Chief Development Officer

July 2022 | Brockton, MA
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Health Imperatives seeks an enthusiastic and mission-driven Chief Development Officer to grow a high potential development program and elevate external relations efforts.

About Health Imperatives

Health Imperatives is a nonprofit community-based agency that provides health and human services to more than 20,000 families and individuals each year.

The mission of Health Imperatives is to improve the health and well-being of low-income and vulnerable families and individuals in Southeastern Massachusetts (stretching from Quincy to Nantucket), providing core services such as sexual and reproductive health; WIC nutrition assistance; emergency shelter, crisis counseling, and advocacy for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors; home visits to assist young parents; and health care and support for adjudicated youth and formerly incarcerated individuals.

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Health Imperatives’ trauma-informed, inclusive services are structured around four main areas of focus and expertise: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Other Health Services, Youth and Young Families Support, Nutrition Assistance (WIC, Women, Infants, and Children), and Services for Survivors of Violence. Through these services, high-quality, compassionate, and equitable care is provided to people of all races, ethnicities, sexualities, gender identities, countries of origin, and immigration statuses.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Other Health Services



After moving to Southeastern Massachusetts in 2008, Maya worked as a waitress but did not have health insurance. When she wanted a prescription for birth control, she searched for family planning clinics online and found Health Imperatives. Ever since, Maya has come to Health Imperatives for sexual and reproductive health care and is a strong advocate of preventive care. Having had a recent routine breast screening that revealed a lump, Maya knows how critical regular checkups can be. Health Imperatives’ staff helped her get additional testing and, luckily, the lump was benign. Years ago, Maya had another routine exam at Health Imperatives, which revealed a positive result for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Further testing showed no cancerous cells. “Thankfully, it was caught early,’’ she says. “Testing like that can save lives.”

Youth and Young Families Support



Health Imperatives - BreannaWhen 18-year-old Breanna first connected with Health Imperatives, she was homeless, pregnant, and newly sober. Breanna was referred to Health Imperatives for parenting support after her son was born. During home visits, her case worker provided resources and answered her questions. She helped Breanna find a daycare center and called often to check on her. “She was a big part of my life, and she still is,’’ Breanna says. “She really cared about me and my son.” Breanna credits this support with changing her outlook on life. “When I was using drugs, I didn’t think about anything but the moment,” she admits. “I have completely changed for the better.”

Nutrition Assistance (WIC, Women, Infants, and Children)



Health Imperatives - ValeriaValeria could not have imagined making a long distance move during the COVID-19 pandemic, but when her spouse, who is in the military, was transferred, that is exactly what she had to do. After a long and challenging journey, Valeria’s family arrived on Cape Cod. Valeria was concerned it would be difficult to get WIC benefits, but when she called Health Imperatives’ WIC program, she and her four-year-old child were immediately enrolled. Valeria says she appreciates the food and resources that WIC provides and is most grateful for the kindness of the WIC staff: “They said to me, if you need anything, just reach out.” Valeria was also thrilled to discover a Spanish-speaking staff person in the WIC program. “It made me feel so welcome,” she says. Valeria enjoys the nutrition education that WIC provides, especially the healthy recipes, because she likes to make nutritious meals for her family. It helps, she says, to learn about local vegetables and spices. “I love how they promote a healthy environment,” she adds. “Learning new ways for keeping my family healthy is so important.”

Services for Survivors of Violence



Health Imperatives - JohannaOne night, Johanna stopped at a convenience market after a long day of work. A man jumped into her car brandishing a weapon and told her to drive. He eventually directed her down an alley where he raped her, took a photo of her identification, and threatened to hurt her and her family if she reported the crime. In the aftermath of the assault, Johanna suffered from panic attacks and depression. She could barely eat and drank alcohol to fall asleep. A friend encouraged her to seek counseling, and she scheduled an appointment with A New Day, Health Imperatives’ rape crisis program. Johanna says the counseling helped her to heal. “It was incredible to have someone truly listen and give me a safe space to say whatever I needed to say. Some people think counseling is for the weak,” Johanna says. “I say no to that. I want people to know that seeking help is for the brave.”

About Philanthropy at Health Imperatives

Health Imperatives’ programs are primarily supported by state and federal contracts and health insurance reimbursements. To ensure that the organization can provide specialized services and keep pace with the growing and changing demands for care, private philanthropy is also crucial. Private philanthropy also makes it possible for Health Imperatives to fully leverage government funds by enhancing services in new, more effective, and innovative ways that can then positively inform needed changes to public policy.

Philanthropy at Health Imperatives has been growing steadily over the last few years. A recent and comprehensive fundraising assessment revealed tremendous opportunity to deepen engagement with individuals and significantly grow major individual gifts and leadership annual gifts and build on a highly successful institutional giving program. The relevance of the Health Imperatives’ mission today more than ever is also fueling this opportunity.

About the Position

Reporting to the President/CEO, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will lead fundraising at Health Imperatives. Managing a team of three, the CDO will ensure that sound and efficient fundraising systems and best practices are in place, providing a firm foundation from which a robust institutional giving program can continue to expand and the potential of individual giving (from major donors, the Board, annual and planned gifts) can be realized.

Working in close partnership with the President/CEO and with the Director of Communications and Marketing, the Chief Development Officer will strengthen communications and targeted messaging, raising and broadening brand awareness by fully and very strategically leveraging media relations. The Chief Development Officer will actively look for and creatively initiate opportunities for Health Imperatives to be the go-to source in providing valuable thought leadership in reducing health and wealth disparities by providing meaningful opportunities for people impacted by violence, poverty, and discrimination.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of the senior leadership team and as a key resource and engaged partner to the President/CEO.
  • Prepare and oversee execution of an annual fundraising plan to include both individual and institutional giving strategies and programs, as well as stewardship and development operations.
  • Develop and implement a dynamic and strategic communications plan to elevate Health Imperatives’ brand identity, broadening awareness and increasing visibility.
  • Build relationships with diverse constituencies (both internal and external, colleagues, the media, and donors), devoting 40-50% of time to engaging in person.
  • Lead the fundraising team of three direct reports (institutional giving, communications & marketing, and development associate).
  • Work closely with the Program team to prepare compelling fundraising proposals/case for support.
  • Manage a portfolio of ~75 individual major donor/planned gift/annual leadership prospects and top foundation prospects as needed.
  • Collaborate with the President/CEO in managing their individual major gift prospect portfolio.
  • Steward and deepen relationships with the Board, solicitating each member annually.
  • Staff the Board Development Committee.
  • Work to bolster donor relations to best in class.

Key Qualifications

  • A thought-leader with a keen sense of urgency and commitment to the mission of Health Imperatives, social justice, and equality.
  • Confident, mission-driven, strategic, and innovative big thinker.
  • Minimum 10 years of senior-level and comprehensive development experience at a nonprofit organization – successfully managing a team and adept at Board relations.
  • Demonstrated record of securing five to seven figure gifts from individuals.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written, including persuasive writing ability and public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Highly relational “people person” with an easy facility for engaging diverse constituencies (both internal and external).
  • Media savvy with considerable experience overseeing a successful marketing & communications department.
  • Positive with an innate sense of humor.
  • Collaborative, enthusiastic, creative, and solution oriented.
  • Energetic, diligent worker, comfortable with accountability.
  • Experience working in Southeastern Massachusetts is a plus; this includes Brockton, Hyannis, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, New Bedford, Plymouth, and Wareham.
  • Expertise in any of the four primary areas of Health Imperatives’ focus and familiarity working at the intersection of private philanthropy, government funding, and public policy, are highly desirable.

Health Imperatives - Brockton Pride 2021Health Imperatives is a safe and welcoming place for people from every race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and faith. At Health Imperatives, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are at the core of the organization and are central to their mission and impact.

Health Imperatives wants to create an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are seen, and all employees feel valued, appreciated, and free to be who they are at work. The mission is to align diversity & inclusion to employees, the communities served, customers, and suppliers.

Health Imperatives’ many DEI Initiatives and Actions include:

  • Defining diversity, equity and inclusion for our organization and using our shared language to advance our understanding.
  • Committing to attracting and retaining a diverse staff.
  • Designing a strategic, comprehensive, and systematic approach to cultural transformation.
  • Building a solid foundation and an organizational structure that supports DEI.
  • Creating a Diversity Calendar to recognize diversity-related national holidays.
  • Creating a workforce development program, where clients can apply to open Health Imperatives positions.

Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Guirlaine Belizaire

Senior Consultant

Development Guild DDI

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