Jobs: Chief Development Officer

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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Lambda Legal in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will lead and expand an ambitious national fundraising program that raises over $20 million annually through a combination of major gifts, events, direct response, corporate and foundation giving, and a fast-growing planned giving program. The CDO will direct, guide, and inspire a team of twenty-five fundraising staff across six offices nationally and serve as a key connection to a range of internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate will be an exceptional team-builder with a vision for revenue growth.

Lambda Legal’s ambitious fundraising program engages funders of varying size across the United States. The new CDO must bring energy and insight to their work as the organization begins its next chapter in the fight to preserve and expand the rights of LGBT and HIV+ people. The successful candidate must be ready to roll up their sleeves and lead a national team dedicated to growth.

Lambda Legal is committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. 

Since 1973, Lambda Legal has used impact litigation and other advocacy tools to decriminalize same-sex relationships, fight HIV discrimination, win marriage equality, and advance the rights of transgender people. Contributions from supporters nationwide enable a growing budget of approximately $19 million. Clients are not charged for legal representation or advocacy, and Lambda Legal receives no government funding. Headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, DC.

The goal of Lambda Legal is simple–everyone should be able to love who they love and be who they are. Lambda Legal believes that serving the full breadth of the LGBT and HIV communities requires cultural competency and enthusiasm for diversity of all kinds. Part of what makes Lambda Legal successful is an understanding and awareness that civil rights go beyond face value. The intersectionality of discrimination doesn’t end with sexual orientation or gender identity–it reaches into the depths of race, creed, religion, education, and class. Acknowledging that these exist in the world and in the organization, it is important to demonstrate awareness and proactive commitment to counter-acting them.

Ten to fifteen years of fund development leadership experience, with five to ten years of those years being in management, is required for this position. Capital campaign experience is preferred.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Before submitting your materials, please read them over for accuracy.



To apply for this position, visit: https://opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com/opportunities/393.



Lambda Legal is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, and people living with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.