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Chief Development Officer

The Phoenix - Sober Active Community
Job Title: Chief Development Officer
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February 3rd, 2023

You are an innovative, forward-thinking, and experienced leader with the expertise to serve as the first Chief Development Officer (CDO) of our rapidly scaling nonprofit. You have a successful track record of managing national teams, directing complex organizational strategy, and securing major gifts. You're passionate about recovery from substance use and believe in the power of community. You care about helping to reduce the stigmas around living sober. If this sounds like you, keep reading.

This position will be located in Denver, Colorado or Boston, Massachusetts and will report to the Executive Director, serving as a core member of the Leadership Team. The role will set the national development vision and strategy for the organization, oversee the growing national development team, and build the systems and processes necessary to support a robust development function and ensure that departmental goals are met during a process of scaling. If you're excited about working in a dynamic, creative, and fast-paced environment that promotes personal and professional growth, we want to talk to you!



Design and Lead the Development Strategy for The Phoenix

  • Develop and implement a strategic and comprehensive annual fundraising plan with overarching, measurable goals, positioning The Phoenix to achieve and exceed annual revenue goals as we look to grow from $15M to $25M by 2023
  • Set and achieve annual revenue goals in close collaboration with the Executive Director, National Engagement Director as well as the governing board and impact boards; monitor and report on progress against goals and analyze trends to make adjustments throughout the year
  • Motivate, inspire, and coach in developing and executing local and regional development strategies
  • Develop and implement major gifts solicitation, donor retention, and donor growth strategies
  • Create strong systems for managing relationships with prospects and supporters, ensuring customized communication and follow-up

Ensure Effective Development Team and Operations

  • Translate development strategic plan into work plans so teams can deliver on development goals
  • Develop and manage annual departmental budget, closely monitoring and reporting to the Executive Director on outcomes for revenue goals
  • Ensure effective development operations by building and/or refining appropriate systems, tools, and processes to support the team's work
  • Ensure accurate updating of donor records and compliance documentation in database
  • Collect data as needed for reports to funders

Steward and Support Major Gifts

  • Identify new supporters, including individual donors, foundations, and corporate partners, to expand and diversify The Phoenix's funding base
  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward a personal portfolio of supporters
  • Represent the organization at donor meetings, selected conferences, and networking events



  • At least 10 years of experience in development, outlining and executing comprehensive, integrated strategies
  • Experience managing complex development teams and operations
  • Demonstrated experience building a culture of philanthropy throughout an organization, with the ability to inspire and coach local and regional staff to meet development goals
  • Proven track record of creating and executing innovative fundraising strategies
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically about revenue diversification and develop and implement plans in support of revenue growth
  • Exceptional listening, trust-building, and interpersonal skills with ability to influence, engage, and build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Proactive attitude, future-focused thinking, and ability to lead and execute in a fast-paced environment



  • Expert knowledge and track record of securing individual, corporate, and foundation donors
  • Ability to build and improve systems and tools for development operations, including databases, reporting, and donor research tools
  • Experience in either for profit or nonprofit sector, or charitable foundation field
  • BA/BS or advanced degree, preferably in related field
  • Lived experience as a peer in recovery



  • 403(b) retirement plan with 4% match
  • Paid time off (vacation/sick days/skill enhancement days)
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans



The Phoenix's mission is to build a sober active community that fuels resilience and harnesses the transformational power of connection so that together we rise, recover, and live. Through activities such as CrossFit, climbing, hiking, yoga, boxing, and meditation, participants build confidence, self-respect, and community. The Phoenix offers free programs for anyone with 48 hours of sobriety, operating in 93 communities across 30 states and for people around the globe virtually. Since 2006, we have served 77,200 individuals.

At The Phoenix, we welcome people from all backgrounds and strive to create a healing-centered environment that allows everyone to bring their authentic selves to the workplace. We seek to create a workplace environment that accurately reflects the diverse communities we serve. We understand that voices of varied experiences and perspectives are central to our mission and our impact. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.



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