Chief Development Officer

The Warren Center
October 3, 2023
320 Custer Road, Richardson, TX, Texas
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The Warren Center advocates, serves and empowers the children and families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities.


The Chief Development Officer (CDO) for The Warren Center will serve as a critical member of the executive leadership team and will collaboratively articulate, implement and operationalize the strategic vision, mission and goals of the agency. The CDO will work directly with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in cultivating and soliciting major gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations and others. The CDO will lead a team of professionals responsible for fundraising, volunteer cultivation, corporate philanthropic support, communications, public relations, marketing and social media functions for the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the following satisfactorily.

Strategic Leadership

  • Recruit, train, manage and mentor development staff
  • Continually review departmental infrastructure to ensure support of the organization's revenue growth goals
  • Effectively manage the development department's day-to-day operations, budget and income forecasts
  • Oversee special events staff in planning, while critically evaluating return on investments
  • Oversee communications to ensure consistent messaging and branding in all print and online donor communication vehicles
  • Provide marketing oversight to all donor materials, and strategic support on the full range of external stakeholder communications
  • Partner with the finance and accounting staff to sustain efficient, effective and transparent financial tracking and reporting processes
  • Develop clear processes and collaborate with all other departments within the organization to create an understanding of and appreciation for the development function
  • Foster an environment of cohesiveness and collaboration

Relationship Management and Solicitation

  • Work with the CEO to set and meet reasonable yet challenging annual fundraising goals for gifts from individuals, family and private foundations, corporations and local business
  • Work with the CEO and Chair of the Board Development Committee on strategies for donor acquisition and retention
  • Identify major gift Analyze and predict and donor’s propensity, capacity and ability to give. Gather pertinent data determine the best candidates for the gifts program
  • Cultivate major gift prospects, investing the necessary time and energy to build relationship designed to understand the donor/prospect goals with the expressed purpose of alignment with the organizations mission and fundraising objectives
  • Solicit major gift prospects. Moving prospective major donors along the donor pipeline ready to receive an appropriate asks based upon donor intent and interest
  • Produce donor-funding requests for annual giving and major gifts in support of overall general operating expenses as well as specific services and programs
  • Assist with writing of proposals and funding reports as well as donor-related information needed for The Warren Center’s publications and website
  • Work with others on the Advancement team to maintain accurate donor records and a robust donor pipeline of prospects and current donors
  • Oversee the comprehensive grant and proposal preparation process, from working closely with program staff to develop cases for support, to writing and/or coordinating the writing efforts among the development team for proposals and grants, to ensuring proper reporting of funded proposals to managing ongoing donor stewardship and relationships
  • Guides and works with the prospect researcher and fundraisers to identify and explore potential funding sources, which align with organizational priorities
  • Provide Board members with training, tools and support to effectively participate in fundraising
  • Facilitate and encourage substantial Board member participation in major gift and grant requests

Key Competencies

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate:

  • Analytical Thinking – Synthesizes complex or diverse information, collects and researches data, uses intuition and experience to complement data, identifies data relationships and dependencies, and designs workflows and procedures. Must be able to maintain discretion and confidentiality with sensitive donor information.
  • Communications – Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally and in written form, exhibits good listening and comprehension, keeps others adequately informed, and selects and uses appropriate communication methods. Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and written and verbal communications skills.
  • Influencing and Relationship Building – Inspires action and execution of vision and strategy with board members, funders, and community leaders. Builds trust and positive relations with all internal and external audiences - managers, colleagues, direct reports, board members, volunteers, community partners and leaders.
  • Initiative and Decision-Making – Proactively anticipates organization’s fundraising needs and takes initiative to respond effectively and efficiently.  Ability to make executive level decisions and quickly address issues/concerns with leadership.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in social services, marketing, business, management, or other related area from an accredited 4-year university
  • 5 years’ demonstrated successful fundraising experience in with non–profit organization/s
  • 2 years or more supervisory experience strongly preferred
  • CFRE preferred, but not required

Additional Technical Skills, Traits and Knowledge

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each qualification satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • High energy and passion for The Warren Center’s mission is essential
  • Ability to interact and influence donors, foundations and philanthropic community leaders
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively influence both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
  • Professional, dependable, and proactive
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside The Warren Center
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Prior experience in database management (The Warren Center utilizes Bloomerang)

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years development experience preferred, preferably as the Chief Development Officer, Vice President or Director of Development for a non-profit organization or an equivalent combination of education and experience in the for-profit sector
  • CFRE preferred, but not required


The physical requirements and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Occasional standing of lifting and/or moving of at least 5 pounds
  • Moderate to high stress level
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Warren Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we believe in an inclusive culture for all. The Warren Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Application Instructions

Please submit via email one PDF attachment that includes your cover letter (including salary compensation requirements) in addition to your resume to Include in the subject line “Chief Development Officer” and {First Name & Last Name}.


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