The Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Posted 5 months ago

About BWHI

In the past three years, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) has grown from $3M to nearly $10M in revenue. We are the only national organization solely focused on promoting the physical, emotional, and financial health and wellness of the nation’s 21 million Black women and girls.  For almost four decades, BWHI has served as the leading voice for health and wellness for Black women and girls across the country. Today, we continue in our mission to advance health equity and social justice for Black women across the lifespan, eliminate racial and gender-based health inequities and deepen Black women’s resolve in becoming informed decision makers to achieve optimum health and wellness. 

Over the past 7 years, BWHI has invested more than $15M in communities across the US, touched over 20,000 Black women and families with chronic disease prevention programs, created an international diabetes prevention training unit and, established a $20M rare disease diversity council. We have led many national campaigns featuring Mary J Blige, Ciara, NFL Players, and the WNBA, among others, to build awareness of health inequities and empower Black women to make the best health decisions for themselves and their families.

No national organization has been as impactful on Black women’s health or their lived experiences as BWHI.

About the Role

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) reports to the President and CEO and works closely with members of the executive staff to ensure the BWHI mission, programs and initiatives are appropriately resourced to meet the needs of the nation’s 21 million women and girls.  The CDO is a leader who not only understands industry best practices but is instrumental in creating them. This person uses data to inform decision making about funding strategies, stakeholder relations, partnership building and donor acquisition. 

The successful candidate will have 5-7 years’ experience aligning resource requirements with strategic objectives, developing business cases for support, cultivating partnership opportunities, and securing seven to eight figure funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

The CDO has solid leadership skills and employs entrepreneurial thinking to oversee a team that aggressively procures significant funding from foundations, corporations, and major gift donors. This person also ensures systems and processes are in place to manage donor and funder relationships, grants deadlines, and to keep executive staff colleagues abreast of opportunities for fund development.

The CDO will regularly collaborate with the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) to develop innovative fundraising campaigns, create materials for major gift donors and giving programs and tell the story of the impact BWHI has on lives of Black women to raise significant funds.

Personality in The Position

One who is passionate about Black women’s health and justice and understands how important client service is and is responsive to donor and funder needs.  This person loves to tell the story of success; has great empathy and, finds nothing more thrilling than to bring colleagues, stakeholders, and partners along on the Black woman’s health journey. This person knows integrity and fund development belong in the same sentence. 

Knows what questions to ask

Is an artist with words

Communicates early and often

Doesn’t take “No” personally

The Day to Day

Actively partners with the President and CEO, executive staff, and stakeholders to align funding and funder requirements with mission, strategy, program and initiative needs

Raises the revenue needed to meet BWHI’s mission and goals

Advises the CEO on philanthropy trends and strategic development opportunities as well as potential risks

Is an enthusiastic internal consultant to the executive leadership team to help them leverage existing funding and identify new opportunities for support

Leads a team of 3 staff as well as consultants to manage data, stakeholder relations, and the grants management and CRM systems 

Directs the BWHI corporate, foundation, workplace giving and major gifts programs

Implements tactics to expand the individual donor base

Creates funding briefs for individual donors and funders

Works with the President and Board members to identify and cultivate major gift donors

Works closely with the CCO to conceptualize and develop campaigns, initiatives, and funding proposals for private and corporate foundations

Leads the creation and implementation of the BWHI Strategic Development Plan

Creates and implements innovative and experiential opportunities for donor engagement to ensure long-term support

Represents BWHI at events, conferences, and meetings for cultivation purposes


Has simultaneously managed multiple projects with multiple stakeholders 

7-10 years of non-profit fundraising experience in positions of increasing responsibility and complexity, realizing annual fundraising goals of $2 million or greater

A strong understanding of corporate and individual philanthropy 

Able to inspire others to see the value in investing in and partnering with BWHI

Five or more years of staff management and operational experience including creating and managing a budget

A successful track record of personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding six to seven-figure gifts from individual and institutional donors 

Is a forward thinker with a track record of utilizing data and innovation to engage and retain donors  

Demonstrated analytical skills in evaluating existing programs, conceiving, and implementing new programs or strategies

Thinks entrepreneurially and develops opportunities for passive revenue generation

Demonstrated experience training and working collaboratively with senior-level colleagues, board members, and other high-level volunteer leaders on successful development-related activities 

Is self-aware and understands how to fairly reach consensus on issues with multiple perspectives 

Has excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including conflict resolution skills

Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs

What puts a candidate over the top: Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with Salesforce

BWHI is committed to ensuring a dynamic work environment, offers competitive salary and benefits and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on this, visit our website,

Inquiries should be sent to Mae Jones,

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