Chief Development Officer

Liberation Programs, Inc.
Aug 13, 2017
Aug 14, 2017
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description DESCRIPTION

Established in 1971, Liberation Programs is one of Fairfield Countys leading behavioral health organizations specializing in treatment for all types of substance abuse. Liberation Programs mission is to empower people and their families to be free of the disease of addiction by providing targeted solutions that restore lives and strengthen our community.

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build Liberation Programs visibility, impact and financial resources. The CDO will design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support. S/he will lead a small team of fundraising staff and volunteers to foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization.

Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the CDO serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting Liberation Programs. In addition, the CDO will work closely with the Board of Directors and support board members as they take on a more active and visible fundraising role.


Fundraising & Development

Drive the organizations fundraising efforts. Develop a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the organization that will enable it to attract, retain and motivate donors and volunteers.
Foster relationships with prospective donors and be willing to solicit donations at all levels. Cultivate a broad donor base of corporations, foundations, individuals and other institutions.
Partner with CEO to cultivate donors and solicit major gifts.
Create and implement, in concert with fund development committee, an annual fundraising plan.
Help board members, other fundraising volunteers and staff identify, cultivate and solicit charitable gifts.
Oversee the grant writing and grant management processes for foundation, corporate and government grants.
Assure design and maintenance of donor and prospect records, gift management systems, and informational reports.
Assure appropriate prospect research.
Oversee all cultivation, acknowledgment and recognition events and programs.
LPIs largest fundraising effort is its Annual Spirit of Hope gala. Plan and implement event with the support of staff, the Board and community volunteers.

Communications & Marketing

Oversee design and implementation of all marketing materials, both internal and external, to maintain a consistent brand and enhance the organizations image and public awareness.
Maintain regular communications with key stakeholders including staff, Board of Directors, funders, prospects, and community leaders.
Oversee all media and press relations, with an emphasis on social media. Ensure the organization is visible within the community

Community Relations

Continue to build upon the name and brand recognition of the organization throughout Fairfield County and the State of Connecticut.
Develop senior level strategic partnerships with private and public entities.
Expand community awareness of the issues around substance abuse, treatment, and life long recovery.
Resource Development
Develop and implement plan for the recruitment and use of volunteers, with special emphasis on strengthening corporate volunteer opportunities.
Oversee in-kind donations.
Provide vital input in short- and long-term strategic and operational planning and positioning within the organization
Ensure that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the organizations values, mission and plan.
Inform the CEO and Board of Directors on current philanthropic trends, issues, challenges and activities and recommend policy positions concerning funding development.
Help establish performance measures, monitor results and help the CEO and Board of Directors evaluate the effectiveness of fund development efforts.


Minimum of 10 years of fundraising experience, with six years in senior level management in a nonprofit organization.
Demonstrated success in fund raising.
Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated donor relationships.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills required to work effectively at all levels of the organization and with its stakeholders.
Flexible and adaptable management style.
Ability to build strong teams.
Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
Bachelors degree required, Masters preferred.
Membership in a professional fundraising association, Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) preferred.
High energy and passion for Liberation Programs mission.


An effective spokesperson and fundraiser who is comfortable in the public eye including public speaking and media relations, as well as one-on-one with donors.
Demonstrated success in raising money, especially in the area of major gifts.
Experience managing capital campaigns.

Community Engagement
Experience in developing strong community presence with the ability to speak to a variety of constituencies.
History of building community partnerships and collaborations.
Experience working in the Tri-State area.

Experience working with Boards of Directors.
History working in upper level non-profit management.
Collaborative manager.