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  Chief Development Officer 

YWCA Minneapolis Mission:

The mission of YWCA Minneapolis is to eliminate racism, empower women and girls, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

YWCA Minneapolis Vision:

Our vision is to be the most trusted and effective change agent in the journey to eliminate racism in our community, build the capacity of girls and women and strengthen community resolve.

The Organization

YWCA Minneapolis stands for a fully inclusive community in which each person is healthy and valued, and where racial justice, gender equality, and equity and human dignity are promoted and sustained through bold and effective women's leadership.

YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization founded in 1891 as a member of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world.

We are a trusted social justice organization with a 125-year history of advocacy for women and children. More than 30,000 people in our community are served every year by YWCA Minneapolis, through award-winning programs, classes, and workshops.

YWCA Minneapolis strives every day to achieve:

• Race and gender equity
• Economic independence for women
• Respect for diverse cultures
• A place where children and youth thrive
• A healthy and vibrant community

The Role

YWCA Minneapolis is seeking a dynamic team member with natural entrepreneurship, solid operational sense, the ability to coach and build relationships, and passionate enthusiasm for our mission. The Chief Development Officer will be responsible for advancing the finances and mission of the entire organization as well as growing the organization’s general operating and endowment funds.

The Chief Development Officer will be a critical member of our senior management team, reporting to the CEO/President. The Chief Development Officer serves as a lead strategist for fund development, creates the organization’s fund development plan and directs and manages organization-wide fund development team in execution of the plan. The organization’s fund development elements include: donor acquisition and fundraising events; annual giving and major gifts from individuals and corporations; and foundation and government grants. Supporting efforts include staff training; donor stewardship; gift entry and acknowledgement; database management and donor research.

The Chief Development officer will be a key partner in developing the following strategic imperatives of the organization, thus fostering a culture of philanthropy, and assuring implementation of strategies to develop donor contributions to support the organization.

• Expand the reach of the mission of YWCA Minneapolis into the community through strategic development paradigms.
• Set goals for funds raised and shapes overall organizational financial picture.
• Focus on broad organizational wide issues, making sure fundraising strategies support them.
• Tell our story, build relationships and deliver exceptional results.
• Develop and foster a culture rooted in growth and innovation.

Key Accountabilities

The Chief Development Officer for YWCA Minneapolis will work closely with the CEO/President, Board of Directors and other key individuals (including the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer) within the organization, in addition to spending a fair amount of time with external constituents; meeting with potential prospects/partners; and lead major annual, capital and legacy giving efforts. Some of these responsibilities include:

Create & Lead Fund Development Strategy:

Develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy to enable sustainable growth, including individual, foundation and corporate donors, and government support. Building a larger major donor base is critical. Ensure that YWCA Minneapolis’ Development team achieves both annual operating and endowment funds of $5-7 million plus per annum.

Lead External Relationships with Current & Potential Donors:

• Lead relationship-building strategy and activities with major individual donors, personally developing relationships with key donors and prospective donors and coaching senior staff to do the same. Continually build YWCA Minneapolis’ pipeline of potential supporters, building on referrals from Board members, current advocates and research. Increase individual giving by setting break-through goals, encouraging and assisting others in the achievement of their own goals.
• Lead institutional donor cultivation, supervising grant writing activities and supporting key relationships, driving institutional (corporate and foundation) giving, monitor all donor information, provide statistical analysis to board members and senior leaders.
• Lead YWCA Minneapolis’s fundraising expansion into new markets.
• Oversee and support the Director of Individual and Planned Giving in hosting YWCA Minneapolis’ signature fundraising events.
• Develop innovative recognition opportunities, materials and events for continuity and donor stewardship.

Coach Internal Leaders:

Coach senior staff and Board members on how to effectively fundraise, helping them to identify potential donors, expand Board involvement, cultivate potential donors, and steward ongoing donors. Lead the

Development Team:

• Lead the Development team, building on its culture and productivity as a positive, cohesive, highly functioning group.
• Manage six full-time staff–the Individual and Planned Giving Director and Associate Director of Development with four Development team support staff.
• Develops, in tandem with the Development team, operations and finance team and CEO/President, the organization’s resource budget, monitors team performance monthly and maintains an ongoing forecast for year-end projections.
• Manage the recruitment of new Board members and stewardship of current and former Board members.
• In partnership with the senior leadership team, lead in the development and execution of the strategic plan.
• Oversees staff support to Board of Directors, stakeholder groups and CEO/President for highest level donor cultivation and solicitation activities.
• Work in collaboration with Marketing and Communications to ensure consistent brand usage and messaging.

