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Chief Philanthropy and Marketing Officer

companyLeader Dogs for the Blind
locationRochester Hills, MI 48307, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/27/2024
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Leader Dogsfor the Blind, based in Rochester Hills, Michigan,has been making people unstoppable for 80 years, empowering peoplewho are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safeand independent daily travel. To learn more about our missionand campus follow the link to our website here.

Why workat Leader Dogs for the Blind?

  • Remote or hybrid work option
  • Medical, Dental and Vision insuranceafter 30 days of employment
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Employer paid disabilityinsurance
  • 401k with employer match
  • Flexible spending account
  • Paid time off front loaded on firstday of employment
  • Annual merit pay increases
  • Workout room access
  • Dog friendly office


The Chief Philanthropy and MarketingOfficer serves as a key member of the Leader Dogs for the Blindleadership structure and is responsible for national philanthropicefforts of the organization.  This position leads allmarketing, communications, media relations, and public relationsefforts to consistently articulate Leader Dog’s mission. Thisposition provides innovative, strategic vision and leadership inplanning, managing, and directing the organization’s fundraisingefforts and stewardship programs.


  • Develop and implement an integratedphilanthropy plan which supports the achievement of the overallorganization’s business objectives, mission, vision andvalues.
  • Design and assure implementation ofcost-effective fund development programs, employing economy whilemaintaining an acceptable level of quality and solid return oninvestment. 
  • Establish short-term and long-termphilanthropy goals, including strategy identification, benchmarkingand evaluation tools, and manage the development operation toachieve set goals.   
  • Direct national Lions fund raisingstrategy, mobilize and educate Lions volunteers from the more than4,900 clubs that give to the organization to ensure achievement ofannual fundraising goals from this constituency.  
  • Develop and maintain appropriate funddevelopment systems including donor management, research andcultivation, gift processing, acknowledgement and recognition.Maintain accountability and compliance standards for donors andfunding sources.
  • Ensure articulate and consistentcommunication of the organization’s desired image and position toall constituents.  Successfully deliver information and keymessages to the public.  Coordinate the appearance of allprint and electronic materials to ensure consistent graphicidentity.
  • Develop and oversee theimplementation of an integrated marketing and communicationsprogram that advances the organization’s position with relevantconstituents, as well as to drive broader awareness of its programsand priorities, donor support for the organization; and increasethe visibility of its programs across key stakeholderaudiences.
  • Ensure the development and executionof marketing and public relations strategies and tactics which willgenerate media interest in the organization and cultivate andenhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level externalaudiences including the media and key influencers.  Assureregular contact with target media and appropriate response to mediarequests.
  • Oversee Leader Dog’s web presence andensure the site is effective, current, relevant, easily accessible,and fully meets the strategic goals for online fundraising.
  • Recruit, mentor, develop andsuccessfully manage a team of development professionals to achievethe department’s strategic objectives and the present and futureneeds of the organization.
  • Serve as a key organizationalspokesperson and public advocate for the mission, travellingnationwide to present to various audiences.
  • Maintain a personal portfolio of topdonors and prospects.
  • Develop a balanced funding mix ofdonor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs ofthe organization that will enable it to effectively attract, retainand motivate donors and fundraising volunteers, both regionally andnationally.
  • Assure writing of foundation andcorporate proposals and solicitation materials, appropriateprospect research, and maintenance of donor and prospect records,gift management systems, and informational reports.
  • Collaborate with the CEO and workclosely with the Philanthropy Committee Chair and committee membersto communicate, lead, and energize all Trustees to fulfill aleadership role in successfully accomplishing the PhilanthropyDepartment’s annual goals, programs, budgets, and targets.
  • Identify, steward, solicit andreceive major, annual and planned gifts from individuals,foundations, corporations and trustees, and help members of theBoard, the CEO, other fundraising volunteers and staff identify,cultivate and solicit charitable gifts.
  • Perform other duties asassigned.


Bachelor’s degree in related fieldrequired, advanced degree preferred. Seven to ten yearsprogressively responsible experience in philanthropy, plusdemonstrated success in managing and implementing a comprehensivefund development program required.  Minimum of five yearsmanaging a team required. 


  • Successful and demonstratedexperience envisioning, strategizing, coordinating, leading,communicating, managing, and achieving raising $13-15 millionannually in general donations, planned gifts, grants, corporategiving, and special events.
  • Sound knowledge of the principles,practices and techniques of philanthropy and fund development, anddemonstrated success in asking people to contribute time andmoney.
  • Excellent oral and writtencommunication skills, as well as strong organizational skills, andacuity with detail.
  • Sound business judgment, exerciseprofessional conduct, understand and follow business ethics andstandards, and maintain a high level of confidentiality in allduties.
  • Ability to work a flexible scheduleto meet the demands of executive management, including frequenttravel both regionally and nationally.
  • Proficient in use of latest versionof Microsoft Office products.  Must also be proficient in useof fundraising software.
  • Outstanding verbal and writtencommunication skills along with strong interpersonal andorganizational abilities.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced,deadline driven, changing environment, manage multiple demands,work well under pressure, and work independently.
  • Strong leadership and managementskills, ability to create and execute strategic goals andobjectives, set individual and team priorities and effectivelymonitor progress towards achievement.
  • Must be comfortable with and willingto work around large dogs.
  • Willing to perform general publicrelations duties on behalf of Leader Dog (perform tours, answergeneral questions, be a professional and courteous representativeof Leader Dog, etc.).
  • Ability to establish and maintainprofessional, productive and courteous interactions with employeesthat promote positive teamwork, as well as with volunteers, donors,students and all constituents of Leader Dog.  This encompassesgoing beyond giving and receiving instructions and includes but isnot limited to (a) performing work activities requiring interactingor speaking with others; and (b) responding appropriately toconstructive feedback or suggestions for improvement fromothers.


The physical demands described hereare representative of those that must be met by an employee tosuccessfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals withdisabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of thisjob, the employee is regularly required to communicate and exchangeaccurate information using various methods including in-person,telephone and email.  This position requires independentlocal, regional, and national travel.

Leader Dogs for the Blind reserves theright to change, amend, add, delete, and otherwise assign any andall duties, responsibilities and position title as it deemsnecessary to meet the needs of its business.

Leader Dogs for the Blind is anat-will employer.  This means that the employment relationshipmay be ended at any time without notice by the employer or employeefor any reason.  Neither this document, nor any manual issuedby Leader Dogs for the Blind, is a contract of employment.

Required skills

  • Media Relations
  • Fund Raising
  • Team Management
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