Chief Development Officer

Our Common HomeFlexible, Remote

Overview of Our Common Home

Our Common Home is a global initiative that builds alternative long-term political solutions to climate change in critical nations. Its mission is to reach a political consensus on the need to preserve our environment and empower everyone across society to work together in exploring and building solutions. It believes that locally rooted civic associations are vital elements for building stable and successful responses to climate change and to preserve natural inheritance.

How it Works

The organization supports, mentors, and creates organizations working at the country level that speak to key public audiences who are not currently reached by the existing climate movement and NGOs.  The initiative was conceived to counteract the political polarization and identity politics that increasingly undermine the possibility of mass support for climate change policies.

By organizing with influential public audiences — regardless of ideology — and seeking to embed climate action within the existing narratives, institutions, and experiences, Our Common Home aims to build towards a common good on climate action, pivot decision makers towards the issue on their own terms, and create sustained public incentives for acting.

Our Common Home deploys an electoral mindset to the issue of climate change by identifying the most influential voters within target countries and finding the most effective and compelling ways to drive those segments to take action.  Headquartered in Geneva, the organization operates with national teams in ten countries in Europe and South America, and is quickly expanding into new geographies in the coming months.  Is through these national teams that the organization helps create civic institutions that empower individuals in their countries to collectively build action on climate and the environment.

For more information, please visit https://ourcommonhome.ch.

The Opportunity

Founded in 2021, Our Common Home is laying the groundwork for its next strategic chapter thanks to the generous support of leading institutional and family foundations across the U.S. and Europe who are operating at the forefront of the global climate sector.  The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is a newly created position in response to the organization’s rapid growth over the past two years.  This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a development leader to join an organization at an early growth stage, contributing to the evolution of its strategy, vision, values, culture, and impact.

Reporting to the CEO and a member of the executive leadership team, the CDO will design and implement a comprehensive fund development strategy with the aim of mobilizing new levels of philanthropy for the organization and diversifying its already impressive donor base.  The primary focus will be on growing a community of high-net-worth individual and institutional funders and to anticipate where and how the organization can successfully activate new philanthropists for impact.  Additionally, beyond this global approach to the funder base, the CDO will help guide the organization’s national teams in building more local philanthropic support for their in-country efforts.

Key Priorities

Development Strategy

  • In partnership with the CEO and Board, the CDO will design and implement a global development strategy to grow and diversify funding streams with institutional and family foundations, and identify and cultivate new funder opportunities within new and existing networks.
  • Define clear engagement / participation roles to effectively deploy the CEO.  Additionally, the CDO will seek to understand and then design engagement tailored to the Board of Directors to leverage their unique value and networks, as well as manage and support their activities aligned with the development strategy.
  • Partner and collaborate with executive leadership to craft clearly articulated narratives and donor communication strategies around Our Common Home’s mission and work, aligning messaging to funder and prospective donor priorities, including on the intersectionality of climate to other global issues (e.g., health, migration, etc.).
  • Create the approach and process to guide national leaders at the country level to build and engage a local donor base for their programs.  Certain countries where the organization is currently operating, including Spain, Brazil, and Switzerland, are uniquely primed for deeper and more sophisticated donor engagement activities, and poised for the CDO to bring expert guidance and support to their fund development efforts.

Philanthropy and Funder Communications

  • Steward and grow relationships with funders in alignment with the development strategy, including building a progression / renewal track for donors to promote higher levels of giving over time.
  • Identify and research new prospective funders and ensure ongoing prospect discovery and engagement.
  • Closely partner with the CEO in prospect engagement and jointly or separately undertake meetings; efforts include conducting research and due diligence as well as preparing proposals and briefing materials.
  • Develop and manage impact / outcome reporting systems to support donor activities and requirements.
  • Guide strategy and messaging for funder communications, and serve as a key representative / spokesperson for the organization as needed.

Development Operations and Systems

  • Build the systems and team capacity to operationalize the development strategy and ensure effective cross-functional implementation.  This includes refining or setting up new systems to manage relationships with partners, consultants, and other stakeholders who are supporting the organization’s fund development activities.
  • Create and implement best practices around donor cultivation, stewardship, and engagement to ensure consistency and efficiency throughout all funder interactions.

Candidate Profile

Our Common Home seeks an innovative fundraising professional who is deeply passionate about the impactful role philanthropy can have on one of the most critical issues of our time.  For those attracted to a dynamic start-up venture, this is an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to an important global effort addressing the climate crisis.  Operating as a trusted advisor and partner to philanthropists and foundations, the CDO will bring impeccable leadership skills and a demonstrated track record developing and managing funding strategies for mission-driven organizations, movements, or causes.

The ideal candidate is a creative, self-starter skilled at moving seamlessly between high-level strategy and tactical implementation.  The CDO will thrive in a fast-paced, high-trust entrepreneurial environment that values bold and audacious thinking.  The position requires an agile strategist and fundraiser who can design and execute on initiatives effectively — a strong project manager who is organized, clear with work plans and goals, understands accountabilities and resource requirements, and is capable of tracking priorities and progress.

With the Chief Development Officer role, Our Common Home aims to build a culture of philanthropy that will expand its global donor base and move the organization into its next strategic chapter.  Candidates must have a sophisticated development background with an acute understanding of high-net-worth / foundation engagement and progression.  This position also requires a brilliant storyteller who can translate passion and ideas in both written and spoken form with eloquence.  The CDO will be adept at conveying impact using data while at the same time inspiring hope in what can often be a daunting issue area.

Domain expertise in Our Common Home’s area of work or in the climate sector more broadly is not required, though candidates must possess a genuine desire to understand the model and have the curiosity and horsepower to ramp up quickly.  The CDO will be an effective listener and bring the intellectual prowess needed to work through complicated strategic questions with the board and leadership, discern what donors care about, and pull multi-issue, cross-sector stakeholders and intersectional content areas together to generate diverse support from the philanthropic community.

In navigating the global structure of Our Common Home, the CDO must display flexibility, diplomacy, humility, graciousness, and trustworthiness.  Outstanding skills around communication and transparency to solve problems is essential.  Operating as a natural coach, the CDO will also know how to build strong, collaborative, and supportive approaches with the national teams to guide their efforts in developing in-county donor networks.

Candidates must possess a minimum of ten years of senior fund development experience in mission-driven organizations.  A demonstrated track record architecting and implementing philanthropic growth strategies is necessary, including the full development lifecycle from research / identification, cultivation, stewardship, to closing multi-year commitments from family foundations and institutional donors at the six- and seven-figure levels.

Position Location and Travel

The Chief Development Officer for Our Common Home has the option to work remotely anywhere in the U.S.  The organization provides a comprehensive compensation package, including competitive salary, healthcare, retirement benefits, and paid time off.  Ability to travel frequently domestically and internationally is required.

Our Common Home’s EEO Statement

Our Common Home values, celebrates, and supports a diverse and inclusive environment throughout its organization.  All qualified candidates who contribute to the organization’s broad commitment to diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Be Considered

Please submit your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position and fit for the role via the “Become a Candidate” button. Letters may be addressed to Jeff Waldron.

Chief Development OfficerOur Common HomeFlexible, Remote

GoodCitizen has been exclusively retained by Our Common Home to lead this search. For questions, please contact:

Jeff Waldron
Senior Advisor
Direct: 415.529.2150
jeff@goodcitizen.com