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
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.
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
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
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
Please visit blandfordnaturecenter.org/employment-opportunities/ and click on the Job Board button to complete your application.
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.