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One of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations is seeking a Chief Development Officer to help take advantage of a pivotal opportunity to expand its impact.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of American society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the SPLC was founded in 1971 to stand up in the courts for the most marginalized people in the Deep South. Today, it employs approximately 300 people and has offices in five Southern states. It is supported entirely by private donations, which help run the internationally recognized Intelligence Project, tracking and monitoring more than 900 hate groups, as well as the award-winning Teaching Tolerance program, which promotes educational equity in the nation’s schools.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is seeking a world-class fundraising leader to run its highly successful and significant development operation. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer will oversee a staff of 46 to design and execute a comprehensive fundraising program that includes a robust suite of direct response initiatives, major and planned giving, and institutional relations. The CDO will build on the department’s historic strengths and lead its continued innovation, ensuring that it has the vision, resources, and mentorship necessary to sustain SPLC as one of the most important anti-extremist organizations in the United States.


 The CDO’s specific qualifications include:

  • 10 to 15 years of experience leading ambitious, forward-thinking development programs that advanced a non-profit organization’s mission and financial goals; experience fundraising for advocacy programs or for C3 and C4 organizations is desirable.
  • Extensive experience in and sophisticated understanding of direct marketing.
  • Knowledge of major gift program design and execution is necessary; record of personally securing high-level major gifts is preferred.
  • Record of building, retaining, and leading a highly-qualified and diverse development staff.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required.

DRi is leading this search for the Southern Poverty Law Center. For more information, visit or email

About Southern Poverty Law Center
DRi is an executive search and development consulting firm for non-profits. We recruit senior executives and work with them to build talented teams, adopt bold strategic plans, and design powerful fundraising programs.
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