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Associate Director of Development

About the Role

Safer Together is seeking a motivated and experienced Associate Director of Development to join our team. As the Associate Director of Development, you will play a pivotal role in driving fundraising strategy, goals, efforts and cultivating relationships with donors and partners. Your primary responsibility will be to strategize, plan, and execute fundraising initiatives to support the organization's mission and programs. By effectively cultivating relationships with our supporters, you will help ensure the sustainability and growth of our organization's impactful projects. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills, a strong understanding and successful track record of fundraising strategies, principles, techniques, and revenue attainment, and a passion for making a positive impact on society.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


Fundraising Strategy:

  • Develop and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies, in collaboration with the leadership team, that are aligned with Safer Together’s goals and objectives.

  • Conduct research and identify funding sources, including foundations and government funding, corporations, and individual donors.

  • Stay updated on fundraising trends, best practices, and legal requirements relevant to non-profit organizations.


Donor Cultivation and Stewardship:

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with current and prospective donors through regular communication, meetings, and events.

  • Develop personalized strategies to engage and steward donors, ensuring a positive donor experience and long-term engagement including multi-year donation commitments.

  • Coordinate donor recognition activities, including acknowledgments, events, and personalized communications.


Grant Writing and Management:

  • Identify and pursue grant opportunities that align with Safer Together’s mission and programs.

  • Prepare compelling grant proposals, applications, and reports, ensuring compliance with funder requirements and deadlines.

  • Manage grant calendars, tracking progress, and reporting on outcomes and impact.


Fundraising Campaigns and Events:

  • In partnership with our Associate Director of Communications, develop and execute innovative fundraising campaigns, leveraging various channels such as online platforms and social media.

  • Plan and coordinate fundraising events, including logistics, participant engagement, and donor recognition.


Data Management and Reporting:

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor records and databases such as Salesforce, ensuring data integrity and confidentiality.

  • Generate regular reports on fundraising activities, donor contributions, and campaign outcomes.

  • Analyze fundraising data and metrics to identify trends, evaluate effectiveness, and make data-driven recommendations for improvement.


Success Criteria

This role requires the following competencies to ensure success:

  • Strategic Direction - Contributes and executes on short and long-term direction and strategic planning of maximizing fundraising efforts, building strong donor relationships, and ensuring long-term sustainability for the organization.

  • Building & Cultivating Organizational Culture - Advocates for DEIJ through fundraising efforts by seeking out diverse donors, foundations, and partners who align with the organization’s mission, vision, values, strategies, and goals. Highlights our commitment to DEIJ through communication materials, grant applications, and donor meetings to attract support from individuals and organizations that prioritize these values.

  • Relationship Building - Cultivates and strengthens trust with staff, between staff, and as an organization through servant leadership, continuous engagement, consistency, humility, and communication skills. Builds strong relationships with donors, supporters, and other stakeholders to increase engagement, loyalty, and financial support.

  • Cultural Humility - Remains open to continuous learning, feedback, and self-reflection. With a people first value and lens, intentionally listens to understand others’ values, needs, desires, and responses (“meeting others where they are”).

  • Building Organizational Talent - Fosters an organizational culture that attracts, develops, and retains talented individuals. Assists in the training and development of staff members, and maintains regular communication to inform employees on development updates, changes, and progress. Creates a work environment where people can show up as their full selves and realize their full potential, thus allowing the organization to meet current and future challenges.

  • Operational Decision Making - Securing and comparing information from multiple sources to identify operational and organizational issues and weighing alternative solutions against important decision criteria.

  • Leadership Presence - In alignment with organization’s mission, vision, and values, continually build trusting connections and engagement with staff and inspire and model servant leadership.


Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years of progressive leadership experience in fundraising, donor relations, or development within a non-profit organization.

  • Thoroughly understands the funding landscape and opportunities, particularly for health equity and environmental justice organizations and has the relationships to a diverse group of funders.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders, including donors, volunteers, and staff.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including grant writing and storytelling abilities.

  • Ability to think strategically, develop creative solutions, and execute plans to achieve fundraising goals.

  • Proficiency in using donor management software or fundraising databases to track donor interactions and manage campaigns.

  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and techniques, including major gifts, corporate sponsorships, grants, and online giving platforms.

  • Proficiency in financial statements, developing, forecasting, and managing budgets.

  • Familiarity with the non-profit sector, including trends, best practices, and ethical considerations.

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.

  • Passion for the mission, vision, and values of Safer Together.


Hours of Employment

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend hours.



$85,000 - $95,000 depending on experience and expertise



Health Insurance including Dental and Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Disability, 401K retirement plan with employer 1% match, 16 paid holidays (including 5 days for Thanksgiving and 5 days between Christmas and New Years) and 3 weeks accrual paid vacation time.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Safer Together is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and racial equity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Application Process

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume or LinkedIn profile here, or email us these requirements by 5:00pm Monday, August 14.

Email us here if you have any questions!

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