Chief Development Officer

The Henry Group
June 4, 2021
The Henry Group, Grand Prairie, TX
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The Henry Group is proud to be a partner in the Executive Search for Literacy Achieves Chief Development Officer.

ORGANIZATION: Literacy Achieves, founded as Vickery Meadow Learning Center, is dedicated to improving English literacy levels among non-English speaking adults and their young children by providing programs in communication and life skills to promote self-sufficiency and the overall well-being of our students, their families and the greater community. Literacy Achieves serves approximately 1,200 adults and 330 children annually at its three Dallas locations. Approximately 350 volunteers teach adult classes, work in the computer lab, assist in the office and support the children’s program.

We are seeking a dynamic individual who will serve as our first Chief Development Officer, someone who believes in our mission, leads collaboratively, and has an innovative thought process that will move our vision forward.


In partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer will lead and implement the fundraising strategy for Literacy Achieves. The CDO will be an integral part of Literacy Achieves leadership team, responsible for supporting our mission by ensuring the strength and sustainability of our development efforts through new and existing individuals, corporations and foundations and will cultivate relationships with nonprofit and corporate partners.


In partnership with CEO, Senior Staff and Board of Directors, work to align fundraising strategy with overall mission and core values of Literacy Achieves.

  • Build and maintain a successful philanthropic culture among board members, staff and supporters; personally represent passion for the mission of Literacy Achieves
  • Build and grow a fundraising program that draws financial support from a diverse platform of sources to ensure that Literacy Achieves can rely upon multiple funding streams
  • Develop and implement strategies and activities to ensure proper acknowledgment, recognition, and stewardship of donors
  • Lead and supervise development staff to effectively implement various fund development activities, including personal solicitations, preparation of high-quality proposals, grant reports and donor communications, execution of fundraising events, donor stewardship, and implementation of regular fund appeals
  • Ensure that internal systems are in place for effective donor acquisition and donor stewardship programs
  • Oversee development of marketing collateral that maintain a consistent brand image through printed and online communication pieces
  • Develop and manage the revenue and expense budgets for fund development activities
  • Serve as primary staff contact to Fund Development and Wings of Spring Committees
  • Ensures that existing and new development initiatives, campaigns, events, and outreach programs engage existing donors, attract new donors and/or encourage current donors into higher levels of support
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Demonstrated commitment to mission and core values of changing lives through literacy; cultural competence and ability to thrive in diverse work environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Five to seven years of proven experience in the fund development field and demonstrated success with volunteer board management
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including collaborating and building relationships with others at all levels
  • High standards of performance, quality, credibility and integrity
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset, transparency, humility and vulnerability
  • Experience providing staff supervision and leadership
  • Proficiency in all MS Office Applications
  • Proficiency in fundraising CRM systems (Bloomerang preferred)
  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification preferred
  • Personal experience or knowledge in adult literacy, immigrant issues, or social services preferred
  • Supported or led significant capital campaign preferred




Application Instructions


For consideration, qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements via email to:

No phone calls please.

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