The Frontline Workers Counseling Project (FWCP) is an award-winning Bay Area-based charitable organization that connects frontline workers with free high-quality psychotherapy and support groups. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the FWCP’s founders, Dr. Elizabeth Rawson and Dr. Michael Levin, recognized that frontline workers urgently needed access to psychotherapy and many psychotherapists wanted to help, but there was no platform available to connect them. Further, frontline workers needed a tailor-made solution that took into account the barriers that frequently impede their access to mental health care even during relatively less stressful times. These include: stigma about needing help; reticence to accept help as helpers themselves; concerns about privacy, particularly with insurance-based or employer-based treatment; worry that receiving help could endanger their licensure; lack of time during typical business hours; and shifting work schedules that require a flexible therapy schedule.
Within a few weeks of the FWCP’s founding in March 2020 as the COVID-19 Pro Bono Counseling Project, the organization recruited more than 300 Bay Area therapist volunteers and created a website that began connecting workers with therapists right away. Within a month, the organization was named by San Francisco Mayor London Breed as a key component of the city’s response to frontline worker mental health. Since then, the FWCP has connected hundreds of frontline workers across 14 counties with thousands of free hours of mental health treatment, raised about $300,000, and entered into a comprehensive fiscal sponsorship with Community Initiatives as the next step toward establishing the organization as an independent non-profit.
Although COVID-19 cases have declined, frontline workers continue to suffer with the psychological consequences of the pandemic while continually undergoing exposure to new stressful and traumatic experiences through their work on the front lines against this and other crises. These and other essential workers need ongoing access to free, confidential, and convenient mental health care in order to relieve their current suffering and reduce their risk for long-term negative mental health outcomes, such as the development of chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. At the same time, our mental health care system continues to challenge frontline workers with a variety of barriers to care, and many workers who want help are not getting it.
The FWCP is seeking a highly skilled, creative, and strategic development professional to take on the vital and high-impact work of leveraging the organization’s compelling and worthy mission and fundraising success to date to design and implement its first comprehensive, multi-stream development strategy. The Development Director will drive the FWCP’s growth by raising funds necessary not only for the continuation of the current program in Northern California but also geographic expansion that will allow the FWCP to fulfill its mission to serve as many workers as possible.
The Development Director will oversee all development activities and serve as the lead development strategist and fundraiser for the organization. This position will be responsible for: developing and implementing a general fundraising strategy that incorporates multiple revenue streams; identifying, writing, and managing grants; cultivating relationships with prospective and current major gift donors together with the Executive Director; growing the FWCP’s donor base; collaborating with the Board, staff, volunteer advisors, and consultants; and managing the FWCP’s donor database.
This is a half-time position reporting to the Executive Director. This position is remote with the possible exception of occasional in-person meetings when needed for donor stewardship or staff collaboration. Therefore location in Northern California is preferred.
Frontline Workers Counseling Project is a fiscally sponsored program of Community Initiatives, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Community Initiatives is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
As a nonprofit focused on increasing access to care for a population that has been disproportionately impacted by a societal crisis, we recognize the long and ongoing history of systemic inequities in both exposure to traumatic experiences and access to quality mental health care. We believe that attention to diversity, equity, and inclusivity is foundational to any effective mental health program including ours. We are committed to building an organization that is exceptionally inclusive and proudly diverse. Individuals from historically marginalized, oppressed, or underserved communities are encouraged to apply.
The Frontline Workers Counseling Project (FWCP) is an award-winning Bay Area-based charitable organization that connects frontline workers with free high-quality psychotherapy and support groups. Early in the…