The Community YMCA

  • Chief Development Officer

    Job Locations US-NJ-Shrewsbury
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/2/2018 3:22 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Chief Development Officer at The Community YMCA serves on the CEO’s senior leadership team and provides strategic leadership in financial development to advance the YMCAs mission through annual giving, government and foundation grants, endowment bequests and gifts and capital campaigns. The Chief Development Officer assists the CEO in developing an actively engaged fundraising volunteer board of directors and positions the Y as a community convener and collaborator to address critical social issues.


    1. Develops organizational goals and strategic plans for fundraising, balancing long-term direction and short-term requirements. Develops systems and manages resources, including the financial development needed to carry out the fundraising plans. Develops appropriate fundraising policies and procedures for the association.
    2. Develops processes and is actively involved in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects. Maintains database resource file on top community leaders.
    3. Directs and coordinates association capital development, annual campaign and endowment programs.
    4. Supervises the coordination of proposals for grants from government sources and private foundations.
    5. Actively engages the board in challenging conversations and decision making to advance the Y's impact when serving as the primary staff liaison to the Financial Development Committee and other assigned committees on the Board of Directors. Develops strategies to increase volunteer involvement at all levels of financial development.
    6. Tracks all gifts and pledges by source and purpose and provides reports as needed.
    7. Provides training in fundraising. Educates, motivates and provides feedback to individuals related to best practices in the fundraising process.
    8. Develops annual operating goals, objectives and plan for the marketing and communications area. Monitors the achievement of this plan, taking appropriate action to ensure that the goals and objectives are met.
    9. Works with Marketing Team to develop, produce and distribute program information necessary to promote assigned programs, in accordance with membership and program plans.
    10. Oversees the creation and implementation of effective communication strategies with compelling messages that inspire others to accomplish the mission and cause with maximum impact. Develops communication plans to ensure members, participants, and the community understand the case for support.
    11. Oversees planning, development and coordination of special events.
    12. Represents the CEO in the community as needed.

    Supervisory Responsibilities:

    • Associate Development Director                    
    • Marketing and Communication Director
    • Special Events Coordinator                
    • Grant Writer

    YMCA Leadership Compentencies:

    • Communication & Influence
    • Philanthropy
    • Program/Project Management
    • Volunteerism


    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent; Master’s degree preferred.
    • YMCA Organizational Leader certification preferred.
    • Eight or more years of professional and supervisory experience with a background in fundraising in the YMCA or another non-profit preferred.
    • Ability to relate to top community leaders and diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
    • Working knowledge of giving and charitable vehicles.
    • Ability to create interpretive materials to enable potential donors to understand the YMCA and how they contribute to the achievement of its mission.
    • Knowledge of the media and its use in gaining exposure for YMCA events and programs.
    • Foundation and government grant writing expertise.
    • CFRE or equivalent preferred.


    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed