The Carter Center: Chief Development Officer, Peace Programs

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Regular Full-Time
The Carter Center
The Carter Center
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
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Advancement & Fundraising
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Carter Center

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The Carter Center is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization founded in 1982 in Atlanta, GA, by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University. The Center has helped to improve millions of lives in more than 80 countries by waging peace, fighting disease, and building hope. The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.


The Carter Center collaborates with other organizations, public or private, in carrying out its mission around the world. Current information about the Center’s many programs and activities are available at The Carter Center.




The Chief Development Officer, Peace provides overall leadership and management of fundraising and contributes to strategic planning for The Carter Center’s Peace Programs. The CDO, Peace oversees the entire development process for this set of programs, with annual funding needs in excess of $30 million, which are supported by 50-100 grants at any given time. The CDO, Peace directs fundraising for a portfolio of domestic and international projects, which require significant short- and long-term donor funding. Donors include foundations, corporations, governments (foreign and U.S.), and multilateral organizations, as well as individuals. Responsibilities include prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, requiring extensive travel to meet with donors. The CDO, Peace leads the annual plan and budgeting process for the Peace Programs Development Department and also works with select senior Program staff to develop short and long-term resource mobilization strategies associated with select budgets of the Carter Center's Peace Programs. The CDO, Peace is responsible for monitoring, tracking and reporting opportunities and providing regular updates and revenue figures to members of the Center’s senior leadership team. Reports to the head of Programs Development.


The CDO, Peace works in close collaboration with other members of the Development Unit, Finance, Operations, and Program teams, and overseas leadership and staff. The CDO, Peace supervises four Senior Associate Directors and one Administrative Assistant, manages an annual budget for proposal development costs and is a collegial, team player who fosters an environment of respect, integrity, diversity, and commitment to excellence. This position requires travel, and based on expectations of travel to certain locations, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required.



  • Works with head of Programs Development to develop and implement short- and long-term fund raising goals and strategy.
  • Assumes responsibility for achieving specific goals and objectives of selected programs and projects.
  • Collaborates with Carter Center’s Peace Programs to develop new initiatives, ascertain funding needs, explore and solicit funding sources, and identify areas to build greater capacity in the Peace Programs.
  • Maintains a thorough working knowledge of programs and, with the head of Programs Development devises appropriate fundraising strategies, implements and tracks the success of these strategies, and prepares alternative approaches as necessary to meet fundraising goals.
  • Communicates proposal development strategies, plans, and expectations to all proposal team members.
  • Leads regular internal strategy/status meetings with Development and Program staff to track proposal progress, determine action items, and develop concepts for proposal content.
  • Oversees the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship processes for program donors, including the timely preparation of proposals, acknowledgment letters, narrative/financial progress reports, and other correspondence.
  • Maintains regular contact with Carter Center staff (Program, Finance, and Development staff) to ensure effective and timely communication of relevant information to donors.
  • Oversees development of written materials directed to donors or Center staff (letters, briefings for solicitation/cultivation visits, proposals, reports, acknowledgements).
  • Travels to meet with donors/prospects to cultivate and solicit their support, individually and in concert with Carter Center officers.
  • Develops the rationale for visits that require participation of Carter Center officers.
  • With the assistance of Development staff, prepares briefings and strategies for such visits, as well as follow-up correspondence and proposals.
  • Oversees Peace Programs Development department administration, general management, and budgeting.
  • Oversees the routine management of the Peace Programs Development department budget and management reports.
  • Leads annual plan and budgeting process for the Peace Programs Development department.
  • Oversees the design and development of timely progress reports to donors as well as reports to Carter Center staff on the status of grant proposals and payment.
  • Responsible for Development staffing, including immediate recruitment and retention of professional and administrative staff.
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate staff in accordance with clearly established performance goals and objectives.
  • Ensure team collaboration and effectiveness within the Development Department and broader Carter Center.
  • Responsible for compliance with all organizational policies and procedures.
  • Develops efficient procedures for the implementation of Development activities.
  • Maintains professional growth and development of self and staff by identifying educational/training programs, professional organizations, activities and resources to maintain knowledge of national trends and to promote leading edge expertise.
  • Performs related responsibilities as needed.
  • Develops a total development/fundraising concept including planning, implementing, and managing all fundraising activities for programs within various entities of the Carter Center.


  • A bachelor's degree in management, business administration, or a related field.
  • Ten years of development, fund raising or related experience.


  • Ten years of experience in international development.
  • Direct supervision of a team for more than five years.
  • Direct responsibility for proposal development, program design and/or competitive bidding.
  • Significant experience with private foundations, corporate donors, and international development agencies.
  • Extensive senior-level contacts within the donor community required.
  • Experience in non-profit, non-governmental organizations.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Proposal strategy and design for global not for profit required.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.


NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to Emory University on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs.  Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines of department of work.  Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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