Development Officer - Special Events

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000
Maximum: $45,000
Details: Salary based on experience.



Start Date


Application Deadline



1617 JFK Boulevard
Suite 1200
United States


The Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) is seeking a DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, SPECIAL EVENTS to begin work immediately. Work for a premier child advocacy program. Experience multidisciplinary practice of lawyers and social workers, outstanding staff collegiality, and commitment to quality service.

AgencyChild Advocates is Philadelphia’s volunteer lawyer program providing free legal and social services for abused and neglected children. Teaming volunteer attorneys, paralegal and legal assistants with staff social workers and attorneys. Child Advocates seeks to protect children by securing social services, finding alternative homes and helping them testify in court. For all of the children committed to our care, we work to ensure safety, health, education, family permanency and access to justice. Systemically, we promote collaborative, multi-disciplinary casework and solutions to recurrent problems. For the community, we provide educational programs to increase awareness about the problems of, and ways to, prevent child abuse. Whenever possible, Child Advocates seeks to maintain children and families in their own homes. Respected for diligent and effective advocacy throughout our 40+ years of service, Child Advocates attorneys and social workers move public systems to deliver entitled services and private systems to open their doors to needy children and their families.

Responsibilities: This is a front-line fundraising position with an emphasis on meeting revenue goals and building significant operating funding from special events with a focus on corporate and law firm sources, including contributions and sponsorships. This position provides a full range of support services associated with Child Advocates Special Events fundraising and Corporate/Law Firm portfolio to the Director of Development and the Development Team, including but not limited to:

  • Managing Child Advocates Corporate/Law Firm relationships, including prospect identification and research to maintain a robust donor-prospect portfolio; cultivating and stewarding ongoing relationships within the corporate/law firm constituency; and soliciting contributions through sponsorships and corporate giving programs.
  • Planning and executing major events.
  • Managing internal and external communications and event promotions, including preparation of documents and reports for Board and Committee meetings, drafting copy for newsletters and e-blasts, outreach to media, managing social media, and other public relations duties.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, and/or business preferred with good writing and communication skills. Three to five years’ experience in special events fundraising, promotions and/or marketing. Business writing skills; computer database management, entry and retrieval of data. Knowledge of computer software, Microsoft Office, donor database programs (preferably Raiser’s Edge), with strong organizational, written and oral communication skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team and adapt to a changing work environment. Ability to maintain confidentiality and diplomacy in dealing with all levels of staff and outside contacts. Experience and or interest in law, social work and/or child welfare (or related field) is preferable. 


Benefits include health, disability and life insurance, 401K, flexible spending account for medical and dependent care expenses, and generous leave program. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Apply to: Development Officer Search, Support Center for Child Advocates, 1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1200, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or email cover memo and resume to: (include “DEVELOPMENT OFFICER SEARCH” in subject line).

Child Advocates does not discriminate in any aspect of employment on account of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.