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Development Director

Development · Olympia, Washington
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $53,746-$66,101 DOE


SafePlace, a Thurston County nonprofit agency, has been providing services to sexual and domestic violence survivors and their families since 1981. Our sexual assault program is one of the oldest in the nation.


SafePlace works for societal change to prevent sexual and domestic violence while offering crisis intervention, education, and long-term advocacy services.


  • Excellence:  We are dedicated to effective programs with the best facilities we can provide, the finest staff we can hire, and a positive atmosphere for social change.
  • Respect:  We work to build our relationships with survivors, community members, and each other based on integrity, honesty, openness, and respect for individual rights and choices.
  • Self Care:  We value self-care for survivors, volunteers, and employees.
  • Diversity:  We are dedicated to serving the diverse cultures in our community and mirroring that diversity in our volunteers, staff, and board of directors.
  • Confidentiality:  We hold survivor and personnel information in the strictest confidence and are committed to a culture of trust.

If you have a desire to make a difference in the lives of sexual and domestic violence survivors and in your community, we may be the employer for you.More about SafePlace can be found at

The Development Director is a member of the executive leadership team for SafePlace, and is responsible for the creation and implementation of the annual development plan in support of the agency's successful and sustainable operation. This includes the coordination of fundraising, event planning, donor cultivation, and board and community engagement.

The Development Director must be committed to SafePlace’s mission and the foundational principles through which we approach our work, especially the cultural competency that we emphasize, allowing us to serve our community intentionally. This position provides the direction, oversight and support for all development activity throughout the agency, and manages ongoing communication and reporting regarding fundraising progress throughout the year.


The Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Develop, coordinate and implement activities and accountability measures for the annual fundraising plan to meet organizational goals and priorities.
  • Actively participate in innovative donor cultivation planning and implementation.
  • Ensure high-quality professional development, ongoing training, evaluation, coaching and supervision for development team and volunteers.
  • Support agency budget functions.
  • Meet regularly with agency leadership teams to ensure adequate agency-wide communication.
  • Support successful engagement and communication efforts with the Board of Directors.
  • Ensure effective and cohesive agency communications consistent with the SafePlace brand standards.


  • Agreement with the SafePlace philosophy statement and the ability to complete all job requirements while modeling a personal commitment to cultural competence.
  • At least four years’ progressively responsible experience in fundraising, marketing, public relations, brand management, and/or managing revenue.
  • Demonstrated success in donor or community engagement efforts, soliciting major donors, and/or planned gifts.
  • Experience coordinating large-scale special events and public relations activities.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite, and database management systems.
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines, manage simultaneous projects, and work well under pressure while maintaining a high quality of work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including effective public speaking.


  • Experience supervising, motivating, and coaching high performing teams.
  • Experience researching and writing government or private foundation grants.
  • Experience working with major donor solicitation, and various groups to include, but not limited to: businesses, guilds, service clubs, and religious organizations.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in conducting capital campaigns.
  • Experience creating and writing high-impact direct mail, outreach and marketing pieces.
  • Understanding of sexual assault and domestic violence issues.
  • Experience with DonorPerfect database.


Please include three professional references in your application.  One of your references must be a current or past supervisor from within the last five years.

Deadline:  Priority consideration will be given to applications received by 9:00 a.m. January 13, 2020. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

SafePlace employment is conditioned upon agreement with the SafePlace Philosophy Statement and passing a Washington State Patrol criminal background check. Please complete the Criminal History Questionnaire, Criminal Background Check Disclosure and Identifying Information for Criminal Background Check forms below and bring with you if invited to interview. Criminal background checks will only be run if you are offered employment.

Criminal History Questionnaire

Criminal Background Check Disclosure

Identifying Information for Criminal Background Check

SafePlace is an equal opportunity employer.  Our agency is committed to a culturally and ethnically diverse workplace.


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  • Location
    Olympia, Washington
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $53,746-$66,101 DOE