Chief Development Officer

The Brotherhood Sister Sol




Fundraising / Business Development


NY - New York metropolitan area

About the Organization

The Brotherhood Sister Sol (BroSis) is a social justice youth development organization that since 1995 has been a place where Black and Latinx youth claim the power of their history, identity, and community to build the future they want to see. By educating, organizing, and training, we are challenging inequity and creating opportunity for all.

BroSis provides holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two. BroSis offers wrap-around evidence-based programming such as four-six year rites of passage programming, thorough five days a week after school care, school and home counseling, summer camps, job training, college preparation, employment opportunities, community organizing training, and month-long international study programs to Africa and Latin America. Based in Harlem, NY but with a national reach, we publish assorted curricula and collections of our members' writings; train educators from throughout the nation on our approach; and organize and advocate for social change. BroSis has earned national recognition for our evidence-based model, receiving an array of awards and funding from a host of national funders, including Doris Duke Foundation, Marlene Nathan Meyerson Foundation, Charles Hayden Foundation, NBA Foundation, Kraft Heinz, New York Community Trust, Comic Relief/Red Nose Day, Tides, William Stamps Farish Foundation, and more.

The organization has over 50 full-time staff, serves thousands throughout New York City, and currently has a $9.5 million dollar operating budget. In addition, we have just moved into our new building- a 22,000 square foot state-of-the-art beacon for youth development. It is an exciting period of organizational growth and increased impact in our community and beyond. You can learn more about The Brotherhood Sister Sol here:

About the Position

The Brotherhood Sister Sol seeks a Chief Development Officer (CDO) who will provide leadership, strategic direction, management and coordination for all of The Brotherhood Sister Sol's fundraising, marketing and communication efforts. The CDO will create and implement fundraising strategies - in close partnership with the Executive Director and Board leadership - that will increase the organization's support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources for a current $9.5 million budget. The CDO will also play a key role in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors for capital and annual gifts, in addition to working in close collaboration with the Executive Director and other senior staff and key volunteer leadership to achieve fundraising goals of the organization. Reporting to the Executive Director, this role will oversee a team that includes the Deputy Director of Development & Communications, Institutional Giving Coordinator, Development Associate for Events & Communications, Development Associate for Database and Operations, and a Government Grants Associate, assorted consultants and work closely with program staff and leadership.

This is an ideal opportunity for an entrepreneurial, proven development leader to join an innovative and powerful organization at an exciting moment of impact.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Fundraising and External Leadership

  • Develop annual fundraising plan in collaboration with the Executive Director for presentation to the Board of Directors; architect fundraising goals, and plan, administer, and implement all fundraising activities
  • Help analyze BroSis' funding needs, designing and implementing strategies to cultivate new sources of revenue in support of emerging opportunities
  • Maintain or further develop existing funders and secure new funders; cultivate and directly solicit key donors, working with the Executive Director and other Board Members, as appropriate
  • Maintain a proactive, creative leadership role in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of annual and major gifts from individual, corporate, and foundation sources
  • Manage development efforts in a fiscally sound manner by ensuring that the appropriate systems, staffing and procedures are in place to support fundraising goals
  • Provide detailed reports about the fundraising progress to the Executive Director and Board on a regular basis
  • Ensure that all donors are appropriately thanked and receive regular communication by making donor stewardship a priority throughout the organization
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with the philanthropic community, individual and corporate donors, sponsors, board members, and volunteers
  • Serve as a visible spokesperson and advocate for BroSis in the funding community

Marketing and Communications

  • Work steadfastly to "tell the story of BroSis" and work with staff who write grants to hone and wordsmith language
  • Provide leadership, with Deputy Director of Development & Communications, for all donor patron receptions, events, and other cultivation/stewardship activities
  • Provide leadership, with Deputy Director of Development & Communications, for all social media, online presence and digital communication – including website presence, Twitter, Facebook, regular e-newsletters to shape organization's message
  • Oversee, with Deputy Director of Development & Communications, all direct mail letters, case statements, grants, brochures, and sponsorship proposals required to support fundraising efforts

Organizational and Team Leadership

  • Develop strategic timelines needed to achieve organization's goals
  • Extensively engage with the Board of Directors and cultivate a strong relationship with Board members
  • Oversee five staff members and work with Sr. HR Manager to ensure professional development opportunities and trainings are in place to develop staff and further develop team - set priorities for team, provide on-going guidance and motivation, ensure strong internal communication, evaluate performance and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Supervise team operations, including developing and maintaining systems and practices for effective project and staff management
  • Implement team equity goals that shape how the team works together, its partnerships and communication, and its team rapport
  • Manage and/or engage with assorted consultants - design, PR, events, website, government relations, etc.
  • Partner with Program Directors and senior program staff to effectively share their expertise, vision, and impact with funders
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff across the organization to understand the development needs and engage in fundraising effectively

Candidate Requirements:

  • At least 12 years of professional experience, with at least 10 years of development experience, culminating in the management of a complex fundraising program
  • Demonstrated success in donor/partner management and strategy, deep knowledge of individual giving and foundations and grant writing; success at securing large (six- and seven-figure) gifts
  • Experience overseeing wide and diverse event production, knowledge of NYC and NYS government funding structures a plus
  • Proven track record of effectively managing and developing high performing teams; an energetic, flexible, collaborative and proactive team builder
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing a departmental budget
  • Astute leader, able to set and meet clear priorities, delegate and guide others, and make sound decisions
  • Energetic and willing to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of fundraising activities
  • A catalyst with a vision who can create excitement and energy around BroSis programs and encourage others to support the organization -- persuasive, persistent, and determined in the pursuit of the organization's fundraising goals
  • An analytical and strategic thinker who is adept at planning, prioritizing, multi-tasking, organizing and following through while remaining highly energetic and focused
  • Ability to work in a hands-on and fast-paced environment, while remaining flexible and motivated
  • Ability to effectively gain the respect and support of various constituencies, including Board and staff members, donors and foundation and civic leaders
  • Straightforward, self-motivated, and diplomatic, sharing information readily, listening as well as giving advice and respecting the abilities of others; track record of working cross-departmentally to achieve goals
  • An exemplary reputation with stature, credibility, and integrity
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with an exacting attention to detail
  • Committed to be enthusiastic about BroSis mission and programs
  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge
  • Adept at digital and social media strategies and platforms
  • Minimum of BA, ideally with an advanced related degree

As The Brotherhood Sister Sol is a youth development organization that works in close quarters with young people and children, and as the safety of our children and their families and our community is paramount, we have instituted a policy that all staff must be fully vaccinated. If there is a medical or religious reason for an exemption from vaccination this can be presented and will be considered.

IN PERSON/IN OFFICE: 512 W 143rd Street, New York, NY 10031, with the expectation to be in the office or in the field four days a week and the option to work remotely one day per week; there is an expectation for attendance five days per week in the office during the initial onboarding period of approximately two months.

Compensation and benefits:

A reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role is $160,000 - $180,000. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure, and certifications.

At The Brotherhood Sister Sol, we offer competitive salaries with a comprehensive benefits package including, health, dental, vision and life insurance, 3% employer contribution to 403(b) retirement account. Staff are entitled to four weeks' vacation; as well as quarterly personal days; and office closure during Winter Break that is approximately 8 vacation days in addition to Christmas and New Year's Day - which thus totals over 6 weeks of vacation over the year; as well as 9 additional paid holidays and 8 sick days.

Qualified Individuals, please apply:

The Brotherhood Sister Sol is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, or current employment status.

On-Ramps is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose. We're partnering with the team at The Brotherhood Sister Sol to build a diverse team in support of their mission. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

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