Mouse | Chief Development Officer

Chief Development Officer

With a commitment to creating more diversity in STEM and elevating under-resourced communities, Mouse open opportunities through technology, expand minds with original, hands-on programming, and increase confidence through positive peer-to-peer and mentor relationships.

Together with our partners and supporters, Mouse is helping students realize their full potential—and the potential of technology—to learn, lead, and create for the greater good.

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Executive Director, and working in partnership with the board and other key personnel, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will successfully plan and implement the overall fundraising strategy and pathways to generating the resources needed to operate Mouse’s existing programs and those planned for the future. The CDO has a heightened awareness of the systemic challenges facing underserved communities and drive the vision for the provide ongoing leadership and management of the Communications and Marketing team. The CDO serves as a key member of the senior leadership team and an active participant in making strategic decisions impacting the organization.

Key Outcomes:

  • Create and implement long-term and annual development strategies and plans aligned to budgetary goals to raise $4 million annually
  • Solicit and steward high-capacity institutional and major donors to meet ambitious fundraising goals
  • Actively participate in Mouse’s senior leadership team and contribute to the overall management of the organization

Responsibilities Include:

Strategy & Execution:

  • Develop and implement a short- and long-term advancement plan to meet development goals and objectives to raise $4 million in FY20.
  • Lead development team to design and implement strategies for engaging with Mouse’ current and prospective donors and partners.
  • Lead board development and management in partnership with the Executive Director.
  • Collaborate with leadership team to align program vision to development goals.
  • Helps leadership identify and address organizational development issues that challenge and support health and effectiveness.
  • Ensures that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision, and plans.

Cultivation, Solicitation, Stewardship:

  • Develop cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans customized for each prospective donor
  • Manage prospect research and cultivation initiatives with an emphasis on pursuing strategies to secure or increase giving from donors in all streams (institutional, individual).
  • Lead all grants applications processes, managing the full life cycle of funding (application, reporting, relationship management, grants management).
  • Create and operate a major gifts individual giving strategy to raise strategic unrestricted funds for operations.

Development Team Management:

  • Manage all aspects of development operations, including but not limited to prospect research, proposal development, pipeline management, grants management, reporting, donor stewardship, fundraising systems, and special events.
  • Manage the development of a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of that organization that will enable it to attract, retain, and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.
  • Collaborate with the team to develop performance measures, monitor results, and help the CEO and board evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s fund development program.

Budgeting, Planning, and Goal Setting:

  • Collaborate with operations team to define and set budgetary goals for the organization.
  • Assures proper planning including goal setting, strategy identification, benchmarking and evaluation to support fund development.
  • Assures sound fiscal operation of development function including timely, accurate and comprehensive development of charitable contributions income and expense budgets, reporting, monitoring and implementation.
  • Combines development resources in such a way as to maximize quantity and quality to obtain a set of results. Assures appropriate market testing to reduce risk and assure success.

Special Events:

  • Manager major corporate and individual giving related to event fundraising.
  • Oversee vision and operations for major event fundraising.
  • Hands-on management of special projects and events, including staffing plans and communication with major vendors.


Salary: $110,000 - $125,000 annual

Benefits: Health, dental, vision, LTD, life insurance; sick leave; vacation days; personal days; 401(k) retirement plan with employer match; flexible spending account; summer flex hours; professional development opportunities; telecommute up to 3 days a week.


  • Passion for youth empowerment and fostering greater diversity in STEM fields
  • Bachelor’s Degree required (Master’s Degree a plus)
  • 7+ years of fundraising or other relevant experience
  • Experience in a business setting a plus (e.g., finance, sales / trading, tech, the start-up sector)
  • Successful track record of fundraising achievements and leadership of a nonprofit development team
  • Demonstrated success in routinely securing $50-$100,000 donations
  • Demonstrated comfort securing gifts in the $100-$300,000 range
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects
  • Great teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with Google Suite preferred

To Apply:

Please e-mail your cover letter (that clearly explains why this position at Mouse is uniquely suited to your talents) and resume to Attn: Chief Development Officer Search at No calls please. You will only be contacted if we are interested in pursuing your candidacy.

Application Deadline: February 22, 2019

Mouse is an equal opportunity employer. We know diversity makes us stronger and are committed to inclusivity for all our applicants and employees.

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