Jacksonville, FL

Chief Development Officer, YMCA of Florida's First Coast

The Organization
The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is nationally recognized for its leadership in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We practice what we coach and have been identified as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association as well as a Gold Level Healthy Employer and the “Healthiest Employer in Jacksonville” by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

We launch cutting-edge programming, including a Stroke Wellness partnership with Brooks Rehab that was recently named a Program of Excellence through the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program presented by Jackson Healthcare. We are also building Healthy Living Centers that will help us better serve children, adults and families right here in our neighborhood.

As a non-profit, we offer our services to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, and are proud to offer financial support for our programming through our Annual Community Campaign. We invest in our children and run a nationally recognized charter school in Northwest Jacksonville, Tiger Academy.

We are supported by Y-USA, Florida Blue, the CDC, and 10 regional health partners. And on top of our community support, our staff truly believes the work they do contributes to the well-being of the community. But don’t take our word for it. An employee said on a recent survey, “Everyone who works here is very happy to be here. The members love the atmosphere we create for them. It is always filled with laughter and smiles.”
Forbes ranks Jacksonville among the top 10 best cities to find a job and the region’s workforce is expanding at twice the national average. Over the next ten years, it is expected to become one of the nation’s key financial services centers.

Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental United States with over 840 square miles. It is in the First Coast region of Northeast Florida and is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River, about 25 miles south of the Georgia state line. It affords a wonderful location between Amelia Island and historic St. Augustine.
The region is home to PGA Tour headquarters and World Golf Hall of Fame. Professional sports, 90 miles of beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, the nation’s largest urban park system, a zoo, and a symphony orchestra are among some of the many entertainment and recreational activities that make Jacksonville a thriving city.
Jacksonville is home to top rated medical centers including the Mayo Clinic. It offers a strong educational system including over 10 colleges and universities.

Do you share our passion for strengthening community? Join us and apply today. We could use someone like you.
The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is an Equal Opportunity Employer, DRUG FREE Workplace.

Position Overview
Join us. We could use someone like you!

The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast’s new Chief Development Officer will be expected to position the Y as a cause, elevate its fundraising efforts, and formalize the financial development program. In effect, the YMCA’s President and CEO and the Board of Directors now wish to attract a true strategic partner who can ensure that the Association benefits from development processes, disciplines, and innovative aspirations that are consistent with the Y’s strategic ambitions.

Essential Functions:
• Reporting to the President & CEO, craft the overall strategic direction for financial development, providing strong leadership for Major Gift donor development initiatives, manage a team of results-oriented staff and be a careful steward of donors and their contributions.
• Lead and oversee all fundraising activities, particularly within the foundation community, corporate giving sources, individuals with a significant capacity to make a difference and other untapped areas.
• Deliver a financial development program that provides both new and existing donors with an exceptional experience with the organization that earns their loyalty and personal advocacy.
• Strengthen relationships with existing donors. Reach out in new and compelling ways to develop new donor funding streams including leveraging Social Media platforms to increase giving from millennial and other populations.
• Increase giving from YMCA members and participants.
• Work closely with the Board of Directors and the senior leadership team to create the vision and strategy needed to elevate the Y’s brand among various funding sources and activate their philanthropy.

• An undergraduate degree is required, with an advanced degree preferred.

• CFRE preferred.

• A minimum of 10+ years of experience in development, including a proven track record in transforming an organization’s outcomes.

• Experience researching, identifying, nurturing and engaging external partners that align with the organization’s objectives is necessary.

• A broad-based development background encompassing public, foundation and corporate grants; major gifts; planned giving; capital development; sponsorships; endowment; and annual funds from diverse sources is required.

• Must possess a demonstrated record of personal success in raising significant gifts (i.e., successful six/seven-figure asks) from individuals, businesses, foundations, corporations and/or the public sector.

• Experience leveraging fundraising databases and support systems for donor segmentation, research and targeted acquisition is required.

• A strong understanding of prospect research; social media; and emerging technology tools and how to leverage these technologies to connect with constituents and develop new funding streams would distinguish highly qualified candidates.

• Leadership background should include proven ability to manage, motivate and empower a diverse internal team and volunteers, and in coordinating and supporting the fundraising activities of others.

• Given the nature of the organization, it will be helpful for candidates to have had experience and exposure to large, complex, federated non-profit organizations.

Key YMCA Organizational Leader Competencies for success include:

Philanthropy: Leads a culture of philanthropy.
Relationships: Initiates the development of relationships with influential leaders to impact and strengthen the community.
Developing Others: Ensures that a talent management system is in place and executed effectively.
Decision-Making: Possesses penetrating insight and strong strategic and critical thinking skills.
Quality Results: Determines benchmarks and ensures appropriate leadership to meet objectives.
Functional Expertise: 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.

Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package. Employer will assist with relocation costs.

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