Chief Development Officer: Covenant House Pennsylvania

Who We Are

Covenant House PA is a force united by a promise to end youth homelessness as we know it in Pennsylvania. For over 24 years, we’ve led the way with community health initiatives and advocacy in local communities in Philadelphia and York. Covenant House PA provides shelter and a continuum of care for youth experiencing homelessness or commercial exploitation to make a significant impact with this critical issue.

Covenant House PA strives to perpetuate a culture of passionate, growth-minded professionals who thrive in a team environment and work collaboratively to inspire greatness! We take an ongoing approach to ensure open communication from all levels throughout the organization. 

What you’ll be doing in the role of Director of Development: 

The Director of Development plays an important revenue-driving role as an individual contributor, responsible for planning and implementing an aggressive fundraising strategy to generate revenue for the organization. Specifically, this role will lead all aspects of the organization’s advancement efforts, create and implement the annual development plan, including donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; cultivation of major planned and endowment gifts; building the foundation for future capital campaign efforts; alumni and community-wide relationship development and stewardship; and major event planning and execution. Strategy, planning, and analytical skills are critical to performance success in this role. This role will proactively build channels of revenue that advance the brand and mission of Covenant House PA( CHPA).

The Director will manage an advancement team, support Board level committees and collaborate with other senior leaders to advance the mission of CHPA by identifying, attracting, and securing revenue in support of the organization’s financial sustainability. In addition, the Director will demonstrate effective leadership and mobilization of volunteers, increase corporate relationships, meet market fundraising goals and build awareness for Covenant House PA.

What you will bring to the table:

●     Pursuing and developing integrated and dynamic strategies, advancing the brand and mission of the organization.

●     Building and expanding the pipeline of new prospects, leveraging a network of supporters including Board of Directors, community development relationships, as well as cold outreach efforts.

●     Implementing aggressive solicitation strategy and evolving pipeline based on relationship progression.

●     Leading the development of new opportunities cross-functionally with the Executive, Program, and Finance teams.

●     Utilizing analytics to inform dynamic strategy

●     Travel requirements required outside of your home office will be up to approx. 25% or more depending on our business needs.

We already know you will:

     Have a track record of meeting and exceeding large revenue goals.

●     Have an entrepreneurial spirit and focus.

●     Be able to proactively research, identify, create, and close new opportunities.

●     Be able to effectively leverage qualified leads, as well as their own network, to create unique funding opportunities.

●     Have experience and expertise in developing comprehensive grant proposals.

●     Be able to effectively manage a sales process and create financial forecasting/reporting of key performance metrics.

●     Be an independent, self-starter who has a history of working with little direction and turning conceptual direction into executed strategies.

●     5-7 years of related experience

We would love if you also have:

●     Strong CRM and data analysis skills

●     Strong deal/partnership lead-to-close ratio.

You will have the following educational and professional experience::

  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications, marketing, liberal arts or related field required. Master’s preferred.
  • Five to ten years of fundraising or related experience which must include responsibility for at least some aspects of corporate relationship management and event management.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with a strong knowledge of print and electronic media.
  • Strong computer skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office, desktop publishing with proven ability to use fundraising software.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member. Must be able to travel around the region.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with an insurable driving record. Occasional weekend and evening work required.

So, what’s in it for you?

Approximate salary range of $95,000 – $110,000 (exact compensation ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job level, internal equity, and budget). Exact salary offers will be determined by factors such as the candidate’s skills, experience, and geographic location.

  • Health, dental, vision and a retirement plan with a 4% employer match
  • Paid Time Off
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • A culture of learning and growth

Americans with Disability Specifications

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

Physical Demands:

  • Considerable concentration.
  • Frequent interruptions.
  • Moderate noise level.
  • Moderate sitting, walking, standing and eye strain, light lifting and bending.

EEOO Statement

Covenant House Pennsylvania is committed to cultivating an inclusive space that affirms and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, whole identities, and individual perspectives of our staff.

Covenant House Pennsylvania 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.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

$95,000 – $110,000 / year


Covenant House Pennsylvania offers substantial health care benefits; disability and life insurance; a retirement benefit; and paid sick leave, vacation, and personal days. We also offer tuition reimbursement opportunities after 1 successful year of employment.

Applicants should send a copy of their resume, a cover letter, and 3 professional references to Please include the title of the position in the subject line of your email. Emails that are missing one or more of the requested documents will not be considered. No walk-ins or phone calls please. All positions will remain open until filled.