Chief Development Officer (CDO), Blandford Nature Center

Job Title

Chief Development Officer (CDO)


Blandford Nature Center

About the Position


This is an exempt, full-time position working 40+ hours per week. The pay range for this position is between $68,000 – $85,000 per year, depending on experience. The work schedule is flexible, but is generally weekday business hours with evenings and weekends required for special events. This position qualifies for paid holidays (8), birthday pay, 120 hours of annual leave (PTO), participation in health insurance, Blandford Nature Center Membership, and participation in a SIMPLE IRA plan with an up to 3% employer match.

FLSA Status: Exempt Full-Time

Reports to: President/CEO

Position Summary:

We are seeking to hire a dedicated Chief Development Officer (CDO) to help us set direction and ensure the longevity of our organization. The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and will work with the senior management team, governing board and staff to define the organization’s vision and direction.

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for managing an active and public-facing department at Blandford Nature Center. This department is responsible for all fundraising activities, organizational marketing and communications, special events, and facility rentals. It also includes Visitor Services and Gift Shop management. This position directly supervises:  one full-time Marketing and Communications position, one part-time Development Coordinator (database and other support), and three part-time Visitor Services employees. The team may expand and/or contract in the future.

Job Duties

Organizational Leadership

Provide oversight and leadership, including process improvements, for all operational and business aspects of BNC.

Hire, fire and support the Managers as a team with the CEO and COO (where appropriate).

Continuously support the Mission and maintain the culture of BNC

Administer the Comprehensive Fundraising Program

Plan, set goals, and execute initiatives for the annual fund, the membership program, foundation grants, major gifts, planned giving, government relations, and special campaigns and fundraising events/galas

Engage the President/CEO, board members, and staff in strategic conversations and activities tied to planning and securing philanthropic funds

Work closely with the President/CEO and the External Affairs Committee Chair to organize and focus the work of the Committee

Collaborate with the President/CEO and Board/External Affairs Committee members with identifying and setting up meetings with key donors/prospects

Raise Money

Identify, cultivate, solicit, steward, and recognize donors and prospects

Inform donors and prospects about the Center’s mission and programs, develop the case for support, and create opportunities for giving

Manage donor tracking system to ensure accountability and support long-term goals

Provide leadership to the fundraising program by securing funds through individual and team efforts

Build a donor stewardship program

Oversee appeals, correspondence, and record-keeping

Supervise the planning and implementation of all fundraising events, including benefit breakfasts and the Jeans & Jewels Gala

Administer the Comprehensive Marketing & Communications Program

Lead the development of the organization’s annual report including data collection, participant success stories, design, and dissemination

Lead the development of informational and solicitation materials, and supporting other fundraising communication projects as needed

Oversee the creation and disbursement of external communications including social media and web communications, brochures, media kits, and publications

Directing gift acknowledgement processes and managing donor communication and stewardship strategies

Visitor Services

Supervise and support Visitor Services staff and volunteers to ensure that Blandford Nature Center is professionally-represented and makes the best first impression possible

Conduct training for Visitor Services staff related to programs, registrations, how to promote memberships, and how to capture admissions

Work closely with the Finance & HR Manager to ensure proper accounting of fees, admissions, and other money coming into and going out of the organization

Administer the Facility Rental Program

Oversee the Venue Management Agreement with our preferred caterer

Oversee the management of one-off rentals that do not fall under the Venue Management Agreement


Help lead the entire organization in strategic initiatives to reach overarching organizational goals.

Create and manage a Development Department budget that includes fundraising/rentals/marketing goals and expenses

Builds and maintains positive working relationships with staff, board members, and volunteers.

Train and mentor staff and volunteers in fundraising practices and techniques

Provide monthly department reports to the President/CEO and External Affairs Committee Chair

Attend staff meetings and participate in staff development

Assess Department operations and recommend improvements to President/CEO

Coordinate with other staff and follow appropriate bookkeeping procedures as needed


The successful applicant should have proven experience as a fundraising and organizational development specialist, with several years of management experience in a non-profit organization or similar environment. You must be self-driven, be a strategic problem solver, a motivational leader across the entire organization, and have a passion for philanthropy.

The attitudes and personal characteristics demonstrated in this position are

Enthusiasm, poise, flexibility, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude

Self-motivated, problem solver with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Ability to organize and prioritize multiple assignments and activities

Projecting a positive and professional image within and outside the organization

Make decisions requiring good judgment in the absence of specific directions

Detailed-oriented, meticulous and organized


5+ years of fundraising experience with demonstrated success as an individual and as a member of a fundraising team within a nonprofit organization in all areas of fund development, including annual fund, major gifts, grant writing, corporate sponsorships, planned giving, administration, and correspondence

Familiarity and/or direct professional experience in marketing and communications

Previous supervisory experience required

Excellent communication skills

Excellent computer skills required. Knowledge of DonorSnap and Adobe Creative Suite a plus

Criminal history background check will be required

Valid driver’s license required for periodic errands

How to Apply

To Apply:

Please visit and click on the Job Board button to complete your application.

*Please note:

Submit cover letter AND resume as one (1) document when prompted to upload your resume

List three (3) professional references and NOT three (3) personal references

Posting will be open until position is filled; interviews will begin as qualified applications arrive.

About the Organization

Blandford Nature Center’s Mission:

To engage and empower our community through enriching experiences in nature.

Blandford Nature Center’s Vision:

A thriving, diverse community that supports a healthy, natural world.

Blandford Nature Center’s Values:

Inclusion: Intentionally welcoming and embracing everyone

Stewardship: Responsibly using and caring for all our resources

Integrity: Demonstrating honesty, authenticity, and transparency within our organization and community

Experiential: Providing direct opportunities to enjoy, explore, and learn in nature

Partnership: Connecting and collaborating to effectively serve our community

Innovation: Using creativity and curiosity to continuously improve

The policy of the Blandford Nature Center is to ensure that diversity, inclusiveness, and respect are integral parts of our day-to-day management and work. Blandford staff, board and volunteers commit to ensure equal access to Blandford and all of its educational opportunities by all people.

In essence, diversity includes all the characteristics, experiences, and cultural influences that make each of us unique individuals. All individuals are welcome at Blandford Nature Center, and all individuals, regardless of race, color, age, national origin, sex (including transgender status, gender identity, and pregnancy), religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, status as a parent, will be treated with respect and dignity. By fostering an atmosphere of inclusion and respect, we can continue to value and appreciate the strengths afforded by differences in the styles, ideas, and organizational contributions of each person. We all share the responsibility to ensure diversity and inclusion throughout Blandford, and seek to recruit, engage, and retain a team and leadership composed of volunteers and staff that equitably and fairly represent our constituency.

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