The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, located on Columbia Point, Boston, Massachusetts, invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Development Officer (CDO).
The CDO will be a seasoned and accomplished fundraising executive with significant experience in all aspects of private-source philanthropy including membership, annual giving, major and principal gifts, planned giving, capital campaigns, and special events. He/she/they will be a strategic and inspiring leader committed to teamwork as an operating principle. He/she/they will embrace the unique and compelling mission of the Institute envisioned by Senator Edward M. Kennedy who served the Senate for nearly 47 years.
The Institute opened in the spring of 2015 with a mission of educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.
Reporting directly to Mary K. Grant, Ph.D. who became the Institute’s president in January 2018, the CDO will partner with the President in leading a comprehensive development program, building a high-performing team, and taking the program to the next level.
The CDO will be a key member the executive leadership team along with department heads in finance and operations, education and visitor experience, external relations, and information technology.
The Chief Development Officer will have a minimum of eight years progressively responsible senior leadership experience coupled with a successful record of accomplishment in attaining established fundraising goals. The CDO should have demonstrated a track record of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects and closing 6 and 7 figure gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations. The CDO will be a detail-oriented, hands-on leader who values innovation and creativity, and is well versed in current fundraising best practices and engagement strategies and tactics. Intellectual depth, moral integrity, high energy coupled with a sense of humor is imperative
Review of application materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries and applications, including a letter of interest and resume, should be forwarded in confidence to:
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate