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Chief Growth Officer - New York, USA

Position Functions:


  • Develop, manage and deliver a clearly defined fundraising strategy. Determine short and long term key performance indicators.
  • Manage and grow a diversified portfolio of major individual and foundation funders.
  • Develop new, cohesive and integrated annual revenue streams in strategic markets. 
  • Prepare the organization for a potential feasibility study and capital/major gifts campaign.
  • Guide the vision, planning and execution of annual fundraising events. Grow existing events and spearhead new opportunities.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of new fundraising initiatives based on sound business intelligence and data, including predictive analytics.
  • Design and oversee the standardization of metrics used to measure individual and organizational performance against goals.
  •  Develop systems and structures that increase retention and advancement of donors acquired as well as strategies to increase acquisition of new donors.
  • Evaluate and implement improvements to increase the return on investment or donor experience associated with various sponsorship opportunities in order to increase renewal rates and giving.



  • Partner with the CEO and other key staff members to leverage fundraising activities, with a special focus on major donor cultivation and solicitation.
  • Motivate, coach and manage the Development team, to support team members’ goal attainment and ongoing professional development
  • Serve as a member of Leadership Team, participating in setting organizational priorities.
  • Serve as a brand steward, advocating, evangelizing and enhancing the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs awareness and reputation.
  • The CGO will be well-versed in technology, social media and content, and research methods to stay aligned with evolving marketing and donor metrics.


Position Requirements

  • A desire to help people with disabilities and support the mission and vision of the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs.
  • 10+ years of professional fundraising experience demonstrating progression of fund raising performance in nonprofit development roles as well as supervisory roles. Demonstrated success raising $ 5 to $10 million+ annually.
  • Experience in building, managing and mentoring a development team inclusive of regionally based fundraisers toward increased measurable levels of success.
  • Proven track record of creating and executing effective fundraising strategies for diverse revenue streams, with success in soliciting and closing 6 and 7-figure gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.
  • Track record of building long-term, productive relationships with donors and philanthropic institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability for handling multiple, complex fundraising initiatives simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to drive innovation, change and growth, and be a detail-oriented implementer who can mobilize small teams to translate strategy into results.
  • Superb relationship management, interpersonal, and communication (written and oral) skills.
  • Strong understanding of technology and information systems, managing a large database. Experience with iMIS preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, CFRE or Master’s degree in relevant field of study preferred
  • Must have authorization to work in the United States
  • The ability to participate in evening and weekend events
  • The ability to travel as needed (domestically)


If you’re interested in this position, please send your cover letter and resume to: ChiefGrowthOfficerSearch@guidedog.org

Closing date: 27th September 2019