Chief Development Officer

By: Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (Leading Transitions, LLC)

Job Summary:

Girl Scouts have been blazing trails and redefining what’s possible for girls everywhere since 1912! Today, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) serves approximately 11,000 Girl Scouts in grades K5-12, and 5,200 adults who believe in our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. With programs in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha counties, our programming creates opportunities for Girl Scouts to have fun, make new friends, lead the way on issues that are important to them, and learn new skills that set them up for success on all their future goals. Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges.

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for cultivating a culture of philanthropy within the organization and for building relationships with a robust group of potential and current funders  externally. This will include assuring the  organization’s corporate culture, systems and procedures support fund development. The CDO will be externally focused on donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The CDO will be responsible for managing the council’s Fund Development Team of the council’s Board of Directors coordinating fundraising campaigns, and identifying potential sources of funds (including individuals, foundations, corporations, annual giving, planned giving, and United Way, etc.). Additionally, the CDO will lead all stewardship and donor management efforts.

The Chief Development Officer provides professional expertise and support to the Fund Development Committee of the
council’s Board of Directors in developing goals and plans to meet the council’s financial goals and objectives. The CDO is
accountable for developing and implementing strategies to achieve the goals in keeping with best practices and established ethical standards, policies, and guidelines.  As a member the Senior Leadership Team, the Chief Development Officer also participates in the process of setting the organization’s strategic direction and short and long-term plans, and in translating the vision and corporate goals set by the council’s SLT and the Board of Directors into effective operational strategies and actions. The CDO will report to, and partner with, the CEO.

How to Apply:

To apply, please email all items below, combined into one document, to no later than 1:00 p.m. CT August 23, 2022:

  • A letter describing your qualifications for this position and your interest in GSWISE’s mission
  • A detailed and updated resume and
  • The names of, your relationship to, and the contact information for, three professional references.

Please note: References will not be contacted until a candidate has been notified; All offers of employment are contingent upon clear results of thorough background checks; All inquiries and interactions with potential candidates are kept in strict  confidence. The position will remain open until it is filled.

The Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast is an equal opportunity employer. The Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast offers a generous suite of benefits to its valued staff members.