Chief Development Officer

Freedom for All Americans Education Fund
Mission Statement: 

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Freedom for All Americans includes two separate entities – Freedom for All Americans, our political arm, and Freedom for All Americans Education Fund, our education arm – collectively referred to as Freedom for All Americans (FFAA). FFAA has a combined annual budget of $3-4M and 20 staff. Our work brings together conservatives and progressives, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally. With the ultimate goal of securing nationwide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans, FFAA works at the federal, state, and local levels to turbo charge the momentum for comprehensive and inclusive nondiscrimination protections in the states, in the courts, and in Congress. Founded in 2015, FFAA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with many staff based across the country.

Position Description: 

FFAA is seeking a Chief Development Officer responsible for crafting and executing comprehensive fundraising plans that ensure Freedom for All Americans and Freedom for All Americans Education Fund have the resources necessary to fulfill our mission and meet our strategic priorities. The ideal candidate will have a track record of demonstrable success in fundraising management and execution that includes: plan writing and metrics tracking; prospecting, direct stewardship and direct solicitation; supporting others in stewardship and solicitation; cross-team project management such as producing grant proposals/reports, donor communications, and annual reports; and management of direct reports and consultants. Experience with and aptitude for the dynamic nature and pace of campaigns (advocacy or electoral) is a plus. Reporting to the Executive Director, who reports to the CEO, the Chief Development Officer will be a core member of the organizational leadership team and provide supervisory support to two development staff and several seasonal consultants. FFAA values inclusion and seeks a team that is representative of our diverse base of support.  People of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender diverse people, women, and people of all political backgrounds are encouraged to apply. REPORTING & SUPERVISIONReports to:      Executive DirectorSupervises:     Development Manager; Director of Individual and Corporate Giving DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESStewardship and Solicitation

  • Oversee the cultivation and solicitation of current and prospective individual, corporate, and foundation donors. This includes serving as primary relationship manager on the organization’s executive portfolio (four- to seven-figure funders/donors and prospects) both by supporting staff and board in relationship management as well as directly cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding the CDO’s own portfolio of assigned donors.
  • Partner with the Chief Communications Officer and Director of Digital Strategies to develop and execute online fundraising programs and track progress against goals.
  • Manage key organizational stewardship programs, including ensuring continuation of regular executive portfolio communications, periodic donor cultivation events (4-6/year in person or by video), and production of an annual report.
  • In partnership with staff and board, identify new funding streams to grow the financial resources available to FFAA/EF and create a robust and diverse pipeline of supporters.
  • Partner with Director of Corporate Engagement to grow corporate portfolio.

 Management and Planning

  • Oversee a comprehensive, multi-year fundraising strategy that enables FFAA/EF to meet its annual budget and enjoy sustainable year-on-year growth.
  • Supervise all grant-writing activities, including prospecting and solicitation, project-managing proposal and report production, supporting the Development Manager in managing the grant proposal and reporting calendar, and supporting relationships with current and prospective institutional donors and foundations.
  • Support the Director of Individual and Corporate Giving in developing and cultivating the corporate and individual donor prospect pipeline.
  • Support Development Manager in ensuring all donations are properly tracked and coded, that all acknowledgements are sent out on a timely and regular basis, and that all donor communications and intelligence is appropriately tracked in FFAA’s CRM platform.
  • Establish performance measures, monitor results, and work with Executive Director and CEO to meet benchmarks.
  • Serve as staff liaison to board development committee
  • Deep commitment to advancing LGBTQ equality and nondiscrimination protections.
  • Proven fundraising and management experience, ideally including experience with campaign-oriented fundraising.
  • Deep knowledge of and positive relationships within the LGBTQ movement, and an understanding of LGBTQ policy issues, is a plus.
  • Exemplary communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong emotional intelligence, self-awareness, empathy, curiosity, confidence, and humility.
  • Results-driven, solutions-oriented, and excellent at building relationships and networks needed to achieve outcomes.
  • Thrive in fast-paced nonprofit and campaign environments.

 LOCATION AND TRAVEL: Candidates must be able to work from home and feel comfortable regularly engaging with colleagues and partners by phone, video conference, email, and other digital communications tools. FFAA will provide all of the tools necessary to succeed in this position. This position requires significant travel, including at least 2 staff retreats annually, ad hoc organizational meetings, fundraising events, individual donor meetings, board meetings, and more. FFAA provides a competitive benefits package, including health care, dental, vision, 401K match, long and short term disability, paid sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and a generous vacation plan including many paid holidays.

Salary is commensurate with experience. [$100,000 - $139,000]
Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 20, 2019
Application Instructions: 

To apply, please complete our online application form which requires a resume – applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, so applying early is recommended. For questions please contact our search advisor, Roey Thorpe, at RoeyThorpe [at]

Position Level: 
Roey Thorpe
Country/US Territory: 
United States