of donors and prospects, and engage in donor cultivation and gift solicitation, including in-kind gifts
  • Oversees grant funding, managing, and strategizing with the Grants Manager to grow revenues from private and public grants (public grants of approximately $6 million)
  • In partnership with the Special Events and Communication Coordinator, manages special events, Mardi Gras for Homeless Children and Ales to Zinfandel.

Community Engagement

  • Compelling, charismatic leader with the ability to move a team forward by inspiring and motivating people
  • In partnership with the CEO, develops strategies around cultivating and stewarding relationships to build BHS’ visibility, impact, and financial resources, including the operation of the Volunteer and In-Kind Donations Program
  • Manages a portfolio of corporate and community partners

Target compensation for this opportunity will begin at approximately $80,000-$90,000 annually. Additional benefits information to be shared further along in the process.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Minimum of 5 years’ of demonstrated high-level leadership success developing and implementing comprehensive development or external relations programs for a comparable size or larger organization;
  • The strongest candidates will have demonstrated major gifts success, and an ability to manage staff to conduct all areas of fundraising including annual giving, major gifts, grants, and events, as well as an understanding of volunteer-supported organizations, and a fluency in databases that support fundraising in the non-profit sector.

Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
  • This position requires the ability to walk, bend, stand and reach frequently during a minimum 8-hour day.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to maintain accurate records; recognize people and understand written directions.
  • Ability to speak and hear sufficiently to understand, give information in person and over the telephone.
  • Fine motor skills adequate for utilizing office equipment such as facsimile machines, copiers, and computer keyboards.

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Bethany House Services Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity or expression), national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.