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Chief Development Officer

Washington D.C., DC, USA

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DC-CAP is seeking a strategic development professional who is experienced in frontline fundraising and is passionate about college access and success. Reporting to the President & CEO, the Chief Development Officer will be instrumental in developing and implementing a strategy that encourages continued support of DC-CAP’s mission and programs and promotes a culture of philanthropy. The Chief Development Officer will partner with DC-CAP’s leadership to define the organization’s vision and direction to achieve philanthropic goals, ensuring DC-CAP’s growth and success; establish and cultivate relationships with core funding partners and prospects; lead an expanding team of development professionals; and serve as an ambassador of the organization.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Fundraising & Strategy

  • Develop a fundraising strategy and foster a culture of philanthropy to galvanize the community around DC-CAP’s mission and vision and in alignment with the organization’s values.
  • Partner with the CEO, staff, and governing board to facilitate short and long-term strategic plans to raise $150M as part of a 10-year capital campaign for DC-CAP’s 2050 Goal to advance organizational priorities.
  • Manage a personal portfolio of high-net-worth individual prospects and donors to independently secure six- and seven-figure donations through direct solicitation of leadership prospects; support the advancement of the President & CEO’s donor portfolio.
  • Participate with the CEO and senior management to plan the organization's fund development course and programs; collaborate cross-departmentally, including with Program Officers, to ensure programming and organizational needs are met through fundraising efforts.
  • Cultivate a balanced mix of donor sources and fundraising programs to attract and retain donors including individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government grants.
  • Write and finalize grant proposals and renewals and track grant deliverables.
  • Conduct research and outreach for institutional gifts, including government and foundation grants to secure key anchor partners.
  • Oversee individual giving, instituting moves management and other pipeline development initiatives to secure major gifts and build major donor support for DC-CAP.
  • Represent DC-CAP at events and community functions; serve as an ambassador of the organization.
  • Keep abreast of developments in philanthropy and fund development.

Team Management

  • Lead a team of 4 full-time development professionals. Provide on-going guidance and motivation, ensure strong internal communication, evaluate performance, and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Engage the Board of Directors, cultivating a strong relationship between the Board and the organization.
  • Collaborate with senior management to shape and deliver consistent messaging around DC-CAP’s programs and mission, increasing visibility of the organization and opportunities for support, particularly within growing D.C. community networks.
  • Ensure efficient execution of development operations and functions to meet and exceed philanthropic goals.
  • Establish performance measures, monitor results, and evaluate the efficacy of the development program.
  • Identify and address development issues that affect the well-being and success of the organization.
  • Maintain accountability and ensure compliance with all regulations and laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising professionals.
Educational Background: 
Bachelor's degree in any field of study required
  • Bachelor's degree in any field of study required.
  • CFRE, advanced degree, or other advanced certification a plus.
  • 7-10 years of development experience with at least 3 years of management responsibility.
  • Proven track record of success in fundraising, particularly with campaigns.
  • Successful solicitation of individual major donors and/or philanthropic foundations to secure six- and seven-figure gifts.
  • Experience with and affinity for building fundraising teams, systems and processes.
  • Strong interpersonal, decision-making, and leadership skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; experience writing and successfully receiving government or foundation grants preferred.
  • Working knowledge of educational policy preferred.
  • Confident public speaking abilities; grace and poise in external-facing roles.
  • Analytical thinking and ability to analyze data.
  • Complex problem-solving ability.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; knowledge of Salesforce preferred.
  • Occasional travel required.
  • Comfortable working in entrepreneurial and ambiguous environments.
  • Sense of humor and ability to show up with a growth mindset required.


Full time employees of DC-CAP are eligible for benefits, including the following:

  • 403(b) plan with organization match.
  • Medical & Vision Insurance. DC-CAP covers 75% of the premium.
  • Generous PTO policy that includes February, Spring, Winter breaks, and a week-long holiday break for July 4th holiday.
  • Professional development and tuition reimbursement.
  • 12 Week Family Leave Policy. 


This position is full-time with a base salary within the range of $175,000 - $220,000 annually, depending on experience.

How to Apply: 

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Additional Information: 

EEO Statement

DC-CAP is committed to ensuring an environment free from discrimination and an equal employment opportunity. As such, employment decisions at DC-CAP are based on merit, qualifications, experience, and skillset. DC-CAP does not discriminate in employment opportunities and practices based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, and any other characteristics. DC-CAP will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.

Organization Info


Washington D.C., DC, USA
About Us

The District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to equip DC students for college and career success by helping them access and attain meaningful college education credentials with little to no debt.

DC-CAP recognizes the inequities that persist in accessing, funding and completing college, and obtaining a degree, especially for DC’s black, brown, and low-income students. DC-CAP accelerates college aspirations, connects students to better match universities, and leverages dollars to ensure students graduate ready to compete in today’s global, knowledge-based economy.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Sep 27 2023
Active Until: 
Oct 26 2023
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