Senior Development Officer

Children’s Cancer Research Fund is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood cancer. We exist to improve outcomes for and to eliminate childhood cancer as we know it. Since 1981, we’ve contributed over $200 million to research, support programs for children and families, and awareness and education outreach. Guided by our core values of Impact, Community, Authenticity, Equity, and Innovation, we create safer treatments, improve outcomes for children, increase cancer awareness and education, and support the whole family.

Job Title: Senior Development Officer
Classification: Exempt
Reports to: Vice President of Development and Donor Relations
Compensation: $100,000-$115,000 per year

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.


Children’s Cancer Research Fund is looking for a highly driven, impact-oriented Senior Development Officer to join our team. This role is responsible for responsible for managing key relationships and securing philanthropic support from donors capable of making gifts from $25,000 to $1,000,000 and above. The Senior D.O. will be responsible for securing $750,000+ in major and planned gifts annually, while ensuring the highest level of integrity and service to pediatric cancer patients, their families and all CCRF donors – current and prospective.


Major Gifts

  • Manage a portfolio of 150-200 donors and prospects with the financial capacity for gifts of $25,000+, including periodic local, regional and potentially national travel to visit donors.
  • Develop individual donor strategies, along with materials, to initiate contact with prospects and donors, and solicit, renew and upgrade gifts.
  • Move proposals in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure while ensuring timely and accurate use of the fundraising database (Salesforce).
  • Assist the VP of Development and Donor Relations in developing and implementing campaign strategies, executing plans to meet financial goals and mission impact priorities.
  • Partner closely with development colleagues to ensure seamless transitions for donors from and between direct mail, mid-level, event and major gifts programs.
  • Coordinate with Operations, Engagement and Donor Relations colleagues to support an effective program for recognition, engagement and stewardship of major and planned gift donors.


  • Partner with colleagues across the organization to create the optimal donor experience and achieve fundraising goals.
  • Collaborate with pediatric cancer researchers and care providers at the University of Minnesota and other institutions across the U.S. to understand the needs of the pediatric cancer community.
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition, and perseverance; reflect optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to needs of pediatric cancer patients, their families and donors.
  • Maintain a healthy, fair and inclusive work environment by promoting diversity, exercising teamwork and collaboration in working with diverse groups, donors, volunteers and coworkers.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and build positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments in an independent work environment.
  • Optimistic and persistent in building relationships with major and planned gift prospects.

Experience and Education:

  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of major and planned gifts, including a proven track record of securing gifts from donors at the six-figure level and above.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of major gift fundraising experience.
  • Proficiency in Outlook, Word, Excel and CRM software.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce (Preferred).
  • Health care/disease fundraising experience (Preferred).


Ability and willingness to travel up to 25 percent of the time and to represent CCRF at evening and weekend events, as required.


Remote eligible – applicants do not need to be Minnesota residents to apply

Children’s Cancer Research Fund provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.