Chief Development Officer

COOP Careers - New York, NY
COOP Careers seeks a Chief Development Officer to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive, diversified fundraising strategy that supports the cultivation of a significant pipeline of major gift prospects and increased fundraising benchmarks from new funders and existing funders. The Chief Development Officer will partner with the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Team, and Board of Directors to further a culture of philanthropy across the organization while focusing on innovative fundraising approaches that advance COOP Career's mission and vision. The Chief Development Officer will lead, expand upon, and motivate a geographically-distributed team of talented fundraising professionals toward the achievement of ambitious fundraising goals. The Chief Development Officer will serve as a spokesperson and advocate for COOP Careers, building and nurturing relationships with a broad range of stakeholders including university foundations, advancement offices, local, state, and federal agencies and elected officials, peer nonprofits, economic and workforce development boards, community-based organizations, trustees, and donors in support of COOP’s college partnership and integration strategies.

COOP is building a diverse movement of upwardly mobile college grads overcoming underemployment through digital skills and peer connections. COOP’s aim is to reignite the nation’s promise of upward mobility for those who strive to achieve a brighter future for themselves and their families—to ensure the American Dream is a reality for all. The COOP Fellowship ensures that first-generation and low-income college graduates make the connections they need for the careers they deserve. COOP closes the social capital gap and propels underemployed college graduates into upward economic mobility through an untapped lever of social-capital building: peer connections. The unique program model matches peer cohorts of motivated college graduates with alumni coaches to support them in building the professional skills and networks they need to get their first good job after graduation.

"We imagine a world in which peer and near-peer connections are the primary drivers to overcoming underemployment, a world in which thousands of first-gen college grads are fully employed sooner because of the web of peer connections created through COOP. Our Chief Development Officer will work closely with me and members of executive and functional leadership to develop a pipeline of new donors who will support the strong financial foundation we have built through existing major gifts and foundation giving. The Chief Development Officer will also manage a team of high performers within the external affairs team tasked with raising money and telling COOP’s story. It is an exciting time to be part of COOP’s journey, one in which the Chief Development Officer will be able to build their professional legacy while ensuring the future financial success of our organization." — Kalani Leifer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

For more information, including core competencies and qualifications, please refer to the full prospectus.