Our House Grief Support Center

Chief Development Officer

Employment type
11 days ago
Los Angeles

OUR HOUSE is seeking an experienced fundraising professional with a demonstrated track record of personally closing gifts of $10K-$1M+. The Chief Development Officer will be a key member of the agency’s leadership team, with diverse responsibilities that include: manage, supervise, and empower the Fund Development team; guide creative strategic planning for agency sustainment and expansion; oversee all fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship, in partnership with staff, Board of Directors and community leaders; plan and execute all fundraising events; and lead donor data management.


The OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center mission is to provide the community with grief support services, education, resources, and hope.  Since 1993, OUR HOUSE has helped thousands of children, teens, and adults as they embark upon their journeys to hope and healing. OUR HOUSE provides essential grief support for a universal experience that deserves heightened understanding and acceptance. Its programs and services include in-house adult and children grief support groups, school-based grief support, professional grief trainings, children’s grief camp, on-site grief response, and grief support tools and resources.

Grief Support Groups
OUR HOUSE grief support groups create a warm environment of safety and comfort in which children, teens, and adults find the support they need from others who have also experienced the death of someone close. Led by highly trained volunteers, groups are age- and relationship- specific.  OUR HOUSE also offers grief support groups in local schools helping grieving children in low-income, underserved areas of Los Angeles County.

OUR HOUSE is a leading provider of grief education, offering workshops, seminars, and in-service training to mental health and medical professionals, clergy, educators, and other members of the community who interact with bereaved families. The OUR HOUSE grief education program is part of the curricula for students at USC’s Keck and UCLA’s David Geffen Schools of Medicine and the American Jewish University.

OUR HOUSE is the most recognized grief support center in California.  On-site grief support and interventions are available to schools and businesses throughout the greater Los Angeles area. The organization serves as a resource for referrals to services in centers throughout the country.

Over 250 professionally trained and supervised volunteers contribute more than 17,000 volunteer hours annually to OUR HOUSE. They bring empathy, understanding, and hope to grieving adults, teens, and children.

As a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization, OUR HOUSE is reliant on the generosity of donors, corporate/community partners, and annual fundraising events. As of October 2016, OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center has received and maintained a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

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Specific Duties:

Leadership, Management, and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Lead, direct, and oversee all aspects of Fund Development team’s fundraising, marketing and social media efforts.
  • Supervise all members of the Fund Development team, and provide leadership, mentorship, expectations, and support; provide ongoing training, empowerment, and coaching.
  • Participate in, conduct and lead team meetings in various configurations to ensure communication, clarity, consistency among the team members. 
  • Responsible for recruiting, hiring, orienting, reviewing, sustaining, and releasing Fund Development team members as needed; update job descriptions annually.
    • Current staff includes: Grants Manager, Development Manager, and Marketing Manager, with part-time hours from Director of Operations and Development Assistant.
  • Student intern supervision may be included in the future. 


Strategic Planning

  • Participate with agency leadership to develop three-year strategic plans which guide agency’s growth and sustainment.
  • Determine strategic growth numbers and concepts annually related to Financial Sustainability; oversee ongoing financial efforts; review and revise plans to continually assess measurable performance priorities.
  • Gather, interpret and articulate Fund Development information to inform planning, ranging from financial environment, to internal and community trends and resources, to barriers to growth. 


Fund Development and Planning

  • Lead staff and volunteers to institutionalize philanthropy and fund development within the organization. Help develop a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the organization to attract, retain and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.
  • Work closely with clinical team to establish protocol for fundraising efforts with alumni and program volunteers.
  • Design and implement annual Fund Development plan: identify, qualify, and develop donors and contributions to support the organization. Help establish measurable performance benchmarks. Monitor and report data and results every month, and work with the Executive Director, development committees, and Board of Directors in evaluating the effectiveness of the organization’s fund development activities and methods. 
  • Provide oversight of Fund Development operations, and volunteer and donor management and tools, research and cultivation, gift processing and recognition. 
  • Educate and foster leadership in Fund Development committee and board members.
  • Work individually with Board of Directors to establish and promote annual fundraising goals.
  • Maintain accountability, security, and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.
  • Oversee execution of program, impact, and annual donor reports. 
  • Oversees and assists in the drafting of  high-quality and timely grant proposals, LOIs, sponsorship documents, correspondence, impact/stewardship reports, and other documents to request funding and support best practices in corporate and foundation relations.
  • Track and maintain donor information and gifts on an ongoing basis.


