Milwaukee, WI

Chief Development Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee

The Organization

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Chief Development Officer will be responsible for all fundraising strategies and initiatives for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM). The Chief Development Officer will work in close partnership with the President & CEO and other leaders at BGCGM to implement strategies for growth and enhance the culture of philanthropy throughout the organization. As the chief architect of a world-class development program, the Chief Development Officer will transform and reach a new and aspiring level of philanthropic success – one that will propel BGCGM on a sustainable path for accomplishment in the coming years. As a partner and advisor to the President & CEO, the Chief Development Officer will set and articulate a vision for the organization’s next fundraising chapter, and build and execute a development plan and evaluate outcomes with a metrics-based approach. The Chief Development Officer will embody the values and mission of BGCGM and, as a result, inspire and motivate others about improving the lives of kids.

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee has helped local kids and teens since 1887 when Annabell Cook Whitcomb transformed two basement rooms at Plymouth Church on Milwaukee’s east side into a Club for boys. Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is the largest youth-serving agency in the city and has grown to be one of the largest Boys & Girls Clubs in the country. Every day, thousands of Milwaukee’s youth stream through the Clubs’ doors and participate in academic and recreational programming. The Clubs provide safety and support during critical hours of the day as well as meals, strong role models, organized athletics, and access to the arts. At the Clubs, there’s a way for every kid to get involved and learn something new.

Position Overview

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee’s vision is to build the community’s social and economic fabric by ensuring the academic and career success of every Club member who walks through its doors or engages with its programs virtually. It achieves this by providing more impactful programs that appeal to its members, strengthening their academic performance, building character, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and meeting the basic needs of Milwaukee’s youth. The Clubs’ talented youth development professionals work hard to foster the unlimited potential in its members. Their success is why it does what it does. At the Clubs, a proven model for success is followed. Research shows that kids and teens who have an optimal Club experience are more likely to have positive self-esteem, be engaged in school and learning, and volunteer in their communities. The Clubs’ youth development professionals provide young people with safe spaces, deeply impactful programs, and key resources to help them achieve academic success, make healthy life choices, and reach their full potential.

Boys & Girls Clubs’ mission centers around nurturing the enormous, equal potential inside every young person. Every kid and teen deserves access to experiences and opportunities that change their lives for the better – regardless of their socio-economic status, color of their skin, or other factors that contribute to inequity in the U.S. today. Boys & Girls Clubs work to provide solutions to support racial equity and social justice so that children, families, and communities can have a better tomorrow. Clubs are community catalysts, where kids and teens of all races and backgrounds are encouraged to have difficult conversations and use their voices to create positive change. Clubs provide inclusive environments where youth of all races, abilities, gender expressions, and backgrounds are encouraged to express themselves and be heard. Because youth are the leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers that communities – and the world – need most.

How To Apply

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee seeks a Chief Development Officer with a commitment to the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee; experience as leader in the field of development with a measurable track record of success; expertise with a wide range of fundraising channels, with particular focus on major donors and campaigns; experience collaborating and leveraging relationships and ensuring effective support to achieve fundraising goals; and experience as a system-wide enterprise leader with an ability to build upon the team-oriented approach of the BGCGM development team, resulting in a stronger internal culture of philanthropy organization-wide. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

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