Vice President of Development

October 29, 2018


Vice President of Development


Richmond, VA


The Vice President of Development (VPD) is the senior executive responsible for strategic development and fundraising activities at ChildSavers. The position also oversees marketing strategy and implementation, public and media relations, events and volunteer activities.

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.  As appropriate, the VPD serves as lead manager of contracted organizations that support the agency’s development activities.  The position oversees the agency’s development staff (currently three – Interim Development Manager, Annual Giving Officer and Outreach & Data Officer).

The VPD creates and drives a strategic comprehensive plan that builds ChildSavers’ s 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. This role has oversight and stewardship for the agency brand.

The VPD stewards and expands philanthropic support for ChildSavers through an effective and efficient fundraising operation focused on intimate relationships with donors in concert with giving level.  The VPD leads efforts to expand ChildSavers annual and long-term revenue through a mixed donor base of individuals, foundations, corporations, civic and faith groups, and public entities, supplemented by earned income from events.  The role designs and implements marketing and media plans.


  • Develops 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.
  • Establishes volunteer leadership resources, marketing concepts and materials, and policies and procedures within the foundation to facilitate the growth of endowment funds to support the ChildSavers long-term growth and sustainability.
  • Engages the Boards for Operating and Endowment and other stakeholders in the development and implementation of development goals and results. Regularly reports on progress to CEO and the Boards.
  • Oversees for work of the Development Office to build and maintain relationships that maximize philanthropic revenue from individuals, corporations/businesses, foundations, faith and civic institutions, and other organizations.
  • Oversees grants program (conceptualization, writing/seeking to reporting) from private and government entities.
  • Oversees marketing (inclusive of events) and public relations activities to create and disseminate messages and materials to communicate the work and successes of the ChildSavers to various audiences using appropriate message channels.
  • Directs efforts to develop opportunities for mission-focused volunteer involvement and in-kind resources
  • Manages a portfolio of major gifts.
  • Provides staff support for the Joint Board Resource Development Committee.
  • Ensures compliance with all federal, state, local requirements and industry ethical standards for gift acceptance, depositing and acknowledgment.
  • Represents CEO at community-based events and settings.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree with 3+ years’ experience in fundraising or related activity with preference for experience in capital or comprehensive campaign fundraising for human service or education organization.
  • Certification as a fundraising professional.
  • 3+ years’ experience in management role.
  • Proficiency in MSOffice Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), Internet research
  • Valid Virginia driver’s license and excellent driving record
  • Experience with fundraising software


  • 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, stewardship responsibilities, and commitment to ensuring work conforms to such
  • Ability to work productively within a team management model.


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.


As part of Genworth’s Skills Based Volunteering program, Genworth’s Recruiting Team has partnered with the ChildSavers Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors to assist with the Vice President of Development search. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and completed ChildSavers application to  All applications will receive a timely response outlining potential next steps.

You can access the ChildSavers Application by clicking here. Please include the position title as the subject of the e-mail. All job related queries can be sent to,

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.