Chief Development Officer

The National LGBTQ Task Force seeks a passionate and dedicated Chief Development Officer to drive impactful fundraising and resource mobilization. We are prioritizing candidates with a proven track record of successfully securing multi-million dollar gifts and a minimum of 10 years of fundraising and people management experience, preferably for national organizations with budgets of over $7 million. 

The Task Force development department is growing. We currently have six positions in the areas of institutional/corporate giving and sponsorships, major donor fundraising, and several high impact fundraising events. Our ideal candidate is hands-on and sweats the details, is a stellar coach and mentor to the development staff, takes a principled approach to moving money for LGBTQ+ justice, and possesses the ability to operationalize our path towards growth.  

The National LGBTQ Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community from the ground up. We are the country’s premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBTQ people, and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all. 

The Task Force is an organization that values both self-care and community care, and embodies those values through our benefits package and a competitive salary. We are proud to be a Care First organization that offers excellent benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, FSA, annual and sick leave, and 403(b) plan.

Job Title: Chief Development Officer

Position Summary: The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is the chief fundraising officer of the National LGBTQ Task Force and the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund (c4) (the organizations), reporting directly to the Executive Director (ED) and charged with overseeing the development department and executing a comprehensive fundraising strategy. In addition, the Chief Development Officer is responsible for management of the department’s budget, enhancing fundraising for the department, and mentoring, supervising, and evaluating department staff.

Home Office Location: Washington, DC or New York (currently teleworking)

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director

Supervises: Sr. Major Gift Officer, Membership Manager, Events Director, Director of Operations, Foundation and Corporate Giving Manager


To succeed as Chief Development Officer, we have identified three primary areas of responsibility – grouped into Fundraising, Relationship Building, and Management:


  • Developing Budget and Fundraising Strategy. Develop the annual income budgets for the organizations and develop annual fundraising strategy.
  • Raising Funds to Support the Organizations’ Annual Budgets. The CDO is accountable for overseeing all fundraising activities for various income streams to meet the organizations’ annual budgets.
  • Board Support. The CDO serves as the principal staff liaison to the Board of Directors’ Resource Development Committee and works with development staff to support board members in their fundraising efforts. The CDO works with the Resource Development committee to ensure Board members achieve their individual and collective annual fundraising goals, as well as with operations staff to provide Board members with accurate reports of their personal giving and fundraising.
  • Leverage Our Work: Leverage the Task Force’s campaigns, public education efforts and other events and activities like Creating Change and Queer the Census for fundraising and engagement opportunities.
  • Evaluate. Analyze fundraising plans and to assess what is working and/or needs to be adjusted to better secure funding to support the work of the organization.

Relationship Building

  • Network and Identify New Leads. Must be regularly engaged in meeting, following up with, and securing new prospective major donors, corporate supporters, and institutional partners.
  • Maintain and Strengthen Relationships. steward major donors, corporations, celebrities, and foundations to assess the ways they want to engage with the TF and be responsive to those needs in an effort to retain and grow their support.


  • Mentor and Develop. Provide mentorship, supervision, and evaluation for members of the development team supervised by this position.
  • Encourage and Motivate. The CDO is one of the senior staff leaders of the Task Force, serving as a member of the management team, and supporting/partnering with other staff in fundraising for the organization.
  • Create clear roles and responsibilities. Lead development team members in goal and objective setting aligned to our strategic plan and annual organization priorities and strategically and skillfully engage team members in effective and efficient prospecting, cultivation and stewardship.
  • Coaching and Oversight. Provide coaching based on experience and oversight to staff members on your team in the following arenas:
    • Prospecting, securing, and growing funding from foundations as well as corporate funders for Task Force  events.
    • Overseeing extensive online efforts, direct mail, telemarketing, small events, and canvassing.Working with the organization’s communications department to oversee all aspects of digital fundraising and its intersection with direct mail.
    • Supporting staff in ensuring that the Task Force’s special events – including Night of 100 Dinners, the Task Force Gala and Winter Party Festival- meet net revenue goals, reflect TF mission and values, and continue to grow.
    • Making sure all donor services – acknowledgments, tax receipts, requests for information – are completed in a timely, thorough, and courteous manner, and that all donor data is maintained to a high level of quality.
  • Other Duties as Assigned. 


In this role, strategic thinking, strong writing skills, verbal communication, and project management are critical. A commitment to racial, economic, gender, and disability justice and a belief in our collective ability to create change in systems of power is required.

A qualified candidate should have experience in:

  • Development/Fundraising: Proven success in nonprofit fundraising, with a minimum of 10 years of experience in development, preferably for national organizations and preferably for organizations with budgets of over $7 million. Experience and success in fundraising from multiple sources including foundations, individual and major donors, corporations, and events.
  • Budgeting: Experience in leading complex budgeting across revenue areas and tracking revenue and expenses closely throughout the year.
  • Project Leadership and Management: Experience in supervising a large team of diverse staff. Experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects, including coordinating with colleagues to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to senior managers/board of directors.
  • Communications: Skilled in creating and delivering powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising. Experience and ease with presenting to external audiences and the Board.
  • Collaboration: Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrated capacity and desire to work in a multi-cultural environment where diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, real or perceived gender identity, physical ability, and spiritual practice is an important value.
  • Relationship Building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong and authentic relationships with donors, Board members, peers, and team members.
  • Basic knowledge of Raiser’s Edge.


Commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — health, dental and vision insurance; flex spending accounts, annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan.


Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your qualifications, experience relevant to these responsibilities and describing your interest in being a member of the Task Force staff. If possible, please submit the names, affiliations, and contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted via e-mail for this position at hr@theTaskForce.org; please write “Chief Development Officer” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

The Task Force is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans, and people of color are encouraged to apply.