Chief Development Officer

Organization Overview:

ZERO Prostate Cancer is a leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer and help all who are impacted.  ZERO is the primary destination for all impacted by the disease to convene, get support and education, and come together as one united voice to create a better future for the prostate cancer community. The organization has identified key impact areas it will be working towards in the next five years: Driving appropriate awareness for screening leading to early detection, working to decrease the number of patients diagnosed with metastatic disease, improving quality and quantity of life for patients and survivors, and decreasing mortality from the disease. One of the most important initiatives at ZERO is advancing health equity to help bridge the gap between racial and health disparities in prostate cancer among Black men, one of the groups most at risk for prostate cancer.

Today, ZERO is the destination for taking action to end prostate cancer and creating solutions to meet the most critical needs of their community. Under the leadership of a new President & CEO with almost 20 years of breast cancer advocacy, ZERO is tasked with growing its reach, modeling best practices, and ensuring inclusion is actionable and intentional. Additionally, ZERO is at an exciting pivotal point as an organization where they are welcoming transformational growth internally and externally to better serve patients and communities.

ZERO holds the record for the most times recognized among the “Best Nonprofits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times (nine out of the last ten). It makes supporting its team and community a top priority. The organization is taking strides internally to evolve to more reflect the community it’s serving, today and moving forward.

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Position Location:Remote (with 25% travel throughout the year)
Reports toCourtney Bugler, President & CEO
Direct ReportsSenior Leaders in Individual Giving, Corporate Giving, Events, and Chapters
Peers to This RoleChief Marketing Officer, Chief Mission Officer


Position Summary:

ZERO is seeking an experienced and dynamic Chief Development Officer (CDO) to join its Executive Leadership Team. Reporting to the President & CEO, the ideal candidate is an individual with deep development expertise, a proven track record driving exponential growth, experience  diversifying revenue streams, and excellent relationship management skills. This successful individual would be excited to have the opportunity to evolve the development and chapter field staff and lead strategies involving partners, donors, team members, volunteers and event participants. The CDO will play a crucial role in advancing the organization's mission by leading comprehensive development strategies, fostering partnerships, and ensuring financial sustainability. 


  • Design and execute a long-term, enterprise-wide, and multi-year comprehensive strategy across the organization that will create a mission-driven state.
  • Proudly represent ZERO Prostate Cancer to a wide variety of audiences, influencing stakeholders to action.
  • Balance leadership and management responsibilities with hands-on fundraising, including carrying a personal portfolio of donors and corporate accounts.
  • Establishes and tracks metrics and adjusts tactics as needed to achieve goals.
  • Work with other departments to seek unique funding opportunities for mission-critical initiatives.
  • Collaborate with peers and across departments to define priorities and role structures for staff.
  • As a member of the executive team, report directly to the President & CEO, advising her on key issues, keeping her up to date on the organization’s development work, and bringing an innovative perspective on opportunities to advance the organization’s work and mission.
  • Work directly with CEO on Board development and recruitment, as well as serve as the staff liaison to the Board Development Committee.
  • Effectively prepare, manage, forecast, and monitor the development departmental budget in alignment with the organization’s goals.
  • Use budget management and decision-making skills to drive organizational decisions on the use of human capital and financial resources.
  • Ensure the infrastructure of development operations follows best practices, complying with all relevant regulations, laws and ethical principles and standards.
  • Understand and actively engage a workforce dispersed throughout the country.
  • Celebrate successes, identify opportunities, overcome obstacles, and learn from setbacks.
  • Prioritizes the growth and progress of team members and colleagues through constructive feedback, positive leadership, and consistent training/development.



  • At least 10 years of nonprofit development and fundraising leadership
  • 5 years of executive leadership experience is highly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience securing gifts and partnerships of $1 million plus
  • Experience leading teams to revenue goals of $10 million dollars or more
  • Demonstrated track record of leading a nationwide team to achieve ambitious revenue goals
  • Comfort in leading teams through transformative and growth periods
  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) a plus
  • Demonstrated experience working with high-caliber volunteers and board members in understanding the mission, gaining their direct support, and enhancing their financial investment in the organization.
  • Proven track record of successfully implementing comprehensive fundraising campaigns, including major gifts, corporate partnerships, event fundraising and individual giving
  • Deep understanding of the pharmaceutical / biotech advocacy funding space
  • Experience in utilizing data-driven strategies for donor acquisition, retention, and stewardship
  • Knowledge of best practices in donor prospecting, cultivation, and engagement
  • Familiarity with diverse fundraising channels, including digital fundraising and events.
  • Strong understanding of donor relations and the ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships with donors and stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to articulate the organization's mission and impact
  • Comprehensive understanding of revenue budget building and forecasting
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
  • High comfort level and proficiency with Donor CRMs. Proficiency with Google and Microsoft suites, accounting, human resources and video conferencing software


Personal Characteristics Desired:

  • Change agent and status quo challenger 
  • Big, bold thinker and strategist with the skills and experience to then execute the plan
  • Possesses a high level of personal accountability for achieving ambitious results.
  • Enthusiastic for building a culture of philanthropy and leads that culture across the team
  • Strong interpersonal skills, visionary leadership, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Creative thinker with a passion for building initiatives and teams
  • Courageous and determined with the ability to take charge in a complex environment
  • Continuous quality improvement mindset
  • Skilled in collaboration and consensus-building
  • Innovative with a commitment to a mission-driven environment and culture
  • Ability to perform in a complex changing environment
  • Strong analytical skills, communication and interpersonal skills, problem identification and resolution skills, and decision-making ability.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse individuals and situations and build a cohesive consensus
  • Is a motivational and accountable leader who also enjoys being part of a team and overcoming obstacles as a team


Physical Requirements:

  • Constant use of a computer and other office productivity equipment, such as computer printer, calculator, and copier. 
  • Prolonged periods of a stationary position at least 50% of the time.
  • The ability to recognize details at close range for extended periods of time.
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas so others will understand. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.


ZERO Offers Top Tier Benefits:

  • Unlimited PTO
  • 403(b) retirement plan matching
  • Employer paid benefits include: Medical, Dental, Vision, Short-Term Disability, & Long-Term Disability insurance, Life/AD&D
  • FSA/HSA 

This position is based remotely, and candidates may live in any area within the United States. This role may require nationwide travel approximately 25% of the time. 

ZERO Prostate Cancer is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all employees. We encourage BIPOC, Veterans, individuals with Disabilities, and those affected by prostate cancer to apply. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. 

If you require a reasonable accommodation in completing the application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to LaTondria Carter, Director, Human Resources at 202-935-5938 or