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WiNGS Published: May 29, 2017
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Title:  Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Job Summary:

WiNGS helps women lift themselves and their families out of poverty.  The reality is that in Dallas, we are surrounded by women struggling to make ends meet.  Women and children living one crisis away from hunger, unemployment, or homelessness.

At WiNGS, we’re bringing the smartest, proven strategies we can find to Dallas. One of the strategies we helped bring to Dallas is the national Nurse-Family Partnership model. We connect first-time, at-risk moms with registered WiNGS nurses. Many of these young moms have no support system, and we provide that. The result is healthy babies and moms who are better equipped to create a bright future for their new families. We’ve also imported a particularly robust kind of financial coaching that helps women systematically move out of crisis and poverty. And our newest program provides women the tools to turn their hopes into reality.  To take a talent, a skill, a dream – and transform it into your own business that lifts you from financial struggle to financial security. Through the Women’s Enterprise Center, WiNGS has incubated 27 small businesses this year alone.

You have the opportunity to join the leadership team at WiNGS and help women soar. The Chief Development Officer works closely with the CEO to develop and implement the fund development plan for the organization’s $4.5 million operating budget. The CDO is responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic direction to increase financial support and organizational awareness.  The CDO manages all aspects of the agency’s fundraising plans, including major gifts, annual giving, corporate/foundation relations, sponsorships, planned giving and special events.  This position ensures the effective design, development and implementation of the communications and public relations program to build awareness of WiNGS’ brand.

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.
  • Recruit and train volunteer leadership to assist with implementation of fundraising strategy.
  • Develop and implement 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 at least 30 major donors/prospects as well as assists CEO with personal portfolio management.
  • 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 ($10,000 and above).
  • Serve as key development liaison to the Board of Directors and the Development/Marketing 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.
  • Ensure all necessary policies, procedures and systems are in place and ensure professional standards are maintained.
  • Develop integrated communication plan that ensures consistency of messages to achieve major impact for resource development, public policy and programs.
  • Ensure that all development communications support the WiNGS brand.
  • Serve as alternate company spokesperson with media.
  • Draft, edit, and oversee printing of agency brochures, quarterly 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 WiNGS’ mission.
  • Knowledge of the Dallas philanthropic community.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in fund development with demonstrated individual major gift success.
  • A minimum of 3 years of marketing/communications experience.
  • Proven track record in growing fund development revenue from a variety of sources.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, ability to effectively meet and monitor funding deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task, set priorities and maintain positive attitude at times of increased workload.
  • 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 fundraising standards for non-profits.
  • 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 Abila Fund Raising 50 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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