Chief Development Officer

The Search

The National Center for Youth Law seeks a Chief Development Officer to ensure that the National Center for Youth Law has the financial resources needed to pursue its mission and vision. The Chief Development Officer will oversee a development program currently raising over $20 million annually from foundations, government agencies, corporations, law firms, and individuals. The Chief Development Officer will inspire NCYL supporters while educating them about NCYL’s values, impact, and work. The Chief Development Officer will nurture strong relationships among NCYL board members, staff, alumni, and supporters through meaningful fundraising efforts. The Chief Development Officer will be a mission-focused, strategic, collaborative, personable, successful leader with a history of growing diverse revenue sources, securing large foundation grants, and enhancing the philanthropic impact of non-profit organizations.

The National Center for Youth Law believes in the incredible power, agency, and wisdom of youth. For more than 50 years, the National Center for Youth Law has worked to center the voices and experiences of youth blocked from educational, health, and social well-being opportunities, particularly Black youth and youth of color, LGBTQ+ youth, disabled youth, immigrant youth, and youth in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The National Center for Youth Law is transforming systems—classrooms, courts, the justice system, and health care spaces—to extend equity, dignity, and care for children and youth. NCYL works strategically and collaboratively with young people and communities, co-counsel partners, community organizations, and named plaintiffs to bring impact litigation that represents broad classes of children and youth across multiple public systems. It implements policy advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels, which includes policy development, lobbying, coalition building, and community organizing.

"Recently emerging as a national powerhouse civil rights and child and youth advocacy organization, the National Center for Youth Law has grown tremendously during the past several years, more than tripling in size. Our new Chief Development Officer will lead NCYL to new levels of philanthropic sustainability and diversification. I am looking for a highly experienced and confident philanthropic leader and partner to work closely with me and alongside of the NCYL team and take us to new levels of success. I look forward to welcoming you to NCYL." — Shakti Belway, Executive Director