Director of Development & Communication

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



1721 Griffin Avenue
Los Angeles
United States


The VIP Community Mental Health Center (VIP CMHC) is an exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works under the umbrella of the greater Violence Intervention Program (VIP).

VIP CMHC offers mental health services for children, 0 to 21 years old, and their non-offending family members living in LA County. VIP CMHC provides treatment using a multidisciplinary treatment team. VIP CMHC also integrates medical and mental health assessments to provide comprehensive treatment to the child. VIP CMHC clinical staff provides services on-site and in schools as well as at the VIP's Forensic Medical Clinic as children are triaged after trauma.

Violence Intervention Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community in the heart of Los Angeles County. At the Violence Intervention Program (VIP), we understand that every employee plays an integral role in protecting and caring for the children and families we serve each day. Composed of a diverse and growing community of concerned and caring individuals, VIP is dedicated to helping abused and neglected children and their families find hope for today and opportunities for a brighter tomorrow. Every employee knows that they can make a difference and change a life



The Director of Development and Communications will report to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer. This position is responsible for creating and implementing the organization’s communication, development and fundraising strategies to meet its contribution income goals. She/he leads the staff and Board in stewardship of current donors, funders and partners, and identifies, cultivates and solicits prospective individual, foundation and corporate donors as well as government grant funding.  



Marketing & Communications

-Develop a cohesive annual marketing and communications strategy which highlights VIP’s programs to county and community stakeholders; this will include newsletters, management of website and social media accounts, as well as printed materials highlighting the agency and the various therapeutic programs offered to clients.

-Network with agency stakeholders and partners to promote VIP services including Mental Health services and Children’s Medical Village services (i.e. HUB, Children’s Welcome Center, and Youth Welcome Center). 


Fund Development & Grant Management

-Schedule, write, submit, track and report on foundation grant proposals in accordance with established foundation guidelines.

-Develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy, utilizing major gifts, planned to give, events and direct mail solicitations in concert with the Executive Director/CEO.

-Research and develop new sources of government, foundation, corporate and individual funds.

-Write creative and compelling copy for individual donor proposals, case statements, brochures, invitations and other correspondence. Ensure written materials (including proposal budgets) are accurate, articulate, well-targeted, and well-reasoned. Ensure that donor materials are high quality, cost effective, well designed, and appropriate for their audience.

-Monitor and manage donor relations.

-Demonstrate perseverance and positive attitude while conveying sensitivity to the needs of the donor.

-Support the Board of Directors and H.E.A.R.T. Board in identifying and soliciting gift prospects and develop the Board’s fundraising capacity.

-Assist in organizing and planning special events for H.E.A.R.T

-Identify and recommend for recruitment for new Board members.



-Manage and mentor support staff to help their professional development and effectiveness within the department as a whole.

-Responsible for achieving revenue goals.

-Work with the Chief Financial Officer to maintain accurate financial records.

-Maintain and track individual giving revenue and expense budget throughout the year.

-Supervise the Development Associate



-Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent combination of education and experience

-3+ years of significant giving, grant writing, campaign management and event planning; preferably within a nonprofit organization.

-PC proficiency with MS Office Suite required. Work with fundraising database software required, Raiser’s Edge preferred.



-Preferred: Experience with The Raiser’s Edge software

-Excellent communication skills with demonstrated ability to engage donors in-person and in writing through articulate, compelling, and well-reasoned proposals.

-Must have demonstrated success in private foundation grant writing and government grant writing.

-Must be energetic, creative, resourceful and take proactive initiative in seeking increased contributions.

-Exceptional organizational skills, with the ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and manage multiple assignments simultaneously.

-Strong analytical and budgeting skills.

-Outstanding leadership, interpersonal, and mentoring skills, including the ability to work well with Board of Directors, Executives, Staff and Volunteers. 

-Must be an effective and cooperative team player.


Eligibility Requirements


-Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume with three references to be considered

-Must be willing to submit to a background investigation

-Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States





Full-time; Exempt


Please email, fax, or mail your cover letter, resume and names of three professional references with their phone numbers directly


VIP-Community Mental Health Center, Inc. – Human Resources Department

1721 Griffin Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90031

Fax: 323.221.4231


-Medical,Dental, Vision (Fully paid company benefits employee only.)

-Flexible Spending Accounts

-401(k) plan & Basic Life Insurance

-11 paid holidays per year

-Generous paid time off accrual

-Travel reimbursements at IRS rate

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree