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Safe Crossings Foundation is now hiring a Development Director

The Opportunity- A Little About Safe Crossings Foundation
Safe Crossings Foundation is dedicated to helping grieving children who have lost a parent, sibling, or other loved one heal and thrive. For thirty years, the foundation has funded proven and new programs around the region that each have a profound impact on the healing process of bereaved kids in our community. While continuing to invest in our tried-and-true partner organizations, we also strive to identify gaps and reach even more children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to find support. In addition, our annual Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief gives providers working directly with grieving children a unique opportunity to build community, share ideas, and learn together.
SCF’s generous donors partner with us to fulfill to our vision that all families and children have access to grief programs at little or no cost. Now, as we look ahead to our fourth decade of service to the community, we are looking for a creative, dynamic, committed development leader to help fulfill our five-year strategic vision to double our capacity to serve grieving children and teens throughout the Puget Sound region.
As an organization, we know our success depends on each employee’s success. We work to create and foster an environment of respect, appreciation, and acceptance for everyone who becomes part of our Safe Crossings Foundation family. We are a small team but a mighty one who cares deeply about our mission, delivering on our commitments, and at the same time, having fun and enjoying a flexible work place. Our board members are highly skilled, committed and engaged. We enjoy and are grateful to have such a collaborative partnership.

Role Overview
Safe Crossings Foundation is currently looking for a Development Director to join our leadership team reporting to the Executive Director. This role is responsible for creating, developing and implementing strategies and practices to support our broad-based strategic priorities through fundraising and building close, fruitful relationships with both current and potential donors.

Primary Responsibilities
▪ Develop and implement annual development and communications plan in alignment with Safe Crossings Foundation’s strategic priorities and budget
▪ Develop and execute strong individual giving strategies resulting in a broad base of engaged individual donors, with particular emphasis on donors giving $1000+
▪ Manage a current/prospective donor portfolio of 50-75 constituents
▪ Employ creative and personalized cultivation, solicitation and stewardship tactics consistent with the values of Safe Crossings Foundation that are systematically implemented year-round, working collaboratively with staff, board, key ambassadors, and champions
▪ Provide support and coaching to Executive Director and small staff team, board, ambassadors, and champions regarding fund development process and their respective roles in meeting fiscal goals
▪ Provide support and coaching to staff/consultants in effective implementation of fundraising events, including annual fundraising luncheon, golf tournament and National Children’s Grief Awareness Day activities
▪ Identify and engage a pipeline of major donor and corporate sponsor prospects
▪ Integrate fundraising, communications and marketing plan for maximum impact

Preferred Qualifications
▪ 5+ years’ experience as a Development Director with increasing responsibilities and demonstrated success in exceeding financial and non-financial fundraising goals or equivalent experience in the development field
▪ Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience/training in: Development/Nonprofit Leadership/Marketing/Communications/Administration/Business Management/Professional Service or similarly related field
▪ Demonstrated fundraising and donor relationship building skills/techniques
▪ Proficient in board relations and knows how to encourage and leverage interest, skills, aptitude and affinity to strengthen the organization
▪ Excellent verbal and written communication skills
▪ Proficiency with computer software and systems, donor databases, and using data to drive development decision making
▪ Must own vehicle or have access to transit in order to travel to multiple locations around Puget Sound area as needed
▪ A collaborator who brings inspiration and fun to our team
Core Competencies
▪ Demonstrates skill in creating and maintaining personal relationships
▪ Pursues work with drive, energy, and a strong accomplishment orientation
▪ Exceptional project management skills, executes and achieves objectives working with and through others
▪ Writes and presents information effectively and persuasively across diverse communication settings
▪ Effectively uses systems and processes to measure, monitor, manage, or impact performance of fundraising and marketing/communications plans
▪ Develops original ideas, approaches, and solutions to typical, unusual or difficult situations

Salary range $75,000-$85,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience; flexible workplace and scheduled work from home days; retirement matching; paid personal time off and sick leave; healthcare stipend; and transportation stipend.

Safe Crossings Foundation is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive work environment and to building a team that reflects the rich diversity of our community. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions, and identities are encouraged to apply.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to Please note Development Director Application in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Your cover letter should express your specific interest in and qualifications for this role, as well as respond to these questions:

  1. What gives you joy in the work you do? Why are you interested in this role with Safe Crossings Foundation?
  2. Tell us about a time when you were particularly successful in developing a strong, ongoing relationship with a donor. What was it about you that made that outcome possible?
  3. What are the most important metrics you use for measuring the success of your work? How do you measure these?