Chief Development Officer

QDMA National Office, Bogart, GA (relocation preferred, but remote candidates will be considered)
The position offers a competitive compensation, benefits and relocation package.
Sep 06, 2019
Oct 06, 2019
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Position Title:  Chief Development Officer

Reports To:  CEO

Position Location: QDMA National Office, Bogart, GA (relocation preferred, but remote candidates will be considered)

Date Available: Immediate


The Chief Development Officer (CDO) has strategic oversight and operational responsibility for all aspects of philanthropic giving including special events, annual fund, major gifts, deferred gifts, corporate giving and foundation giving. The CDO is responsible for all points of the Development cycle including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The CDO is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and reports to the CEO.


  1. Leadership – serves on the Executive Leadership Team. Provides vital input in strategic and operational planning. Helps identify and address development issues that impact the health and effectiveness of the organization. 
  2. Operations – oversees day-to-day development operations and supervision of Development staff.  Responsible for recruiting, developing and evaluating Development staff and aligning their efforts with the culture and values of the organization and its mission. 
  3. Development – establishes, in partnership with the CEO and Board of Directors, fund development strategy, planning and implementation. Responsible for coordinating fundraising campaigns and identifying funding sources to meet annual development goals. 
  4.  Major Gifts – functions as the primary driver of philanthropic giving through cultivation and stewardship of major donors. Responsible for qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing gifts, and stewarding donors.
  5. Data Management – oversees data analyst to ensure effective use of the organization’s data management and donor management system (Raiser’s Edge).
  6. Collaboration – works with corporate and grassroots staff to establish an integrated, cross-departmental Development program. Works with the marketing/communications department to develop strategies to expand awareness of QDMA’s vision and priorities, the case for donor support, and the impact of donors in advancing the association’s mission.
  7. Board Cultivation – collaborates with the CEO and Board leadership to cultivate and strengthen the Board’s fundraising participation and results.
  8. Advancement Committee – provides leadership and direction to the association’s Advancement Committee which supports senior staff and the Board in fundraising efforts.
  9. Fiscal Accountability – assures timely and accurate stewardship of charitable contributions, income and expense budgets, reports and programs. Works with the Director of Finance to develop and implement budgets that ensure compliance and accountability.
  10. Integrity – adheres to the highest ethical standards, exhibits an optimistic and positive attitude, and is sensitive to donor needs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, fundraising, communications, public relations or a related field; Master’s degree a plus
  • Proven experience in a leadership role in a growing, evolving organization
  • 5+ years of donor development experience with at least 3 years of proven success in major gifts.
  • 3+ years of supervisory experience of a fundraising team or divisions therein
  • Preferred experience in multiple fundraising areas such as annual fund, major gifts, events, or planned gifts.
  • Experience in setting strategy for donor communications
  • Proficient knowledge in computer software applications (MS Office) and donor software (Raiser’s Edge preferred)


  • Demonstrated experienced creating, directing and actively monitoring the strategic implementation of philanthropic revenue generation, including annual giving; grant-seeking from government, corporate, and private sources; fundraising and cultivation events; major and planned gifts; and corporate giving
  • Preparation of detailed plans and budgets for fund-raising programs
  • Sustained success leading, coaching and developing people in a team environment
  • Ability to work strategically, set priorities, define goals and outcomes, detail tactics, and achieve results
  • High energy, flexible, collaborative and proactive
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to develop strong individual donor relationships
  • A commitment to accuracy, transparency and accountability
  • Preference for someone with experience and/or passion for wildlife conservation, hunting or the mission of the association
  • The ability to attend events and donor meetings that may occur in the evenings and/or on weekends
  • Excellent oral and written communication

About QDMA

Founded in 1988, QDMA has approximately 55,000 members in all 50 states and several foreign countries.  Since the beginning, QDMA has worked to educate its members and all deer hunters about the benefits of the Quality Deer Management (QDM) philosophy. This effort – aided by the support of numerous member-volunteers, corporate sponsors, and other QDM advocates – has rapidly increased awareness and implementation of QDM throughout North America, resulting in healthier, more balanced deer populations and more rewarding hunting experiences.  QDMA’s is dedicated to ensuring the future of the white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage.

Salary and Benefits:  The position offers a competitive compensation, benefits and relocation package.

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To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements by October 15, 2019 to