Develop a Broad Based Strategy & Fundraising Infrastructure:

• Work closely with the CEO/President and governing Board to define the organization’s advancement objectives and direction.
• Advise the CEO/President, Board members, and staff of current resources, trends, obstacles and developments in revenue generation and donor relations.
• Assist and support the fund Development team, including the CEO/President, in donor cultivation and solicitation meetings.
• Establish and implement short- and long-range resource development strategies, goals, objectives and strategic planning in conjunction with the CEO/President and the Board of Directors.
• Act as the staff liaison to the Board’s Development and Governance Committee.
• Communicate with colleagues across the organization to integrate development and program activities and ensure that commitments are properly fulfilled.
• Work closely with the Chief Operating officer in charge of Programs to ensure that all programs have the resources to meet short- and long-range goals/objectives.
• Work with other senior leaders to support media and public relations strategy.
• Perform other related duties as assigned by the CEO/President.

The Ideal Candidate

All candidates must have a passion for YWCA Minneapolis’ mission, demonstrated effectiveness as a leader and excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Additional qualifications include:

• Lead high performing teams. Experienced at leading senior level staff in the field or related field.
• Bring innovation to YWCA Minneapolis’ fundraising effort. The successful candidate will have experience identifying trends in resource development and in developing comprehensive annual resource development plans with senior leadership.
• Demonstrated substantial success in non-profit fundraising, from managing a complex department to leading six- and seven-figure gifts, and capital or legacy campaign efforts.
• Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a spirited partnership, provide transparency, and fiscal responsibility to advance the strategic plan and overall success of the organization.

Bachelor’s degree required, a Master’s degree is preferred, with at least 10 years’ experience in nonprofit development or business development. History of dedicated volunteer activity and/or commitment to nonprofit organizations. Possess a “can do” demeanor and mature judgment. Highly organized, self- motivated, and able to manage complex projects, competing priorities and tight deadlines.

Other Essential Skills and Experience

• Ability to effectively represent the organization and be an ambassador for its mission.
• Exceptional communications skills with experience working with high-net-worth individuals and other corporate and foundation executives to effectively interpret the mission and vision.
• Possess a proven track record of success in a professional environment. Experience in leading, building and growing an organization is highly desirable.
• Must value diversity in all its forms and must be able to organize people around their individual strengths and potential.
• Coach staff to pursue stretch goals and resolve challenges. Empower staff to create a transformative environment. Celebrate individual and team successes. Ability to balance candor with team success.
• Highly developed skills in leadership, communications, management, negotiation, advocacy, and creative methods of coaching, teaching and team development.
• Exemplary interpersonal skills including the ability, savvy and credibility to engage and interact with key leaders from the community’s businesses, government, other nonprofits, foundations and other target audiences.
• Experienced at attracting financial resources for the organization and promoting a marketing culture from within by identifying and implementing strong program plans and strategies.
• Motivate, coach and develop staff and volunteers to meet objectives including anticipating challenges, identifying issues and developing solutions.
• Work effectively on a collaborative basis with a wide range of constituencies and stakeholders in a diverse community.

For more information, please inquire at katie@cohentaylor.com . All inquiries will remain confidential.

YWCA Minneapolis Fast Facts

Founded in 1891 as a member of YWCA USA – the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world.

Last year YWCA Minneapolis celebrated its 125-year anniversary.

Three health & wellness locations including Downtown Mpls, Midtown and Uptown.

More than 30,000 people in our community are served every year by YWCA Minneapolis

Five primary areas of focus:

• Girls and Youth
• Early Childhood Education
• Racial Justice
• Health and Wellness
• Public Policy

Annual Budget of $23 million with a staff of over 500 full and part-time employees

Community Report

To view our full Community Report or 990, click on the link below:
• 2015-2016 Community Report
• Form 990

More information can be found at:
• YWCA Minneapolis
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Location:Minneapolis, MN 55403 US View Map
Date Posted:08/15/2017
Date Last Modified:08/15/2017
Start Date:8/15/2017 
Hours per week:Full-time 
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