Chief Advancement Officer

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



990 Spring Garden Street
Suite 601
United States


The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) is responsible for creating and leading the EducationWorks' development strategy, which entails applying knowledge of the local, regional, and national philanthropic climate to determine the major fundraising priorities and strategies. The CAO serves as the primary contact for all major local and regional donors. S/he is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual and institutional prospects with giving priorities that align with EducationWorks’ mission and framework of established and emerging priorities. The CAO will manage up to three staff-- two consultants (design, public relations) and one part-time staff member--who develop and execute comprehensive communications and brand management plans to position EducationWorks as a leading educational organization. Other areas of oversight include public relations and media, executive positioning, advocacy, publications, and social media.

The Chief Advancement Officer reports to the President and CEO and will be a member of EducationWorks’ Leadership Team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Develop strategies for and coordinate all fund-raising activities in line with with the organization’s goals and mission;
  • Aggressively seek new individual and institutional funding sources and maintain relationships with current/past donors;
  • Lead and coordinate the timely submission of all grant proposals and reports;
  • Formulate short- and long-term goals concerning the fundraising efforts of the organization;
  • Create office systems to support all development projects and operations, including the selection and deployment of fundraising software and the administration of development processes and procedures;
  • Develop and oversee organization of EducationWorks’ development/fundraising events;
  • Develop and maintain active and productive relationships with board members, including the Development Committee;
  • Work in concert with the President and CEO to support the Board of Directors, providing hands on guidance, coaching, motivation and training;
  • Lead efforts to engage individual and collective Board members in fundraising efforts;
  • Raise awareness of the organization and its primary goals through outreach efforts, regular events in the community, publications, and media relations;
  • Solicit donations from large corporate donors;
  • Publish regular updates on major events and success of the organization;
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with major donors by responding to their inquiries, keeping them apprised of recent events with the organization and showing them the progress, their donations have made possible;
  • Perform other general administrative duties as assigned

Marketing/Public Relations

  • Identify proactive and creative opportunities to expand the visibility and strengthen the image of EducationWorks;
  • Manage relationship with designated public relations agencies and, as needed, serve as EducationWorks’ contact with the media, writing and coordinating the distribution feature stories, fact sheets, media kits and any other collateral materials;
  • Compose talking points for EducationWorks staff and Board member use at events, such as fundraising and volunteering;
  • Manage staff to put develop and deploy promotional videos and social media content;
  • Develop and execute strategic and consistent marketing and promotional initiatives;
  • Manage multiple publications, including annual report and event programs;
  • Collaborate across departments to develop and execute strategies that elevate EducationWorks’ brand;
  • Manage relationship with external design group(s) to create brand materials, publications, and social media;
  • Engage individual and corporate volunteers across EducationWorks programs;
  • Manage student interns and volunteer clearances;
  • Serve as staff liaison for EducationWorks Young Friends group.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred (area of study in nonprofit management, business administration, public administration, community development, or public policy);
  • Must have at least ten (10) years’ experience in fundraising, development, or related project management;
  • Must have demonstrated history in leadership, project management, public relations, group facilitation, and/or event planning
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience as a development strategist;
  • Commitment to the mission of EducationWorks;
  • Strong writing and strategic thinking skills;
  • Strong communication skills; comfortable representing the organization in meetings and larger venues;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the areas of creativity and resourcefulness—capable of producing compelling fundraising pitches and related materials;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to work as part of a team;
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems, and be flexible;
  • Experience developing and leading major communication and development projects that involve multiple stakeholders;
  • Willingness and desire to participate in unexpected projects  
  • Strong technical proficiency across computer platforms (Mac and PC), with productivity applications (Microsoft Office 365, Outlook, Goggle (Hangouts, Docs, etc., computer programming (Microsoft Word and Excel) and data reporting.

Physical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the essential duties with or without a reasonable accommodation and to work in the environmental conditions required, such as:

  • Traveling to schools – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary 
  • Maneuvering in an office space-reaching file cabinet, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, and making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to four (4) hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard and mouse and typing
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs.


Benefits include:

  • Medical insurance,including prescription (employer subsidized);
  • Dental insurance;
  • Disability coverage;
  • 401(k) plan;
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) allotment

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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