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Penn-Mar Human Services - Chief Development Officer


pennmarLocation: Freeland, MD

Penn-Mar Human Services is seeking a dynamic, self-starting fundraising professional to join our team in the position of Chief Development Officer (CDO).  Penn-Mar is multi-service 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Freeland, Maryland, serving more than 350 individuals with cognitive and intellectual disabilities with a range of educational, vocational and residential programs in Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties in Maryland, as well as York County in Pennsylvania. Penn-Mar’s mission is to transform life into living for individuals, families, our staff and volunteers. Our core values and much more information about our organization can be found at . Penn-Mar’s current budget is approximately $28 million and represents a combination of government grants and contracts as well as private contributions. Penn-Mar is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, and the organization has over 500 full and part-time staff members. The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will be a key member of Penn-Mar’s seven-person senior management team.

Reporting to the President and CEO of Penn-Mar Human Services, the CDO will oversee all of Penn-Mar’s fundraising activities. Working with and providing staff support to the Penn-Mar Human Services Board and the Penn-Mar Human Services Foundation Board, the CDO will lead the foundation, corporate and government grant seeking efforts, planned giving special events, direct mail and manage and engage in major donor solicitations. He/she will also oversee the agency's public relations and external communications.  Our goal is to aggressively increase annual funding from private sources for current operations and build the Foundation’s endowment from approximately $5 million at present to $20-$25 million over the next 10 years.

 We are seeking an individual with the entrepreneurial drive and fundraising and communications skill sets to dramatically increase Penn-Mar’s fundraising results. Additionally, we are seeking someone with the interpersonal communications skills, demonstrated ability, and successful track record in cultivating major donors and successfully securing five-figure gifts and above as well as bequest commitments. See the full list of responsibilities and requirements by clicking here.

 Specific qualifications include:

  • Minimum 5 years of direct fundraising experience
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and build new revenue streams;
  • Well-developed written and oral communications skills and style;
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills;
  • Strong individual solicitation skills;
  • Experience working with a board of directors;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.

 Application Process

To apply, email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: (E-mail applications are required). For other inquiries contact Ginna Goodenow at

 Penn-Mar Human Services does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Penn-Mar will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. The policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination and access to benefits and training.




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