Culture of Cultivation

  • Establish and reinforce a culture of ongoing individual cultivation, stewardship and relationship-based fundraising.
  • Educate and reinforce methods and strengths of long-term development approaches with agency boards, staff, and volunteers. 
  • Promote a consistent cycle of donor recognition through the prompt processing of acknowledgment letters, gift receipts and donor outreach. 
  • Streamline donor outreach to avoid “donor fatigue”.
  • Collaborate with Operations staff to prepare and mail acknowledgement letters to donors.
  • Coordinate and execute an ongoing stewardship program for special recognition groups (alumni, volunteers, event attendees, etc). 


Fundraising Events

  • Provide end-to-end support, including the planning, execution and participation in several key annual events, as well as ad hoc stewardship events throughout the year. Current and future annual events include:  Run for Hope, Volunteer Luncheon, House of Hope Gala, Night for Hope, Salon fundraising events, plus additional events as necessary.
  • Solicit, negotiate, and secure corporate gifts to support event needs, enhance relationships, and promote awareness for OUR HOUSE. 
  • Identify cost savings, redundancies, and revenue opportunities in all event planning and preparations. 
  • Assist Development Manager in the coordination of all event logistics and silent auctions including sourcing, hiring, negotiating, and managing vendors.
  • Motivate, lead, set priorities for, and manage performance of internal staff, volunteers, and others at each event.


Liaison to Agency Boards and Overall Agency Responsibilities

  • Attend Board of Director, Associate Board and Valley Advisory Board meetings. 
  • Collaborate with staff and volunteers re: cultivation activities, such as those connected to Alumni and Volunteers.
  • Work closely with Board of Directors liaison and Fund Development Chair to ensure open lines of communication between Board of Directors and Fund Development Team.
  • Attend and participate annually in events planned with the collaboration of each board including: Run for Hope, Volunteer Luncheon, House of Hope Gala, Night for Hope, Salon fundraising events, plus additional events as available.
  • Attend monthly all-staff meetings and annual retreats, and present team updates as requested.


Marketing and Outreach/Networking in the Community

  • Supervise the agency’s marketing, website and social media functions.  
  • Facilitate meetings for team and E.D. to be a part of expanding the agency’s circle of influence.
  • Identify strong ambassadors to increase awareness of the agency to further the agency’s mission. 


Marketing and Outreach/Networking in the Community

  • Supervise the agency’s marketing, website and social media functions.  
  • Facilitate meetings for team and E.D. to be a part of expanding the agency’s circle of influence.
  • Identify strong ambassadors to increase awareness of the agency to further the agency’s mission. 



At Least Five (5) to seven (7) years of development experience in cultivating individuals, corporate and foundation relations is required. The CDO should possess excellent writing and public speaking skills for various audiences such as institutional funders, subject matter experts, lay persons, and the general public. Attention to detail, strong computer and organizational skills, and strong interpersonal skills and ability to build bridges and collaborative relationships within the organization and multiple external constituencies with astuteness, professionalism and agility is also required.


Fluency in Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace products is necessary to conduct day to day required tasks. Experience working with a Donor Management software such as Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge or Donor Perfect is also required. 

The above description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of this position, but they are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed by this Chief Development Officer.


A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required.  


The Chief Development Officer is a full-time, exempt position.  Annual salary range is $125,000-$140,000 depending on experience, plus comprehensive benefits.

To apply

Please direct inquiries and applications, including resume and a compelling letter of interest, a one (1) page writing sample, and three (3) professional references in confidence to: [email protected] List the position you are applying for in the subject line. No phone calls please.  

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion or creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law with respect to employment opportunities.