Job Description


Job Title: National Chief Development Officer 

Location: Remote-based 

Full time: Based on a 37.5 hours work week

Reports To: Chief Mission and Field Operations Officer


Who We Are:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia - by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,700 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and those at risk for the disease.

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those that may be diagnosed with the disease in the future.  Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to find out more about who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work the last eleven years in a row.  

Position Summary:

As the National Chief Development Officer you will provide strategic leadership and implementation oversight and management to drive revenue and increase donors from direct marketing, major, planned, corporate & foundation giving and distinguished, relationship events for the Association. You will offer charismatic leadership to achieve fundraising goals of approximately $300 million and position the Alzheimer’s Association for significant future growth in accordance with our strategic plans. 

The successful candidate will be a values-driven, sophisticated development professional who is knowledgeable about philanthropic and stewardship strategies. They will be an innovative leader, as well as a skilled manager focused on the development and mentorship of their team. The National Chief Development Officer will possess exceptional relationship and team building skills, and will have a persuasive, dynamic communication and leadership style, with a dedicated commitment to equity and inclusion.


Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Build, manage, evaluate, develop, and motivate a diverse team of development professionals while contributing to the ongoing fostering of a high-functioning, results-oriented workforce. 
  • Demonstrated experience cultivating, training, building relationships, and working in collaboration with executives, senior staff, and volunteer leaders on development or development-related activities, providing them with quality support and intelligence and increasing their comfort with and success in fundraising.
  • Establish performance measures, monitor results, and evaluate the efficacy and mix of the fund development program.
  • Translate strategic planning into entrepreneurial execution; foster a culture of philanthropy and ensure that fund development is executed in keeping with the Association's values, vision, and mission.
  • Ability to build on successful track record of maintaining best practices, clear goals, and shared accountability, to establish a donor-centric environment that spurs achievement of strong fundraising results; gain stakeholder buy-in by ensuring decisions are based on analytics and sound data.
  • Establish priorities and expectations of the internal team and work with key stakeholders within the association, including functional and field leadership. 
  • Participate as a member of the chief mission and field operations officer’s leadership team, providing thoughtful analysis, innovation and leadership across the organization.
  • Provide leadership to appropriate committees toward the development of financial resources and to ensure a broad base of financial support for the organization’s comprehensive fundraising efforts. 
  • Develop and manage the Development budget for areas of oversight.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a key member of the organization’s senior management team.
  • Provide training, development, appraisal and recognition to assigned development staff to ensure adherence to Alzheimer’s Association policies and procedures. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 15 years of fundraising and senior leadership experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven success achieving revenue goals in a highly matrixed organization.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, including engaging style of presentation and public speaking.
  • Bold, strategic thinker who can articulate a compelling vision and collaborate with Association leaders to translate vision into actionable plans and desired outcomes. 
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task.
  • Knowledge of contemporary fundraising strategies.
  • Knowledge of and fundamental adherence to the principles, ethics, and best practices of modern fundraising, including the integration of various giving programs to diversify the funding base and cultivate greater donor commitments.
  • Experience building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment, drawing on the strengths of all employees by cultivating diversity of thought to drive creativity, innovation, and improve decision-making.
  • Ability to interact with tact and poise to knowledgeably represent the Association with its highest level staff, donors and volunteers on a regular basis.
  • Ability to engage in frequent, overnight national travel and occasional international travel. Must possess valid passport. Estimated travel (subject to public health advice), approximately 60%.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle, good driving record and proof of automobile insurance.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time as well as operate a computer and cellphone.


 Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, long term care insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous Paid Time Off, 12 annual holidays and Paid Family Leave, as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan. 

Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day and an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing.


The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides consideration for an employment relationship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, genetic predisposition, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.


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