Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), Inc., a nation-wide non-profit 50l (c)(3) organization incorporated in Maryland in 2007, is seeking a Chief Development Officer.  PHWFF is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.  As the Nation’s premier nonprofit organization, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. envisions a community where all participants can heal.  We hold the following core values as central to our success:

Compassion – Our organization enables the physical and emotional recovery of our participants as it restores the bond of trust that they built while serving this great Nation

Accountability – Our organization remains accountable to our Nation, to our participants, to our volunteers, to our sponsors, and to our donors

Consistency – Our organization reliably provides high-quality programs for all volunteers and participants based-upon well-understood standards of excellence

Community – Our organization creates a sense of family by supporting one another with dignity, passion, respect, and humility

PHWFF Headquarters is located in La Plata, Maryland, within commuting distance of Washington D.C.  PHWFF established its first program at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2005.  Since 2005, PHWFF expanded to include 24 Regions, encompassing 213 Programs, serving disabled veterans in all 50 States and the U.S. Military Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.  PHWFF maintains a small Headquarters Staff of 11 full-time personnel assisted by 3500 volunteers nationwide to support the organization’s mission, vision, and core values.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to:  Your resume should include relevant experience, educational background, as well as two to three references.  The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 December 2017.

Thank you for your interest in Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing!


Chief Development Officer

Job Description


Authority and Responsibility

Project Healing Waters’ Chief Development Officer represents a full-time executive-level leadership and management position within the Project Healing Waters Headquarters organization.  The Chief Development Officer is not a member of Project Healing Waters Board of Trustees.  The Chief Development Officer reports to the President/Chief Executive Officer and serves as a key executive leadership team member as well as an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the organization.  In partnership with the President/Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer is responsible for all aspects of Project Healing Waters’ development and fundraising activities.

Performance Expectations

As a member of the senior management team, this is a high-stress position that helps set the direction and ensures the health of the institution. The Chief Development Officer routinely demonstrates competent fundraising technical skills and excellent organizational development specialties as outlined below:

  1. Serve as the primary staff member responsible to develop and manage an endowment to equal $100M
  2. Translate broad goals into achievable steps
  3. Handle detailed, complex concepts and problems and make rapid decisions regarding fundraising and development issues
  4. Plan and implement development and fundraising programs
  5. Establish strong and appropriate relationships with President/CEO, staff, governing board, volunteers, donors and the general community
  6. Develop constructive relationships with people from all segments of the community
  7. Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the organization executive management demands
  8. Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player
  9. Foster a culture of philanthropy, ethical standards, and legal compliance within the organization
  10. Convey a professional and positive image regarding the organization
  11. Demonstrate commitment to continued professional growth and development


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with extensive development experience to grow and further develop a well-established non-profit organization. The successful candidate will partner with the President/Chief Executive Officer and work collaboratively with a high-performance management team. Specific requirements include:

  1. Minimum BS/BA degree with at least 3 years of experience and a track record in senior development and fundraising leadership
  2. Excellence in organizational management with the ability to teach, coach, and mentor a senior-level staff to implement development and fundraising strategies
  3. Deep experience in development and fundraising budgeting and fiscal management
  4. Track record of effectively leading a direct service organization with a complex array of programs with the ability to leverage strengths across program areas; excellent project management skills
  5. Analytic and decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational mission and vision
  6. Advanced knowledge and understanding of nonprofit development and fundraising networking platforms as well as development and fundraising monitoring suite suppliers
  7. Ability to point to specific examples of leading organizational transformation projects and substantial organizational development and fundraising activities
  8. Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven development and fundraising activity evaluation
  9. Creative and diplomatic under pressure with exceptional interpersonal and presenting skills
  10. Fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  11. Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent public speaking skills
  12. Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative approach to development and fundraising
  13. Experience in business and strategy development with the ability to build and leverage a strong network of peers and partners
  14. Passion, humility, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed