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Chief Development Officer – Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Elizabeth Dole Foundation - Hybrid - Washington, DC

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation (EDF) is the preeminent organization empowering, supporting, and honoring our nation’s 5.5+ million military caregivers–the spouses, parents, family members, and friends who care for America’s wounded, ill, or injured veterans.

EDF is excited to offer a unique opportunity for a dynamic Chief Development Officer (CDO) to lead its development efforts. The organization is seeking a visionary leader to establish and implement the strategic infrastructure that will catapult it to unprecedented heights. Imagine being at the forefront of building and leading a dynamic team, orchestrating major gifts, spearheading electrifying events, and cultivating key alliances that redefine philanthropic support.

The CDO will play a pivotal role in contributing to the organization’s mission.  EDF is looking for a high-level strategic thinker, a strong manager, and a mentor who wants to be a part of a team dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of military families.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy aligned with the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Achieve and exceed annual fundraising targets, with a focus on securing major gifts, grants, corporate sponsorships, and direct and digital mail campaigns.
  • Foster a collaborative and innovative team culture that encourages creativity and initiative.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the Board and designated committees to keep them engaged in fundraising strategies and apprised of the overall progress of the development department.
  • Supervise two direct reports initially and build the team, setting priorities, managing budgets, providing regular training, coaching, and feedback, and conducting performance reviews.
  • Collaborate with other departments to integrate fundraising goals and initiatives into the overall organizational strategy.
  • Build and nurture a culture of giving within the organization, ensuring that philanthropy is integrated into the fabric of daily operations.
  • Serve as public spokesperson for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to accurately portray the mission to the public and potential donors.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in a management role and experience in building and managing effective teams and fostering collaboration.
  • Nonprofit fundraising experience preferred, with a deep understanding of strategic comprehensive development working with and securing gifts from high net-worth individuals.
  • Comfortable building relationships with high-level individuals and making subsequent six and seven-figure asks.
  • Exceptional public speaking skills and the ability to accurately communicate the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s mission to the public and inspire potential donors.


DRiWaterstone is proud to lead this search on behalf of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.