crawfordconnect Seeking Chief Development Officer for The Scott Mission
October 11, 2019 – Executive search firm crawfordconnect has been retained to find a new chief development officer for The Scott Mission. Senior search consultant Janice Wooster is leading the assignment.
Reporting to the CEO and working collaboratively with the senior leadership team and board, the CDO is a key member of a transformational, integrated, growth focused senior leadership team that directly impacts organizational success by developing, leading and optimizing multi-channel, integrated fundraising strategies to diversify funding streams, implement structures and tactics that maximize donor value and enhance donor experience, and position the organization as a charity of choice.
Areas of focus will include an ambitious capital campaign with specific targets and timelines, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, brand leadership, facilitating church and other strategic partnerships that are engaging and identify new funding opportunities, cultivate existing donor relationships, and increase community ownership and support.
crawfordconnect is seeking a proactive, results oriented and solutions focused, with evidence of having worked as a true business partner to the CEO, C-level leadership team and board. They are looking for a successful leader, strategist and subject matter expert in multi-channel fundraising, including digital and social media, brand leadership, relationship development and public engagement.
The Scott Mission is a Christian ministry of mercy and love. It aims to meet the needs of people with love and compassion and seek to bring spiritual, physical, and emotional wholeness to their lives. It was founded in 1941 by Rev. Morris and Mrs. Annie Zeidman as a non-denominational Christian organization responding to the needs of the poor, homeless, abandoned and vulnerable of all ages. Based in Toronto, the Mission offers practical, emotional and spiritual support to thousands of people every year.
Toronto-based recruiter crawfordconnect places talent exclusively in the non-profit sector. The firm’s mission is to strengthen Canadian charities and non-profits by connecting them with highly qualified professionals seeking to make a difference. The firm’s clients include a number of well-known non-profit brands, including: Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Aid Foundation, World Wildlife Foundation, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, York Central Hospital Foundation, Canadian Association for Community Living Foundation, SickKids Foundation and the Heart & Stroke Foundation, among many others. The search firm is led by president Deborah Legrove, who has 30 years of experience involving healthcare, social services and higher education in Canada and the U.S.
Ms. Wooster provides leadership focused on initiatives that leverage human capital opportunities linked to strategic initiatives. Project experience includes policy and legislative compliance, talent acquisition and retention, performance management, compensation/total rewards, employee engagement and workplace experience. Ms. Wooster has worked with CEOs, executive teams, boards, and culturally diverse internal/external stakeholders to deliver outcomes on a local, national and international scale with small and medium-sized clients in the non-profit, corporate, higher education and government sectors.
Chief Development Officers
Virtually every industry needs top-drawer chief development officers. CDOs play a key role in planning, coordinating and administering capital campaigns, corporate giving and galvanizing new donors while keeping previous funders content. Implementing funding strategies that “keep the lights on,” according to recruiters specializing in the function, is job one.
Recruiters continue to report that CDOs are in high demand. Fundraising prowess and having an ability to drive growth are essential parts of the job in nearly every competitive organization today.
Recruiters generally say that the best training for these positions is experience, noting that there are many industry conferences and summits that are beneficial for benchmarking and sharing of best practices.
Here is a sampling of recent searches for chief development officers from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Boston-based recruitment firm Lindauer has been enlisted by Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco to find a chief development officer to lead its development and marketing team. Libby Roberts, senior vice president, is spearheading the assignment. “This is an exceptional leadership role for an experienced…
Aspen Leadership Group, an executive search firm that specializes in recruiting top talent for philanthropic organizations, placed fundraising veteran Noelle DeLage as the new chief development officer for the Denver Zoological Foundation (Denver Zoo). As CDO, Ms. DeLage will be charged with providing strategic and tactical leadership on all Denver Zoo fundraising.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media