Chief Philanthropy Officer



Chief Philanthropy Officer

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA

Application Contact:

Joey Scheiber Associate Consultant, Executive Search: (312) 896-8897 direct

Job Description:

Amara works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love and support of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as the child needs.
Each year Amara serves more than 1,500 children and adults through three core programs: Emergency Sanctuary, Foster Care and Adoption, and Post-Adoption. When a child enters foster care, Amara provides them with a safe place to land at their Emergency Sanctuaries in King and Pierce Counties. If a child cannot return to their family, Amara recruits families on their behalf and then prepares foster and adoptive families through individualized coaching and support. Amara recognizes that adoption is a lifetime commitment and continues to be a resource post-adoption for adoptees and those who love them.
Amara is currently hiring a Chief Philanthropy Officer. A seasoned, energetic, and self-motivated fundraising leader, the Chief Philanthropy Officer provides overall vision, leadership, and strategic direction for Amara’s development programs. This leader will be an active, frontline fundraiser who enjoys having frequent, successful interactions with major donors and prospective donors. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and oversees a team of six development professionals. The Chief Philanthropy Officer serves as an essential member of the senior leadership team. Peer relationships include the Chief Operating Officer, Director of Children’s Services, Director of Finance and Administration, Director of Outreach and Communications, Pierce County Director, and Director of Social Services. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will be responsible for building a comprehensive fundraising platform, including cultivating and securing a mix of annual, major, and planned gifts along with corporate, foundation, and events gifts. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will work collaboratively with staff and board to develop a strategic development plan that aligns with Amara’s three-year strategic plan and provides organizational growth and long-term sustainability. In order to be successful, the Chief Philanthropy Officer will need to focus on building a strong, diversified base of individual giving while continuing to grow Amara’s corporate and institutional partnerships.
Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strive for equity and justice in the way people are treated and the opportunities they have to succeed by working to address racism, unequal treatment and other barriers to inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds (including communities of color, the LGBT community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work.
The Chief Philanthropy Officer will have the following primary responsibilities:
  • Lead, manage and motivate the development team to meet and exceed all goals.
  • Build a robust fundraising platform with clearly defined revenue goals and a diverse mix of giving that advances the strategic objectives of the organization.
  • Provide direction and oversight to the Amara Comprehensive Campaign:
    • Serve as primary campaign manager by facilitating the work of volunteers, providing support for campaign assignments, and working with the Board of Directors, Advisory Councils, Campaign Steering Committee, and Resource Development Committee to set priorities and meeting agendas.
    • Managing a portfolio of campaign gift prospects, including maintaining regular contact with volunteer solicitors to assist with moving prospects toward solicitation.
    • Identifying, cultivating and soliciting prospects, as well as stewarding those who have already made commitments.
· Manage portfolio of 150 top prospects and develop strategies for the Executive Director’s portfolio.
· Manage the department’s budget for strong return on investment.
· Design, produce and manage the fundraising and stewardship efforts for Amara’s annual gala and signature luncheon.
· Continue to engage program staff in donor cultivation and stewardship to bring the experiences of Amara’s work to donors.
· Provide leadership and appropriate staffing to the board, councils, and committees, and any other assigned groups, and task forces as needed.
 · Establish, assess, and clear policies and procedures to support donor-centric, relationship-based fundraising.
· Create regular reports that reflect the status of giving activities, trends, and opportunities.
· Develop and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships with Amara’s staff, board, and volunteers.
  • A deep, passionate, and enthusiastic commitment to the vision, mission, and values of Amara.
  •  A minimum of five to seven years of experience building successful fundraising programs that includes managing high performing teams. Prior experience in campaigns would be an advantage.
  • Proven drive and achievement in the successful solicitation of six- or seven-figure major gifts.
  • An independent, energetic, leader with a proven ability to hire, supervise, motivate and retain a development team that strives to achieve and exceed goals.
  • Visionary, innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into concrete action plans and results.
  • A self-starter who is eager to take initiative.
  • Results oriented, metrics focused, and team oriented.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with strong interpersonal, active-listening and relationship building competencies.
Salary and Benefits
DOE. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, paid sabbatical, health, vision and dental insurance, 401k with a company match, life and disability insurance.
To Apply
This national search is being led by Dan Nevez, Senior Consultant, and Joey Scheiber, Associate Consultant. Amara offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package. Relocation assistance will be available for the successful candidate. To be considered for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to: Joey Scheiber Associate Consultant, Executive Search: (312) 896-8897 direct. For more information, please read the position guide.
5907 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South
Seattle, WA, United States
Phone: 2062601700

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