The Position 

The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs have a unique employment opportunity for a Chief Growth Officer at our campus in Smithtown, NY (Long Island). Our organizations are unique in the assistance dog industry providing both guide and multiple types of service dogs. 

Position Summary 

As a seasoned fundraising professional, the Chief Growth Officer (CGO) will serve as a member of the Leadership team for Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs(the Organization), overseeing all fundraising functions. The CGO will be responsible for managing the development team, and due to the organizations’ unique model, be responsible for raising major donor revenue for both Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs.

In partnership with the President and CEO and board of directors, the CGO will design, lead and implement a sustainable development strategy encompassing multiple channels to increase philanthropic revenue from a diverse portfolio of national supporters. 

The ideal candidate will possess a high degree of initiative, the willingness to evaluate and take calculated risks, the ability to measure performance and demonstrate an overall drive to build lasting sustainable success for the Organizations. 

We’re looking for: 

  • Ability to thrive in a high-energy, fast-paced and entrepreneurial organization as part of a collaborative, cross-matrixed and committed team.

  • He/she will have a positive, "can-do" attitude; practice innovative thinking and will be flexible and team-oriented.

  • High degree of initiative, will take calculated risks, measure performance and demonstrate an overall drive to build lasting fundraising success for the organizations.

  • A leader and strategic thinker who is self-motivated and has a team mentality and loves working with people.

  • Candidate with a strong desire to make Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. and America’s VetDogs a world class fundraising organizations. 

    Position Requirements

  • A desire to help people with disabilities and support the mission and vision of the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs.

  • 10+ years of professional fundraising experience demonstrating progression of fund raising performance in nonprofit development roles as well as supervisory roles.

  • Demonstrated success raising $ 5 to $10 million+ annually.

  • Experience in building, managing and mentoring a development team inclusive of regionally based fundraisers toward increased measurable levels of success.

  • Proven track record of creating and executing effective fundraising strategies for diverse revenue streams, with success in soliciting and closing 6 and 7-figure gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.

  • Track record of building long-term, productive relationships with donors and philanthropic institutions.

  • Demonstrated ability for handling multiple, complex fundraising initiatives simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.

  • The ability to drive innovation, change and growth, and be a detail-oriented implementer who can mobilize small teams to translate strategy into results.

  • Superb relationship management, interpersonal, and communication (written and oral) skills. 

  • Strong understanding of technology and information systems, managing a large database. Experience with iMIS preferred. 

  • Bachelor’s degree required, CFRE or Master’s degree in relevant field of study preferred

  • The ability to participate in evening and weekend events.

  • The ability to travel as needed (domestically).

  • Compensation Package

    We offer competitive wages, a comprehensive benefits program which includes an outstanding 403(b) plan, tuition reimbursement and generous paid time off (subject to eligibility).

    How to Apply

    Please send your cover letter and resume to: ChiefGrowthOfficerSearch@guidedog.org.