Chief Development Officer

Atlanta, Georgia
PPC offers a competitive salary and benefits package
Aug 02, 2018
Sep 01, 2018
Position Type
Full Time

Reports To:  President/CEO

Summary:  Piedmont Park Conservancy is seeking a seasoned development professional with a minimum of 10 years executive development experience (preferably in Atlanta) for the position of Chief Development Officer (CDO). The Chief Development Officer is responsible for planning, organizing, overseeing and executing all Piedmont Park Conservancy (PPC) fundraising initiatives including major gifts, the annual fund, planned giving, grants, special events, and capital campaigns.  The selected candidate will also oversee two (2) development staff and serve as staff liaison to various PPC committees related to fundraising.

Fund Development Activities:

  • Collaborates with the CEO and Board of Directors to create a fund development plan generating the needed revenue to support the strategic direction and mission of the organization
  • Assures sound fiscal operation of development functions including timely, accurate and comprehensive development of charitable contributions income and expense budgets, reporting, monitoring and implementation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads all fundraising efforts including solicitation, cultivation and execution   
  • Identifies prospects and builds relationships that result in large donor gifts while cultivating a portfolio of 125+ annual and major gift donors on an on-going basis.  
  • Develops strategy to solicit gifts independently and with Board volunteers and CEO.
  • Manages the aggressive corporate and foundation grants campaign including prospect research, identification, request submission, and reporting.
  • Coordinates the corporate sponsorship strategy by helping the board and CEO identify and successfully solicit prospects, as well as steward and manage the current corporate portfolio
  • Develops strategy and implements components for major capital campaign for Park Expansion.
  • Directs the organization’s membership campaign including renewal process, member drives, member benefits and events, and local business membership and young professionals program.
  • Oversees the planning and execution of special fundraising events such as Landmark Luncheon.
  • Provides daily management of development staff including establishing annual goals, providing regular performance reviews and appropriate recognition. 
  • Oversees the administration of a donor database, gift acknowledgement process, and all tracking systems.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Marketing to coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials in support of development initiatives.
  • Works with the CFO to reconcile financials on a monthly basis & prepares regular reports on progress, budgets, revenues and expenditures related to development initiatives.
  • Serves as the primary liaison and directs appropriate activities for the Olmsted Society, the Foundation, Corporate and Membership committees, as well as the organization’s signature fundraising events The Landmark Luncheon and The Party for Piedmont Park.

Primary Relationships   

This position reports to the CEO and serves as a part of the senior management team. The position supervises the following positions:

  • Development and Marketing Coordinator
  • Database and Grants Coordinator
  • Within PPC, the position has primary relationships with the finance staff, senior management, special events staff and programing staff.
  • Outside PPC, the position coordinates with the Board of Directors, fundraising volunteers, donors and other potential funders.

Performance Expectations

  • As a member of the senior management team, this is a high-energy position that helps set the direction and ensures the financial health of the Piedmont Park Conservancy.
  • The individual is expected to be an experienced fundraising technician and an excellent organizational development specialist.

The Individual is Expected to:

  • Translate broad goals into achievable steps.
  • Help set and manage appropriate expectations.
  • -  Handle detailed, complex concepts and problems and make rapid decisions regarding   management and development issues.
  • Plan and implement programs.
  • Establish strong and appropriate relationships with CEO, staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, donors and the general community.
  • Develop smooth and constructive relationships with people from all segments of the community.
  • Plan and meet deadlines.
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management and development work.
  • Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player.
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards in management, governance, and fundraising.
  • Convey a professional and positive image and attitude regarding the organization and the not-for-profit sector.
  • Demonstrate commitment to continued professional growth and development.


  • The position requires demonstrated experience in managing and implementing a comprehensive fund development program and producing charitable contributions including major capital campaign funding.
  • Comprehensive management skills and experience are required including but not limited to short and long-term planning, evaluation, directing and motivating staff, oral and written communication skills, marketing and financial management, translating organizational values in to practical terms and daily applications as well as development, and governance.
  • The individual is expected to be a highly competent enabler of Board members, volunteers and staff.

Knowledge and Experience in the Following Areas are Required:

  • The nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal & grant writing, special events, telephone solicitation and direct mail, development of office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting.
  • The individual is expected to have major gifts and/or capital campaign experience.
  • Proficient with computer systems is necessary.
  • The amount of knowledge required would typically be acquired in a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 years fundraising experience in a professional position. 
  • Membership in a professional fundraising association is expected.  Baseline certification in fund raising, the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Professional) and/or advanced degree are/is preferred.

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