Chief Development Officer

Website Easterseals Central & Southeast Ohio

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Introduction to Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio
Easterseals’ purpose is to change the way the world defines and views disabilities by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. For 100 years, the organization has been an indispensable resource for people with disabilities and their families offering a variety of services to address life’s challenges and to help individuals achieve personal goals.

In 2021, Easterseals served over 15,000 families in a 29-county territory at Easterseals’ four facilities as well as in homes, schools, and communities. Families benefit from specialized, high-quality programs that center on the individuals and their individual potential, rather than placing emphasis on their disabilities.

Easterseals’ core programs and services provide transformational support to children, adults, families, and caregivers across their lifespan. Services for children and their families combine joyful, engaging programming and high-impact early intervention support. While services for adults meet people where they are, centering individual abilities and goals while providing best-in-class supportive and rehabilitative service.

The Opportunity
Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio seeks a strategic, experienced leader to oversee the growth and evolution of the organization’s fund development strategies. The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will be a thought partner to a visionary Chief Executive Officer and a peer to an experienced, committed team of leaders who share an unwavering commitment to the organization’s mission to make major, positive, and life-changing differences for those facing special needs in today’s world.

It is an extraordinary time for Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio. The organization is building on the momentum of a transformational gift from Mackenzie Scott in 2021 and investing in strategies and systems that will further the mission for years to come. The CDO will have an opportunity to leverage the organization’s data-driven development plan and visionary strategic plan to inspire investment in the life-changing programs offered by Easterseals.

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will be a strategic and dynamic fund development leader who has a deep understanding of fundraising principles, methods, and tactics. The CDO will be highly collaborative and a strong motivator who will promote a culture of philanthropy among the board, volunteers, and staff that will result in increased philanthropic support to the organization. The new executive will have a passion for ensuring people with disabilities reach their full potential. As a member of the senior management team, the CDO will take responsibility for educating, mentoring, and inspiring colleagues’ contributions that will further the impact of Easterseals Central and Southeastern Ohio.


About the Position
The CDO works shoulder-to-shoulder with the Chief Executive Officer to ensure the organization continues to build its resources:

  • through effective donor relationship building;
  • leveraging donor relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations in the communities Easterseals serves;
  • implementing a comprehensive fund-development plan with a focus on major individual giving;
  • capitalizing on decades of exemplary service in Southeast Ohio to engage donors in the region; and
  • elevating Easterseals’ brand awareness in the region.


Key Position Functions

  • Fund Development Strategy and Planning
  • Development and Fundraising Tactics
  • Fund Development Operations and Team Management
  • Culture of Philanthropy and Case for Support
  • Board and Volunteer Relations
  • Donor Relations and Stewardship
  • Development Communications


  • Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field
  • Five years’ experience in nonprofit fund development management that includes managing a team
  • Demonstrated experience building and managing relationships with diverse groups and audiences
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting, and securing major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • An understanding of and experience with donor databases and systems


  • Experience with grant writing
  • Experience with planned giving and endowments
  • Capital campaign experience
  • Master’s degree
  • CFRE

Application Process
Benefactor Group is pleased to be assisting Easterseals Central and Southeastern Ohio with this executive search. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. All applications are considered highly confidential. To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to:


Benefactor Group Recruitment Team

[email protected]


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