Chief Development Officer (CDO)
Jewish Federation of Omaha
The CEO seeks a dynamic and creative Chief Development Officer (CDO) with proven philanthropic skills to join his team and help deliver on the vision of creating a sustainable, vibrant and inviting organization that will provide for the current and future needs for Jews in Omaha and around the world for generations to come.
The CDO has primary responsibility for implementing a clear and passionate vision for growing fundraising. S/he will design and execute a comprehensive and diversified fundraising plan which includes working with special events, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, direct mail, e-philanthropy, missions, leadership development, women’s philanthropy, and outreach.
The CDO will play a key role in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors. Chief among the characteristics being sought include the ability to inspire confidence and trust from among Omaha’s community, so donors know their needs are being addressed and their contributions being stewarded with the highest degree of professionalism and efficiency.
A demonstrated track record in donor engagement and financial resource development is a prerequisite.
The CDO will report to the CEO and lead a staff of direct reports. The CDO trains, supervises, and evaluates campaign staff and recruits, develops, and cultivates volunteers and lay leaders.
ANNUAL CAMPAIGN INFORMATION
Omaha, Nebraska is home to approximately 6,000 Jews. Jewish life is diverse and multi-faceted, and includes Orthodox, Conservative and Reform synagogues, an active Chabad, and a Hebrew day school. The Jewish Federation of Omaha, a fully functional federation, houses the following agencies: Jewish Community Center, Center for Jewish Education, Community Relations Committee, Jewish Press, Jewish Family Service, Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, and Jewish Senior Outreach. The Federation has annually raised approximately $3 million from an average of 1700 gifts. The Federation currently holds approximately $66 million in endowments, donor advised and other funds. Opportunities for growth are significant.
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Omaha's pioneer period began in 1854 when the city was founded by speculators from neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa. The city was founded along the Missouri River, and a crossing called Lone Tree Ferry earned the city its nickname, the "Gateway to the West." During the 19th century, Omaha's central location in the United States caused the city to become an important national transportation hub. Throughout the rest of the 19th century, the transportation and jobbing sectors were important in the city, along with its railroads and breweries. In the 20th century, the Omaha Stockyards, once the world's largest, and its meatpacking plants, gained international prominence.
Today, Omaha is the home to five Fortune 500 companies: ConAgra Foods, Union Pacific Corporation, Mutual of Omaha, Peter Kiewit and Sons, Inc., and Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire Hathaway is headed by local investor Warren Buffett, who was the richest person in the world for the first half of 2008. Omaha is also the home to four Fortune 1000 headquarters, TD Ameritrade, West Corporation, Valmont Industries, and Werner Enterprises. First National Bank of Omaha is the largest privately held bank in the United States. Headquarters for Leo A Daly, HDR, Inc. and DLR Group, three of the US's top 30 architectural and engineering firms, are located in Omaha.
The modern economy of Omaha is diverse and built on skilled knowledge jobs. In 2009, Forbes identified Omaha as the nation's number one "Best Bang-For-The Buck City" and number one on "America's Fastest-Recovering Cities" list. Tourism in Omaha benefits the city's economy greatly, with the annual College World Series providing important revenue and the city's Henry Doorly Zoo serving as the top attraction in Nebraska. Omaha hosted the Olympic swim trials in 2008, and is scheduled to do so again in 2012.
Omaha has excellent public and private schools, colleges and universities.
CDO QUALIFICATIONS AND SUCCESS FACTORS
COMPENSATION: A competitive compensation package.
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to Sandra Leshaw, Sandra.Leshaw@jewishfederations.org, who is conducting the search on behalf of the Jewish Federation of Omaha.