Chief Development Officer

Job Title: Chief Development Officer
Reports To:
Chief Executive Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt
Date: August 2017


National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is the largest non-profit organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to the global brain tumor community. We are fiercely committed to our mission of finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for brain tumors. We’ve seen unprecedented progress and momentum to find better treatments. This is an exciting and deeply satisfying time to be part of our agenda for change within a strong, caring community.  For over twenty-five years, dating back to the origins of our organization, we have been a strategic funder, advocate, and catalyst for advancing research, improving public policies, and helping all those diagnosed today and anyone diagnosed in the future.  Some of the most important discoveries in brain tumor research have been attributable at least in part to NBTS, and over the past six years NBTS has achieved a number of victories on the public-policy front that in turn improved the landscape for research to advance. Going forward, NBTS aims to achieve even greater impact toward the goal of finding a cure and delivering a better quality of life than patients and caregivers are currently experiencing from time of diagnosis.  Organizationally, we have a highly collaborative workplace and believe that teamwork and a great culture are essential to success.  


The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is a member of the senior management team and provides professional and strategic fundraising leadership and experience to the organization. The right candidate will create the vision for driving rapid contribution and donor growth, while implementing and overseeing all aspects of Development Functions including Major Gifts, Planned Gifts, Prospect Research, Foundations partnerships, and Corporate Support, and Donor Relations. The CDO supervises specific campaign efforts and serves as a co-leader, with the CEO and management staff, in developing new revenue streams. In addition, the position will serve as team leader for key department functions including: life-sciences industry relations, advancement services, and field operations.  This role develops and implements a long-term strategy for fundraising growth, builds budgets and key performance indicators, and will budget for and meet annual organizational and fundraising goals.

The ideal CDO candidate will be a results-oriented fundraising professional with an established track record of diverse and progressively more sophisticated advancement experience; campaign and program aligned revenue generation strategy success, management, and implementation experience; and an executive level of supervisory and managerial experience, preferably in a health care or life sciences setting. The candidate should be comfortable with and experienced in fundraising related to medical research and be comfortable with integrating researchers and patients and caregivers into fundraising activities.

This candidate must possess excellent interpersonal and presentation skills needed to represent NBTS’ interests to a wide spectrum of constituent groups, consortia, and collaborative partners including scientists as well as patients and caregivers. The successful candidate will be equally adept with prospect research; donor recognition practices; gift processing software; online giving strategies; traditional and new media and other emerging technologies that will optimize NBTS’ outreach to potential donors; and most fundamentally, an ability to connect and follow through with potential donors that meets their commitment to invest in the mission and vision of National Brain Tumor Society.  The ideal candidate inspires collaboration, teamwork and information sharing throughout the organization.  



Fundraising & Communications:

Board of Directors:


Strategic Leadership:

Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree required, with at least 8 years of progressively responsible experience in development, and at least 5 years of significant non-profit management responsibility.

Required Skills, Knowledge & Abilities: Commitment to the mission of the National Brain Tumor Society. Demonstrated success in raising six-figure (or larger) gifts from individual and institutional donors. Experience in successfully managing a comprehensive development program that includes major gifts, annual and planned giving, events, and corporate and foundation relations. Demonstrated success in working with high-level volunteers. Superior written and oral communications, interpersonal and presentational skills. Strong staff management skills – successful leadership and team-building experience with demonstrated ability to mentor, coach, and supervise development professionals. Senior experience in increasingly responsible positions in development and non-profit management. Strong knowledge of marketing and communications, including working with vendors. Familiarity with electronic media as a fundraising tool. Ability to think strategically and creatively. Ability to develop process and outcome evaluation measures. Ability to work with public, all levels of staff, and volunteers. Ability and willingness to travel up to 35% of time.

HOW TO APPLY: The National Brain Tumor Society is proud to partner with Lois L. Lindauer Searches on the Chief Development Officer search.  If you are interested in learning more about the search or know of someone to refer, please contact Lisa Vuaona  at 617-262-1102 or at