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Safe Alliance - Chief Advancement Officer

Children Family Services Center
Charlotte, NC
  • Posted: 11 days ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Safe Alliance - Chief Advancement Officer

Safe Alliance seeks an experienced, dynamic Chief Advancement Officer with a passion for providing hope and healing to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. The CAO will be a member of the executive team, responsible for developing and implementing the Advancement strategy for Safe Alliance and serving as a key internal and external leader for the agency. Bachelor's degree is required, Masters Preferred, with a focus in the area of nonprofit management, development/fundraising, communication /journalism, or related area. Also required - 10 + years of relevant professional experience including but not limited to nonprofit management, fundraising, business development and/or executive positions. CFRE a plus. Ideal candidate will have excellent organizational, relationship building and communication skills, knowledge of Charlotte's philanthropic landscape and network of local leaders and funders and willingness to identify emerging prospects and build new relationships. Familiarity with Raiser's Edge is a plus. Safe Alliance deeply values candidates with diverse life experiences and is actively committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. Salary range $90-110K based on experience.



  • Build and oversee the implementation of an aspirational, achievable annual Advancement plan.
  • Recruit and train Advancement staff and provide primary supervision, direction, support and coaching of assigned staff through regular communication, timely performance management, and oversight.
  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of policies and procedures related to the department.
  • Maintain effective development systems and record-keeping procedures to track current and prospective donors and accurately report all fundraising income.
  • Prepare, monitor, and manage the annual Advancement budget and related financial reports.
  • Support the agency's mission by participating in and contributing to Strategy Team, Administrative Team, Leadership Team, and Board of Directors meetings.
  • Ensure that employee time is entered into timekeeper system accurately; approve timesheets according to established deadlines; and ensure office is staffed appropriately.
  • Adhere to agency procedures concerning Documentation, Critical Incident Reports, Grievances and Client & Staff Satisfaction Surveys and participate in the Quality Assurance Process.


  • Lead all agency-wide Advancement functions including fundraising and development, special events, volunteer program, database management and usage, communications, and marketing.
  • Ensure effective cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts for key donors and prospects including individuals, corporations, foundations, government funders, the faith community, and civic groups through use of innovative strategies and creative implementation ensuring compliance with applicable laws and industry best practices.
  • Meet and exceed fundraising goals, as determined annually during the organizational budgeting process.
  • Manage agency-wide government and foundation grant writing process and related relationship-building activities.
  • Develop and manage contributed revenue generating activities including in-person and written solicitations, special events, mail, online, or social media appeals, and planned giving initiatives.
  • Play a lead role in personally cultivating, soliciting and stewarding targeted prospects and donors through one on one communications, events and other public roles.
  • Support the Board of Directors by serving as key staff person under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer to recruit, orient, train and engage active participation of all members.
  • Manage broad internal agency communications including All Staff meetings/trainings, electronic communications, agency calendars/meeting schedules and Rapid Response or other emergency response plans.
  • Ensure the development and implementation of external communication, media, marketing and branding efforts. around the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault and help lead social change efforts to build a community free of domestic and sexual abuse.
  • Communicate the work of Safe Alliance as it relates to intersecting oppressions including racism, generational poverty and gender-based inequities.
  • Working with the Strategy Team, coordinate and participate in advocacy/civic engagement efforts on behalf of the agency and clients with local, state and national governing bodies by addressing systems issues to promote social and systems change.
  • Increase awareness of victimization, prevention, and available resources through public speaking and media requests.
  • Participate in community meetings and committees.
  • Promote and maintain professional relationships with agency staff, volunteers, interns, stakeholders, and community partners.

Professional Development

  • Maintain professional licensing/certification as applicable, staying informed and knowledgeable about traumas, victimization and other priority issues for the agency for the purpose of communications/marketing, grant writing, and fundraising/development activities.

Essential Job Functions

  • The employee is required to travel less than 50% of the time
  • Travel may include trips to local meetings and occasional overnight travel to meetings or conferences
  • Data entry, typing
  • Proficiency with word processing , spreadsheets, email or presentation software
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and reason objectively
  • Identifies problems, takes and recommends appropriate actions, and follows up to ensure problems are resolved
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral expression
  • Shares information with team members appropriately
  • Uses diplomacy and tact to maintain harmonious and effective relationships with staff/clients/ community
  • Maintain awareness of impact of vicarious trauma and ensure readiness to provide high quality care
  • Uses work time productively
  • Understand the goals and objectives for their department and the agency, and works to achieve them
  • Ability to document accurately, concisely and in a timely manner
  • Ability to handle a variety of duties
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and competing priorities effectively
  • Ability to work with and respect a diverse population

Position Requirements

  • Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly lift, twist, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.
  • Ability for close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus to perform an activity to determine accuracy and thoroughness of work assignment.
  • Ability to reach, stand, crouch, walk, and finger, grasp, sit, twist, talk, hear, and perform repeated motions.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Core Competencies

  • Action Oriented/Planning & Organizing- Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements in order to work productively over a sustained period; determines necessary sequence of activities needed to achieve goals with efficiency.
  • Building Trust - Interacts with others in a way that gives them confidence in one's motives and representations and those of the organization. Is seen as direct and truthful; keeps confidences, promises, and commitments.
  • Decision-Making/Problem Solving - Breaks down problems into components and recognizes interrelationships; makes sound, well informed, and objective decisions. Compares data, information, and input from a variety of sources to draw conclusions; takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Formal Presentation Skills - Effectively presents ideas, information and materials to individuals and groups. Effectively prepares and provides structured delivery; facilitates workshops or meetings in a structured manner, can facilitate and manage group process.
  • Strategic Focus - Understands how an organization must change in light of internal and external trends and influences; keeps the big, long range picture in mind; builds a shared long-range organizational vision with others. Committed to course of action to achieve long-range goals and influences others to translate vision into action.
  • Visionary Leadership - Keeps the organization's mission, vision, and values at the forefront of employee decision making and actions; ensures alignment of organization's strategic plan and agency practices with vision, mission and values.


  • Safe Alliance may still be subject to government mandated vaccine requirements and testing as outlined by the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard. All applicants must be willing to submit proof of vaccination status or test weekly.
  • Bachelor's degree, Masters Preferred, with a focus in the area of nonprofit management, development/fundraising, communication /journalism, or related area.
  • 10 + years of relevant professional experience including but not limited to nonprofit management, fundraising, business development and/or executive positions.
  • CFRE a plus.
  • Excellent organizational, relationship building and communication skills. Comfortable and energetic in public roles. Knowledge of Charlotte's philanthropic landscape and existing network of local leaders and funders and willingness to identify emerging prospects and build new relationships. Familiarity with Raiser's Edge is a plus.

No calls, emails, or visits please. For immediate consideration, please formally apply online and provide a resume and cover letter.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job classification. They are not to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities of people so assigned. Safe Alliance may still be subject to government mandated vaccine requirements and testing similar to the ones outlined by the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard. As a condition of employment you must be willing to submit proof of vaccination or submit testing results weekly or as outlined by the agency. Proof of vaccination status must be provided at hiring and/or upon request by the agency.

Accommodations: Safe Alliance will engage in an interactive process with employees requesting medical or religious accommodations

The Agency's policy is to provide equal opportunity in all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.

Children Family Services Center


Charlotte, NC
28202 USA



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