Deputy Director of Development

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SAFE Project | Arlington, VA

SAFE Project

Published 9 days ago

Application Deadline

June 20, 2019


SAFE (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic) Project is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit working through a collaborative, multi-pronged and non-partisan approach to end the nation’s catastrophic opioid epidemic. Founded in November 2017, SAFE is designed to attack the addiction fatality crisis with a robust and comprehensive approach around six distinct lines of operations. SAFE Project believes that the crisis can not be resolved without an orchestrated effort to engage in Family Outreach, Public Awareness, Prevention, as well as to work directly to address the roles of Prescription Drugs, Law Enforcement and Treatment and Recovery. With the strong leadership of our Founders and a highly experienced and driven Board of Directors, SAFE Projects implements each of these lines of operation through three entities – SAFE Communities; SAFE Campuses and SAFE Veterans.   

SAFE Project now seeks an experienced fundraiser to work collaboratively with the Director of Development to design and execute the development program for this dynamic and growing organization. The Deputy Director of Development will work closely with the Executive Director and the Senior Leadership Team and report directly to the Chief of Staff who also serves as the Director of Development.  

The Deputy Director of Development will play a central role in helping to build and design the fundraising development infrastructure. Working in close collaboration with the Director of Development, the Deputy Director will create a comprehensive development strategy and to expand the infrastructure for individual donor giving. This position will be responsible for positioning SAFE Project with major corporations, foundations and public parties. The selected candidate will collaborate with the Directors of SAFE Campuses, SAFE Communities and SAFE Veterans to maintain current relationship and develop new ones.

The ideal candidate is a problem solver, quick learner and a team player with strong communication skills. This is a perfect position for an individual with fundraising experience, energy and a desire to jump aboard an airplane that we are building and flying at the same time. If you enjoy a dynamic team, working collaboratively, and are willing to question the norm, we want you on our team. Please note, this is not a position for someone who is afraid to try something different or for someone who needs perfection before execution.

Over 130 American’s die every day to overdoses. We are on a mission to stop this, and there is no time to lose.   


Key Responsibilities

  • Support the Director of Development in designing and implementing fundraising strategies and goals.  
  • Manage development processes, lead end-to-end grants management, and manage correspondence with donors and prospects.
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit potential and existing corporate, government and foundation partners.
  • Create and execute a strategy to identify and cultivate individual donors for annual gifts. 
  • Identify prospective donors aligned with the organization’s mission and programs, including prospecting through databases and online sources.
  • In conjunction with the SAFE Office Manager, coordinate the development and tracking of all new grant proposals, letters of intent, narratives, budgets and reports. 
  • Maintain comprehensive fundraising calendar, ensuring that all deadlines and targets have been met.  
  • Develop regular progress reports and planning documents on fundraising status to the Chief of Staff. 
  • Manage a centralized fundraising tracking system including data entry, donor acknowledgement, and gift processing. 
  • Must be passionate about addiction, behavior health related issues and our mission.  
  • A sense of humor is a must.




·     Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. 

·     3 – 5 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising or development. 

·     A track record of successful fundraising

·     Experience in grant writing and grant management is preferred

·     Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills 

·     Ability to plan around multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines 

·     A team player with a demonstrated ability to work well in a small, highly collaborative environment;

·     Experience with Salesforce.

·     Ability to travel domestically with overnight stays. 

·     Location in the DC/Virginia/Maryland area.


Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefit package.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:



SAFE (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic) Project is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit working through a collaborative, multi-pronged and non-partisan approach to end the nation’s catastrophic opioid epidemic. Founded in November…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional


SAFE Project offers a comprehensive benefits package.

SAFE Project offers a comprehensive benefits package.


1201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209