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Development Director

Company: Safe Homes of Orange County
Date Posted: December 1, 2015

Safe Homes of Orange County is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), located in Orange County, New York, that has grown from a small grassroots group of committed individuals in 1986 to an organization, leader, and resource in the field of domestic violence and human trafficking advocacy and services. Programs include a Family Justice Center, an emergency shelter, a legal program, individual counseling and advocacy, support groups, community education and outreach program.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director will be responsible for the creation, implementation and management of all development functions: annual giving, major gifts, in-kind giving, capital campaigns, endowment, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, donor stewardship, fundraising publications, and charitable events. Internally, the Development Director will create and promote annual fundraising goals via a multi-year plan that ensures sustainable programming and operations.

The Development Director will participate as a member of the Safe Homes leadership team and lead the Board of Directors fundraising and marketing committee in planning and hosting new events that raise awareness and funding. The Development Director will also create, implement and oversee the entire development business process: internal policies and procedures; fundraising and expense analyses to determine budget projections and goals. In addition, the Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director to manage the Safe Homes brand, including the development of external communications (e.g., annual reports, agency boilerplate, press releases and online marketing opportunities).

This position offers a competitive salary with benefits. The successful candidate is a development professional with proven leadership experience and quantifiable success with individual and major gift solicitation.  The candidate will be goal-oriented, collaborative and a strategic thinker. Specific requirements include:


•           Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (Master’s degree preferred)

•           Five or more years of progressively responsible development experience at a senior fundraising level, in a non-profit setting, with a proven track record in building individual, corporate, foundation, major gift, capital and endowment programs

•           Experience working with a volunteer fundraising board

•           Ability to exercise a high degree of judgment, diplomacy, confidentiality, integrity and ethics

•           Strong interpersonal skills when interacting with philanthropic community and major donors

•           Superlative verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to deliver inspiring, persuasive and succinct presentations and conduct productive meetings

•           Demonstrated ability to: work both independently and collaboratively; build a diverse team and effectively manage, motivate and mentor staff; think strategically

•           Strong business acumen, decision-making skills and ability to set priorities

•           Valid driver’s license and vehicle

•           A passion for working with issues on domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, oppression and ending violence against women and girls is strongly preferred but not required


To apply, candidates should submit their resume with cover letter (including salary history and current requirements) to Todd van Minter care of