Vice President of Development

October 29, 2018


Vice President of Development


Richmond, VA


The Vice President of Development is the senior executive responsible for strategic development and fundraising activities at ChildSavers. The role reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer, is part of the agency’s executive management team, and has a close working relationship to the agency’s Operating Board of Directors and Endowment Board of Trustees. The position also oversees marketing strategy and implementation, public and media relations, events and volunteer activities.

The Vice President creates and drives a strategic comprehensive plan that builds ChildSavers’ financial resources for annual operations and for long-term sustainability, as well as enhances the organization’s visibility and public messaging regarding its impact. The plan includes stewardship for major giving, annual fund, planned giving, and giving for endowment and capital needs. The Vice President must have a solid understanding of and commitment to ChildSavers’ mission.


• Develop a multi-year strategy to ensure the energetic pursuit and successful attainment of financial goals for current, capital and endowment revenue through staff deployment, resource allocation, volunteer mobilization and personal leadership;
• Establish volunteer leadership resources, marketing concepts and materials, and policies and procedures within the foundation to facilitate the growth of endowment funds to support ChildSavers’ long-term growth and sustainability;
• Engage the Boards for Operating and Endowment and other stakeholders in the development and implementation of development goals and results. Regularly report on progress to CEO and the Boards;
• Oversee the work of the Development Office to build and maintain relationships that maximize philanthropic revenue from individuals, corporations/businesses, foundation, faith and civic institutions, and other organizations;
• Oversee grants program (conceptualization, writing, reporting) from private and government entities;
• Oversee marketing (inclusive of events) and public relations activities to create and disseminate messages and materials to communicate the work and successes of ChildSavers to various audiences using appropriate message channels;
• Direct efforts to develop opportunities for mission-focused volunteer involvement and in-kind resources;
• Manages a portfolio of major gifts;
• Provide staff support for the Joint Board Resource Development committee;
• Represent CEO at community-based events and settings.


  • • A minimum of 10 years’ experience with a proven track record of developing and growing strategic fundraising initiatives;
    • Strong management skills for planning and goal-setting, conceptualization and implementation of effective fundraising strategies and tactics, volunteer recruitment and mobilization, and time and resource management;
    • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups and individuals both internal and external to ChildSavers;
    • Knowledge of the principles and methods of charitable giving, implications and effects of giving upon donors, cultivation processes, and stewardship responsibilities;
    • Is a self-starter, has outstanding strategic instincts and sound judgement.


At the core of ChildSavers’ mission is a fundamental commitment to the mental well-being of children and the positive bond between adult and child. ChildSavers supports this with clinical treatment and education and training services. These services offer reassurance, healing, and the skills necessary to achieve normal life and development.

ChildSavers was founded in 1924 by Martha Patteson (Mrs. Melville C.) Branch in memory of Dr. McGuire Newton. Dr. Newton was one of Richmond’s first pediatricians. Originally established to serve our region’s children during a worldwide flu epidemic, ChildSavers soon turned to addressing the mental health and developmental needs of children. Today ChildSavers mission specifically focuses on supporting those who have experienced trauma.


Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and completed ChildSavers application to

You can download the ChildSavers Application. Please include the position title as the subject of the e-mail. In order to be considered for any position, you must submit a ChildSavers application with your resume and cover letter. All job related queries can be sent to,

ChildSavers is a drug-free workplace.

ChildSavers in an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employees and applicants will be treated without regard to age, sex, color, religion, race, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital or familial status, physical or mental disability, legal source of income, or any other status protected by law.