ABOUT SAFE HORIZON: Safe Horizon is the largest not-for-profit victim services agency in the United States. Woven into the fabric of New York City, each year the organization helps 250,000 children, adults, and families, providing compassionate and expert support for people who have experienced family violence, child physical and sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, youth homelessness, as well as any crime or abuse.
Safe Horizon’s services are a model for programs across the country and around the world, and its staff provides critical technical assistance, education, and training to service providers, government organizations, corporations, and the media.
FUNDING: Safe Horizon has a FY 2020 operating budget of approximately $95MM, of which $88MM is from government sources, and $6-7MM from private sources. While being realistic about the current economic situation, the agency is committed to increasing philanthropic support, most notably from individual major and planned gifts, and recently launched a new multi-year transformative philanthropy program.
THE OPPORTUNITY: The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will lead and motivate a high-functioning department to raise large amounts of money in uncertain times from both public and private sources and to expand the base of support over time. The CDO will be a demonstrated leader able to skillfully represent Safe Horizon to donors, prospects, and the public. They will be an active participant in strategic discussions and plans about current and anticipated priorities, opportunities, and the future direction of the agency.
The CDO reports to the Chief Executive Officer, Ariel Zwang, and works closely with Development Committee of the Board of Directors as well as individual Board members. The CDO leads a team of 14 with 4 direct reports.
Genuine appreciation for Safe Horizon’s mission.
Accomplished history as a generalist in a development leadership role.
Understanding of the social service sector and its unique funding sources and challenges.
Proven success as a front-line major gift solicitor from existing and new donors.
Knowledge of the NYC business, government, and philanthropic communities.
Able to motivate and work effectively with the CEO, board members, colleagues, donors, and volunteers.
Substantial staff leadership and mentoring experience.
Steadfast commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, ideally with some experience in anti-racism work.
Current with established and emerging tactics in fundraising.
Track record as an innovator and builder; able to identify and secure new sources of funding.
Experience diversifying the donor base to include donors from historically underrepresented groups.
Respectful of clients and the traumas they have experienced.
Creative, entrepreneurial spirit.
Strong relationship building skills.
Persuasive communication and presentation skills.
Genuine commitment to social justice and to advancing racial equity.
Exceptional judgment and integrity.
Tech savvy and data driven.
Thorough understanding of Raiser’s Edge and other relevant data management systems.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required.
Additional Salary Information: Safe Horizon is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to ensure individuals with disabilities can meet any physical demand requirement(s) of the position or otherwise perform the corresponding task(s), where possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, including to participate in the job application or interview process, please notify Howe-Lewis International, the executive search firm assisting with this assignment.
Safe Horizon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals and endeavors to hire individuals of diverse races, colors, creeds, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities or expressions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, national origins, and disabilities, as well citizen, marital, protected veteran and HIV statuses. A core value of the organization’s work is to advance racial equity and all forms of inequality.
About Safe Horizon
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