Chief Advancement Officer


The Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for leading the development of all internal and external relationships related to philanthropy.  Specifically, the Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for planning, implementing and directing all aspects of fundraising, marketing and public relations activities of the East Texas Food Bank. This includes, but is not limited to media relations, social media, corporate/foundation gifts, major gifts, planned giving, direct mail and public sector programs.  Strong focus will be placed on the major donations and generating gifts from individuals, new prospects and expanding fundraising efforts into previously untapped locales within the service territory as well as maximizing existing campaigns and events.

The Chief Advancement Officer works under the direct supervision of the CEO and works collaboratively with the Food Bank’s senior leadership team and members of the Board of Directors.

  • Works closely with CEO to develop and implement fundraising and program strategy to support mission and goals of the Food Bank.
  • Leads, hires, trains, motivates and supervises a competent Development and Communications, Marketing and Community Advancement staff committed to the mission and values of the Food Bank. Coaches and develops staff to maximize performance, makes recommendations to the CEO affecting salary and employment decisions.
  • Establishes forecasts and evaluates fundraising potential, researches and identifies sources of funds to support Food Bank program
  • Develops budget, action plans, methods, materials, procedures and reports for each event and campaign to enhance effectiveness and maximize revenue. Works with Food Bank staff to coordinate and run successful events and campaign
  • Oversees the direct marketing program through mail, online and social media. Develops and implements seasonal campaigns and special events; tracks, monitors and evaluates results of mailings, identifies and implements new approaches to direct marketing campaign
  • Establishes and implements guidelines for donor stewardship and recognition; creates recognition letters and develops means of stewardship for donors that effectively and enthusiastically convey the organization’s appreciation.
  • Oversees the communications and public relations program to increase community awareness, enthusiasm and giving. Employs innovative methods to communicate the Food Bank’s mission through public appearances as well as brochures, press releases, newsletters, annual report and web
  • Supports and participates in the Food Bank’s local, state and national public policy advocacy effort. Monitors news and events related to changes in public policy that could impact the Food Bank, its partners and clients and engages print, television, radio and social media to promote positive change.  Oversees the coordination of advocacy trips during legislative sessions.
  • Cultivates foundation, corporate and government relationships, Identifies grant opportunities, requirements and time frames.  Oversees the preparation of grant proposals and submittals that are clear, complete, specific, and reflect the energy, urgency, priorities and mission of the Food Bank in order to maximize income goals.
  • Collaborates with Finance and program staff to ensure appropriate grant reporting, documentation and required follow-up.
  • Cultivates relationships with dono Builds and maintains appropriate external relationships and coalitions. Stays abreast of relevant development opportunities with various community groups and agencies.
  • Oversees the development and management of the donor database to ensure the integrity of donor information, the timely processing of gifts and accuracy of information.
  • Promotes a Planned Giving program by working with financial institutions, community groups to provide information to individuals concerning the benefits and process for establishing a planned gift (i.e. wills, trust and bequests).
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of Food Bank’s development program Develops and implement innovative strategies for continually improving Food Bank’s impact, effectiveness and quality of fundraising activities.
  • Provides direction on funding potential of established and future program Works closely with the Program Services Department to implement plans, budgets and forecasts, build community awareness and cultivate relationships.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree; course work or professional certification in fundraising, non-profit management or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of five years successful fundraising experience which includes managing Development staff, strategic planning, fundraising and capital campaigns involving multiple fundraising disciplines and strategy
  • Experience working directly with high-level volunteers (Board members) and the direct solicitation of potential major donors
  • Commitment to the Food Bank’s values and mission in driving social change and building coalitions to eliminate hunger is essential

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated successful experience in working with and involving top-level board members and other volunteers in development effo Proven ability to initiate action and motivate others.
  • Solid track record with progressive management techniques and motivating employee.
  • Detail and results-oriented.
  • Excellent writing skills including grant proposal development and business correspondence.
  • Team player, willingness to help others achieve success in fundraising campaign
  • Excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal, organizational and client service skills required.
  • Willing to work flexible schedule
  • Integrated and familiar with the East Texas community.
  • Technologically proficient Intermediate skill level in Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and ability to quickly learn new software systems.  Specific knowledge of client databases & inventory software a plus.
  • Self-starter, self-directed, and self-motivated.
  • Strong analytical, technical, and time management skills.
  • Proven ability to collaborate with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.

This position consists of work in an office environment: requires the use of general office equipment such as telephone, computers, calculators and copiers and walking across the warehouse and office areas.  There may be extended periods of sitting, standing and/or bending; listening, talking and/or visual concentration; writing and/or computer use.  This position would normally have routine opportunities to alter physical position or change eye focus.  This position requires some physical activity such as bending, twisting, and lifting up to 40 pounds.

Applicants should send resume and cover letter to:
East Texas Food Bank
c/o Human Resources
3201 Robertson Road
Tyler, TX 75701