Chief Development Officer-CDO (Fundraiser)

  • Washington DC
  • Aug 31, 2023
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description


OPEN: September 1, 2023

CLOSES: September 30. 2023 

Position Title: Chief Development Officer-CDO (Fundraiser)

Location: Washington, DC

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer 

Organization: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is a non-profit organization and serves as the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with over 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit 

Essential Function: The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for developing, planning, and implementing the fundraising program to provide for the short- and long-term needs of the organization. The CDO develops and implements a strategic partnerships and corresponding action plan, to generate funding to include corporate, foundation, government investments, events, grant writing and high donor giving for both the LULAC 501(c)3 and 501(c)4. 

  • Creates annual strategic development fundraising plan by analyzing past efforts, setting donor strategies, determining calendar of activities, and establishing goals and evaluate fundraising Sets annual monetary goals and budgets according to short- and long-term goals. 
  • Researches and identifies opportunities to write and submit major requests for proposals as outlined in the annual fundraising plan to generate Develop supplementary materials, marketing plan, and program timelines as requested by sponsor. Determine success metrics and develop progress reports to funders. 
  • Maintains foundation and corporate relations by strengthening working relationships with foundation and corporate giving representatives. Actively participates in external engagements or gatherings where target investors are present, using these opportunities to deepen relationships with current investors and to advance strategies and secure new partners. Schedule face-to-face meetings with major contributors and prospects, send acknowledgement, provide program updates, and required reports, and shares media promotions with funders, meets any other funder requirements. 
  • Maintains a list of potential financial donors including corporations, foundations, and individuals 
  • Conducts program design, goal setting & finance by participating in internal programs’ meetings where development perspective is required, including corporate Collaborate and coordinate with top management to set annual fundraising goals. Create new innovative programs to pitch to funders.
  • Coordinates with Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of grant portfolios, budget creation, and ensures compliance with government and grant regulations. Prepare invoices and conduct collections from funders, manage fiscal agent agreements, and provide other finance and budget planning support to CFO as requested by the CEO. 
  • Serves as the onsite event liaison to greet donors, sponsors , and ensure all agreed upon services are carried out as specified per the signed agreement. 
  • Manages information using database and other software as Oversees online giving strategies and develops fundraising tools such as partnership opportunities guide, programs and event reporting as required. 
  • Serves as liaison with Corporate Alliance members and prepares requirements 
  • Responsible for management of Development This includes assignments, providing guidance to accomplish team goals, setting up annual goals and conducting performance rating. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Experience in fundraising and achieving corporate sponsorships
  • Knowledge of strategic planning and metric setting
  • Extensive knowledge of fundraising strategies and principles
  • Excellent management and supervisory skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of tax planning principles and techniques that favor charitable
  • Expertise in conducting research for potential donors

Required Education and Experience:

  • A. degree required in finance, corporate development, or similar related degree.
  • Five to ten (3-5) years minimum of grant proposal writing and fundraising experience working with nonprofits and advocacy organizations.
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, develop work plans, set deadlines, work independently, manage multiple projects and duties simultaneously, prioritize.
  • Experience in government, private and foundation grant writing proposals
  • Database management experience
  • Proficiency in oral and written Spanish desired but not required
  • Experience in working and coordinating large events, e., conventions, galas of 15,000 people plus. 

Additional Eligibility Qualifications: Three years’ minimum experience as Director or Chief Development Officer. 

Supervisory Responsibility: This position has supervisory responsibilities. Supervisory duties include: 

  • Responsible for assigning, overseeing, and approving all employee
  • Approves employees, time clock entries, time off request and any other requirements with time and attendance.
  • Employee performance
  • Coordinates with the Chief Executive Officer on any performance annual increases or
  • Coordinates personnel actions with Human Resource
  • Counsels or mentor employees as
  • Provides adequate training and assistance when required to carry out the function of the
  • Communicates all necessary information for employee to be able to complete assignments succesfully 

Work Environment: This job operates in a typical office setting. This position routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. 

Physical Demands: This is largely a sedentary role; however, some physical aspects may be required. This would require the ability to lift, handle, and open boxes and/or containers; set up and breakdown displays; store and move materials to and from events, stand as necessary. 

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. A full-time employee work Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Employees are required to work 9 hours daily, this includes 8 hours of work and 1 hour for unpaid lunch. Evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Work Authorization/Security Clearance: (if applicable)

Required: Yes   x  

If yes, list work authorizations and security clearances required.

  • Background check required due to financial aspects of
  • Eligible for bonding may be required

Travel Requirements:

The employee is required to travel as needed to meet job responsibilities and to attend organizational events. 

Salary Range: $85,000-$100,000/year

Commensurate according to years of experience. All employees must meet a 6-month probationary period. Continuation of this position after one year is dependent on the successful candidate meeting jointly determined performance goals. 


  • Accrual of 8 hours of sick time and 8 hours of vacation time per month
  • 11 Paid Federal Holidays
  • Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance available for enrollment
  • Retirement Plan 

How to Apply: Candidates should submit their resume demonstrating qualifications, education and work experience required for the position. All applications must be submitted electronically to by 5:00pm EST on the closing date. Any questions may be directed via email to the Human Resource Officer at 

LULAC is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. LULAC is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote, and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis. LULAC will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.