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Vice President of Development - RAINN

Vice President of Development - RAINN

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Vice President of Development - RAINN

With the national conversation focused on sexual assault and harassment, especially in the wake of the #MeToo movement, there has never been a more important time to join the fight against sexual violence. Each survivor’s story reminds us of the heartbreaking reality that many Americans face this every single day. Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. Every 8 minutes, a child is sexually abused. This is unacceptable and RAINN is leading the national effort to end it.


RAINN is the leading authority on sexual violence. As the largest anti-sexual violence organization, RAINN is a dynamic organization focused on victim services, public education, public policy, and consulting services. Its team develops and operates best-in-class services for survivors, informs and educates the nation about sexual violence, and improves the public policy and criminal justice response to these crimes. RAINN also created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline so survivors and their loved ones can get the help they need and deserve.


RAINN’s visibility – and opportunity – has never been greater. In just the last four months, we have added 40 new staff to support survivors contacting the National Sexual Assault Hotline and to serve organizations working to improve their prevention and response programs. We just launched a new PSA campaign with David Schwimmer and the Ad Council. As our founder and president Scott Berkowitz described it to The Washington Post, “there’s a much greater recognition of the scale of this crime and how widespread sexual assault is…this is really something that affects a huge percentage of the population.”


We are at a pivotal time in our country and it will take all of our voices to come together to create change. In this high profile role as vice president of development, you will leverage this watershed moment to strengthen donor relationships and build a pipeline for future growth through solicitation of new major gifts, individual gifts, corporate partnerships, and foundation support. With current fundraising levels of $2.5 million (75 percent of which is individual donors) plus more than $8 million in program revenue, RAINN will count on your expertise in donor development to substantially grow our revenue while managing (and growing) a team of three direct reports.


Responsibilities as the Vice President of Development

  • Create, implement, and manage a comprehensive development strategy, from planning to evaluation.
  • Manage relationships with current major donors and cultivate new ones.
  • Grow our already-robust online giving programs.
  • Manage relationships with corporate and foundation donors and expand support.
  • Expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities and partnerships to support existing programs and future growth; cultivate existing relationships and develop new funder relationships.
  • Lead, mentor, and develop a growing team of three development professionals.
  • Provide oversight and direction for all development operations. Ensure compliance with regulations, laws, and ethical codes of conduct; maintain accountability standards for donors. Promote a culture of high performance, quality, and continuous improvement.
  • Work collaboratively with the leadership team on cross-program activities.


Qualifications of the Vice President of Development

  • 10 or more years of experience in a senior development role.
  • Demonstrated success raising at least $4 million per year from major donors, from identification and solicitation to cultivation and stewardship.
  • Proven success developing or growing an online giving program. Comfortable in a technologically sophisticated environment. (Technology is key to our work.)
  • 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 business needs shift.
  • Track record of effectively leading and mentoring a development team.
  • Ability to travel up to 40 percent (major markets include Los Angeles, New York, and D.C.).
  • Knowledge of sexual violence issues and/or victim services 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 Vice President of Development

  • Entrepreneurial. You like a fast pace and want to be part of a rapidly growing organization.
  • People person. You enjoy getting to know and building relationships with donors and prospects.
  • Builder. You think big and are motivated by success. You want to help build something that will have a lasting impact on the nation.
  • Results-oriented and adaptable. You can juggle responsibilities and skillfully manage competing priorities.
  • Service-driven. You understand what matters to the donors and what serves the mission. You can easily translate RAINN’s mission into community impact.
  • Servant-leader. You work closely with staff, build rapport, and coach and advise. You are a leader and supporter all at the same time. You build trust across all levels of the organization. You give respect and you earn yours.
  • Collaborative. You value working in a cohesive team environment where everyone works hard and relies on each other to pull it all together.
  • Ethical and honest. You are beyond reproach in business dealings. Internally and externally, you are known to be reliable, accountable, and trustworthy. 


What’s Attractive to the Right Vice President of Development Candidate?

  • You can quickly make a significant 93¢ of every $1 you raise will go directly to helping survivors and preventing sexual violence.
  • You’ll inherit a strong portfolio of major donors, giving you a great base to grow.
  • The time is now. The country is paying attention and you can leverage our national media platform to attract donors, raise funds, and influence how victims are treated.
  • 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 welcome.
  • RAINN is financially strong with stable leadership and a positive, supportive culture. You will have the resources you need to be successful.
  • RAINN offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, employee assistance, 403(b)(7) retirement savings, paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays (plus a bonus week), and free access to the building fitness center.


More about RAINN

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


Our victim service experts take a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to developing programs and services that support survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. We operate the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) as well as hotlines for more than a dozen other organizations, including the Department of Defense, Peace Corps, SafeSport, and educational institutions across the nation. Our programs directly help more than 20,000 survivors each month.


Our communications team raises the visibility of sexual violence and advances 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.


Our policy team works at the federal and state levels to improve the criminal justice system, prevent sexual assault, and ensure justice for survivors. We advocate for laws and regulations that make communities safer and support survivors and work closely with the Departments of Justice, Defense, Education, and Health & Human Services to improve the federal response to sexual violence.

Our consulting team of subject matter experts works with clients across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to develop targeted, effective sexual violence education and response programs. RAINN’s services prepare organizations to effectively provide education about sexual violence and to respond to incidents in a way that facilitates healing and promotes safe and healthy communities.


To Apply for the Vice President of Development position with RAINN:

Use the "Apply" button on this page or simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at with “RAINN – VP of Development / 2018-2310 SA” as the subject of the email.


Alternative Titles:  chief development officer, senior director of development, vice president of philanthropy, chief advancement officer. 


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