Chief Development Officer

September 2020 | Bristol, RI
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US Sailing is seeking a Chief Development Officer to lead the fundraising activities of the newly restructured US Sailing Foundation. 

About US Sailing

child-sailingAs the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing, US Sailing’s mission is to provide leadership for the sport of sailing in the United States.

The organization works to achieve this mission through a wide range of programs and events. US Sailing sets the course enabling sailors to enjoy the sport for a lifetime. Key program priorities for US Sailing include the Olympics, youth development, and growing the sport. 

Olympic Sailing: US Sailing’s Olympic Program focuses on delivering sustained Olympic performance by developing people, maximizing individual potential that will position generations of American sailors on the podium, as well as cultivate future leaders of the sport by fostering a culture of hard work, growth, success, and search for excellence.

Youth Development: US Sailing remains focused on “squaring the pyramid” of youth sailing by creating a model that provides skill development and fun for all participants, with multiple pathways for participation and advancement. The Skill Up program is a skills-based pathway model that serves as a roadmap for young sailors at every level, ability, and interest.

Growth of the sport: US Sailing’s long-term vision for the sport requires a consistent commitment to providing access to the sport, skill development, and a clear pathway for all looking to get involved. One way US Sailing is addressing this challenge is through the creation and implementation of the Siebel Sailors Program, an innovative community sailing program focused on increasing opportunity and diversity in the sport of sailing by providing resources and support to youth sailors at public access sailing centers across the country.

Membership in US Sailing is open to all individuals and organizations, including all sailors, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials without discrimination on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression or mental or physical disability.

About Philanthropy at US Sailing

Throughout the sailing community, there is concern over the future of the sport, but the fragmented nature of sailing makes common solutions and unified action elusive. In recent years, US Sailing has focused on developing channels that expand access and raise the bar in training and competitive standards, but it’s not enough.

Sailing must change faster because the world is changing faster. The US Sailing Foundation will secure the resources required for US Sailing to develop innovative and dynamic programs that represent the way people want to sail, provide the skills to master technically advanced equipment, and align with the way we all consume information and connect to each other.

To address this need for change, the US Sailing Foundation is focusing on raising funds to develop programs that increase the accessibility of the sport throughout the country, expand the Skill Up Youth Development program, and invest in resources needed to develop Olympic class sailing athletes.

About the Position

US Sailing is seeking a Chief Development Officer to work closely with the CEO, the Foundation Chair and Board of Directors to design, lead, and implement a sustainable development strategy to increase philanthropic revenue for its mission and programs, including youth development and the Olympics. This person will build on an established base and work with passionate leaders pursuing sustainable resources to support the future of the sport. The ideal candidate will be collaborative, creative, and determined; someone who wants to make a difference; and will enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with leaders in the sport of sailing.


Key Responsibilities


Board Management

Leadership and Management

As appropriate, determine the need for and recruit talented professionals to join a successful development team

Key Qualifications

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Jesse Bryan
Senior Consultant
Development Guild DDI

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