Reporting to the President/CEO, the Chief Development Officer serves as lead strategist for the organization’s fund development efforts and directs and manages the day-to-day fund development operation to further the NDU Foundation’s overall mission.
The NDU Foundation’s fund development elements include: annual giving and major gifts from individuals and corporations; donor acquisition and fund-raising events; foundation and government grants; and conference support and sponsorships. Supporting efforts include: Staff and Board training; donor stewardship; gift entry and acknowledgement; database management; and prospect research.
Duties and Responsibilities
Advises the President/CEO, board members, and staff of current resources, trends, obstacles, and developments in revenue generation and donor relations;
Establishes and implements short and long-range resource development strategies, goals, objectives, and strategic planning in conjunction with the President/CEO and the Board of Directors;
Acts as the staff liaison with the Governing Board’s Development Committee;
Develops, in tandem with the Development Committee and President/CEO, the organization’s resource budget, monitors performance on a monthly basis and maintains an on-going forecast for year-end projections;
Oversees volunteer and staff fundraising activities to support the resource development goals of the Foundation. Activities include: individual giving, special events including the American Patriot Award, foundation and government grants, planned giving, and corporate solicitations.
Oversees support to Board of Directors, stakeholder groups, and President/CEO for highest level donor cultivation and solicitation activities;
Defines metrics and measurements that quantify performance against goals and institutionalizes a system for obtaining and reporting those metrics and measurements for resource development;
Proactively ensures that the organization develops strong long-term relationships with large-scale individual, foundation and corporate prospects/donors. Personally, builds and maintains key strategic relationships to ensure fund development strategy is achieved;
Ensures meaningful and effective partnerships with key public and private sector entities to reinforce the NDU Foundation’s brand and its impact in the national defense community;
Develops innovative recognition opportunities and materials and events for continuity and donor stewardship;
Responsible for the development of all donor appeal, stewardship and cultivation collateral materials;
Assists and supports the BOD Development Committee including the Chair in donor cultivation and solicitation meetings;
Performs other related duties as assigned by the President/CEO;
Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College/University;
Must have at least five (5) to ten (10) years direct fundraising experience; with at least three (3) years in a senior management capacity preferably in a non-profit environment;
Extensive knowledge of fundraising techniques and sources of funding for nonprofit agencies;
Must have demonstrated history in leadership, project management, public relations, group facilitation, or event planning.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with senior leadership, staff, Board members, faculty, and other related agencies;
Knowledge of accessing and managing donor database systems;
Ability to perform at a high level in a fast-paced small team environment and manage multiple projects to meet timelines and deadlines;
Proven success at creating resource development strategy, increasing financial results and improving relationships;
Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills;
Ability to work some evenings and weekends when required;
About National Defense University Foundation
The National Defense University Foundation is a not-for-profit IRS designated 501(c)(3) organization which supports the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. The University was established in 1976 and is located on the U.S. Army base at Fort Leslie J. McNair. The mission of The National Defense University is to “support the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world.” It is the premiere joint professional military education institution in the U.S. Department of Defense system housing five colleges, as well as research centers. The University offers Masters Degrees in National Security Strategy and National Resource Strategy through the National War College and the Eisenhower School, its two leading institutions. It also contains the Joint Forces Staff College, the College of Information and Cyberspace and the College of International Security Affairs.