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Jonathan's Place Published: May 29, 2017
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Title:  Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Job Summary:

Founded in 1991, Jonathan’s Place provides a safe, loving home and specialized services to children who have been victims of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Programs include foster care, foster-to-adopt, emergency shelter, girl’s therapeutic, girl’s transitional living, and national safe place runaway prevention.

This is a terrific opportunity to join the leadership team at Jonathan’s Place. The CDO will work closely with the CEO to develop and implement the fund development plan for the organization’s $3.8 million operating budget. The CDO is responsible for all phases of fund development, public relations, and marketing for Jonathan’s Place. Responsibilities include research and development of leads, relationships with foundations, individuals, civic/religious groups, grant writing, grant reports, drafting grant budgets, gift acknowledgement, speaking engagements, correspondence, writing, and coordinating press releases, making appearances at special events, and assisting with the coordinate of Jonathan’s Place events. The CDO will also increase public awareness, name recognition, and maintain a positive image of Jonathan’s Place and its mission in the North Texas area.

As a senior member of the executive team, this position is responsible for helping shape the agency’s strategy as it relates to development and providing oversight related to other duties as assigned by the CEO.

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and oversee all development and fundraising activities to achieve desired goals.
  • Developing and implementing a written plan for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual, foundation, and corporate potential donors to achieve the agency’s annual revenue goals.
  • Manage a personal portfolio of prospective donors.
  • Provide leadership for development staff and establish clear roles and responsibilities with measurable, performance objectives.
  • Cultivation and solicitation of all donor types with an emphasis on increasing major gifts (foundation, corporate, and individual).
  • Serve as key development liaison to the Board of Directors and the Development Committee and provide direction and support for board fundraising efforts.
  • Oversee maintenance of donor data.
  • Supervise prospect research, donor stewardship and information systems including prospect management and major gift initiative reports.
  • Assist the Events Manager with the organizational effort for the Annual Golf Tournament, Bowling Tournament, and Luncheon events, including soliciting sponsors, players, prizes, and auction items.
  • Ensure all necessary policies, procedures and systems are in place and ensure professional standards are maintained.
  • Ensure that all development communications support the Jonathan’s Place brand.
  • Serve as company spokesperson with media.
  • Draft, edit, and oversee printing of agency brochures, semi-annual newsletter, and other collateral materials.
  • Field and direct responses to all media-related phone calls and other inquiries.
  • Develop and maintain contacts and relationships with media representatives to create opportunities for keeping the agency and services in front of the public.
  • Serve as a member of the management team by staying abreast of organization-wide issues and contributing to the overall management of the organization.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Commitment to the community served by Jonathan’s Place.
  • Knowledge of the Dallas philanthropic community.
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred).
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in fund development with demonstrated individual major gift success.
  • A minimum of 2 to 5 years of public relations, marketing, or journalism experience.
  • Proven track record in growing fund development revenue from a variety of sources.
  • Ability to effectively meet and monitor funding deadlines.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and management skills with the ability to set specific goals and support staff in their achievement.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of fund raising standards for non-profits.
  • Strong background and knowledge of the media structure.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage budgets.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to inspire trust, and establish effective relationships with volunteers, staff, donors, and prospects.
  • Ability to engage and motivate people from all backgrounds.
  • Skills and willingness to work on a team for the advancement of the mission.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Windows software programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.), fund development software and desktop publishing software (Publisher, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Indesign), Social Media).
  • Experience with RaisersEdge is a bonus.


To apply, please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and three professional references to recruiter, Tawnia Wise, at twise@wiseresourcedevelopment.com. Call with questions: 972-697-9422.

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