Chief Development Officer

Employer: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana

Job Description

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is a key leadership position with the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network – Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 16, in Kentuckiana communities, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

The CDO is responsible for fostering a culture of philanthropy and assures that the organization’s culture, systems, processes and procedures support achieving the agency’s revenue goals ($2,000,000 in 2020 and $2,300,000 by 2022) in alignment with fund development best practices.

Key elements of the fund development program include: individual gifts including prospect identification, engagement, solicitation and follow through; an annual giving program; fundraising events (including Bowl for Kids’ Sake and The Big Masquerade); corporate and foundation giving, government and other grants and as well as the Metro United Way.

A member of the management team, the CDO helps shape agency strategy and plays a leadership role in achieving the agency’s operating plan.  The position works in close collaboration with other members of the agency’s management team, as well as other Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies and the National Office.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is committed to a diverse workforce with representation from every walk of life. We recognize how our organization is greatly enhanced when we unite people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We strive to create a friendly and effective workplace through a climate of mutual respect, challenging work, and a balance of supervisory support and autonomy.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, and 401K/403b Plans as well as a generous leave time policy, a liberal policy for new parents and even pet-friendly policies.

Salary Range: $75,000 - $100,000

Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in business administration, marketing, planning, finance, public relations or other appropriate field.
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in fund development.
  • A proven track record as a major gift officer and manager or comparable, transferable experiences.
  • Demonstrated personal solicitation success.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated strategic agility and flexibility.
  • Experience with donor management systems.
  • Experience leading teams both directly and indirectly.
  • A commitment to the mission of the organization.
  • Proven integrity.

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