Development Guild DDI Seeks CAO for Massachusetts Youth Group UTEC

November 9, 2020 – Non-profit specialist recruitment firm Development Guild DDI has been enlisted to find a chief advancement officer for UTEC Inc., a youth services organization in Lowell, MA.

UTEC’s first CAO will be charged with expanding the organization’s philanthropic support. “The individual will have the resources in place to support this growth in dollars raised and engagement of supporters,” said Development Guild DDI. “UTEC has experienced rapid growth in recent years, and as such is prime for innovations in best practices for fundraising, to strategically expand advancement’s capacity, and position UTEC for its next stage of development – all while increasing dollars raised currently and over time.” Seven positions will report into advancement: a director of grants, a grant writer, a major gifts officer, a manager of corporate relations and communications, a development associate, a part-time communications coordinator, and a new position, a director of development to be hired by the CAO.

“The CAO is expected to engage high-level donors in their portfolio and be responsible for direct solicitations that contribute to bold long-term advancement goals while also supporting senior leadership team in fundraising activities,” said the search firm. “The CAO and their development team will execute cultivation and fundraising events and build the capacity of UTEC’s board of directors to identify and invite new donors. They will provide direction for the overall vision of the development program, as well as strategic systems and operations for all aspects of the department, in partnership with the DOD.”

Racial Equality

The CAO will also be expected to work closely with the manager of corporate relations and communications to enhance donor communications. The new hire must also work closely with the chief financial officer to best integrate systems between development and finance, as well as serving as a thought partner to the CEO.

UTEC is looking to hire a qualified candidate who is deeply committed to advancing racial equity in his or her overall work and has the cultural competency to help UTEC in this endeavor. “Above all else, the chief advancement officer will act as a lead ambassador for UTEC’s culture, demonstrating personal commitment to the organization’s values and imparting them to others, both within and outside the organization with high energy, positivity and intentionality,” said Development Guild DDI.

Fundraising Experience

Candidates should have demonstrated success building and managing fundraising program(s), including with donors at multiple levels of gifts. They should also have sought out leadership roles (including being a trusted partner to organizational leaders). Proven success in developing external partnerships is vital. And prospects must have experience raising funds that had a significant impact on an organization.

UTEC wants candidates with a strategic perspective, who are able to weigh opportunities and challenges, advocate for advancement and with strategic leadership, who are, in short, entrepreneurial, said Development Guild DDI. They should have experience with developing and maintaining productive working relationships with board members, donors and co-workers at all levels. The capacity to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with evolving priorities, both as a leader and part of a team is critical. A bachelor’s degree is required for the role.

UTEC works to ignite and nurture the ambition of the most disengaged young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. Founded in 1999 by youth in Lowell, UTEC now serves young adults living in Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill, MA. UTEC’s nationally recognized model begins with intensive street outreach and gang peacemaking, reaching out to the most disconnected young adults to meet them “where they are.” Each young person in its target population (ages 17 to 25, with a history of serious criminal and/or gang involvement) receives up to three years of intensive case management. UTEC provides paid work experience through its social enterprises within a transitional employment framework. The non-profit provides alternative education through tutoring, HiSET/GED preparation and dual-enrollment opportunities to earn community college credits. Social justice and civic engagement are embedded in all programming, with special emphasis in the group’s organizing and policymaking work, locally and statewide.

Non-Profit Recruiters

Development Guild DDI, which has offices in New York and Boston, was founded in 1978. The firm helps clients align leadership around a strategic vision with its planning, executive search and fundraising services. The firm works with non-profits nationwide, partnering with leaders in academic medicine, higher education, arts and culture, human services and others.


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Development Guild’s clients, which number more than 500, have included: Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Tufts Medical Center, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, College of the Holy Cross, Partners in Health, University of Rhode Island Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Cancer Society.

President William Weber, who co-founded the firm with Suzanne Weber in 1978, has focused his career on the convergence of strategic planning, philanthropy and leadership development, as well as the transformational impact it can have on an institution. His many clients have included: Boston University, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Johns Hopkins Medicine, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Mount Sinai Health System, National Coast Guard Museum Association, Union of Concerned Scientists and Year Up.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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