Chief Philanthropic and Communications Officer

Website Holt International

About the job

Holt International, in partnership with Lindauer, is seeking a Chief Philanthropic and Communications Officer to lead major initiatives that advance its mission of finding families for children.

Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Philanthropic and Communications Officer will drive the strategy and implementation of best-in-class fundraising and marketing programs while leading a team dedicated to the organization’s mission.

With an emphasis on increasing support for and awareness of Holt’s family-strengthening programs for international orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children, the CPCO will strive for a higher level of donor engagement and philanthropic support of Holt’s work.


  • Serve as the lead strategist designing and implementing organization-wide philanthropic activities that advance the mission of Holt International.
  • Direct the Development Teams and work collaboratively with other departments to ensure all fundraising activities are consistent with Holt’s organizational branding and communication objectives.
  • Create funding pathways to support the continued growth of Holt’s international and US programs.
  • Assure marketing and communications strategies use appropriate technology for digital marketing, social media, email and white mail communications, and other technologies through the use of data and analytics.
  • Leverage innovative marketing practices via video, web, and email programs, demonstrating effective storytelling and leveraging social media and new technology to drive Holt International advancement strategies and programmatic growth awareness.


  • A true alignment with Holt International’s mission and strategic capacity to grow funding pathways and drive awareness for child welfare, adoption, and child protection programs.
  • A proven track record of successes leading strategic program/business growth through the creation and implementation of effective development and marketing programs.
  • CFRE certification preferred.
  • Eight-plus years of experience in fundraising/communications in a leadership capacity.
  • Experience leading successful, comprehensive, and strategic fundraising or related programs.
  • Proven ability to lead strategic philanthropic programs such as donor acquisition, sponsorship, planned giving, major gifts, principal gifts, direct mail, and grant writing.

Lindauer, a global search and talent firm, has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Holt International.

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