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Chief Development Officer

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The Trevor Project

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Chief Development Officer

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The Trevor Project

Chief Development Officer

New York, New York

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. It is a nonprofit that provides 24/7 life-saving support via phone, text, and chat. The organization also operates the world's largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth and runs innovative research, education, and advocacy programs. Launched in 1998, the Trevor Lifeline was the first national crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Project has been saving lives every day for nearly 20 years.

The Trevor Project serves approximately 75,000 LGBTQ youth annually through crisis intervention and suicide prevention services, and hundreds of thousands more through other programs and services. The purity and life-and-death stakes of its mission – to end suicide among LGBTQ youth – has established deep bonds between the organization and its constituency, driving affinity for the organization and contributed revenue that has reached the level of $10 million per year. Yet, even with its work operating at a scale unparalleled the world over, Trevor is only reaching 5 percent of the estimated 1.5 million LGBTQ young people in crisis in the United States. Given this sobering reality and increased demand for Trevor's programs and services amid the current political climate, the organization is setting new levels of ambition, and is determined to significantly expand its operational capacity and reach to those in need.

Trevor seeks candidates for the newly configured role of Chief Development Officer (CDO) to help transform the organization's fundraising efforts and dramatically grow the size and scale of its life-saving work. The CDO is responsible for the integrated leadership of all fundraising, comprising major gifts, corporate and foundation giving, annual fund, planned giving, events, donor relations and stewardship, and development operations. The CDO will develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan to establish a major-gifts-focused culture of philanthropy across the institution, lead new levels of engagement with current and prospective donors, and significantly increase contributed revenue. The CDO supervises a staff of approximately 12 individuals located across the country. This individual reports to the CEO and executive director (CEO) and serves as a member of Trevor's senior leadership team. The CDO will be a key strategic partner to the CEO, as well as to the chief growth officer who oversees marketing and communications, working closely and collaboratively across the institution to carry out Trevor's mission. The CDO will serve as chief campaign officer for any future campaigns undertaken by Trevor, including around its upcoming 20th anniversary.

The CDO will lead Trevor in building a best-in-class infrastructure for development, and in expanding and diversifying its sources of support. This will be accomplished chiefly by building a robust, sustainable, major-gifts-focused pipeline of individual giving prospects and donors, complementing the organization's historical emphasis on special events and appeal-based fundraising.

The Trevor Project seeks a student of modern philanthropy who has deep experience in major gifts fundraising. This individual must be able to effectively leverage complementary communications functions through strategic, forward-thinking collaboration, partnering closely with the chief growth officer. The successful candidate will be a proven leader, manager, mentor, and collaborative colleague who is comfortable driving major initiatives and supporting the leadership of others, with a track record of effectively managing organizational change.

Required qualifications and experience: understanding of, and preferably some experience with, the context and issues of LGBTQ youth, with the ability to passionately articulate the work and mission of Trevor to current and potential donors; demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with significant supervisory experience, including creating and managing a budget; significant experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, planned giving, stewardship, board relations) and participation in a major capital campaign, for a nonprofit organization of similar complexity with multiple stakeholders; particular strength in developing the case for support and strategic, complex fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives; demonstrated ability in planning and executing strategic communications to complement advancement initiatives and achieve goals; experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating board or other volunteer leaders, and a sophisticated understanding of their role in building an effective fundraising network; skill at goal setting and measuring success, and agility in addressing alternate program directions to meet goals when necessary; demonstrated history of securing six, seven, and eight-figure gifts, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual fund strategies to effectively groom the next generation of annual leadership and major gift donors; ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process; bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred.

The Trevor Project is an equal opportunity employer.

The Trevor Project has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search processes. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:

Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.

Managing Director

Founder and Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy

Diversified Search

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Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project is a nonprofit endeavor established to promote acceptance of gay and questioning youth, and to aid in suicide prevention among that group.

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