Global Wildlife Conservation seeks an innovative, experienced, and dedicated Chief Development Officer (CDO) to serve as GWC’s principle development officer and manager. The successful candidate will have leadership and managerial skills, and fundraising experience. The CDO will lead the planning, implementation, and execution of a comprehensive fundraising program with a proven track record of multimillion dollar annual development targets.

This is a high-profile opportunity for a dynamic fund raising professional with the ability to lead the philanthropic efforts of an international organization. The CDO will build out a strong annual giving / major gifts program to complement an existing and committed base of supporters. The CDO will focus on development from individuals, foundations, corporations, international organizations, and others to support GWC’s mission. The Development Team works closely with conservation staff to ensure fund raising efforts are well aligned with programmatic priorities. The Chief Development Officer will report to the CEO, working to achieve GWC’s goals in collaboration with the GWC’s Board of Directors, staff, and external partners.


Responsibilities & Skills

  • Develops a balanced mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the organization that will enable it to attract, retain and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.
  • Develop and implement a major gifts program, in particular
  • Coordination and solicitation of major gifts from various sources, including individuals, foundations, multilateral organizations, corporations, and governmental entities, among others
  • Work closely with the CEO, staff, and Board Members to develop new relationships with funders and deepen existing ones
Development Program Management
  • Plans, coordinates, and manages implementation of strategies and initiatives to develop donors and contributions to support the organization
  • Ensure that GWC’s culture, systems and procedures support fund development and consistency with mission, values and plans
  • Provide leadership, direction, and support for all team members, and directly supervise a team of 1-3
  • Coordinate the Development Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Foster innovative development efforts, including online fundraising and fundraising events across the US
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in wildlife biology, management, and conservation


  • Commitment to and passion for GWC’s mission, vision, and values
  • 10+ years of experience in a relevant fundraising leadership role
  • Demonstrated experience soliciting and closing six figure gifts
  • Independent leader and self-starter who thrives in a growing organization
  • Strong communications skills, verbal and written, public speaking
  • BA degree required, advanced degree in a relevant field preferred

Preferred qualifications

  • CFRE certification
  • Experience and/or knowledge of current wildlife conservation issues and trends
  • A strong reputation and network in conservation

Location: Austin, TX; New York, NY; Washington, DC

Compensation: GWC offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.

Travel required: Frequent travel to meet with key stakeholders in the US, and infrequently internationally.

Position: Full-time

To Apply: Send a cover letter and résumé to: careers@globalwildlife.org, Subject Line: Chief Development Officer

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