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Job Opening: Chief Development Officer

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is a newly-created position and will serve as the primary development partner to CCVI’s Executive Director, Board of Directors, and executive leadership team. The CDO will direct and lead the fundraising strategy including creating case statement, preparing and implementing annual development plan, as well as creation and implementation of strategy to grow fundraising revenue. The CDO will lead the development and marketing team to accomplish key fund development goals including: Special Events, Third Party Events, Contract and local, State, County and Federal grants, Major Gifts, Individual Gifts, Tax Credits, Direct Mail, monthly giving, e-giving, in-kind and planned gifts.  The CDO will provide strategic oversight for communications and marketing and create, develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and donors for the agency through stewardship and communication.

The Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired is located in mid-town Kansas City, Missouri at 31st and Main Streets and serves children birth through preschool in both center-based and natural environments. CCVI provides team support and offers competitive salary and benefits. CCVI is an equal opportunity employer.

If interested please send resume to: Or by mail to 3101 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111


  • Design and implement a robust development strategy that maintains and broadens the organization’s financial support from foundations, individuals and corporate sponsors, by nurturing existing relationships as well as identifying new and diverse sources of funding
  • Develop an annual fundraising plan that establishes strategies and timelines for reaching fundraising goals, and metrics to chart progress
  • Develop and manage the development department’s annual budget
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and senior management to raise funds in support of the organization’s mission and to coordinate and integrate the work of the development department across the organization
  • Develop and lead a highly-effective fundraising team skilled in the latest strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation and management of foundation, individual, corporate, and other donors; facilitate the exchange of creative ideas and resources, set clear objectives, and evaluate results against goals set by the strategic plan
  • Liaise with Board members to identify, cultivate, and solicit prospective donors; coordinate and facilitate the Board’s engagement in meeting fundraising goals
  • Develop and execute donor engagement strategies, increasing donor recognition 
  • Develop and execute consistent and compelling donor communications and solicitations
  • Develop and execute distinctive brand positioning to attract new donors and build brand familiarity; work closely with the marketing team and senior management to ensure consistent messaging
  • Familiarize organization’s staff with fundraising goals and strategies and promote donor cultivation efforts within the organization
  • Other duties as requested based on departmental and/or organizational need


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of ten years in the development field in positions of increasing scope and responsibility; a minimum of five years of senior management experience preferred;
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • CFRE preferred
  • Breadth and depth of development experience with a personal record of success in garnering individual major gifts, creating successful fundraising strategies, improving financial results, improving relationships, building consensus, and providing leadership for a comprehensive development program including foundations, digital marketing, campaigns, and special events
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and openness to innovative approaches to fundraising
  • Experience leading a team to drive financial goals
  • Superb written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission, core values, and objectives of CCVI
  • Demonstrated commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Board members, senior leadership, staff, donors, and stakeholders
  • Outstanding management skills with the ability to provide leadership to foster the growth of an effective fundraising team in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to embrace management challenges, confront situations head-on, delegate with ease, and motivate and mentor others
  • Strong analytical skills based on intellectual depth with the ability to regularly exercise good judgment
  • Knowledge of accessing and managing donor database systems (Raiser’s Edge)
  • Strong ability to organize and set and accomplish priorities in a timely manner

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

If interested please send resume to: Or by mail to 3101 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

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Employment at CCVI includes:

  • Opportunities for collaboration
  • Workshops and inservices
  • Mentorship
  • Competitive salary and benefits