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Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Job Description:

St. Louis Area Foodbank (SLAFB)
Job Title: Chief Development Officer (CDO)
Leadership Partner: President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Departments: Philanthropy, Marketing and Communications, and Advocacy
Direct Reports: Director of Philanthropy, Director of Marketing and Communications, Advocacy Manager, Grants Manager, and Philanthropy Database Manager
What you'll do in your role:
This is an exciting opportunity for a visionary leader, compelling communicator, strategic advisor, and innovative thinker who gains energy from building and strengthening relationships across a large and diverse geographic area. The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is a dynamic, collaborative, and creative leader dedicated to fulfilling the St. Louis Area Foodbank's (SLAFB) vision of a nutritionally secure Missouri and Illinois.
As the Chief Development Officer (CDO), you will provide leadership and strategy to the St. Louis Area Foodbank's vibrant and talented Philanthropy, Marketing and Communications, and Advocacy teams. In the role of CDO, you'll have an opportunity to lead all philanthropic activities including but not limited to major gifts, individual giving, planned giving, corporate relations, government and private foundation grants. You will report directly to the Foodbank's President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and serve as an integral member of the organization's Executive Leadership Team (ELT).
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement a long-term, broad-based philanthropic giving, marketing and communications, and advocacy strategies that maximizes impact and longevity of the organization
  • Develop the case, build the strategy, and execute a comprehensive plan and compelling vision to expand the network of support for the Foodbank's mission
  • Broaden the organizational marketing and communications plan to increase visibility, volunteers, engagement, and outcomes for our strategic plan
  • Create innovative marketing and communications initiatives to support engagement of a diverse group of potential supporters to the Foodbank ages 5 -105
  • Supervise State Tax Credits program and assist in processing gifts of appreciated securities to aid in positive relationships with major gift donors
  • Partner with the Chief Financial Officer to champion cross functional/departmental communication and transparency regarding monthly reconciliation and accountability efforts for all financial reporting, ensuring accuracy of all data
  • Manage the Planned Giving and Endowment Programs, cultivating and creating long term revenue streams for long term financial growth and stability
  • Advance our Advocacy plans for the future to support the Foodbank's vision and mission
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to develop the next generation of leaders in the Philanthropy, Marketing and Communications, and Advocacy departments, Attend meetings with the Foodbank's Board of Directors
  • Serve as the staff lead for the Board's Philanthropy and Marketing/Development Committee

    The experience you'll bring:
    So, what do you need to be successful in this role? We seek an executive Chief-level leader with exemplary leadership history, a high degree of professional and personal integrity, exceptional people management and team building skills, strong emotional intelligence, and a deep knowledge of all aspects of Philanthropy and Marketing and Communication as well as an affinity for Advocacy.

    • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university (Master's preferred) with emphasis in marketing and communications, business, or nonprofit administration
    • 15 years of experience in non-profit fundraising, with 5+ years of major donor fundraising and proven results for generating new revenue streams
    • 10 years of experience in marketing and communications with proven leadership in designing and leading strategy and campaigns to appeal to diverse audiences
    • Visionary leader who can develop team members to assume positions of increased responsibility with an evolving and growing non-profit organization while creating a great team-oriented People First organizational culture
    • Active affiliations with appropriate fundraising networks and organizations
    • Experience with and detailed knowledge of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms; Blackbaud/Raiser's Edge NXT experience strongly preferred

      Work Schedule:

      • Monday - Friday onsite at the SLAFB facility and in the community as needed
      • However, flexibility will be granted as appropriate
        Occasional weekend (Saturday/Sunday) or evening hours may be required
      • Meeting attendance may require overnight travel

        The impact you'll make:
        At the St. Louis Area Foodbank, we are working to build a stronger bi-state region by nourishing people, empowering communities, and transforming systems. With the dedicated partnership of over 600 hunger-relief programs and local agencies - including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and residential programs - we are responding to hunger in communities across26 counties in Missouri and Illinoisby distributing food to more than 400,000 people every year.
        Since opening in 1975, and with the tremendous support and generosity of this community, the St. Louis Area Foodbank has grown to become our region's largest food distribution charity dedicated to feeding those in need. Together, we are feeding people and working to address the root causes of hunger for lasting impact every day.
        About the St. Louis Area Foodbank:

        • The St. Louis Area Foodbank (SLAFB) is a member of Feeding America, which is a national network of 200 food banks all working together for the common goal of ensuring equitable access to nutritious food
        • This nationwide network offers us a variety of resources, like food, funds, best practices, and gives our work a much bigger, louder voice than we could hope to have on our own
        • The St. Louis Area Foodbank supports 26 counties - 14 in Missouri and 12 in Illinois - thus serves, supports and stewards a diverse group of stakeholders across our region, as well as serves as a member of Feeding Missouri (the 6 Feeding America Food Banks in Missouri) and Feeding Illinois (the 7 Feeding America Food Banks in Illinois)
        • As a food bank, we collect food from a variety of sources, such as manufacturers, retail stores, farmers, and individual donors
        • We then store, sort, and repackage that food at the highest safety standards and finally distribute that food to our network of agencies and programs, which work directly with people in the community
        • We facilitate the movement of food safely and efficiently and offer the kinds of resources and support to our partner agencies that a single food pantry or shelter could not hope to access on its own

          - VISION: A nutritionally secure Missouri and Illinois
          - MISSION: Building a stronger bi-state region by nourishing people, empowering communities, and transforming systems
          What we can offer you:
          Beyond a great mission, dedicated team members, and an incredible opportunity to truly make a difference in our community, you will be generously rewarded for your contributions including:

          • Competitive pay commensurate with experience
          • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) plan
          • 403b plan with robust company match
          • Comprehensive benefits (medical, dental, vision, group company-paid life insurance, short-term disability, and more!)

            We work hard, play hard and change lives - so apply to join our Foodbank Family!
            This job description does not list all the duties of the job. Performance of other duties may be requested. Evaluations will be in part based upon performance of the tasks listed in this job description. St. Louis Area Foodbank has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not a contract for employment.
            Please apply at our website:
            Revised November 2022

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