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Chief Development Officer – Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront - Remote

Operation Homefront 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 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. We are 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.

​Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • 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, direct mail campaigns, and corporate sponsorships.
  • 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 apprised of the progress of the development department and fundraising strategies.
  • Supervise two direct reports, 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 Operation Homefront to accurately portray the mission to the public and potential donors.

Qualifications include but are not limited to:

  • A minimum of 15 years of nonprofit fundraising experience preferred with a deep understanding of effective fundraising strategies.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a management role and experience in building and managing effective teams and fostering collaboration.
  • Experience with solicitation of major gifts, special events, direct mail, individual giving, and planned giving.
  • Exceptional public speaking skills and the ability to accurately communicate Operation Homefront’s mission to the public and inspire potential donors.
  • A desire to elevate the organization’s impact, and the passion to provide meaningful change.
  • Extensive experience in donor relations and management, ensuring strong and lasting relationships with supporters. 

DRiWaterstone is proud to lead this search on behalf of Operation Homefront.