Chief Development Officer

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (The Center) is an engaging, nonprofit museum and cultural organization located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s ongoing struggle for human rights. The Center is currently in search of a Chief Development Officer (CDO) to lead our development and fundraising efforts.

This role is based in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, currently operating as a hybrid work option, being in office a minimum of two days per week with the opportunity to work remotely three days per week.



The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will lead all fundraising and development activities for the organization, setting and executing the overall development strategy and supervising The Center’s development team.

The priorities of this role include nurturing current donor relationships, creating strategic partnerships, fulfilling all donor reporting requirements and expanding our donor network across all philanthropic areas (corporate, philanthropic, and individual), including membership.

The CDO is a member of the Center’s Core Leadership team and works cross-functionally throughout the organization to identify opportunities for financial support of The Center’s work.

Reports To:  Jill Savitt, President & CEO

Duties & Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Set, oversee and adapt the fundraising strategy in partnership with the CEO.
  • Supervise all fundraising initiatives (corporate, major gifts, foundation grants, and individuals/memberships).
  • Present regular reports on fundraising status and funding forecast to colleagues and the board of directors.
  • Manage the development committee of the board of directors.
  • Supervise, develop, and mentor the Development team (currently a team of 4).
  • Identify and nurture corporate, grantmaking, community and individual prospects.
  • Work with development consultants and CEO on the final push of expansion capital campaign (the Center has raised $52 million to date of a $56 million campaign).
  • Manage the community fundraising campaign for the expansion.
  • Understand and respond to the need of donors to meet or exceed their expectations within organizational parameters.
  • Manage the organization’s annual gala, Power to Inspire, and other fundraising events.
  • Leverage current programs and nurture relationships with current donors and organizations to produce increased levels of engagement and funding.
  • Oversee systems, policies and procedures for development efforts including gifts, pledge processing, fund reporting, acknowledgments, and tracking.
  • Ensure integrity of CRMS database content.
  • Operate within equitable and anti-racist mindset when approaching tasks, community, and colleagues.
  • Execute or support other programs and projects as assigned.


Required Skills and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • CFRE or ACFRE certification highly preferred
  • Track record of successful development leadership for a nonprofit organization
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in nonprofit resource development and fundraising
  • Minimum 5 years’ leadership and supervisory experience
  • Excellent relationship building and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent research and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and other commonly used business technology tools
  • Working knowledge of maintaining constituent records and donor management in CRMS database; experience with Blackbaud’s Altru database a big plus
  • A genuine commitment to the mission, values, and work of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Physical Requirements

Reasonable accommodation may be made as needed.

  • Capable of working on a computer for extended periods of time
  • Extended periods of sitting and/or standing
  • Cognitive ability to process information, analyze and make decisions
  • Ability to lift, carry, and or move up to 25 pounds
  • Bending, reaching, kneeling

Employment Eligibility

NCCHR is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on age (40 and over), race, sex, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, and the statuses protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

About Us

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum and cultural organization that inspires the change-maker in each of us. In our exhibitions and programs, we create immersive and empathy-building experiences that connect history to the present.

NCCHR is a museum and cultural organization that inspires the changemaker in each of us. Founded in 2014, NCCHR connects the US civil rights movement to global human rights movements around the world today. Our immersive and empathy-building experiences highlight people who have worked to protect rights and model how individuals create positive change.   To learn more, visit our website civilandhumanrights.org.

Application Instructions

Interested and qualified candidates please submit a cover letter, resume or CV and writing sample to [email protected].