New York, NY

Chief Development Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA

The Organization
Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 2.5 million members-1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Today, and spanning coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts of the USA is the largest girl-focused organization in the United States and a household recognized brand. Many know the organization from its iconic Girl Scout Cookies (yes, they’re delicious!), but Girl Scouts is so much more. As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, Girl Scouts of the USA has been championing girls as they discover their dreams and work together to change the world. From navigating a rocky hiking trail to advocating for climate justice, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be themselves unapologetically as they rise to meet new challenges and discover the issues that matter most to them. GSUSA describes themselves as a team of doers, innovators, problem-solvers, creators, and dreamers collaborating to support Girl Scouts in 111 local chapters and 152 countries and engaging 50 million alumni.

Girl Scouts of the USA’s goal is to be, and to be known as, a welcoming organization where every Girl Scout feels they belong-that Girl Scouts is for them. Regardless of race, religion, family income or cultural background, all Girl Scouts deserve to be part of a Movement that teaches valuable life skills and that sets them up for success throughout their lives.

Position Overview
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Girls Scouts of the USA in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer will be a strategic and visionary trailblazer who is passionate about building the culture of philanthropy for Girl Scouts, both within the organization and in its greater Girls Scouts Movement in support of its mission and vision. The Chief Development Officer will lead a primary revenue-generating community with diverse funding streams including adult and lifetime memberships, philanthropic giving, corporate partnerships, and foundation and government grants. The Chief Development Officer will provide professional leadership to staff and work closely with Council leaders, internal and external committees, advisory councils, donor societies, and member networks.

Charged with increasing the overall pool of donors, partners, and supporters, the Chief Development Officer will lead the design and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising and partnership plan that will ensure achievement of Fund Development teams annual and multi-year goals, in support of the Girl Scouts overall strategic plan. The Chief Development Officer will develop and lead an integrated national fundraising effort, creatively identifying potential new sources of support for Girls Scouts programs, research, public education, and organizational infrastructure, and will forge positive and collaborative relationships with GSUSA Councils, will spearhead collaborative GSUSA and Council efforts, and will serve as a lead relationship builder with Council staff on fund development. The Chief Development Officer will meet or exceed both personal and departmental revenue goals and strengthen the organization’s overall fundraising capacity systematically and effectively. The Chief Development Officer will successfully manage a personal portfolio of donors and will provide required leadership and oversight to the SPNV team to meet the department’s income goals.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is at least 15 years of fundraising experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and resume. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Girl Scouts of the USA as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the position prospectus.

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