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Chief Development and Community Engagement Officer

Company: Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council
Date Posted: February 12, 2016

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council (GSVSC) was charted on July 1, 1963 by Girl Scouts of the USA.  The Council, with headquarters in Roanoke, VA, serves 36 counties in central, south-side, southwestern and western Virginia. The Council serves approximately 8,000 girls and 3,500 adult volunteers. It has a staff of approximately 40 persons and a budget of approximately $3 million. 

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Please-mail cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:

Ioana Kwei-Tagoe, HR Director at

GSVSC is an equal opportunity employer.

As a member of the executive leadership team, the Chief Development and Community Engagement Officer (CDCEO) is responsible for building, planning, managing and implementing all fund development and community engagement strategies across the jurisdiction of the Council.  The CDCEO will manage day-to-day fundraising operations including research and prospect identification, cultivation and communications strategies, proposal development, solicitations strategies, donor stewardship, database management, communications and outreach activities, and development-related volunteer relations.

While reporting to the CEO, the CDCEO works collaboratively and maintains clear and regular communications with the Council’s Board of Directors and Fund Development Committee, volunteer leadership and donor prospects. 

The position will direct a team of marketing and communications, development as well as grants and community outreach staff.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  •        Develop, plan and implement comprehensive and cost effective development strategies to generate current and future contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.
  •        Work closely with the CEO to build a comprehensive council-wide fund development strategy to include United Way relations, major gifts, corporate giving, individual and alumnae giving, grants, and events. 
  •        Implement fundraising campaigns and identify sources for funding including individuals, corporations, events, and United Ways to meet annual giving and planned giving goals.
  •        Advise the CEO and Board of Directors on fund development strategy, planning, and implementation across the Council’s entire jurisdiction. Work closely with the CEO on board relations and expansion, major donor solicitations and recognition, community relations and strategic planning with particular emphasis on ensuring the Council’s corporate culture, systems, strategies and processes to support fund development.
  •        Provide direct staff support to the Board of Directors Fund Development Committee as well as other fundraising-related volunteer committees to ensure fulfillment of fund development roles.
  •        Manage, supervise and foster the professional growth and effectiveness of the development, marketing and community outreach team.
  •        Builds strong relationships within the service area.  Actively maintain existing relationships while continuously targeting and facilitating new opportunities that will contribute to the Council's funding.
  •        Make effective use of the Council's data management/donor management system.  
  •        Develop and implement budgets for fund development and maintain accountability for expenditures.
  •        Ensure that each development strategy fully supports the mission, values and strategic plan of the GSVSC. Serve as council spokesperson in response to media contact.
  •        In conjunction with the CEO and members of the management team, work to provide vital input in short and long-term strategic and operational planning and decision making on a variety of organizational issues.
  •        Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications Required:

  •        Bachelor's degree required. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and Master’s degree preferred.
  •        Must demonstrate a track record of progressive accomplishments in philanthropic giving with hand-on experience involving funding tactics.
  •        Must have the ability to execute and close fundraising deals and opportunities to meet goal.
  •        Demonstrated experience cultivating and securing substantial major gifts.
  •        5+ years of successful fund development, leadership, management, strategic planning and implementation experience preferred.
  •        Experience creating and monitoring budgets and preparing fund development reports.
  •        Demonstrated success in small and large event planning and coordination.
  •        Demonstrated experience using Raisers Edge fundraising database software. Proficient with Microsoft Office (or similar software), databases, e-mail, Internet applications and Internet research.
  •        This position requires the ability to maintain a regular schedule of out-of-office meetings across the Council’s jurisdiction;
  •        Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings/weekends; occasional overnights maybe required. Daily access to transportation, along with applicable documentation of legally required automobile insurance and valid driver’s license;
  •        Subscribe to the principles of the Girl Scout Movement and become a registered member of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  •        Ability to model behavior consistent with the Girl Scout Promise and Law. High integrity as demonstrated through effective planning and implementation to meet the Council’s strategic goals.
  •        Passionate commitment to the Girl Scout mission/movement, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and the ability to communicate the mission to others.
  •        Strong leadership skills. Goal Oriented: self-starter who independently takes initiative and is results-oriented.
  •        Strong planning, organizational and financial skills.
  •        Strong customer engagement skills. Ability to motivate and inspire others.
  •        Strong project management skills, with demonstrated ability to build relationships, present concepts and make recommendations.
  •        Strong interpersonal and cultural skills. Effectively establishes rapport with others at all organizational levels.
  •        Exceptional communication skills, verbal and written, including presentation and training.
  •        Excellent time management skills with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  •        Ability to collaborate well and be an effective team player.
  •        Ability to stay flexible and manage change.
  •        Ability to prioritize and multi-task successfully.
  •        Ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines.