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Chief Development Officer

YSF Association Office
Full time
Competency level: 
Reports to: 
Chief Executive Officer
Salary range: 
$225,000 to $275,000

Organizational Overview:

Founded in 1853, the YMCA of San Francisco strengthens the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Our deep presence in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties is activated through 14 principal branches and more than 120 community-based locations.

The YMCA of SF is part of a larger Y framework operating in the Bay Area, California, nationally and globally.  We impact our communities by focusing on early childhood development, health and wellness for all, access to the natural environment, and economic and employment security.  In addition, our work in closing achievement gaps and keeping youth engaged in school mitigates economic failure and poverty.    

Our broad practice in community mental health is a hallmark of many of our programs and we work in close in partnership and collaboration with many community-focused organizations which allows us to bring together the best minds and talents to focus on deep and persistent areas of human need.

We are driven by our Diversity, Inclusion and Global principles and strive to advance social equity and bridge building across and within all communities we serve.  Our 2020 Vision is “the healthiest children in America will live in the Bay Area gaining the skills and habits to reach their highest potential and in turn make a valuable contribution to society.” We are led by this Vision in all ways in which we work, partner and collaborate..

The Opportunity:

The YMCA of San Francisco is in one of its most dynamic points in our history.  We are well positioned to transform the landscape of the Tenderloin community with a new YMCA branch in the neighborhood.  Since 1894, the Y has been committed to the Tenderloin community and has served as an anchor institution and currently delivers programs and services from the location at Boeddeker Park. 

In collaboration and partnership with University of California Hastings College of the Law and University of California San Francisco, the new Y will be an integral part of a new building facing, on one side, our vast civic and cultural center to the south and the vibrant, if not highly complex Tenderloin to the north.  Our Vision for the project is “when the law, health science and the community work together, imagine the future.”  A successful major/historic capital campaign will allow us to open the new Tenderloin Y in 2022.

The YMCA of SF depends on philanthropic support with a strategic plan to raise $15,000,000 annually.  We accomplish this through annual giving, major and foundation gifts, capital, corporate support, major events and planned-giving.  While we have excellent capital campaign consultants, we need strong and robust development professionals to be successful in all our charitable and philanthropic endeavors.

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will lead a team of seasoned and sophisticated development professionals with the opportunity to build a team around them, guide the board and staff in developing and executing strategies to raise $15,000,000 annually and ensure the organization is well positioned for a successful Tenderloin Community Project capital campaign. 

The CDO reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and is part of the four-person C-Suite senior leadership team to include the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the Chief Financial/Administrative Officer (CFO/CAO).  Together, this team models and supports effective, on-going organizational effectiveness that addresses the intersections of fundraising, operations, finance, infrastructure, advancing equity and impact.

Who you are:

A passionate philanthropic leader with 15 or more years’ of progressively responsible experience in development with emphasis on annual giving, foundation and corporate grants, capital development, and planned giving in the YMCA or other large non-profit organization or equivalent required.  Must be a certified fund raising executive (CFRE) and/or Professional.  Additionally, this position requires a four-year college degree and preference for master’s degree in a related field. 

Applicant must have significant fundraising success with individuals, government, corporations and foundations.  Experience leading a data-driven approach to development, comprehensive understanding of donor management systems and tools (preferably Salesforce).  Extensive knowledge of local and regional corporate and foundation communities and significant track record in developing successful partnerships between and among corporations, government agencies and community partners.  Experience building a strong development program and continuing the culture of giving is also essential.

To Apply

All employees working with the YMCA are considered to have supervisory or disciplinary action relationship over minors.  Job offers are conditional and contingent upon background clearance. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and CA Fair Chance Act, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 


Everything you need to know about us

We offer the following benefits:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive health benefits - medical and dental plans for full time employees
  • Retirement benefits – 12% employer contribution after completion of eligibility requirements
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees
  • Commuter Benefits via pre-tax payroll deductions
  • Flexible Spending Account – Medical and Dependent Care on a pre-tax basis  
  • Use of YMCA of San Francisco Fitness facilities
  • Paid time off benefits for part time and full time employees upon completion of eligibility requirements
  • Training and staff development for all employees