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St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation

Chief Development Officer


Executive Bridge has been retained by St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors Systems (“STARSS”) (  to recruit the new Chief Development Officer (“CDO”) for the St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation.  Founded in 1961 as a not-for-profit organization, STARSS is a leading service provider to seniors and their families in Missouri and Illinois with a primary focus in the greater St. Louis region.  Serving thousands of seniors and caregivers in their own homes and in senior communities, STARSS, through its’ owned and managed services, employs more than 1100 dedicated staff with a budget of over $88MM and doing service through 20 residential communities, the Charitable Foundation, a home health agency, a management and consulting company and a private duty organization.    Through its faith-based tradition of service, STARSS is inspired to serve seniors regardless of their ability to pay.  To meet this challenge, the Charitable Foundation was created 2008 and to raise funds through grants, special events, annual campaigns and major gifts and bequests.  The Foundation currently raises approximately $1.5MM annually which is used currently to fund transportation for low income seniors in its HUD 202 communities, provide a Spiritual Outreach program at Tower Grove Manor and at Brooking Park, assist residents whose funds have been depleted, and fund at home services to residents who cannot afford them.  The Foundation is always looking for new programs and services to be of assistance to its seniors.      


The Chief Development Officer reports to the CEO/President of STARSS (who is also the CEO of the foundation) and will be directly responsible to the CEO and Foundation Board for providing the strategic direction, thoughtful implementation, accurate communication, and successful achievement of all aspects of the fundraising and donor cultivation efforts for the organization.  There are two other key direct reports to the President - the COO and the CFO.  As an integral member of the senior management team, this CDO’s goal is to advance the organization's position with relevant constituents, as well as to drive financial support for the organization. Currently the foundation oversees annual and long-term plans which include annual giving and friends programs, grant research and writing, major gifts, planned giving and endowment programs, as well as a major gala and a golf event.  The CDO is also responsible for ensuring proper tracking and documentation through the newly implemented Raiser’s Edge system.  The staff for foundation is currently comprised of 4 positions including the CDO.  The current budget of the group is $1.5MM in annual funds and another $5MM is being raised for the endowment over the next few years. 


The successful candidate will have an unquestioned passion for seniors and will be a proven leader whose career demonstrates a track record in raising major gifts.  Qualifications include:

  • A minimum of ten years of experience in development/fundraising with a strong preference for a graduate degree, CFRE and experience in the not-for-profit area.
  • Known for visionary, results-oriented approach.  Sound strategic thinking, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to bring creativity and innovation to the implementation of a development strategy.  Enthusiasm, energy, and commitment to continuously improve and drive the organization forward
  • Substantial fundraising experience and/or direct oversight of development functions including major gifts, planned giving, grants and annual campaigns.  Proven track record in donor cultivation and community stewardship both as an individual, team leader and in partnership with a board and its relevant committees.  Experience with fundraising software.
  • Recognition as a skillful relationship developer and known as a collaborative, team player and strong work ethic. Proven strengths with sophisticated, high net worth audience. 
  • Strengths in hands-on management.  Able to recruit, develop and retain employees.
  • Demonstrated communications skills in oral and written formats

Defining characteristics: unchallenged integrity; moral and ethical standards, sound judgment; collegial, collaborative, a persuasive manner; and an ability to anticipate and solve problems, a strong work ethic.

Compensation:  Competitive compensation and benefit package available.

Application Information:

Respond:  All candidates should submit a resume and supporting documentation in confidence to:


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