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Chief Development Officer, Camp Fire National

Company: Camp Fire National
Date Posted: October 11, 2017

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Camp Fire in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of Camp Fire’s National Headquarters, located in Kansas City, Missouri, the Chief Development Officer will have the opportunity to create a new five-member national development team for this nonsectarian, coeducational youth development organization. Camp Fire seeks a dynamic, creative leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and experience in foundation, corporate, and individual giving to lead this new phase of the organization’s evolution.

Camp Fire’s mission is clear and the opportunity for an energetic, entrepreneurial development professional truly inspiring. The Chief Development Officer for Camp Fire National Headquarters will have the opportunity not only to build a national development staff and program from the ground up, but also to help create and foster a new culture of collaborative philanthropy, building in partnership with Councils across the country, from Alaska to Florida, Texas to Minnesota, and more.

With its innovative youth development framework, dubbed Thrive{ology} and research-based programs emphasizing social and emotional learning (SEL) solidly in place, the case for support for Camp Fire is strong. Regular research and evaluation provide data-based evidence of clear results, further supporting the potential for additional investment from foundations, corporations, and committed individuals. Camp Fire programs make a difference in the lives of youth and teens across the country (having served 153,891 young people in 2016, to be exact).

Camp Fire is at a pivotal moment in its venerable history, one in which philanthropy plays a critical role.  Having received strategic investments from several prestigious foundations, a top priority for Camp Fire is strengthening the capability of its National Headquarters to collaborate with and support Councils based on a carefully framed five-year business plan. A key component of the plan is a healthy, sustainable fundraising operation that can provide resources at the national and Council levels.

For over 100 years Camp Fire has actively engaged youth and teens in building essential skills for life. Its heritage of cultivating community building, supporting academic readiness, and embracing diversity sets it apart. Camp Fire provides a nurturing, constructive, and fun environment for young people to discover their sparks and adopt a growth mindset. Camp Fire’s National Headquarters serves 54 Camp Fire Councils in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Councils deliver programs at more than 1100 program sites across the system. With the benefit of several strategic capacity building grants from national foundations, Camp Fire National has developed a five-year business plan and is poised to create a development team whose goals are to engage new philanthropic partners at the national level, and to work in close partnership with Councils around the country on the creation of a shared philanthropy-building strategy that can increase the fundraising capacity of the system as a whole.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position; an advanced degree in a relevant field is a plus. The successful candidate will be a seasoned non-profit development professional with a minimum of ten years of direct fundraising experience, including five years in progressively responsible management positions. Strong preference will be given to candidates that would like to work from the National Headquarters office and reside in the Kansas City region. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

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