Chief Development Officer
- USA for UNHCR
- New York, NY or Washington, D.C.
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|USA for UNHCR
Chief Development Officer
March 2023With an annual operating budget of $133.8MM and a total staff of 60, USA for UNHCR serves people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes because of violence, conflict, and persecution. Through the generosity of the American people, they help refugees survive, provide hope for recovery, and prepare them for independence in a new and permanent home. Emerging conflicts in 2022 pushed the number of refugees and forcibly displaced to a staggering 100 million.Every year, USA for UNHCR’s donors make the lifesaving decision to meet these difficult challenges by supporting families in their greatest moment of need. Their compassion fosters the safety, security and hope for the future that every refugee deserves. USA for UNHCR has experienced incredible growth in the past four years. Since 2019, the organization has more than doubled its revenue, from $58MM in 2019 to an expected $125MM in 2023 (with the Ukrainian crisis last year, $220MM was raised in 2022). Reporting to the newly appointed CEO & Executive Director (effective January 1, 2023), USA for UNHCR is seeking a Chief Development Officer (CDO) to join its world-class executive team as the lead fundraising strategist to usher them into the next phase of sustainable and scalable growth.This is an incredible opportunity to take a well-performing team with incredible momentum to the next level. A bold thinker and an empowering executor, the CDO will have extensive experience to lead a development organization with fluency in all areas of fundraising. An ability to see new opportunities for mission-aligned fundraising and impact, and to move nimbly to execute is critical. This individual will develop state of the art campaigns, and fundraising programs that will raise resources and supporters across the United States today, while building new sustainable revenue streams for the future. The CDO is responsible for the cultivation and growth of the USA for UNHCR donor base and the creation of a best-in-class donor experience. They will bring the newest trends in partnerships, philanthropy, donor experience and cultivation to the organization. As the leader of the Development Team, the CDO collaborates and coaches an expert team of six Directors and Senior Directors with a total team of 32.While USA for UNHCR will consider a broad range of backgrounds, the ideal candidate will have the following qualifications/experiences:STRATEGIC AND VISIONARY LEADERSHIP
Track record of setting priorities and leading a fundraising department, or organization through change and to success. Proven ability to inspire trust, lead and facilitate with strong interpersonal skills, and move from ideas to action. A strong thought leader with a keen understanding of the evolving nature and dimensions of philanthropy, including motivations for giving. Serve as an ambassador for USA for UNHCR at national and international fundraising and donor facing conferences and meetings.
Lead and oversee effective cultivation and solicitation opportunities that involve the CEO & Executive Director and Board who are committed partners in fundraising. Ensure appropriate staffing and briefings for these leaders in their revenue-raising activities. Actively seek the participation of the CEO & Executive Director and Board leaders on fundraising initiatives. Partner with Board members about their role in advancing a culture of philanthropy at USA for UNHCR. Cultivate and solicit their financial support, leveraging their respective networks to expand financial support, and develop action plans that maximize the skills and abilities of Board members to further the goals of the institution.
Proven ability to lead a cohesive, goal-oriented, and successful development team. Oversee the hiring and management of an experienced and talented staff, fostering an environment of commitment, passion, and professionalism. Set appropriate annual goals and monitor progress on a regular basis in order to maximize staff performance in prospect identification, strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and events. Develop the organization’s resource budget, monitor team performance on a monthly basis, and maintain an on-going forecast for year-end projections.
A COLLABORATIVE PARTNER
A COMPASSIONATE STAFF LEADER AND DEI CHAMPION
MISSION AND VALUES ALIGNMENT
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
WORK LOCATION AND TRAVEL
COMPENSATION, BENEFITS & CULTURE
USA for UNHCR offers an exceptional benefits package, which includes:
In 2020, 2021 and 2022, USA for UNHCR was recognized as a Great Place to Work® for its strong workplace culture, approachable management and consistent positive experiences of employees. In a survey, 96 percent of USA for UNHCR employees said the organization is a great place to work – nearly 40 percent above the average U.S. company. USA for UNHCR employees feel a great sense of pride about the work done on behalf of refugees.
Quotes from development team leads:
“USA for UNHCR is a great place to work. It’s a group of people who rally together in support of refugees and those displaced, and a group of people that really like each other. We are very respectful of each other and what we bring to the table. I have stayed because of the people, culture and the mission.”
To nominate candidates and/or ask questions, please contact Kara Teising and Heather Ferguson directly at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calibrated Search is aiming to present a shortlist of candidates by the week of May 1, 2023. Interviews will begin in early May with the goal of concluding the interview process by the end of May. The start date of the CDO will depend on the selected candidate’s transition needs. Please do not delay in expressing interest.
USA for UNHCR will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. USA for UNHCR is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. Refugees and all other protected classes are encouraged to apply.