Position: Chief Development Officer

Posting Date: 9/12/2019

Classification: Full time- Exempt


About Inspirica

Inspirica’s mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve – and maintain – permanent housing and stability in their lives.  We are one of the largest providers of services to the homeless in Connecticut.  Each night, we house 350 people. We serve more than 1,050 people per year, including 250 children. Our residential facilities include emergency shelters, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and deeply affordable housing.  We serve individuals across the spectrum of the homeless, including single men, single women, families, people with mental illness, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Inspirica is one of only a few organizations nationally that is able to address both the physical component of homelessness (residential services) and its underlying root causes (support services) on a single, powerful, end-to-end platform. In addition to housing, we provide vocational training, workforce education, job placement, housing placement, job & housing retention support, children's services, early childhood & parenting services, case management, etc. We further collaborate with a vast array of external partners to provide medical/dental care, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, etc.

We are a results-oriented organization with a caring professional staff and dedicated volunteers who believe in individual human potential, personal accountability and mutual respect.

Position Overview

Reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and is responsible for the strategy and implementation of Inspirica’s fundraising efforts. The position calls for a person who is highly organized and capable of handling a variety of tasks simultaneously. Must be self-directed, confident and personable. Ability to effectively manage a high degree of exposure to the public and high net worth individuals is imperative. Highly confident communicator with excellent written skills and verbal communication skills. The individual must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and be able to manage projects as priorities change, ensuring detail and accuracy while maintaining deadlines. This position requires a team-oriented person with a history of working with management and board members to achieve organizational goals. The Chief Development Officer will provide guidance and leadership to ensure that all staff, board members and volunteers are VIP ambassadors. The ideal candidate is passionate about Inspirica’s work, goal-oriented, enjoys researching new funding opportunities, excels at building meaningful relationships, and keeps meticulous records.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Partner with the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors to create a development plan that increases revenues and supports the strategic direction of the organization.

  • Serve as an active member of the Executive Team, which includes responsibilities for Inspirica’s development department (e.g., planning, goal-setting and meeting budget goals).

  • Oversee and manage fundraising efforts such as grant submissions, and renewal applications to foundations, corporations, and individual donors to meet fundraising budget and goals.

  • Cultivate new funders and individual donors to support existing programs, special initiatives, and general operations.

  • Develop and oversee appropriate and diverse approaches and fundraising campaigns with major sponsors/donors both corporate and individual.

  • Develop and oversee all fundraising campaigns, including annual appeals and grass roots outreach. 

  • Manage the research and identification of individuals, foundations and corporations that have potential to support Inspirica’s programming (restricted funds) and operations (unrestricted).

  • Have an understanding of the current philanthropic landscape and develop a strategy to acquire major donors/sponsors and increase their level of engagement and giving with the organization.

  • Lead, staff and facilitate fundraising committees of the Board.

  • Supervise Special Events and Volunteerism team to develop a comprehensive plan to increase Inspirica’s overall visibility.

  • Work with key corporate partners to increase volunteer engagement, identify potential sponsorship opportunities, signature events and secure annual fund donations.

  • Establish strong rapport with all program staff for deep understanding of Inspirica’s clients and communities.

  • Develop and coordinate the day-to-day activities of the fundraising department including, but not limited to, direct mail, email marketing, tailored/personal communications, social media, and personalized donor solicitations.

  • Oversee cause-marketing and, when appropriate, crowd-funding projects or other social media initiatives that support individual giving.

  • Partner with program leadership staff for strategic fundraising based on client needs. Perform other tasks as required or assigned by the CEO.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • 8 to 10 years of not-for-profit fundraising preferably within social services.

  • Demonstrated and proven track record of successful fundraising experience that includes major gift programs, grant writing, annual appeals, donor stewardship and database management, special events, corporate/foundation giving, management of restricted & unrestricted grants, and donor cultivation and recognition.

  • Experience working with Board Members in setting fundraising strategy and accomplishing annual fundraising goals.

  • Strong familiarity with the network of philanthropy and employee volunteerism in Stamford, CT.

  • Experience supervising staff; capable of working with a wide range of people in a team-oriented manner.

  • Ability to strategically develop and drive ideas from conception to completion, extremely goal oriented.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including excel and PowerPoint.

  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge and other fundraising software packages.

  • Experience with online giving and social media outlets.

  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) Certification preferred.

  • Superior presentation and interpersonal skills and the capacity to inspire and motivate prospective individual donors and volunteers.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.


Candidates should email resume, cover letter, and writing sample (in Word format) with “Chief Development Officer” in the subject line to: search@InspiricaCT.org


Inspirica is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, disability, race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, the presence of a non-job related handicap, or any other legally protected status.