Youth Policy Institute

  • Chief Development Officer

    Job Locations US-CA-Hollywood
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    # of Openings
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Reporting to the Executive Vice President, and in partnership with her, the Chief Development Officer has the primary responsibility for all private fundraising efforts and to continue to build a culture of philanthropy within a $41M organization that has been focused primarily on public funding sources. This is an unprecedented opportunity to execute and implement a private philanthropic effort within an established and nationally renowned organization.


    As a member of the Executive Team, s/he will create and lead strategy development and implementation with regard to private fund development, including annual and major gifts, corporate and foundation support, special events including our annual gala, social media initiatives and marketing/communications.


    S/he will work with the CEO, Executive Vice President, Board and staff to determine and execute the most effective ways of increasing our support base, particularly from individuals and corporations. In collaboration with the CEO and Executive Vice President, the Chief Development Officer will help to identify, engage and cultivate Board leadership, build effective relationships internally and externally, and help to identify and cultivate new and existing top-level donors for YPI.


    Board Development and Management

    • Building a positive working relationship with the CEO and Board members, pro-actively contributing to the selection and recruitment of well positioned Board members, providing Board members with the tools, support and ongoing partnership they need to tap the potential of direct relationships through effective peer engagement and asks.


    • Lead YPI’s fundraising efforts by working closely with the CEO, Executive Vice President, Board and staff to sustain and grow existing unrestricted funding, while establishing new relationships and engagement opportunities with prospective donors to increase the organization’s resources and donor pool, with particular emphasis on strengthening individual giving through the creation of an annual fund and major gifts program, and eventually a planned giving program.

    Strategic Leadership

    • Demonstrating strategic vision and exceptional leadership skills in working with the Board, staff and key constituents to determine longer term fundraising goals, prepare revenue projections, recommend short & long-range implementation plans, follow through on successful delivery, and develop a scorecard to track quantitative and qualitative results and activities.

    Staff Development

    • Collaborate closely with senior staff leaders across the organization to better integrate fundraising and realize greater efficiencies and results to create a culture of philanthropy; building a work environment that attracts and retains top talent by ensuring professional growth through coaching and implementation of programs and procedures that address these needs.

    Community Outreach

    • Actively seek to expand awareness and impact of YPI by serving as a spokesperson for the organization, ensuring that its programs are consistently presented in a strong, positive image; clearly articulating its mission, vision, programs and impact on the community; cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with other community organizations, statewide and nationally.


    • YPI’s Chief Development Officer will be a proven fundraiser with broad experience, an entrepreneurial spirit and genuine passion for community-based work. S/he will be a strategist, team builder, results-oriented, highly skilled communicator, and collaborator across YPI’s diverse constituencies (including staff, Board members, volunteers, donors, client families, public sector and community partners).
    • The Chief Development Officer will have at least 7 to 10 years of relevant senior level fundraising experience in a community-based organization as well as a successful track record of securing significant gifts. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, an adept relationship manager, comfortable engaging both Board members and staff in diverse development initiatives. S/he will have firsthand experience in building and maintaining fundraising programs that identify appropriate prospects, “package” giving opportunities and meaningfully engage donors, partners and volunteers in the work of YPI. Experience that demonstrates the ability to conceptualize, prioritize, goal set, plan (on an annual and multi-year basis), implement, measure, and adapt as needed is essential, as is demonstrated fundraising success.
    • The Chief Development Officer will ideally have experience in anti-poverty work, and be aware of and sensitive to the many challenges that low income families face on a daily basis. S/he will be a compelling, credible leader able to effectively articulate the “head and heart” appeal of YPI as well as the economic argument for our programs and outcomes. The ideal candidate will have an inclusive leadership style that endorses and encourages both independent thinking and collaboration. S/he will have the ability to move fundraising initiatives forward by inspiring and motivating people with creativity and positive energy. Candidates with knowledge of the Los Angeles entertainment, financial and philanthropic communities will be given strong consideration.
    • An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.


    Salary and benefits will commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


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