Position Description

Position Description

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services

(Pasadena, CA)

Title: Chief Advancement Officer


Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services began as two child welfare organizations: Hathaway Children and Family Services founded in 1919 and The Sycamores established in 1902; they merged in 2005. Each year Hathaway-Sycamores positively impacts the lives of more than 14,000 children and families, successfully addressing the needs of vulnerable children who have been traumatized by family and community violence. Providing comprehensive care focused on helping children and families heal from this trauma, build resiliency and prepare for success, Hathaway-Sycamores employs over 800 staff in ten locations throughout Southern California and has a budget of $59 million. 

Accredited by The Joint Commission, Hathaway-Sycamores earned a Eureka Bronze Award from the California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE). As a leader in supporting and serving LBGTQ youth and families, the agency has been awarded the All Children - All Families Seal of Recognition. 

Hathaway-Sycamores offers a full spectrum of integrated services across ten service locations in Los Angeles County. Most of the children and young adults served have survived challenges such as abuse, maltreatment, family displacement, trauma and mental illnesses. Services include foster care, temporary shelter care, mental health services and behavior support in schools, homes and community centers. Hathaway-Sycamores also provides employment and life skills assistance for young adults who have aged out of foster care.

For more information about Hathaway-Sycamores, please visit www.hathaway-sycamores.org.


Reporting directly to the President/CEO, the Chief Advancement Officer will play a critical role in developing and implementing strategic fundraising, marketing and communications efforts that assure revenues are generated in a cost-effective manner while maintaining a positive public image and reputation. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the Chief Advancement Officer participates in executive leadership activities to shape and lead the culture towards accountability and innovation. Fundraising activities include major gifts, corporate donations, annual giving, capital campaign, individual gifts, institutional giving, planned giving, special events and in-kind resources. The Chief Advancement Officer will assist the Board in developing donor strategies and staff the Development Committee of the Board. The Chief Advancement Officer will manage a staff of four overseeing foundation relations, special events, volunteers, and public relations and marketing.

Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with the Board of Directors and President/CEO to implement a long term and annual fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic objectives of the organization
  • Develops annual restricted and unrestricted goals, and evaluates the overall effectiveness of the fund development program each year
  • Strategically leads a capital campaign with the CEO and the Board’s Development Committee to attract leadership gifts and pledges to support the agency’s capital initiatives
  • Develops policies and procedures that reflect ethical fundraising practices to ensure all fundraising goals are being achieved in a timely manner
  • Works directly in the cultivation of major donors and major donor advancement strategies and activities
  • Ensures grant applications are prepared and submitted
  • Ensures the planning and execution of special fundraising events
  • Researches, identifies and develops corporate, community and individual prospects for the organization's fundraising priorities while ensuring that proper recognition is provided to all donors
  • Builds infrastructure to support efficient and effective fund development, reviews year-over-year trends, creates compelling donor communications and conducts market analysis
  • Fosters an understanding of philanthropy within the organization
  • Develops a comprehensive communication plan to promote the agency to its donors and to maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization
  • Ensures all internal and external communications and public relations issues are coordinated
  • Builds relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization

Team Leadership and Management:

  • Recruits, interviews, and selects well-qualified fund development staff and identifies strategies for staff retention
  • Ensures staff receive regular and appropriate supervision and training, as well as feedback on their performance with written evaluations
  • Engages volunteers for special fund development projects
  • Develops, gains approval for, and monitors an annual income and expenditure budget for the fund development program
  • Prepares regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditures related to fundraising and the management of the fund development activities


The Chief Advancement Officer should be a dynamic, creative and entrepreneurial professional with a successful record of fundraising, including planning and executing a development program and a significant capital campaign. The Chief Advancement Officer will be an innovative, forward-thinking development professional with exceptional interpersonal skills and a high degree of professionalism and integrity. The successful candidate will be a compelling and strategic leader with the ability to move a team forward by inspiring and motivating people with creativity and energy. As such, the Chief Advancement Officer should not only possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, but should also be able to create a collaborative environment that is conducive to open and direct communication with individuals of varying degrees of involvement with Hathaway-Sycamores and its work. The candidate should be a resourceful, results-oriented leader with the ability to think strategically, generate new ideas, prioritize, plan, multitask, and set goals and objectives, as well as implement and follow-through while meeting financial goals and deadlines. The Chief Advancement Officer will be both a skilled manager and an individual contributor who works and thinks independently yet can also build on group dynamics and set high expectations with the Advancement team. The ideal candidate will be an effective delegator who can empower staff, set agendas, lead meetings, document activities and measure progress. A commitment to providing social services and the ability to passionately communicate Hathaway-Sycamores’ mission, accomplishments and the socio/economic benefits of its work are essential.  


The Chief Advancement Officer will be a seasoned and mature leader with at least eight years of fundraising and management experience. An exceptional record of personal achievement in cultivating donors and raising major gifts as well as documented success in creating and managing a comprehensive development program is important. Previous experience working on a capital campaign, marketing and community relations as well as working with volunteer Board members would be ideal. A background in child welfare, healthcare, managed cared or mental health would be a plus. Skill in using Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge will be necessary and is highly preferred.


A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is strongly preferred. 


Annual compensation will be competitive and relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable. A comprehensive benefits package will be provided.


To apply for this position, visit www.morrisberger.com/searches.php

Morris & Berger
500 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 2150
Glendale, CA 91203-1923

1 (818) 507-1234