CASA of Los Angeles

Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Employment type
6 months ago
Los Angeles

Who we are: 

CASA of Los Angeles (CASA/LA) mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect and are in the foster care system. We envision a Los Angeles in which every child in the child welfare system has an advocate and the opportunity to thrive. CASA/LA is on a path over the next ten years to expand services to children in LA County’s child welfare system to provide advocacy services to 12,000 of the 30,000 children in the dependency court system every year. Key to these efforts is recruiting and training more CASA volunteers each year, retaining existing CASA volunteers, and raising additional revenue from private and public sources.

Our core values:

  • DEEP LOVE for children and families in the child welfare system
  • JUSTICE for children and families; for improved systems that increase access to justice
  • AUTHENTICITY & INTEGRITY in our commitment to our values; acknowledgement of power structures and bias
  • ACCOUNTABILITY including professionalism and the measurement and honest reporting of our outcomes
  • RESPECT for everyone we interact with and constant work to deserve the respect of our partners


The Position: 
 The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will lead the strategic direction of and oversee all of CASA/LA’s development, fundraising, and marketing functions in collaboration with the CEO and a strong team of development professionals.  The CDO will develop and execute plans to help CASA/LA raise just over $5 million in FY 2021 and double that annual revenue over the next ten years.  The CDO will manage a team of four development and marketing professionals (two direct reports) and oversee fundraising efforts from individuals, corporations, foundations, events and public funding sources.  The CDO will represent CASA/LA in the community as an ambassador along with the CEO.

What you’ll do:

  • Design, implement and refine a comprehensive annual fundraising strategy to meet annual financial and strategic goals including leadership over CASA/LA’s three year “Three to 3,000” campaign.  
  • Set annual and multi-year fundraising goals and lead/coach the team to meet/exceed these goals.
  • Represent CASA/LA as an external ambassador and spokesperson for the organization, with a deep sense of commitment to CASA/LA’s mission and values.
  • Oversee the hiring, managing, mentoring, and development of an experienced and highly talented staff, fostering an environment of commitment, recognition, passion, and professionalism.
  • Personally manage a portfolio of current and prospective donors at the highest levels of giving capacity.
  • Actively partner with the CEO and board leadership on board management, including identification and recruitment of new members, engagement of existing members, and coordination of board giving.
  • Work with the CEO to build, cultivate, and maintain strong relationships with institutional funders including foundations and public funders. 
  • Build and ensure the efficient use of fundraising systems and processes, and oversee accurate and timely reporting.
  • Serve as a key member of CASA’s executive leadership team and act as an advisor and thought partner on all aspects of the organization’s life-saving work in the foster care system.
  • Advise the CEO on high-priority initiatives and opportunities for CASA/LA.
  • Ensure that appropriate recognition and reporting occur for all donations, grants and contracts and develop compliance plans for grants and contributions.
  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Development to develop and implement CASA/LA’s marketing plan for recruitment and fundraising. 


Who you are:

  • Integrity and passion.  A person of integrity and passion that lives by the core values of CASA/LA and is passionate about CASA/LA’s mission. 
  • Fundraising and leadership expert.  You have proven knowledge and performance of fundraising and a successful track-record of fund development campaigns in major gift cultivation and solicitation, special events management, grant writing, volunteer management, non-profit governance, and planned giving.
  • Creative and bold. You are an innovative thinker of fundraising strategies. You hold the bar high and bring new opportunities to CASA/LA that will help drive systemic change.
  • Inspiring.  You are a leader that brings incredible people along with you.  Whether to internal stakeholders or external partners, you can articulate a clear vision and how everyone can play important roles in pursuing CASA/LA’s mission.
  • Tech-savvy.  You are informed by validated data and take every opportunity to leverage it into actionable goals and strategy while utilizing the latest technology in computing, project management, donor management, and report creation.
  • Action-oriented.  You get things done and are driven by results utilizing the SMART principle of setting goals and taking actions to achieve them.
  • Relationship-driven.  You thrive with the opportunity to reach, connect, build, and maintain relationships with diverse constituents, representing a wide array of donors and members who support CASA/LA mission. 
  • Organized and efficient.  You are a skilled task and priority organizer across teams in and outside the department ensure minimal waste, and that time is used at the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness.   
  • Collaborative.  You know the best results come from teamwork, and can work by finding the best ways to use peoples’ strengths. You debrief wins and losses and capitalize on the learnings of what went well and what didn’t go well in terms of continuous improvement.
  • Strong leader, manager and communicator. You have a proven record of championing and mentoring teams. Your words are chosen carefully to build up, recognize, and move people with passion to do their best work.
  • Flexible.  You are comfortable navigating ambiguity and working through competing priorities. You adapt to a changing environment with the ability to respond to and manage crisis with a calm and mindful approach. 
  • Passionate.  You are motivated by the work that inspires you to do your best and that is evident in your leadership and actions with all stakeholders.  
  • Fun. You know how to celebrate wins and have a good time. 


Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, and controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. 
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. 
To apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume to be considered for this opening to 
[email protected] Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted due to high volume of submittals.

CASA of Los Angeles is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering diversity within its staff.

CASA of Los Angeles promotes equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. In doing so, we comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulations to ensure an equal employment opportunity for everyone. We don’t discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, military service obligation, veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. Our policies and personnel practices are intended to ensure that all of us are treated equally with regard to recruiting, hiring, and advancement, and our decisions on employment are made to further the principle of equal employment opportunities for employees.