Chief Development and Communication Officer

The Chief Development and Communication Officer (CDCO) works as a member of the Leadership team (C-Team) of Girls Leadership and oversees the Development and Communications teams.  The CDCO is responsible for creating the communication and fundraising strategy, including individual giving, corporate partnerships, foundation giving, PR, and social media engagement. The CDCO will participate in creating an organizational and fundraising culture that embraces listening, experimenting, and generating the potential for shared power, joy, and liberation in all our relationships and communications. 


The CDCO will lead the process to define our long-term fundraising and communication strategy, and identify the priorities to bridge the gap between where we are and where we are going. The ideal candidate is:

  • Self-motivated, resourceful, creative and strategic thinker, comfortable working independently with high personal accountability;
  • Thrives in a fast-paced startup environment;
  • Experienced with the girl-serving network and has expertise with our audiences;
  • Possesses leadership experience and demonstrates strong leadership skills, including initiative, strategic vision, collaboration and understanding of what it takes to build and manage successful teams;
  • Demonstrates social and emotional intelligence, and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Experienced fundraising with individuals, corporations, and foundations;
  • Experienced in communications, including PR, marketing, content production, social media and thought leadership;
  • Loves to engage with, listen to, and work with girls, families and educators from a diversity of backgrounds;
  • Experienced in overseeing fundraising and communications across media;
  • Able to take organizational ambiguity and turn it into an action plan with desired outcomes, benchmarks, deadlines;
  • Possess a drive to make things happen while maintaining flexibility and a sense of humor.



Organizational Leadership (10%)

  • Join the leadership team at Girls Leadership to create national strategies and organizational policies.
  • Manage the Development Associate and the Communications team, including social media, PR and analytics support. 
  • Train and coach the development and communications staff, Board, volunteers, other staff and committees on fundraising activities.
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy and ensure that fund development is executed in keeping with the organization’s values, vision, and mission.
  • Represent Girls Leadership locally, regionally and nationally, both internally and externally.

Fundraising (50%)

  • Fundraising Strategy and Execution
    • Build a major and principal gift strategy, growing annual revenue by 30% in the next three years.
    • Develop a Regional Fundraising Strategy and support the Regional Directors in execution.
    • Build a robust donor base, including developing and maintaining key long-term relationships with donors and prospects.
    • Manage, cultivate, and steward a portfolio of 30 funders and oversee moves management for other portfolios across the organization.
    • Provide leadership and coordination for all development activities including major and capital gifts, annual campaign, endowment, foundations and corporate giving and special events.
    • Represent and articulate Girls Leadership’s mission and programs to its potential constituents, members and supporters. Foster innovation through collaboration and forward thinking.
    • Oversee the bi-coastal annual fundraising events, with support from event management support and Regional Directors. 
    • Manage and coordinate co-CEO fundraising activities in collaboration with Regional Directors and the Development Associate.
  • Board Relations
    • Assist the co-CEO in participating in the board’s fundraising committee and designing the board’s fund development strategy, targets, and approaches.
    • Coordinate the annual fundraising activities of the board, including events, campaigns, corporate partnerships, and donor stewardship.
    • Support board and volunteer fundraising efforts with the development of playbooks and collateral materials, as well as fundraising coaching and training for volunteers.  
  • Fundraising Operations
    • Oversee and coordinate the grant writing process, including writing grants with the support of the team.
    • Track progress towards fundraising goals.
    • Manage the operations development function efficiently, including maintaining SalesForce and oversee development activities in coordination with staff.
    • Oversee and conduct prospect research. 
    • Maintain accountability for the fundraising team and ensure compliance with all regulations and laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising professionals.
    • Establish performance measures, monitor results, and evaluate the efficacy of the fund development program.

Communications (40%)

  • Develop communications strategy, including thought leadership, email, website, and social media. 
  • Manage communications and marketing team, including support with PR, social media, email and website development.
  • Establish performance measures, monitor results, and evaluate the efficacy of the communications work. 


Skills Required:

  • Development/Fundraising: 5-7 years of experience leading fundraising teams and raising between $1M-$5M in yearly revenue. Experience running capital campaigns and successful fundraising from multiple donor channels.
  • Project Management: Experience in planning, leading, and managing fund development projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to Co-CEOs/Board of Directors.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Takes initiative and actively seeks to deepen current donor relationships and to forge new ones.
  • Communications: Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising. Ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials. Experience and credibility when presenting materials to external audiences.
  • Collaboration: Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives.
  • Relationship Building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers, across different levels of the organization and externally.


Compensation & Benefits: This is a full-time exempt position. Salary is DOE. Benefits include health insurance, optional dental/vision, unlimited paid time off with supervisor pre-approval, separate sick time, 11 holidays per year, and a 401(k) plan available after one year of service.



Girls Leadership encourages individuals of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. Girls Leadership is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter in Word or pdf format to The subject line of the email should read Chief Development and Communications Officer.


Applications will be reviewed and processed until the position is secured. To learn more about Girls Leadership, please visit