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VP, Development (Major Gifts / Philanthropy) - RAINN

VP, Development (Major Gifts / Philanthropy) - RAINN

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Vice President, Development (Major Gifts / Philanthropy) - RAINN



RAINN was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN is financially strong and rapidly growing. In the past three years alone, RAINN’s services have expanded significantly, our revenue has more than tripled (to nearly $10 million), and the 2017 year-to-date has already brought in 16,000 new donors (many sought out RAINN in reaction to high profile media news stories). At present, development is accountable for about $2 million annually. In this high visibility role as the Vice President of Development, you will work alongside RAINN’s founder and president, along with your colleagues across the leadership team (VP of Communications and VP of Victim Services), as you develop strategies that will grow fundraising initiatives, solicit new donations, and cultivate existing relationships.


With an emphasis on major donors, individual giving, and online fundraising, you will have the opportunity to significantly expand our donor base and build out a robust prospect pipeline for future growth. You will build your development plan and begin to meet with individuals, small groups, and as appropriate, prospective corporate partners. This position requires about 30-40 percent travel. As RAINN continues to expand its programs, possessing a thorough understanding of the scope of our services, policy positions, and the impact of our services will be critical to your success.


You will lead and expand RAINN’s fundraising programs. You will mentor three direct reports (development director, manager, and coordinator), and continually assess where and how we wisely build out our development functions. Historically, our trending has primarily been individual donors (currently 75 percent of our total portfolio); we will look to you to nurture a pipeline of major donors, expand upon existing development functions and programs, and as you grow the department, increase corporate partnerships and foundation support.


Every 98 seconds in the United States, someone is sexually assaulted. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. In partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country, RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and RAINN also operates and oversees the hotline management for several organizations, including the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense, SASH Helpline for NOAA, PC Saves Helpline for the Peace Corps, and universities across the nation.


RAINN offers victim services, public policy, public education, training, education programs, contract services, and consulting services to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. As the country’s leading provider of sexual assault services, RAINN has developed programs to help survivors in all stages of recovery. RAINN’s programs directly help more than 16,000 survivors each month.


RAINN is the nation’s leading authority on sexual violence. RAINN is comprised of experts in victim services, public education, public policy, and technology – a comprehensive team that works together to provide best-in-class services for survivors, inform and educate the nation about sexual violence, and improve the public policy and criminal justice response to sexual violence.


RAINN’s victim services experts take a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to developing programs and services that support survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. As the country’s leading provider of sexual assault services, RAINN has developed programs to help survivors in all stages of recovery.


RAINN’s communications experts raise the visibility of sexual violence and advance the public’s understanding of the crime. We work with the media, entertainment industry, and colleges across the country to provide accurate information about sexual violence prevention, prosecution, and recovery. RAINN is recognized as the go-to source for media seeking expert commentary and research on sexual violence news and stories. We maintain an active social media presence, reacting to current events and ensuring that people who need support can find it through the National Sexual Assault Hotline.


RAINN’s policy team works at the federal and state levels to improve the criminal justice system, prevent sexual assault, and ensure justice for survivors. We work closely with the Departments of Justice, Education, and Health & Human Services to improve the federal response to sexual violence. We lead the national effort to end the rape kit backlog, and collaborate with allies to promote state action.


RAINN also provides technical assistance, consulting, and training services to dozens of federal agencies, corporations, and organizations. We have also created a Best Practices Certification Program to improve how companies and organizations prevent sexual violence and handle victim response. The certification process includes a thorough audit of policies and operations, measured against Best Practices Standards tailored for each industry.

Primary Responsibilities as the Vice President, Development (Major Gifts / Philanthropy) 


  • Create, implement, and manage a comprehensive development strategy to increase funding from major donors, small donors, foundations, and corporations.
  • Establish performance measures and monitor results to evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s fund development program.
  • Manage relationships with current donors and board members and identify and cultivate new supporters.
  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing programs and future growth; cultivate existing relationships and develop new funder relationships.
  • Appropriately and accurately represent the organization to donors, prospects, fundraising volunteers, and the general public. Manage relationships with partner organizations.


  • Lead a small team of development professionals and position the department for future growth. Mentor and develop staff.
  • Provide oversight and direction for all operations of the development function. Ensure full compliance with regulations, laws, and ethical codes of conduct; maintain accountability standards to donors.
  • Work collaboratively with the leadership team on cross-program activities.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values a commitment to quality.


