National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Full Time

Title: Chief Development Officer

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: $140,000-150,000

Work Schedule: Full Time

Location: Chicago, New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles

Date Posted: September 1, 2021

Deadline to apply: Rolling until Filled

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect our lives, our families and our communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, we elevate AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the United States.

NAPAWF was founded in 1996 to realize the vision of 100 AAPI women who recognized the need for an organization that would amplify AAPI women's stories and experiences. Being seen and heard in the public narrative gives us the power to shape the policy and cultural change needed to gain agency over our lives, families, and communities.

Today, we are mobilizing and building power in cities across the United States to create social, political, and economic change for AAPI women and girls. Three of those cities have local staff on the ground. We also show up in solidarity for other women of color who are experiencing injustice and harms of oppression and marginalization.

Our work is focused in the following strategies:

  • Policy and Structural Change
  • Organizing and Civic Engagement
  • Legal Advocacy and Judicial Strategy

We use the Reproductive Justice lens to intersectionally address three core issues:

  • Reproductive Rights and Health
  • Economic Justice
  • Immigration and Racial Justice


NAPAWF seeks a Chief Development Officer who will lead and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy for building and sustaining our development program. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Development Officer will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of our development process including strategy, individual giving, foundations, donor communications, day-to-day development operations, events, and new initiatives.

This person will oversee a team of three including a Major Gift Manager (individual giving), Development Manager (foundation/institutional giving), and Development Associate.

The Chief Development Officer is a member of the executive management team, which along with the Executive Director and Board sets the direction and provides overall management for the organization.


Leadership, Management, and Operations

  • Lead, inspire, and coach the Development team as well as staff and Board to foster a culture of philanthropy
  • Oversee a team of three, including two direct reports: Major Gift Manager and Development Manager
  • Set goals, monitor work, and evaluate results to ensure Development objectives are met
  • Create and present fundraising reports to the Board and funders
  • Train Board and fellow staff members
  • Oversee operations-and systems-related aspects of NAPAWF's development program
  • Optimize information and data management and tracking within the EveryAction database and other systems
  • Extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about resource allotment

Fundraising Strategy and Execution

  • Design, implement, and manage all fundraising activities with the goal of maintaining our current supporters and attracting new donors
  • Work with the Executive Director, Board, and Development Committee to develop strategies for raising $6 million+ annual budget
  • Set annual team fundraising goals and department budgets
  • Develop donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies
  • Act as main liaison to Board for fundraising activities and manage the Development Committee
  • Manage a small portfolio of high-level individual and corporate donors, and support staff members and the ED in managing their portfolios
  • Coordinate with Communications and Finance colleagues to create materials for donors and prospects
  • Identify, solicit, and manage new donor opportunities
  • Plan and execute occasional fundraising events, in collaboration with the development team
  • Coordinate multi-department-wide initiatives with members of the executive team and multiple stakeholders


  • Minimum of 7-10 years of fundraising experience, including experience managing teams
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, ability to manage and motivate staff, and ability to work effectively with members of senior leadership, including Board members
  • Track record of successfully building fundraising programs and managing high-level donor relationships
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to effectively influence internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Collegial attitude and ability to work well with others
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Commitment to NAPAWF's mission


The salary for this position is $140,000-$150,000 commensurate with experience. A highly competitive benefits package includes a 401(k) plan, medical, dental, and vision insurance. NAPAWF's medical plan is covered by NAPAWF at 100% for employee and dependents with no out of pocket costs, including prescription drugs costs. Qualified dependents may also be covered. NAPAWF also offers full-time employees 15 days of vacation in the first year, sick leave, flexible spending program options and personal/family leave, as well as paid vacation between December 25 and January 2 of each year.


The person in this position should be able to engage in diverse demands, including planning and attending in-person events (as safe, and as COVID restrictions are lifted); attending in-person meetings with donors; and engaging in occasional domestic travel to meet with donors and staff. They must have the capacity to work evening hours and/or weekends as required.


This position is typically based in an office setting but will start remotely.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume or CV, and writing sample to, with "Chief Development Officer" in the subject line.

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