Chief Philanthropy Officer

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Amara offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package. Relocation assistance will be available for the successful candidate.




5907 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South
United States


Founded in 1921, Amara is a not-for-profit focused on the well-being of children as they enter, experience, and transition out of foster care. Each year Amara serves more than 1,500 children and adults through three core programs: Children’s Services, Foster and Adoption, and Post-Adoption. Amara programs serve children and families across 12 counties in most of Western Washington. Amara has a 17-member Board of Directors and two county-wide Advisory Councils, a dedicated staff of 75 at their Seattle and Tacoma offices and two Emergency Sanctuaries that help children just removed from their families experience a “soft landing” into foster care. Amara has grown its budget by over $4.5 million since 2013, principally through charitable support. Nearly 85% of its overall revenues come directly from philanthropic contributions deriving from individuals, foundations, corporations, and three signature events. Amara is currently engaged in a five-year, $26.5 million Comprehensive Campaign that has raised $20 million, and remains on track to end successfully by 2020. Amara seeks a seasoned, energetic, and self-motivated Chief Philanthropy Officer to provide overall vision, leadership, and strategic direction for Amara’s development programs.

This Chief Philanthropy Officer reports directly to the Executive Director, serves as an essential member of the senior leadership team, and oversees a team of six development professionals. This leader will be an active, frontline fundraiser who enjoys having frequent, successful interactions with major and prospective donors. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will be responsible for building a comprehensive fundraising platform, including cultivating and securing a mix of annual, major, and planned gifts along with corporate, foundation, and events gifts, and for providing direction and oversight to the Amara Comprehensive Campaign. S/he will work collaboratively with staff and board to develop a strategic development plan that aligns with Amara’s three-year strategic plan and provides organizational growth and long-term sustainability, while leading, managing, and motivating the development team to meet and exceed all goals. In order to be successful, the Chief Philanthropy Officer will need to focus on building a strong, diversified base of individual giving while continuing to grow Amara’s corporate and institutional partnerships.

The successful candidate will bring a deep, passionate, and enthusiastic commitment to the vision, mission, and values of Amara. S/he will have a minimum of five to seven years of experience building successful fundraising programs, and hiring, supervising, and retaining a high-performing development team. S/he will be an independent, energetic self-starter with proven success in the solicitation of six- or seven-figure major gifts and a track record for translating strategic thinking into concrete action plans and results. Prior experience in campaigns would be an advantage. Review the position guide at

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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