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Community Development Corporation of Long Island
Centereach, New York

Category: Development officer
Field of Interest: Other

Job Description:

Vice President of Development,  Community Development Corporation of Long island
Centereach, NY

The Community Development Corporation of Long Island seeks a Vice President of Development who is skilled in raising funds to assist people who long to achieve their homeownership dreams.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing, award winning company that is at the forefront of the sustainable housing community on Long Island. The position is ideal for a forward-thinking, innovative and proven leader with experience in non-profit marketing and development and the ability to work in a fast-paced, high-level environment to achieve desired outcomes.

The Organization

The Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) exists to invest in the housing and economic aspirations of individuals and families by providing solutions that foster and maintain vibrant, equitable, and sustainable communities on Long Island. Founded in 1969 when government, business and civic leaders on Long Island came together to address the growing demand for affordable housing, this strong tri-sector support continues today. 

CDCLI is a regional and national leader in affordable housing and community development, with high standards of performance and a desire to identify and implement creative ways to solve problems and empower residents in the community.

CDCLI programs are complex, multi-partnered and diverse. CDCLI is committed to making dreams of long-term economic stability come true. As a chartered member of NeighborWorks®, CDCLI is certified to meet a high standard of fiscal integrity and service performance to assist local residents in achieving their dreams, and is recognized by NeighborWorks® as an “exemplary organization.”

With the mission to “invest in the housing and economic aspirations of individuals and families by providing solutions that foster and maintain vibrant, equitable, and sustainable communities,” CDCLI maintains steadfast in its commitment to its three pillars of focus: (1) Community Development and Housing for All; (2) Economic Stability; and (3) Advocacy.

Governed by a 13-member board of directors, the organization’s current budget is approximately $30M and employs a staff of 85.  The Vice President of Development will be part of the leadership team, and will interact with the CEO, the CFO, the COO, the VP of Human Relations, and the VP of Real Estate Development. The VP will also have three direct reports: the Director of Marketing, Marketing Manager, and the Development Manager.  For more information, please visit our website at

The Position

Reporting to the CEO, the Vice President of Development is responsible for securing financial resources through grants, appeals, fee for service and revenue generating initiatives which will support and expand the organization's programs and services. The Vice President is also responsible for managing and growing the organization's brand and overseeing marketing communications in order to raise awareness of the organization, issues related to CDCLI’s three pillars of focus, increase public and funder awareness of the organization, and expand the base of support.

Leadership Outlook and Near-Term Priorities

The Vice President of Development provides leadership to the Development and Marketing teams, continually increasing CDCLI’s mission impact.  Toward these ends, our near-term priorities for the next 12-18 months include:

  • Spend time getting to know current business lines, revenue streams and funders.
  • Supporting the 50th anniversary celebration through sponsorships, promotion and events.
  • Assisting with re-branding efforts and marketing roll-out in alignment with the 50th anniversary.
  • Developing and implementing the fundraising development plan.
  • Identifying new revenue streams to sustain the organization.
  • Serving as backup to the grants portfolio management.
  • Implementing the CEO’s overall marketing vision.
  • Overseeing marketing for new multifamily developments.

Key Responsibilities

The Vice President of Development will be responsible for growing CDCLI’s fundraising function, diversifying revenue streams, and managing marketing initiatives.  Primary responsibilities include:


  • Creating an annual, comprehensive development plan in collaboration with the CEO, which will include a realistic annual fund budget with realistic revenue and expense projections.
  • Cultivating outside organizations, corporations, foundations, individual donors, and business representatives through presentations, tours and volunteerism.
  • Writing and submitting new and renewed grants and reports.
  • Securing general operating and capacity-building grants.
  • Working closely with all departments to report back to donors, while staying aware of programmatic funding needs to meet the needs of clients.
  • Managing and promoting special events including the Annual Luncheon.

Marketing/Brand Development:

  • Developing, in coordination with the CEO, a comprehensive marketing plan which includes events, media relations, press releases, social networking, the Annual Report, website, newsletters and branding.
  • Creating greater awareness of the CDCLI brand, and strengthening its reputation with clients, funders and the community.
  • Investigating program partnerships and strategic alliances to extend CDCLI’s brand in the community and increase avenues of support.
  • Managing the Marketing and Development department staff.

Experience and Attributes

Ideal candidates for this position will share our commitment CDCLI’s mission and will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to CDCLI, including:

  • Proven success in individual and corporate giving, as well as grant writing and funding.
  • Five years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising and marketing.
  • Documented experience with nonprofit marketing and social media.
  • Possessing high energy, outgoing, and team player.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience supervising and motivating a team.
  • Mastery of computer programs including CRM (SalesForce preferred), Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s or Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation preferred.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application Process

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: (e-mail applications are required).  For other inquiries contact Ginna Goodenow-Schirf at .

CDCLI seeks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, disability or protected status. CDCLI fully complies with all applicable federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws. Resume reviews begin immediately.

About Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group

On behalf of Community Development Corporation of Long Island, Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group is working with the leadership team to advance the work and lead the Vice President of Development search. Founded in 1984 and recently merged with Marcum, Raffa is, and always has been, a mission-driven professional services firm seeking to do more for nonprofits and socially conscious companies. We exist to do meaningful work for organizations like CDCLI who are making a difference in our communities and our world. Learn more about our work at