Annual Giving, Development – General, Donor Relations/Stewardship
4 Year Degree
In partnership with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Director of Development (Director) will spearhead development and fundraising efforts as Zero Abuse Project continues to grow. As a new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to build the development function. The Director is responsible for developing and executing Zero Abuse Project’s annual fundraising plan by overseeing all aspects of individual fundraising, grant writing and foundation cultivation, and sponsorship support. The Director of Development manages the fundraising functions of events and direct mail efforts, and processes donor acknowledgements in a timely manner.
The ideal candidate for this position will be ready to make the most of an opportunity to shape and create the development strategy of a fast-growing, mission-based organization with a proven record of creating change to eliminate child sexual abuse across the country.
The Director should have previous experience creating and leading the fundraising strategy for a mission-driven organization. They will be able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple competing tasks while maintaining a positive, team-centered attitude.
This position may be based in the Alexandria, VA or St. Paul, MN office. Reports to the Chief Executive Officer
Responsibilities and Duties
Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
Create infrastructure for individual donor management and cultivation
Create direct mail and e-solicitation plans for monthly donor and year-end giving campaigns. Oversee production team and vendors
Identify and cultivate annual donors and solicit multi-year pledges
Work closely with CEO to identify and engage new stakeholders and donors
Engage, cultivate, and steward partnerships
Provide CEO and Board of Directors support for donor visit acquisition and solicitation
Draft donor acknowledgement letters and update donor database
Ensure online donor recognition lists are accurate and up to date, in collaboration with website manager
Identify potential donor testimonials for highlighting on website and in newsletters, grants and promotional/fundraising videos
Develop fundraising event strategy and provide oversight on fundraising event logistics
Work with grants management team to ensure consistency in development strategy
Research foundation grant opportunities for current programs, capacity-building, program expansion, and organizational development using internet research
Maintain grants and annual fundraising schedule
Develop and maintain relationships with corporate and foundation staff
Create and send acknowledgment letters to funders
Provide task supervision to grants manager, outreach coordinator, and editor/designer
Manage donor database, including entering transactions and updating donor lists
Oversee creation and distribution of impact reports for donors
Develop annual revenue projections and assist with the development of organizational budget
Prepare fundraising reports for CEO and Board of Directors
Create an annual report for Zero Abuse Project
BA (required), MA (a plus)
5+ years experience in development
Experience leading successful direct mail and digital fundraising strategies for a mission-driven organization
Proven track record of achieving fundraising targets and goals
Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
Excellent writing and copy-editing skills
Awareness of and adherence to AFP Code of Ethical Standards
Some travel may be required, though not more than 10% work time per year
Additional Salary Information: Zero Abuse offers an excellent benefits package including: health, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) retirement plan with match, disability insurance, life insurance, and generous paid time off.
About Zero Abuse Project
Zero Abuse Project (ZAP), a 501(c) 3 corporation based in Minnesota, was created in 2018 to protect children from abuse and sexual assault, and works to engage people and resources through a trauma-informed approach of education, research, advocacy, and advanced technology. Our objectives include equipping multi-disciplinary teams and other professionals with the skills to identify abuse, intervene for children's safety, secure justice, and build resiliency; to surround survivors of abuse and families of the missing with tools to rebuild their lives, reclaim their autonomy, and create a future on their terms; to promote evidence-based research that advances child protection, and; to advocate policies that create and sustain a culture of prevention, disclosure, accountability, and healing.