Chief Development Officer

  • Full Time
  • Columbus, OH
  • Salary Range: $100,000 - $125,000 annually

Website Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services (CSS) seeks a values-driven Chief Development Officer to develop and implement a multi-year fundraising strategy to provide the necessary financial resources and brand awareness to achieve the organization’s strategic goals. This position works closely with the board, executive team, donors, corporations, and the media to develop the funding, resources, and awareness necessary to sustain programs aimed at improving the lives of seniors and families in need in central and southern Ohio. This individual must be a strong communicator, effective relationship builder, be results-oriented, and provide vision and leadership to fulfill Catholic Social Service’s mission. This full-time, exempt position is based in downtown Columbus and reports to the President/CEO.

About Catholic Social Services


For more than 75 years, Catholic Social Services (CSS) has been helping poor and vulnerable seniors and families in central and southern Ohio – regardless of their background – to reach their full potential. Motivated by faith, we help working-poor families stabilize and become self-sufficient through case management, trainings, and emergency assistance. We help low-income seniors age with grace and independence through supportive services and community-impact opportunities.


CSS has responded to the rapidly growing senior population by serving 50% more seniors in five years through innovation, more effective technology solutions, volunteer engagement and partnership. Similarly, CSS has renewed its focus on helping people who are trying to build better lives for themselves. CSS helps clients use their own strengths and leverage the support of the entire community to help reach their goals. Our thirteen programs help 14,000 people annually in our 23-county region.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Lead Development Efforts

·         Develop, implement, and measure strategically guided plans to sustain and increase revenue in the following areas: corporate gifts, individual contributions, major gifts, web-based outreach, grants, planned gifts and events.

·         Utilize understanding of the fundraising landscape, to analyze all resource development efforts and adjust strategies as necessary to improve results.

·         Cultivate and steward relationships with current and potential individual and corporate donors.

·         Oversee the successful planning, execution and follow-up to agency fundraising and cultivation events.

·         Maintain and expand cost-effective systems enabling CSS to record, analyze, and steward donor data and relationships.

·         Engage President/CEO, board, leadership team, and volunteers in development efforts.

·         Supervise the grant process (including researching grant opportunities, submitting grant applications, and reporting on grant awards) across the organization.

Oversee Marketing and Communications

·         Oversee the strategic and compelling communication of CSS’ mission, vision, Catholic identity and goals and accomplishments through a variety of media: including website, video, publications, social media, and presentations.

·         Provide marketing support and materials to program directors to connect potential clients and referral partners with information on our services.

·         Demonstrate that Catholic Social Services is a Catholic agency and communicate a positive image of what it is to be Catholic.

Provide Strategic Leadership to the Organization

·         Monitor changes in the marketplace, both philanthropic and economic, and provide strategic direction based on that information. Participate in strategic planning and implementation to accomplish CSS’ mission.

·         Lead the efforts to integrate the Branding Section of the CSS’ Catholic Identity Plan into the operations and culture of the organization.

·         Provide ongoing direction, coaching and supervision for Development and Marketing staff members.

·         Provide staff leadership and support to both internal and external committees, including the Executive Team, Leadership Team, Board and External Relations Committee.

·         Reinforce the values of CSS to strengthen the CSS culture, and its Catholic identity.

Experience and Qualifications

·         Ten years of fundraising or related experience with a record of success in setting and achieving long-term goals and strategies, including significant financial results.

·         Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

·         Competent usage of Donor software, preferably Raiser’s Edge.

·         CFRE preferred.

Position Competencies

•                     Strategic Agility & Growth Mindset

•                     Fundraising Acumen

•                     Communication & Marketing

•                     Project Management

•                     Culture and Staff Development

•                     Collaboration and Team Building

•                     Commitment to Excellence and Results

•                     Understanding of the Human Services Sector and the Catholic Church

Direct Reports

Grants Specialist, Development Manager, Marketing Manager, and Philanthropy Data Specialist

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