Chief Development Officer

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary commensurate with experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



New Jersey
United States


Are you a seasoned fundraiser who thrives on leading teams, building capacity and bringing organizations to new heights? 

We have an exciting opportunity for a Chief Development Officer to join our new and dynamic leadership team in Shrewsbury, NJ. Here at The Community YMCA, we are a 144-year-old cause driven organization, committed to strengthening our local communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y provides a diverse range of programs from child achievement, health & wellness and social and mental health services to children, families and adults in Monmouth County and parts of Middlesex and Ocean counties.

Located in Monmouth County, New Jersey we are at the heart of the Jersey Shore. Our community is surrounded by natural beauty from our beaches to the many beautiful open space, county parks. Our towns offer many attractions, great restaurants and diverse entertainment options. Explore NYC, just a ferry, train or car ride away.


The Chief Development Officer provides strategic leadership in financial development to advance the YMCA's mission through annual giving, government and foundation grants, endowment bequests and gifts and capital campaigns. The Chief Development Officer assists the CEO in developing an actively engaged fundraising volunteer board of directors and positions the Y as a community convener and collaborator to address social issues.                   


  • Develops organizational goals and strategic plans for fundraising, balancing long-term direction and short-term requirements. Develops systems and manages resources, including the financial development needed to carry out the fundraising plans. Develops appropriate fundraising policies and procedures for the association.
  • Develops processes and is actively involved in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects. Maintains database resource file on top community leaders.
  • Directs and coordinates association capital development, annual campaign and endowment programs.
  • Supervises the coordination of proposals for grants from government sources and private foundations.
  • Actively engages the board in challenging conversations and decision making to advance the Y's impact when serving as the primary staff liaison to the Financial Development Committee and other assigned committees on the Board of Directors. 
  • Develops strategies to increase volunteer involvement at all levels of financial development.
  • Tracks all gifts and pledges by source and purpose and provides reports as needed.
  • Provides training in fundraising. Educates, motivates and provides feedback to individuals related to best practices in the fundraising process.
  • Develops annual operating goals, objectives and plan for the marketing and communications area. Monitors the achievement of this plan, taking appropriate action to ensure that the goals and objectives are met.
  • Works with Marketing Team to develop, produce and distribute program information necessary to promote assigned programs, in accordance with membership and marketing plans.
  • Oversees the creation and implementation of effective communication strategies with compelling messages that inspire others to accomplish the mission and cause with maximum impact. Develops communication plans to ensure members, participants, and the community understand the case for support. 
  • Oversees planning, development and coordination of special events.
  • Represents the CEO in the community as needed.


  • Associate Development Director
  • Marketing and Communications Director
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Grant Writer


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent; Master’s degree preferred.
  • CFRE or equivalent preferred.
  • Eight or more years of professional and supervisory experience with a background in fundraising in the YMCA (preferred) or another non-profit. 
  • Ability to relate to top community leaders and diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Working knowledge of giving and charitable vehicles.
  • Ability to create interpretive materials to enable potential donors to understand the YMCA and how they contribute to the achievement of its mission.
  • Knowledge of the media and its use in gaining exposure for YMCA events and programs.
  • Foundation and government grant writing expertise.


Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, disability, retirement and paid time off.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree