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YMCA of Greater Seattle Chief Development Officer in Seattle, Washington

Overview

Our Commitment to Equity

The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.

About the YMCA of Greater Seattle

Founded in 1876, the YMCA of Greater Seattle (YGS) seeks to build a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop to their fullest potential in mind, body, and spirit. YGS is an inclusive organization with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility.

YGS has responded to the region’s most critical social needs for more than 140 years and in 2019, reached 265,000 people of all backgrounds, abilities, and financial circumstances. Through its 14 branches and two overnight camps, YGS provides affordable, world-class programs spanning health and wellness, youth development, and social responsibility. YGS staff help youth reach their full potential through a wide variety of programs including overnight camps, youth-in-government, and before and after-school care. YGS also operates a powerful array of less well-known support services for at-risk-youth and young adults, offering them case management, transitional housing, mental health care and life skills. At the end of 2017, YGS was serving 1 in 4 kids and teenagers in the region and was King County’s largest provider of transitional housing for youth serving 450 youth experiencing homelessness every night. YGS is the 8th largest Y association in the country, with a total operating budget of over $100 million in 2019.

YGS is a dynamic, growing organization that has steadily expanded its reach and impact. In response to escalating challenges across the region, YGS has grown its network of branch facilities and broadened its social services offerings, including mental health and rapid response programs, to provide more support for children and families in crisis. Using methods proven to deliver meaningful outcomes, YGS branch staff work closely with local leaders to design the mix of programs and services best suited to the unique needs of each community. YGS offers generous financial assistance for all fee-based programs; currently, 32% of all members receive financial assistance.

YGS is nationally recognized for developing innovative programs replicated throughout the country, and it is at the forefront of innovative partnerships with local government, health care systems, physicians, and other nonprofits across King County – all of whom look to YGS as a trusted partner.

This year, YGS made a public pledge to deepen our commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization. Thus far, our work has included acknowledging our history, , educating ourselves, convening community conversations, and eliminating oppressive and inequitable barriers to support members and staff. We are taking the following steps to this critical work:

  • Owning our organizational history of painful truths, to learn, grow, and heal our community.

  • Establishing an Equity and Justice Center of Excellence, and actively recruiting for an Equity & Justice Officer.

  • Our Board of Directors has issued a board statement of support and pledged $1 million, as the anchor of a $10 million goal, to seed the initial investment in our vision of this new center.

YGS is more than a mission - it’s a movement powered by an unwavering belief that everyone deserves a fair chance in life. For more information, visit https://www.seattleymca.org/

Financial and Operational Highlights for 2019

  • 2019 Impact Statement

  • 14 branches, two overnight camps, and 200+ program sites

  • Served 1,062 participants in chronic disease prevention programs

  • Delivered swimming lessons to 12,686 people

  • Provided social services to 4,514 teens and young adults

  • Taught more than 28,000 people new skills through camping & outdoor leadership programs

  • Served 215,485 meals/snacks to low-income children, adults, and families

  • 3,500 full and part-time employees

  • $110M operating budget, with solid track record of financial sustainability

  • $33M+ endowment, $22M+ reserves

Position Overview

YGS seeks a dynamic, mission-driven operational leader as its next Chief Development Officer (CDO). They will serve as a member of the President/CEO’s senior leadership team providing strategic and tactical leadership in financial development to advance the Association’s mission, vision, and goals and lead the financial development center of excellence for YGS. The CDO establishes development strategies and best practices for YGS and fosters a culture of philanthropy within the organization. The CDO will lead the development and building of an actively engaged and effective fundraising community comprised of board members, volunteers, and staff. The CDO will position the YMCA as an anchor provider of community solutions and charity of choice for social impact investment throughout the Greater Seattle community.

We are seeking a proven fundraiser and strategic thinker who can translate strategy to execution and results, direct change management, and excited to build relationships with the donor community with ease. They will be comfortable motivating, communicating, and influencing at all levels and in a multitude of environments. This executive will operate with the highest levels of integrity, honesty, and personal standards and ethics.

Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • Partner with the senior leadership team to lead the organization into the future, through organizational design, culture, innovation, process improvement, and strong financial oversight

  • Develop and implement comprehensive, centralized Association financial development systems, practices, plans, and programs, including campaigns, foundation and corporate grants, major gift program, planned giving, and capital development, which result in the achievement of Association goals

  • Ensure that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the Y’s values, mission, and vision

  • Provide leadership, vision, and direction to increase, diversify, and sustain YGS’s donor base

  • Establish and maintain a best-in-class centralized grants program (Including corporate, foundation, and other grants) and robust pipeline of grant opportunities from prospecting, reporting, renewal, and compliance and grow it into a significant component of recurring unearned revenue for YGS to meet its financial objectives.

  • Develop and maintain a best-in-class donor engagement, stewardship, and care program to sustain existing donors.

  • Develop and maintain a best-in-class planned giving program and grow it into a significant component of recurring unearned revenue for YGS to meet its financial objectives.

  • Serve as a major gift officer and direct and oversee the major gift fundraising of the organization, ensuring the cultivation and securing major level gifts ($100,000 plus) from key community members, foundations, corporations, and other sources in support of strategic objectives; assuring outcomes are achieved and reported.

  • Hire, supervise, train, evaluate, and motivate development staff and others.

  • Direct the management of the Association’s capital campaign, ensuring work with top level volunteers, donors, and staff which result in the achievement of the campaign goals.

  • Evaluate the effect of internal and external influences on the Y and its fund development, recommending short- and long-range fund development plans and programs that support our values, mission, and general objectives.

  • Serve as primary staff liaison to the Development Committee and other assigned committees of the Board of Directors and other key committees facilitating optimum interaction between management and volunteers.

  • Develop and implement, in collaboration with the SLT, development strategies resulting in significant volunteer and staff involvement, representative of all communities, at all levels of financial development.

  • Contribute to the evaluation of and adjustments to the sustainable business model from a financial development perspective.

  • Present to various Committees, Elected Officials, Funders, Stakeholders, Board of Directors, and the President & CEO, as requested.

  • Strengthen the Y’s culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, responsibility, and passion for excellence - in every aspect of work.

  • Consider donating to the annual, capital, and planned giving campaigns and inspire giving by others internally and externally.

Qualifications

The CDO will demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Strengthen the Y’s culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, responsibility, and passion for excellence - in every aspect of work

  • Deep commitment to the mission of the YMCA, its members, and the communities served

  • Proven champion of social responsibilities, diversity, and inclusion; model cultural competence and support diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions

  • Develop Self and Others; demonstrate executive team leadership and management, teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development

  • Strategic, results-oriented, growth focus and strong work ethic; take the initiative and hold self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to operations, people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance, and volunteerism

  • Responsible for continuous quality improvement of branch operations

  • Facilitate change, seek opportunities in the change systems process, model adaptability, and lead transition and transformation in support of the Y’s mission

  • Inspire others; promote creativity, generate excitement, and reward risk taking, while consistently demonstrating a high level of emotional maturity, maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships

  • Culture influencer, trust builder, pacesetter, change maker at the systems level, and community connector

  • Passionate community organizer and advocate

  • Big thinker at the systems level to drive sustainable social change

  • Strong leader with the ability to effectively execute and communicate a vision for both the short- and long-term direction of the organization’s branches

  • Established reputation as a diplomatic leader who is able to transcend personal politics, engage a wide range of ideologies, and build consensus and community

  • Ability to work through political barriers, build consensus, and enact change

  • Proven people management and development skills and ability to play a day-to-day role in directing staff

  • Eloquent, articulate, and persuasive communication style (oral and written)

CRITICAL LEADERSHIP CAPABILITIES

Leadership and Collaboration

Seattle is a vibrant and diverse community across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Working effectively across constituency groups including large and small businesses, not–for-profit organizations, civic leaders, and the YGS staff, this individual will:

  • Use complex, coordinated influencing/negotiation strategies, adapted to people, organizations, and/or the situation, e.g. networks

  • Delegate and leverage direct reports to facilitate increased collaboration across the organization, tapping their motivations and values to energize them

