Chief Development Officer

HeartShare Human Services of New York


Chief Development Officer


HeartShare Human Services of New York


New York, NY


HeartShare is a New York City-based organization dedicated to fighting for and lifting up those who are too often underserved and overlooked. The organization supports two key populations: (1) individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and (2) children and families dealing with the trauma related to family separation, poverty and mental illness. Both sides of the organization currently operate separately, focusing on their specific communities, but they will begin to become more closely integrated.

Since 1914, HeartShare has been dedicated to New York City’s most vulnerable, empowering individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities to reach their full potential through education, vocational training, the arts, housing, family support and long-term therapy services. The HeartShare School offers quality education and therapies to children with autism. And HeartShare Wellness provides therapies and counseling, as well as case management to those with developmental disabilities and people with chronic conditions.

For over 150 years, HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services (HSVS) has worked to equalize opportunities for those who need it most. Every year, over 6,000 New Yorkers are supported through adoption, foster care, mental health and youth and family programs. Founded in 1869 as a home for young working boys, HSVS today provides comprehensive and holistic services to New Yorkers of all ages.


HeartShare is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated Chief Development Officer (CDO) to spearhead and elevate our fundraising initiatives and development program. The ideal candidate will be a proven leader with an impressive track record in individual, corporate, and foundation fundraising. This role demands a visionary who can drive the organization’s fundraising efforts with innovative strategies and unyielding dedication. The CDO will play a pivotal role in shaping and advancing HeartShare’s philanthropic vision, goals, and culture, while meeting and exceeding ambitious targets. We are looking for a results-oriented professional who thrives in a high-expectation environment and is committed to achieving exceptional outcomes for HeartShare’s mission.

Key Responsibilities:

Organizational Leadership

  • Champion a Culture of Philanthropy: Partner with CEO, senior leaders and teams across the organization to establish a culture of philanthropy that centers HeartShare’s mission, values, and strategic priorities. Develop and maintain a robust donor management and cultivation process, utilizing tools like Blackbaud to streamline and enhance engagement efforts.
  • Board and Major Donor Engagement: Engage, collaborate with, and guide members of the Development Committee of the Board as partners in direct fundraising and stewardship of potential Board members and major donors.
  • Development Team Leadership: Lead, manage, mentor, and grow the Development team with a focus on expanding capacity for major gift fundraising and meaningfully engaging Heartshare’s diverse community and donor base.

Development Strategy & Fundraising

  • Strategic Planning and Execution: Develop and implement a multi-year strategic plan focused on major gifts, ensuring the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donors are executed with precision and ambition. Allocate 30% of your efforts to major gifts fundraising and networking, driving the pursuit of significant contributions by developing and nurturing relationships with key donors.
  • Maximize Fundraising Initiatives: Partner with key stakeholders to drive and enhance fundraising opportunities through events and corporate partnerships, optimizing their impact on HeartShare’s goals. Oversee special events management and ensure alignment with strategic goals, with a focus on planning and executing high-impact events that further the organization’s objectives. Establish criteria and processes for events, including goals, timelines, and checklists, to ensure success.
  • Innovative Donor Stewardship: Create and implement a comprehensive strategy for donor stewardship, fostering deeper relationships with major individual donors and institutional partners to ensure ongoing support. Focus on growing mid-level donor engagement, dedicating 10% of your efforts to developing and managing strategies that cultivate these donors and transition them into major giving opportunities .
  • Major Gifts and Campaign Leadership: Spearhead individual donor strategies with a focus on major gifts, including the development of a major gifts program and oversight of capital campaigns, aiming for transformative impact on HeartShare’s mission. Drive efforts to create a corporate partner program through volunteer opportunities, developing deeper, long-term partnerships with board member employers and expanding the network of support.

Qualifications and Experience:

The successful candidate will bring 10+ years of senior leadership and fundraising experience. They will have exceptional major gift fundraising and relationship building skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to use data to set strategic priorities and achieve ambitious goals. Key experience includes:

  • Demonstrated track record of building and growing a fundraising program, including cultivating major gifts and securing corporate, foundation, and government funding.
  • A highly skilled and knowledgeable fundraiser, current on funding trends, activities, and techniques.
  • Experience working in close partnership with and advising a CEO/Executive Director and Board of Directors on fundraising activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing high-profile fundraising events that generate significant revenue and enhance the organization’s visibility and reputation.
  • Ability to collaborate with fellow senior leaders on high-level organizational priority-setting and decision-making.
  • Familiarity with the New York Philanthropic community and corporate landscape.
  • A strong, capable, inclusive, and transformative manager and leader able to build, motivate, develop, and inspire a team.

As a person you are:

  • A dedicated and high-energy fundraiser— you love building connections through donor cultivation and bring versatile development knowledge and skillsets.
  • An entrepreneurial and results-oriented leader — you have a track record of measurable successes and have built effective systems that advance individual and collective goals.
  • A mission and values driven individual— you believe in the power of community to transform lives and are committed to creating inclusive and empowering spaces for all.

Other Requirements: This is a hybrid position with staff expected to be in the office 3-4 days a week.


The salary range for this position is $220,000-$250,000 commensurate with experience with generous benefits.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume using the following link:

HeartShare Human Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.