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 135 years and currently reaches 265,000 people of all backgrounds, abilities, and financial circumstances. Through its 13 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. YGS is the 8th largest Y association in the country, with a total operating budget of over $100 million.
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.
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 2018
- 13 branches, two overnight camps, and 200+ program sites
- Served 1,700 participants in chronic disease prevention programs
- Delivered swimming lessons to 13,000 people
- Provided social services to 4,800 teens and young adults
- Taught 28,700 people new skills through outdoor leadership programs
- Served 200,000 meals/snacks to low-income children, adults, and families; 78.5% of those were 5 component meals
- $31M+ endowment, $23M+ reserves
- 3,500 full and part-time employees
- Over $100M operating budget, with solid track record of financial sustainability
YGS seeks a dynamic, mission-driven operational leader as its next Chief Development Officer (CDO). The CDO 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 assists the CEO in developing an actively engaged and effective fundraising volunteer board of directors, and in positioning the YMCA as a “charity of choice” for the investment of donations throughout the greater Seattle community.
We are seeking a proven fundraiser and strategic thinker who can direct change management with ease. The CDO 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.
- 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 the Annual Campaign, 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 and Campaign 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 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
Critical Leadership Responsibilities
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 optimize the organization and leverage direct reports to coordinate influencing/negotiation strategies, facilitate increased collaboration across the organization, build partnerships that acknowledge differences but create a new commonality beyond root beliefs or culture, and build ongoing partnerships with key stakeholders.
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 supporting efforts to diversity revenue streams and create the appropriate infrastructure. This leader will challenge assumptions and conventional wisdom with specific, supported, reasons proposals, thinking 3-5 years ahead in developing the organization’s long-term strategy.
With a track record of generating growth and consistently setting and delivering against targets, the CDO will identify opportunities to leverage and/or redesign processes, tools, and technology to improve branch operations, perform benchmarking against industry best practices, and 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)
- 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
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- Deep commitment to the mission of the YMCA, its members and the communities served
- Develop Self and Others; demonstrate executive team leadership and management, teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development
- 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
- 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
- Big thinker at the systems level to drive sustainable social change
- 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
Fred Pabst, SPHR, Partner. firstname.lastname@example.org. (206)-299-2140
Karen Bertiger, Managing Director. email@example.com. (206)-299-2139
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.
The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.