Chief Advancement Officer

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About YouthCare

YouthCare was founded in 1974 as one of the first runaway and homeless youth shelters on the West Coast. The goal was to help homeless youth find safety today and build stability for tomorrow. This passionate vision continues to drive YouthCare every day. Over these four decades, they have defined best practices, developed programs and policies that are a national standard for excellence, and ensured that young people experiencing homelessness have the hope, skills, and self-confidence needed to thrive.

YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential. YouthCare envisions a community where no young person experiences homelessness, all young people have the opportunity to thrive, and the systems that oppress them are dismantled.

Through a combination of individualized services and a trusting relationship with a caring adult, YouthCare ensures that young people experiencing homelessness achieve long-term stability. This includes housing stability, financial stability, personal support, and wellness. Each young person receives a combination of services tailored to their individual needs and goals.

In 2019, YouthCare served 1,500 young people ranging in age from 12 to 25. This included youth participating in core programs (housing, case management, education, and employment training) as well as those who visited an engagement center for a hot meal and to connect with supportive staff and services.

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The Opportunity

The Chief Advancement Officer will have the distinct opportunity to join an organization at the forefront of ending youth homelessness as it undertakes the significant transformational work of a community capital campaign, the inauguration of a partnership with NHL Seattle Kraken/Climate Pledge Arena and the implementation of program innovations that will improve outcomes for youth.  This position reports to the CEO, serves on the executive team and manages a department of eighteen (with five direct reports) that collectively is responsible for public and private revenue, communications, volunteer management and public policy.

In mid-2020, YouthCare launched a three-year, $30 million Community Campaign to build out its foundational services and intensify the focus on four key pillars of stability: housing, education and employment, wellness and community. Funds raised will support three key initiatives:

  • Building out The YouthCare Academy, located on the corner of Broadway and Pine, to significantly expand education and employment programming;
  • Delivering equitable compensation and professional development for staff to support the exceptional and consistent care they provide to clients; and,
  • Strengthening YouthCare’s infrastructure and organizational capacity to support this transformational work into the future.
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Key Priorities and Responsibilities

Strategy and Leadership

  • Provide the strategic guidance to integrate the department’s collective vision.
  • Steer the community campaign through its quiet phase (leadership and major gifts), into the public phase and across the $30 million finish line by July 2023.
  • Serve as a thought partner to the CEO, as a liaison to the board of directors and as an integral member of the executive leadership team which includes programs, human services and finance.
  • Oversee a high performing team, optimize individual and collective potential and maintain a strong esprit de corps to achieve shared goals.
  • Lead engagement and stewardship strategies for YouthCare’s Board of Directors and volunteer leaders to encourage participation in YouthCare activities.

Fund Development

  • Strategically grow the base of dedicated donors, and expand the major gifts program, to double annual giving from $5 million to $10 million.
  • Direct management of the annual lunch and develop additional fundraising events.
  • Build a solid platform (people, data, systems) to support the transformation of relationships, donor base and organizational profile generated by the capital campaign.
  • Support management of the Seattle Kraken relationship and actively identifying additional opportunities for valuable community partnerships.
  • Champion the growth of YouthCare’s public funding portfolio while integrating with private fundraising, public policy and budget advocacy efforts.

Communications and Advocacy

  • Guide vision and messaging for external communications
  • Oversee and write executive speeches and testimony.
  • Serve as public spokesperson for YouthCare on matters related to community campaign, fund development, advocacy and crisis communication.
  • Develop internal communications program.
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Ideal Candidate

YouthCare seeks a seasoned development and communications leader who feels a visceral connection to the organization’s mission and the youth they serve. The ideal candidate possesses tenacity and perseverance driven by a sense of urgency around homeless youth. They bring rich experience leading a development and communications function in a complex and growing social service organization. As a thought leader in the organization, it is essential that the officer has the ability to collaborate, listen, learn from others, and bring a sense of humility to the work.

A fearless fundraiser who is energized by engaging donors and takes pride in setting and achieving ambitious revenue goals will excel in this role. A track record of significant major gifts, a rolodex of connections and strong relationships within the local Seattle donor community is critical. Priority will be given to candidates who have not only run a successful capital campaign but have also managed the internal transformations required to maintain a significantly higher level of giving after the campaign ends. The team is eager for a leader who understands community-centered fundraising and can bring that knowledge into YouthCare.

The position requires a brilliant storyteller who can translate passion in both written and spoken form with great eloquence. They are adept at conveying impact using data while at the same inspiring hope. The successful candidate will be skilled at connecting the message with diverse audiences, be they prospects, existing donors, community leaders or elected officials.

YouthCare’s mission is centered on social justice and anti-racism and the work to incorporate that orientation throughout the organization’s operations is ongoing. The successful candidate has a history of working with diverse populations and a demonstrated willingness to lead the team’s collective efforts to center equity, anti-racism and social justice in their approach.

The ideal candidate leads with humility and heart. They have a warm and welcoming presence that puts people at ease. The ability to connect to all stakeholders with candor and authenticity is essential, be it a client or donor, an elected official or frontline staff.  A propensity to listening over speaking and entering a discussion with a learning posture and an open mind is an advantage.

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Candidates with 8 or more years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in development (private and public funding) and communications are preferred.  A track record of leadership and management is required. Specific expertise in nonprofit settings with an understanding of human services is an asset. A proven track record leading or facilitating a capital campaign and securing six and seven figure gifts is preferred. Impeccable communication skills with a natural affinity for relationship building and management are essential.

The salary range for this position is $145,000 to $165,000.

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 Sarah Meyer.

Chief Advancement OfficerYouthCareSeattle, WA

YouthCare’s EEO Statement

YouthCare is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs and YouthCare is committed to recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, regardless of actual or perceived sex; race; color; religious creed; national origin; ancestry; age; marital status; pregnancy; nursing parent status; physical, mental or sensory disability; medical condition; genetic information; sexual orientation; gender (including gender identity or expression); military or veteran status; or any other basis protected by federal, state and/or local laws. People of Color and Members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

The search for a Chief Advancement Officer is being assisted by a team from GoodCitizen: 

Sarah Meyer
Vice President
Direct: 206.792.4221

Mollie Smith
Search Associate
Direct: 206.462.6190