Career Resources

With annual revenues of $9 million, Career Resources is one of Connecticut’s leading providers of workforce training to underserved populations. Servicing over 4500 clients annually, CRI offers proven, leading programs in skills-based training, coaching, and staffing that enable unemployed and underemployed people, returning citizens, opportunity youth, and other high-need populations to build sustainable livelihoods.

In 2021, CRI looks to grow job training programs in alignment with the Governor’s Workforce Council strategy, the Regional Workforce Boards, higher education, and the Department of Corrections. To accomplish these objectives, CRI seeks a Chief Development Officer (CDO) to build unrestricted funding through new revenue sources.

Position Overview

The Chief Development Officer will lead CRI’s private fundraising. Reporting to CRI’s Chief Executive Officer, the CDO will work closely with the board of directors, the leadership staff, and program staff to build a development strategy and to direct significant major fundraising activities and campaigns capable of generating half a million annually in unrestricted funding from individual and institutional donors.

Key Roles

• Lead and direct the execution of all development activities.

• Develop an annual fundraising plan, collaborating with the CEO, board, and senior staff members.

• Design and implement a strategy for both individual and institutional donors and prospects.

• Manage and grow a portfolio of private funders using a structured approach of personal visits, outreach, and follow-up. Design customized engagement plans and written strategies for top prospects.

• Build and direct an engagement program that cultivates and stewards donors and prospects, strengthening their relationship with CRI. Manage any in-person or virtual events.

• Identify, recruit and train board members and other volunteers to participate in solicitations and other resource development activities.

• Develop donor communications and solicitation materials, including proposals and reports. Manage marketing collateral, ensuring current and engaging content.

• Participate in the development, implementation, and monitoring of CRI’s annual operating budget, as well as campaign budgets, goals, and timelines.

• Maintain donor and financial records in accordance with general accounting and fundraising standards.

• Increase the visibility of Career Resources, Inc, through public relations and marketing.

• Attend all board meetings and other meetings as requested by the chief executive officer.

Required Skills and Knowledge

• Minimum seven years of non-profit fund development, with a demonstrated track record of personally soliciting and closing five and six-figure gifts

• Proven track record of revenue growth and donor engagement; in-depth knowledge of fundraising management systems, individual and institutional gift cultivation and stewardship, and grant proposal processes

• Superb relationship management skills; collegial and collaborate style

• Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills required to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner

• Ability to develop strategic communications content

• Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects on an ongoing basis

• Ability to work well independently within a team environment

• Commitment to the mission of Career Resources

• Working knowledge of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); experience with fundraising databases

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