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Job Title:  Chief Development Officer

Department:  Administration

Reports To:  President/CEO


The CDO develops plans and implements fund development and fundraising activities. Such activities include solicitating general contributions, writing grants, staffing special events, initiating public education/information activities, and being the liaison with the various media. The CDO is the lead person in the formulation of strategies and implementation of those strategies and activities that generate financial resources for the agency. The CDO reports directly to the President/CEO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The following are examples of duties and responsibilities (other duties may be assigned based on organizational needs):

  1. Develop and implement an annual fund development plan. The plan will contain measurable objectives and activities to reach the plan goals.
  2. Work with corporate sponsors and develop new corporate sponsors within the guidelines established by A.C.T. Develop/implement strategies utilizing corporate sponsorship in special events and activities that generate revenue and positive publicity.
  3. Work closely with the Fund Development Committee of the Board of Directors and enlist its support in carrying out agency development and fundraising goals. Keeps the chair of the Committee informed of development activities, serves as staff liaison and works in a proactive way to utilize board members to link A.C.T with the civic and business community support.
  4. Work with the Senior Management Team to increase and influence public opinion, attitudes and understanding of people with disabilities and the organization as a whole. Develop/implements an annual public education plan that identifies specific activities for informing various agency constituencies and media.
  5. Assume leadership in developing all agency printed and electronic material such as brochures, newsletters annual report, letterhead material, marketing, etc. Serve as quality/brand gatekeeper for all public collateral.
  6. Represent the organization in various community and professional organizations developing support for the agency.
  7. In coordination with the President/CEO is responsible for media and public relations.
  8. Provide input in policy and procedure decisions and course of action by serving as a member of the senior management team. Attends meetings, participates in a proactive manner and completes assigned projects in a timely manner.
  9. Represent the President/CEO at special functions as agreed upon. Handles special assignments and approves routine actions that require the President/CEO signature.
  10. Demonstrates knowledge and use of all learned information during the training videos during orientation.
  11. Participates in outside agency training as directed by the supervisor. Participates in scheduled department and All Team meetings. All agency required training is current.


Responsible for direct and indirect supervision of all staff assigned to service areas, including fundraising, development and community relations. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable law.


Must be able to perform each essential duty successfully. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The CDO should have a clear and concise phone manner and should relate well to the public. Must be able to travel throughout the Dallas metroplex for meetings and other activities. Must be able to pick up and carry bulky items weighing at least 40 pounds. Must have strong computer skills.


Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university. Special event planning execution, grant writing, major gifts, planned giving, corporate giving, sponsorships, internet fundraising, direct mail and strong organizational skills required. Must be able to utilize computer for word processing (Microsoft Word), maintenance of database (MS Access) and analytical purposes (MS Excel). Must have reliable transportation and flexibility to adjust the work schedule to meet program needs, including evening and week-end meetings and activities.


Ability to read and apply written material such as magazine/newsletter, meeting minutes, letters to the public, etc. Excellent ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems and issues involving explicit and implicit variables in a variety of situations.


Current TX driver’s license, current auto liability insurance, dependable transportation required.


Must be able to lift objects up to 40 pounds. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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