Current Opening: Director of Development

Status: Exempt Full Time
Reports to: Chief Administrative Officer

Position Summary:
ChildSafe seeks a passionate, committed and resourceful leader for the position of Development Director. This is a leadership position with primary responsibility for managing the growth and development of foundation, corporate, individual giving; and the development of new strategies to support revenue generation, particularly unrestricted funds. Further, this position assists and supports in establishing clear communications and marketing strategies to advance ChildSafe’s brand and mission. ChildSafe’s current operating budget is $4.5M with $1.8M in philanthropic funds. Concurrently, we are in the middle of our $33.5M capital campaign for the new facility.

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donors
  • Meet past and prospective donors regularly to establish effective communication
  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements
  • Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives
  • Maintain and expand corporate and stakeholder relationships
  • Initiate strategic communications in alignment with and support of fundraising goals, including content for appeals, quarterly e-newsletters, thank-you letters, and other donor and community communications
  • Assist in building the planned giving program
  • Implement metrics to determine the effectiveness of each fundraising initiative
  • Along with the CEO/CDO, advance ChildSafe’s mission and strengthen its reputation with clients, funders, and the community through public speaking engagements
  • Supervise development team that includes Grants, Volunteer, and Development Managers
  • Perform other related duties as requested

Experience, Education and skills required:

  • Bachelor Degree required; Master Degree is a plus
  • Minimum of five years of experience in donor engagement, major gifts, and grant  development/management
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills
  • A proven track record of effective fundraising and existing community contacts
  • Able to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines with a high degree of accuracy on each project
  • Demonstrated success in supervising teams
  • A high level of computer literacy, including experience using online databases and other sources to locate financial and philanthropic information
  • Previous experience working with boards and volunteer committees preferred
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to the mission of ChildSafe
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including weekend and evening hours
  • Valid Texas driver’s license and acceptable driving record a must
  • Able to successful clear a criminal background check, fingerprinting and drug testing

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

  • General office environment
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time
  • Needs to move about the office to access cabinets, files, office machinery including computers, copiers and printers
  • Operates a computer and other office productivity machinery (EG: copiers and printers)
  • May ascend/descend ladder to retrieve development supplies in storage
  • Will position oneself to pack/unpack items for seasonal development activities stored in bins in the outside storage shed
  • Occasionally lifts supplies, toys and clothing weighing up to 30 pounds
  • Must be able to observe donor interactions to assess and identify responses and interests
  • Must be able to communicate well with donors, Board members, corporate leaders and ChildSafe team

Full-time position working 40 hours per week. Will need to work some after hours and weekends as development activities dictate.

About ChildSafe:
ChildSafe’s mission is to restore dignity, hope, and trust to children traumatized by abuse and neglect. Since 1992, ChildSafe has helped over 70,000 individuals recover from the devastating effects of childhood trauma, develop healthy coping skills, learn to break the cycle of abuse, and grow to become contributing members of our community.

As Bexar County’s only Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), we are the first stop for children entering the justice system as the result of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, or witnessing a violent crime. Our core services include forensic interviews, crisis intervention, case management, family advocacy, and clinical therapy. To combat the secrecy that enables child abuse, we provide prevention trainings on the issue. We also serve as the facilitator of a Multi-disciplinary Team consisting of law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, and medical/mental health professionals.

To Apply:

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to Sue Ellen Ruggles, Chief Administrative Officer. We regret we are unable to accept phone calls or hard copies of resumes.

ChildSafe is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

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