Chief Development Officer

About the Position

Kesem seeks an outgoing, resourceful and entrepreneurial Chief Development Officer (CDO) who can successfully lead the organization’s national fundraising efforts. The CDO will report to the Kesem CEO and manage a team of eight, including four direct reports – Senior Director of Chapter Fundraising, Director of Major Gifts, Director of Corporate Relations, and Senior Director of Events.

The CDO is responsible for developing and implementing all of the development strategies necessary to reach Kesem’s annual and long-term revenue and marketing targets.  The CDO, in tandem with the CEO, VP of Brand and Marketing, and COO, will be a key external-facing representative of the organization, and must be comfortable presenting strategies and making asks to individuals, corporations, and organizations.  The CDO also must work effectively with the Kesem Board of Directors, and our local boards in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, to motivate giving in their networks, and support their efforts to be strong ambassadors of the organization.  Finally, the CDO must be able to provide leadership, direction, support and high-level training to the staff and thousands of college student leaders who fundraise on a grassroots basis to support their chapters.

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