Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco Bay Area, New York City or Chicago

Chief Advancement Officer, SCS Noonan Scholars

The Organization

SCS Noonan Scholars seeks an outstanding frontline fundraiser as its next Chief Advancement Officer. The mission of SCS Noonan Scholars is to help high-achieving low-income underrepresented students get into and graduate from top colleges equipped to achieve their full career potential and to become the professional, business and civic leaders our country needs.

With a current annual budget of $6.4 million, up from just $2 million four years ago, and serving approximately 600 students per year, SCS Noonan Scholars is projected to raise over $8 million in fiscal year 2019/2020. SCS Noonan Scholars is on track to triple the number of Scholars it serves and reach an annual budget of $11 million by 2023. With a combination of new small regional cohorts of Scholars and expanded national outreach, SCS Noonan Scholars has set the strategic goal of raising an additional $35 million over five years to fund this growth; more than half of which has been raised in the first year. Staff are currently headquartered in Los Angeles and Boston and the organization will establish a local presence in Chicago and Cleveland and be rebranded nationally as Thrive Scholars later this year. For more information, please visit www.scsnoonan.org.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Boston-based CEO, the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) will be charged with developing and leading SCS Noonan’s strategy for expanding national philanthropic support and will play a critical role in building the brand and impact of the organization nationally. This is a compelling opportunity for a highly experienced and entrepreneurial leader to build a robust, diversified, best-practices advancement program that will provide the capacity for continued expansion of SCS Noonan’s fundraising and external relations efforts and results. The CAO will guide the organization’s national development strategy in partnership with the CEO, Founders and executive team and oversee the strategic alignment of regional and national fundraising efforts.

Leading candidates will have a minimum of ten years of demonstrated high-level leadership success developing and implementing comprehensive development programs, ideally on a national scale. A substantial knowledge of best practices in fundraising, especially in major gifts, donor stewardship and prospect management, is essential. Nonprofit experience is required. The CAO can be based in Los Angeles, Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City or Chicago and must be willing to travel nationally 25-30% of the time. A Bachelor’s degree is required.

How To Apply

SCS Noonan Scholars has retained Morris & Berger to conduct the Chief Advancement Officer search.  To apply and to review the full position description, please submit application, including resume and a letter of interest, in confidence to Morris & Berger through their website: http://morrisberger.com/position.php?id=2142.

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