Chief Advancement Officer

Posted on: January 10, 2023

Position Status:

Full-Time, Exempt


Central Office

Reports To:


Anticipated Start Date:

Open Until Filled

Salary and Benefits:

Salary: $140,000 - Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, disability insurance, holidays, paid time off, and paid family medical leave. Allowable travel costs are reimbursed. Flexible work environment



The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) will serve as a critical member of the executive management team. In collaboration with the CEO and Executive Team, the CAO will lead all aspects of a full-scale development effort including annual central office and grant fundraising, individual and major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, loan fund investment, e-fundraising, fundraising events, endowment, donor mailings and database management, special projects, and stewardship

  • Articulate and implement the strategic vision and leadership of FCF
  • Promote the diversification of funding through effective resource stewardship with an adequate mix of government funding, earned revenue and private philanthropic support.
  • Manage the annual budget and support the achievement of funding goals.
  • Raise FCF’s profile through external communications.


Fund Development

  • Serve as the primary mentor and thought leader around fundraising for the organization and build on approaches to leverage First Children’s Finance connections in the fundraising space
  • Devise and execute fundraising strategies, establish performance indicators, and optimize operations and technology for productivity and effectiveness
  • Develop annual and long-term fundraising plans and ensure alignment with the organizational strategic plan
  • Directly oversees the writing of funding proposals and fundraising support documentation
  • Collaborate with the CEO, the Chief Program Officer, and leadership team in executing strategic outreach and engagement with potential and existing funders
  • Develop and standardize internal processes for improved collaboration with area directors to advance fundraising efforts for their areas and the organization as whole as well as monitor progress against fundraising goals
  • Track revenue and fundraising trends, and use the information to predict future opportunities for expansion efforts and avoid any downtrends in individual, corporate or foundation gifts
  • Collaborate with internal and external marketing and fundraising experts providing support in messaging, approaches, and technology
  • Steer and oversee the creation of the highest quality proposals and reports
  • Vet and oversee fundraising contractors and consultants
  • Review and refine fundraising operations
  • Ensure close collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer and Finance Team, especially in the creation of strategic and timely proposal financials, budgets, and expenditure reports
  • Leads and implements major initiatives for the organization as directed by the CEO

Communication and Marketing

  • Oversee all aspects of marketing and communications including management of the organizational brand
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies and activities to promote FCF to clients, partners, funders, and the community at large
  • Raises awareness of the organization and its primary goals through outreach efforts, regular events, publications, and media relations
  • Directly supervise the Director of Communication; develop a high-performance team culture focused on leadership and accountability, continuous learning, collaboration, measurement and goal achievement
  • Collaborate with outside communications experts, providing support in messaging, approaches, and technology


  • Develops and maintains a diverse effective organization through the selection, training, compensation, review, and motivation of fund development and communications staff
  • Develops and maintains a program for high performance standards and sound employee relations at all levels of the organization
  • Provides input into the strategic planning process
  • Provides positive guidance and direction to employees, assists them in their professional development

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, with a preferred emphasis on fundraising, marketing, communications, public relations, or business
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of increasingly progressive work experience demonstrating competency in comprehensive development, community relations, and communications/marketing
  • Knowledge of fund development including development planning, annual giving, earned revenue and donor cultivation
  • Successful history of securing significant funding from a variety of sources, including government contracts
  • Knowledge of communications planning, social media and public relations
  • Excellent interpersonal, management, verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated understanding and support of FCF’s mission

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Excellent writing skills and demonstrated knowledge of fund development best practices required
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to promote a positive image of FCF and position FCF as a key resource in the field of early care and education
  • Demonstrated maturity, good judgement, and emotional intelligence
  • Ability to think conceptually, portrays good analytical skills, and demonstrates assertiveness to manage the scope of responsibilities
  • Ability to handle multiple demands and priorities and achieve organizational objectives
  • Ability to be flexible and work collaboratively with diverse FCF staff, customers, partners and stakeholders

Work Conditions

  • Must be able to work on the computer for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to travel when needed

Additional Notes

This job description represents the major functions of the position but is not intended to be all-inclusive. The incumbent interacts with members of the executive team and board of directors in performing duties deemed necessary for FCF success.


Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, disability insurance, holidays, paid time off, and paid family medical leave. Allowable travel costs are reimbursed.

Flexible work environment

First Children’s Finance honors candidates’ time and effort in job-seeking by providing transparency regarding compensation. Creating transparency regarding salary information reduces the gender pay gap, and eliminates salary negotiation, which rarely benefits people of color or women. It is a value of our organization to support equitable hiring practices.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit cover letter, and resume no

later than 9:00pm on Friday, February 10th, 2023. You can apply in the following ways:

  1. Apply via email to Mat Peisert at
  2. Apply online at: