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Job Title:
Chief Development Officer -- Fundraising
Association Office
Full-time, Exempt
$123,000 - $153,000 per year, DOE
Days & Hours:
Monday through Friday
Education & Experience

• Five+ years of professional experience with a background in fund raising in the YMCA or another not-for-profit, preferred
• Bachelor’s degree preferred
• YMCA Organizational Leader certification required within three years from date of hire
• CFRE or equivalent preferred

Why the Y?

Our staff members are individuals who work hard, serve others, and care deeply about the community. We make a difference. Our work environments are diverse and full of opportunities to impact others. If this is your calling, join us – we could use someone like you!

As a major employer in one of the fastest growing counties in the country, YMCA of Snohomish County impacts 40,000 people annually with a $21M ($30M pre-Covid) operating budget.

We are looking for our next Chief Development Officer. This is an amazing opportunity for an existing CDO or non-profit executive with fundraising skills, who feels like they are ready for the next professional mountain to climb. The YMCA of Snohomish County is a healthy YNAN YMCA situated just 25 miles north of Seattle, WA. We enjoy great weather and an incredible quality of life. Nestled between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains, we are just 100 miles from Canada and have our own top ranked international airport in Paine Field (PAE).

If you are a fundraising professional who is excited about building your career, this may be the opportunity you are looking for!

In our most recent annual campaign, we set aside resources to hire 13 new, full-time youth workers to be deployed in our community.

In November of 2021, we launched our YMCA Leadership Academy to ensure our young professionals have the hard and soft skills required to be successful in stewarding this incredible legacy.

If you are reading this, you no doubt know of the YMCA’s important role in helping America return to normal through work-related childcare as well as enrichment programming that develops our youth into the change-makers we need to create the kinds of communities our children deserve. We anticipate growing our annual campaign back to 10% of annual revenues, developing strategies to grow our endowment and launch a new capital campaign in service of opening our 7th full-service facility as well as a resident camp.

If this sounds like you, please read on, and consider applying to be our next Chief Development Officer!

Position Summary:

Provide strategic leadership in financial development to advance the YMCA’s mission through annual giving, government and foundation grants, endowment bequests and gifts, and capital campaigns. Assist the CEO in developing an actively engaged fundraising volunteer board of directors, and in positioning the YMCA as a “charity of choice” for the investment of donations within the local community. Serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and participates in Association level strategy formulation discussions and decision making.

Supervises a team of cause-driven leaders. The 2022 Annual Campaign goal is $1.4 million.

Required Skills

• Ability to relate to top community leaders
• Working knowledge of giving and charitable vehicles
• Ability to create interpretive materials to enable potential donors to understand the YMCA and how they contribute to the achievement of its mission
• Knowledge of the media and its use in gaining exposure for YMCA events and programs
• Foundation and government grant writing expertise
• Ability to exercise sensitivity in dealing with individuals of diverse socio-economic backgrounds, cognitive and physical abilities as well as individuals of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds


• Direct and coordinate Association capital development, annual campaign, grant and endowment programs
• Serve as primary staff to committees associated with financial development and other assigned committees of the Board of Trustees
• Hire/supervise assigned financial development support staff
• Develop strategies to increase volunteer involvement at all levels of financial development
• Develop processes and is actively involved in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects
• Maintain database resource file of top community leaders
• Prepare and coordinate proposals for grants from government sources and private foundations, including United Way
• Develop systems and manage resources needed to carry out fundraising plans
• Establish and monitor the financial development department budget for the YMCA
• Develop appropriate fundraising policies and procedures for the Association
• Track all gifts and pledges by source and purpose and provide reports as needed
• Provide training in fund raising
• Educate, motivate and provide feedback to individuals related to best practices in the fundraising process
• Develop communication plans to ensure members, participants, and the community understand the case for support
• Represent the association as required by the President

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

• Community: Ensures community engagement; promotes the global nature of the Y.
• Influence: Is recognized as an inspirational community leader who navigates complex political and social circles with ease.
• Relationships: Initiates the development of relationships with influential leaders to impact and strengthen the community.
• Project Management: Creates a culture to deliver organization-wide results to achieve objectives.
• Change Capacity: Effectively drives change by leveraging resources and creating alignment to expand organizational opportunities.
• Quality Results: Determines benchmarks and ensures appropriate leadership to meet objectives.

Mission Advancement:
• Incorporates the Y’s mission and values into the organization’s vision and strategies
• Ensures community engagement; promotes the global nature of the Y
• Leads a culture of volunteerism, ensuring engagement, inclusion, and ownership
• Leads a culture of philanthropy

• Advocates for and institutionalizes inclusion and diversity throughout the organization
• Initiates the development of relationships with influential leaders to impact and strengthen the community
• Is recognized as an inspirational community leader who navigates complex political and social circles with ease
• Communicates to engage and inspire people within and outside the Y
• Ensures that a talent management system is in place and executed effectively

Operational Effectiveness:
• Possesses penetrating insight and strong strategic and critical thinking skills
• Invests resources in well-designed innovation initiatives
• Creates a structure to deliver organization-wide results to achieve objectives
• Develops and implements stewardship strategies
• Determines benchmarks and ensures appropriate leadership to meet objectives

Personal Growth:
• Creates a learning organization
• Effectively drives change by leveraging resources and creating alignment to expand organizational opportunities
• Shares authority and demonstrates courage and humility
• Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology

Y Culture:
• Build relationships with a diverse staff in culturally responsive ways, connect staff with one another and to the YMCA.
• Exhibit Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
• Complete required training and certifications within established guidelines.

Our Commitment to Inclusion:
The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life, working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Our core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—they guide everything we do.

We look forward to having you on our YMCA team!

*The YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that celebrates diversity at all levels of our organization!

Benefits of working for the Y

Our benefits are AMAZING!
• FREE family YMCA membership (value of $119/month) for full-time staff
• FREE training offered for all positions
• 50% off licensed child care for full-time staff
• 20% off programs and services for all staff
• Competitive benefits package for full-time staff including: Medical, dental, life and long term disability insurance
• Paid time off (available after 90 days) and 8 paid holidays for full-time staff
• Retirement paid at 12% annual compensation after 2 years of service (minimum 1,000 hours worked in each year)
• Cheery, dynamic cause-driven work environment, like no other!
• Flexible work schedules and a family-friendly environment


Monica Murphy
(425) 374-5704

Submission Instructions

Apply online, using the "Apply Now" button, below. And send cover letter, resume and three professional references to:
Monica Murphy
VP of Human Resources
with "Chief Development Officer" in the subject line.

No phone calls, please.

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