  • Build partnerships based on a common agreement that acknowledges individual differences but creates a new commonality beyond root beliefs or culture

  • Systematically build support at multiple levels and across groups

  • Build ongoing partnerships with key stakeholders

  • Be a hands-on, team-oriented leader with highly developed interpersonal skills, adept as an influencer and negotiator

Strategic Thinking and Partnership Mindset

YGS seeks to identify and develop strategic opportunities that widen the organization’s outreach and deepen impact. The successful CDO will lead these efforts by:

  • Revising strategy for their organization and defining the evolving future of the local non-profit landscape

  • Challenging assumptions and conventional wisdom with specific, supported, reasoned proposals

  • Contributing to the development of an organizational strategy and justifying it with market insight

  • Thinking 3 - 5 years ahead into the organization’s long-term strategy

Driving Results

With a track record of generating growth and consistently setting and delivering against targets, the CDO will:

  • Enable higher performance by incrementally improving approaches based on internal and external feedback

  • Benchmark own performance against industry best practices

  • Proactively seek to improve community experience at our branches and align with the organization’s mission

  • Identify new ways to broaden the impact and reach of the branches in the community

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, financial development, communications, public relations, human services, or equivalent (Master’s degree preferred). Other applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position will be considered.

  • Minimum ten years’ experience in financial development with emphasis on major gifts, annual giving, foundation and corporate grants, capital development, planned giving, and volunteer development for the YMCA or other large non-profit organization

  • Minimum ten years’ experience in successfully attracting, managing and developing a team of direct and indirect high performers

  • Minimum five years working successfully on a cross-functional leadership team responsible for overall direction and achievement of organizational wide results in collaboration with a Board of Directors and board committees

  • Capacity to plan for today while simultaneously preparing for the future

  • Experience directly preparing and delivering materials and presentations on controversial or complex topics that influence decision makers at high levels of foundations, government, community organizations, corporations, and across diverse communities

  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community; track record of building authentic, constructive relationships with others

  • Proven champion of social responsibilities, diversity, and inclusion; model cultural competence and support diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions

  • YMCA Director designation a plus

  • Ability to speak any language in addition to English a plus

OTHER LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES:

Cause Driven Leader Level: Organizational Leader

  • Values: Strengthens the Y’s culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, responsibility, and passion for excellence - in every aspect of work

  • Inclusion: Models cultural competence and supports diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions

  • Develop Self and Others: Demonstrates teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development

  • Quality Results: Takes the initiative and holds self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance and volunteerism

  • Change Capacity: Facilitates change, seeks opportunities in the change process, models adaptability, and leads transition in support of the Y’s mission

  • Inspire Others: Promotes creativity, generates excitement, and rewards risk taking, while consistently demonstrating a high level of emotional maturity, maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships

  • Deep commitment to the mission of the YMCA, its members and the communities served

  • Culture influencer, trust builder, pacesetter, change maker at the systems level, and community connector

  • Big thinker at the systems level to drive sustainable social change

  • Established reputation as a diplomatic leader who can transcend personal politics, engage a wide range of ideologies, and build consensus and community

Location:

The position will be based at headquarters in Seattle, WA.

Approximately 20 - 30% travel is expected.

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities.

“YGS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran , or any other status protected by local, state , or federal law.

We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on the results of a background check and (on applicable jobs) drug screening, including screening for marijuana. We participate in the Federal E-Verify system.

If you need assistance of any kind with the application process, reach out to recruiting@seattleymca.org or the HR department at 206.382.5082.”

MISSION STATEMENT:

Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.

OUR VALUES:

  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Honesty

  • Caring

  • Passion for Excellence

For more details, and confidential inquires please contact:

Fred Pabst, SPHR, Partner. fred@herdfreedhartz.com. (206)-299-2140

Karen Bertiger, Managing Director. karen@herdfreedhartz.com. (206)-299-2139

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 3 months ago (12/3/2020 12:02 AM)

ID 2020-10879

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 1

Location Association Office

Category Financial Development

Address 909 4th Avenue

Minimum compensation USD $153,846.00/Yr.

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