As the philanthropic arm of CompTIA, the world’s largest information technology industry association, the Creating IT Futures Foundation (CITFF) is dedicated to inventing better on-ramps to IT careers for individuals who lack economic opportunity and are underrepresented in IT occupations. CITFF works to train and certify low-income students and adults in IT, as well as returning veterans, and help them connect with potential employers.
Headquartered within CompTIA in Downers Grove, Illinois, CITFF has a budget of $5 million and a 20-member staff, with operational support from CompTIA for its legal, IT, human resources, and finance functions.
Over the last six years, the Foundation has grown into a leading voice in the workforce industry, recognized for its ability to advance issues at a macro level and successfully execute on grassroots programs to make a long-term impact on people’s lives.
CompTIA invests 5% of its annual revenues in philanthropic activities, with the majority of funding flowing to the Foundation. CompTIA’s financial support is a starting point for CITFF, but the Foundation’s ambitions are far greater: It seeks to make a far-reaching impact nationwide, with the right combination of fundraising, entrepreneurship, and program execution. To accomplish this, the Foundation is planning for the next phase of its growth and is seeking an experienced leader to drive revenue and scale up such CITFF programs as IT-Ready, PrepareU, DevPrep, and NextUp.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners, 95,000 registered users, and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy.
CompTIA was recently named a Top Workplace for Women over 35 by Crain’s Chicago Business. CompTIA has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois for five consecutive years by the Business Ledger, a leading provider of business news and information about the economy in suburban Chicago. In November 2015, CompTIA received a 2015 Top Workplaces honor from the Chicago Tribune.
Reporting to the CEO of the Foundation, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will be responsible for fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and aggressive business development within CITFF. The Foundation is emerging from startup mode and is now poised for massive growth in the coming years. The CDO will need to realign and position CITFF’s culture, systems, and procedures to support more dynamic development activities.
The Chief Development Officer will lead the planning, integration, and implementation of strategies to develop all revenue streams that support the Foundation’s continued growth, including:
Institutional fundraising for corporate, foundation, and public support
Earned revenue streams
Social enterprise ventures
Fundraising events and campaigns
Ten or more years of successful experience and track record in development and fundraising, demonstrating an entrepreneurial focus and successful interaction with corporations and foundations to sell or develop programs that meet mutual objectives
Adept in managing and implementing a comprehensive development program
Deep understanding of the multifaceted dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques, and development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reports
Proven experience and results in asking for contributions of time and money
Personality and energy to increase CITFF’s visibility on a national level
Demonstrated leadership skills in cultivating staff strengths, building and managing effective teams, and motivating staff to advance the mission of the organization
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Self-directed, energetic, forward-thinking, and creative with high ethical standards and a professional image
Demonstrated creativity and innovation
Excellent listener with strong written, verbal, and presentation skills
This search is being conducted by Tuft & Associates. To apply, please forward your resume electronically with cover letter in confidence to: Mary McMahon, Associate, Tuft & Associates