Children’s Bureau of Southern California,

Chief Development Officer (CDO)

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles, CA
Closing date

About this organization

Founded in 1904, Children's Bureau of Southern California (CBSC) has been at the forefront of innovative and cutting-edge child welfare programs for over a century. As one of the largest investors in prevention in the country, CBSC is reshaping the landscape of child welfare in Los Angeles and Orange Counties through its vision to help children thrive in strong families and communities. The organization recently announced it is taking its commitment to children to a whole new level by rebranding this year to All For Kids.

With a steadfast commitment to its mission to protect vulnerable children through prevention, treatment, and advocacy, the organization touches the lives of nearly 50,000 children and parents annually. The Children’s Bureau’s reach extends across 14 sites, with headquarters in Los Angeles and additional sites in Antelope Valley, Metro Los Angeles, and Orange County. CBSC has an annual operating budget of $62.5 million, including approximately $4 million in private support from a diverse philanthropic funding base and the remainder from government/public sources.

CBSC has a dedicated and diverse team of 450 employees, a committed Board of Directors, and an engaged Board of Trustees who actively support philanthropic efforts.

About this job

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) of Children’s Bureau is responsible for providing overall leadership to achieve philanthropic fundraising goals and objectives in support of the Children’s Bureau. They report directly to the CEO and are a key member of the Executive Leadership Team.

The CDO plans and leads the agency’s fundraising efforts, including major gifts, annual giving, corporate and foundation relationships, grants, planned giving, and special events. A highly collaborative leader, the CDO will manage a team of nine.

The Children’s Bureau is looking for a high-achieving, team-oriented, strategic executive responsible for increasing the pipeline of private supporters and closing major gifts. The new CDO will have a proven track record of building a culture of philanthropy, comprehensive/capital campaigns, engaging board members, closing major gifts, staff management, and partnering with an executive leadership team to advance an organization.

The salary range for this position is $225,000 to $250,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include a full range of health insurance (medical, dental, vision, and prescription), retirement, disability insurance, life insurance, unlimited PTO, and other benefits.

Roles & responsibilities

Organizational and Fundraising Leadership

- Serve as a key member of the executive leadership team, monitoring and addressing issues that challenge and support the agency’s health and effectiveness.

- Will partner and lead the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees to build meaningful relationships, as well as set, establish accountability measures and achieve philanthropic goals.

- Will assist in identifying the highest impact philanthropic projects after careful prioritization of them by staff leadership with direct Board involvement.

- Will build a program of philanthropic gifts from individuals, including major gifts and annual fundraising strategies.

- Will oversee effective long-term funding partnerships with corporations and foundations and other major funding sources.

- Will lead comprehensive/capital campaigns for significant philanthropic investment in the Children’s Bureau.

- Serve as the agency’s lead major gifts officer and support the CEO, Board members, volunteers and staff to identify, cultivate, and solicit charitable gifts.

- Will continue special events as a pipeline for donor acquisition, engaging volunteer leadership and increasing awareness of the Children’s Bureau.

Staff and Resource Management

- Works with a talented, highly effective staff to form a unified team and build a strong departmental culture.

- Create a culture that embraces the empowerment and professional development of staff.

- Provide clear objectives, direction, and prioritization of fundraising goals and timelines.

Volunteer Leadership

- Serves as the primary point of contact and will work directly with the Chair of the Trustee Board. Will act as lead in the management, identification, and cultivation for training, inspiring and motivating the Board of Trustees in creating a world class philanthropy culture.

- Work with CEO and Board members to identify and recruit Board prospects.


- A bachelor’s degree.

- 8-10 years of professional fundraising and executive leadership experience with demonstrated fundraising accomplishments.

- Experience working with a volunteer-driven, community-based organization and a deep passion for the mission and values of Children’s Bureau.

- An independent, self-motivated and proactive leadership approach that drives the overall goals of the organization in addition to departmental goals.

- Strong interpersonal skills to confidently build relationships with potential funders, board members internal and external stakeholders.

- Track record of building individual and major gift programs: identifying prospects, cultivating new donor relationships, and closing major gifts of over $10,000 on a regular basis.

- Strong comprehensive/capital campaign experience.

- Ability to select, train, supervise, inspire, and lead a professional development team.

- Have a collaborative work style that promotes teamwork, motivation, and builds consensus.

- Experience in producing successful and meaningful special events.

- Outstanding written and oral communication skills.

- Be a “doer” and goal-driven to initiate external donor visits and fundraising calls.

- Leadership skills to work with and motivate board members and other volunteers.

To apply

The search for the Chief Development Officer is being conducted by The Moran Company. To apply for this position, submit a cover letter and resume to Angie Heer, The Moran Company. Resume should be chronological and include all professional education and experience, dates of employment (month and year), position/title and organization names

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