Chief Development Officer

The YMCA of Central Ohio is seeking a Chief Development Officer


YMCA of Central Ohio


Columbus, OH 43215-2891

Job Description

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Chief Development Officer serves on the CEO’s senior leadership team and provides strategic leadership in financial development to advance the YMCA's mission through annual giving, government and foundation grants, endowment bequests and gifts and capital campaigns. The Chief Development Officer assists the CEO in developing an actively engaged fundraising volunteer board of directors and positions the Y as a community convener and collaborator to address critical social issues.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Ten or more years of professional experience with a background in fund raising in the YMCA or another not-for-profit preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement a comprehensive financial development program.
  • Ability to relate to top community leaders and diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Working knowledge of giving and charitable vehicles.
  • Knowledge and experience in standard financial development techniques including face-to-face solicitation and volunteer engagement.
  • Ability to create interpretive materials to enable potential donors to understand the YMCA and how they contribute to the achievement of its mission.
  • Knowledge of the media and its use in gaining exposure for YMCA events and programs.
  • Foundation and government grant writing experience.
  • CFRE or equivalent preferred;
  • YMCA Organizational Leader certification to be obtained within 12 months.

Essential Functions

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following; other duties may be assigned:

  1. Thinks, communicates and behaves as a cause-driven leader and role model for other staff and members when it comes to desired staff behaviors; promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in all job-related functions.
  2. Develops processes and is actively involved in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift and planned giving prospects. Maintains database resource file on top community leaders.
  3. Leverages and repositions the assets of the organization to create a transformational advancement effort. Directs and coordinates the comprehensive financial development program of the association including capital development, annual campaign, major gift, and endowment programs.
  4. Actively engages the board in challenging conversations and decision making to advance the Y's impact when serving as the primary staff liaison to the Financial Development Committee and other assigned committees on the Board of Directors. Develops strategies to increase volunteer involvement at all levels of financial development.
  5. Develops systems and manages resources needed to carry out the fundraising plans. Establishes and monitors the financial development department budget for the YMCA.
  6. Develops appropriate fundraising policies and procedures for the association.
  7. Leverages technology and innovative donor engagement practices; tracks all gifts and pledges by source and purpose and provides dynamic reporting.
  8. Provides training in fundraising to YMCA branch staff and volunteers; works in concert with board members to cultivate community giving.
  9. Educates, motivates and provides feedback to individuals related to best practices in the fundraising process.
  10. Creates and implements effective communication strategies with compelling messages that inspire others to accomplish the mission and cause with maximum impact. Develops communication plans to ensure members, participants, and the community understand the case for support.
  11. Represents the association as required by the President.


Directly supervises and coaches employee(s) in the Financial Development Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the association's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, training and developing employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; developing, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and distance vision.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

Mission Advancement: Incorporates the Y’s mission and values into the organization’s vision and strategies. Ensures community engagement; promotes the global nature of the Y. Leads a culture of volunteerism ensuring engagement, inclusion, and ownership. Leads a culture of philanthropy.

Collaboration: Advocates for and institutionalizes inclusion and diversity throughout the organization. Initiates the development of relationships with influential leaders to impact and strengthen the community. Is recognized as an inspirational community leader who navigates complex political and social circles with ease. Communicates to engage and inspire people within and outside the YMCA. Ensures that a talent management system is in place and executed effectively.

Operational Effectiveness: Possesses penetrating insight and strong strategic and critical thinking skills. Invests resources in well-designed innovation initiatives. Creates a structure to deliver organization-wide results to achieve objectives. Develops and implements stewardship strategies. Determines benchmarks and ensures appropriate leadership to meet objectives.

Personal Growth: Creates a learning organization. Effectively drives change by leveraging resources and creating alignment to expand organizational opportunities. Shares authority and demonstrates courage and humility. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.

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