Desired Qualifications as the Vice President, Development (Major Gifts / Philanthropy) 

  • 10 or more years of experience in a senior development role.
  • Proven ability to develop, implement, and manage successful long-term strategic fundraising plans. Able to set concrete annual goals with the flexibility to adjust as the business needs shift and change through the current accelerated organizational growth.
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct reports and peers. Track record of effectively leading and mentoring a development team.
  • Ability to travel as necessary (approximately 30-40 percent). Major markets include New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles.
  • Demonstrated success in major donor fundraising, from identification to cultivation to solicitation to stewardship. Proven moves management expertise.
  • Comfortable and experienced in a technologically sophisticated environment. (From online fundraising to managing our CRM, technology is key to our development work.)
  • Proven success developing or growing an online giving program.
  • History of leading a performance-based/outcome-based program and staff.
  • Strong attention to detail plus solid analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge about sexual violence, trauma, and/or victim care is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required. CFRE or advanced degree in a related field is preferred.
  • Must complete a criminal background check (administered by RAINN).


Attributes of the Ideal Candidate

  • Servant-leader. You have proven leadership and management skills, and a profoundly collaborative style. You are able to lead and build the team; you work closely with program staff, build trust and rapport, coach and advise. You are a leader and supporter all at the same time – you build trust across all levels of the organization.
  • Strategic. You see the big picture and understand how the details relate. You can look across departments and identify efficient and effective ways to organize the work, track success, and explore opportunities for future success.
  • Service-driven. You are committed to providing the highest level of service while remaining aligned with the mission of the organization. You get what matters to the donors and what serves the mission.
  • Politically astute. You are able to understand, respect, and appreciate the challenges and constraints prospects and donors face, and you confidently guide and direct them. You represent yourself and your organization as polished, credible, and knowledgeable.
  • Exceptional communicator. You are known for your poise, tact, and diplomacy. You confidently engage with staff and across multiple stakeholder groups. You are willing to listen and learn from others. You give respect; you earn yours.
  • Connector. You understand how organizations work, where to build relationships, and how to get results through other people. You have a knack for creating strong and long-lasting partnerships with a variety of individuals and groups.
  • Creative problem-solver. Smart and creative, you recognize opportunities and take action. You know how to leverage current events and “never let a crisis go to waste.” You are comfortable with changes brought about as a result of rapid growth and development.
  • Ethical and honest. You are beyond reproach in business dealings. Internally and externally, you are known to be reliable, accountable, and trustworthy.
  • Collaborative. You are grounded in our organizational values of sharing information and working cooperatively. You value working in a cohesive team environment where everyone works hard and relies on each other to pull it all together.
  • Flexible. You switch from long-range needs to crisis-of-the-moment with agility and ease, and can thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. You skillfully manage numerous daily commitments and competing priorities.
  • Creative. You are intellectually curious, consistently identifying new ways to make things better. 


What’s Attractive to the Right Vice President, Development (Major Gifts / Philanthropy) Candidate?

  • You can have significant impact here. Our processes are already in place. 93¢ of every $1 you raise will go directly to helping survivors and preventing sexual violence.
  • The time is now. Sexual violence issues are prominent in the media. You will have the chance to leverage our national platform and influence how rape victims are treated and served.
  • You will work in close partnership with the founder/president, who is actively involved in donor development and will trust you to do your work without micromanaging.
  • What you bring to the table is vital to our success – innovation and ideas are critical to supporting the success of our growing programs and services.
  • RAINN is financially strong with stable leadership. We have a positive, supportive culture. You will have the resources you need to be successful.
  • We offer competitive compensation and a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, employee assistance, 403b(7) retirement savings, paid vacation, sick leave, 11 paid holidays (plus a bonus week), and free access to the building fitness center.


Staffing Advisors is committed to helping our clients create a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Some positions may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history.


We welcome candidates from backgrounds including (but not limited to): Vice President of Individual Giving, VP of Individual Giving and Major Gifts, VP of Institutional Advancement, Senior Director of Development, Director of Development, Senior Director of Major Gifts and Annual Campaigns, Vice President of Development, President of Development, Senior VP of Development, Development Director, Director of Major Gifts, Individual Giving Director, Senior Director of Individual Gifts, and Major Gifts Officer.



To Apply for the Vice President, Development (Major Gifts / Philanthropy) position at RAINN:

Use the "Apply" button on this page, or email your resume to Jennie Kinsfather at with "RAINN VP, Development / 2017-2201 SA" as the subject of the email.