Title: Chief Development Officer

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: $140,000 – $152,000 annually

Work Schedule: Full-Time

Location: New York, Chicago, San Francisco or Los Angeles

Deadline to apply: Rolling until filled

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect our lives, our families and our communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, we elevate AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the United States.

NAPAWF was founded in 1996 to realize the vision of 100 AAPI women who recognized the need for an organization that would amplify AAPI women’s stories and experiences. Being seen and heard in the public narrative gives us the power to shape the policy and cultural change needed to gain agency over our lives, families, and communities.

Today, we are mobilizing and building power in cities across the United States to create social, political, and economic change for AAPI women and girls. Those cities have local staff on the ground. We also show up in solidarity for other women of color who are experiencing injustice and harms of oppression and marginalization.

Our work is focused in the following strategies:

  • Policy and Structural Change
  • Organizing and Civic Engagement
  • Legal Advocacy and Judicial Strategy

We use the Reproductive Justice lens to intersectionally address three core issues:

  • Reproductive Rights and Health
  • Economic Justice
  • Immigration and Racial Justice


NAPAWF seeks a Chief Development Officer who will lead and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy for building and sustaining our development program. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Development Officer will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of our development process including strategy, individual giving, foundations, donor communications, day-to-day development operations, events, and new initiatives.

This person will oversee the Development team consisting of the Development Manager and the Development Associate.

The Chief Development Officer is a member of the Executive Management Team, which along with the Executive Director and Board sets the direction and provides overall management for the organization.



Leadership, Management, and Operations

  • Lead, inspire, and coach the Development team as well as staff and Board to foster a culture of philanthropy.
  • Supervise a development team which includes a Development Manager and Development Associate
  • Set goals, monitor work, and evaluate results to ensure Development objectives are met
  • Create and present fundraising reports to the Board and funders
  • Train Board and fellow staff members
  • Oversee operations-and systems-related aspects of NAPAWF’s development program
  • Optimize information and data management and tracking within the EveryAction database and other systems
  • Extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about resource allotment

Fundraising Strategy and Execution

  • Design, implement, and manage all fundraising activities with the goal of maintaining our current supporters and attracting new donors.
  • Work with the Executive Director, Board, and Development Committee to develop strategies for raising $8 million+ annual budget.
  • Set annual team fundraising goals and department budgets.
  • Develop donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
  • Act as main liaison to the Board for fundraising activities and manage the Development Committee.
  • Manage a small portfolio of high-level individual and corporate donors, and support staff members and the ED in managing their portfolios.
  • Coordinate with Communications and Finance colleagues to create materials for donors and prospects.
  • Identify, solicit, and manage new donor opportunities.
  • Plan and execute occasional fundraising events, in collaboration with the development team.
  • Coordinate multi-department-wide initiatives with members of the executive team and multiple stakeholders.


  • Values fit: Commitment to the issues of AAPI and/or immigrant women and girls, health, social justice and human rights;
    Strategic Problem Solver: Is known to offer suggestions and brainstorm ideas with team members. Approaches the work with a problem-solving lens, focusing energy on finding solutions rather than exasperating problems. Considers the task at hand or moment in time in view of the larger context, systems and/or  issues
  • Self-driven work ethic and resilience: Exhibits ownership over goals and projects. Punctual, takes initiative, and is a self-starter. Isn’t afraid to ask for help when feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Flexible and able to adapt to shifting priorities under pressure.
    Highly Organized, motivated and detail oriented: Manages a high volume of work with efficiency: Has, or can create, a system for keeping tasks from slipping through the cracks. Able to juggle competing demands and prioritize without sacrificing quality. Pays attention to details: notices and fixes errors that others might overlook. Acknowledges mistakes and turns them into learning opportunities. Has a track record of leaving things better than they found them
  • Leads and motivates others to action: Can Motivates & inspires others to take action.  Knows when/how to delegate; holds the team and themself accountable to meeting goals through a mix of inspiration and urgency.
  • Works independently and manages up effectively: Capable of managing up and bringing key issues to direct supervisor’s attention. Clear on when to notify and when to handle.  Knows when to delegate.  Able to adjust to a changing workplace with colleagues in multiple locations. Commitment to the mission, values, aspirations of the organization.
  • Minimum of 7 years of fundraising experience, including experience managing teams.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, ability to manage and motivate staff, and ability to work effectively with members of senior leadership, including Board members.
  • Track record of successfully building fundraising programs and managing high-level donor relationships.
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to effectively influence internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Collegial attitude and ability to work well with others.
  • Commitment to NAPAWF’s mission.

The annual salary range for this position is $140,000 – $152,000 – commensurate with experience. A highly competitive benefits package includes a 401(k) plan, medical, dental, and vision insurance. NAPAWF’s medical plan is covered by NAPAWF at 100% for employees and dependents with no out of pocket costs, including prescription drugs costs. Qualified dependents may also be covered. NAPAWF also offers full-time employees 15 days of vacation in the first year, sick leave, flexible spending program options and personal/family leave, as well as paid vacation between December 25 and January 2 of each year.



The person in this position should be able to engage in diverse demands, including planning and attending in-person events; attending in-person meetings with donors; and engaging in occasional domestic travel to meet with donors and staff. They must have the capacity to work evening hours and/or weekends as required.



This position is based in an office setting. Occasional out-of-town travel will be required. Must be able to travel to meet with staff, funders, etc.

NAPAWF is committed to public health, and to the safety and well being of our colleagues and visitors.  As such we have adopted a policy requiring all employees to receive all recommended COVID-19 vaccines and boosters or to apply for and receive an exemption.

NAPAWF is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.