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Development and Communications Director

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Director of Development and Communications

Organization Description:

The Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County (DVRCSC) is a nonprofit agency that works toward a future free of violence, and to build a community in which each individual shares the responsibility to create a culture of safety and personal dignity. We work collaboratively to offer safety, support, advocacy, education and a network of services to the residents of Washington County. The DVRCSC is dedicated to both preventing and responding to domestic violence by working to change the social conditions, beliefs, and social actions that perpetuate abuse.

The Director of Development and Communications is a senior leadership position responsible for managing multi-faceted communications and fund development strategies geared toward

  • increasing DVRC’s visibility and authority in the community as a known and trusted expert on issues related to Domestic Violence
  • engaging community members – including donors, volunteers, staff, and board in DVRC’s mission to create a world free of violence, and to build a community in which each individual shares the responsibility to create a culture of safety and personal dignity.


  • Fosters a culture of philanthropy throughout DVRC that nurtures loyalty through a comprehensive relationship-building program including cultivation and communications.
  • Translates DVRC’s vision and goals into compelling appeals to outside constituents and for internal staff.
  • Promotes culture of storytelling, defining strategies for telling personal stories that highlight the positive impact of DVRC’s work and employing a variety of communications methods to do so; as needed, generating content by interfacing directly with community members – including donors, advocates and people seeking services.
  • Ensures consistent voice and messaging across DVRC’s communications channels and coordinates approval process around external communications.
  • Works closely with Executive Director and members of the senior leadership team to identify annual communications and development priorities.
  • Interfaces regularly with donors of all types.
  • Coordinates with DVRC Staff, opportunities for donors to experience firsthand the impact of their gifts on DVRC’s advocacy, programs and operations.
  • Evaluates the effect of internal and external forces on DVRC’s communications and fund development and recommends short- and long-term plans and programs that support DVRC’s values, mission, and strategic plan.
  • Keeps informed of developments in communications and philanthropy and applies best practices.
  • Provides oversight of all DVRC’s communications and fund development activities including direct mail, newsletter, Impact Report, website and online giving, social media, grant applications and corporate partnerships. Manages the day-to-day operations of the team and monitors adequacy of strategies and tactics.
  • Regularly collects, analyzes, and reports on key communications and development metrics.
  • Prepares regular communications and development analyses and reports for the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Engages and supports Board of Directors in donor relations through thank you calls, community events, etc. that support DVRC.
  • Participates in the formulation and implementation of budgets and strategic plan.
  • Assures DVRC’s needs around print and digital communications, PR and media relations and advertising are met. Coordinates content generation, design, and printing for major annual publications, interfacing with staff, board, vendors, and other community members.
  • Other projects as assigned by the Executive Director.


  • Combination of education and senior management experience in fund development, communications and marketing in a nonprofit organization.
  • Commitment to DVRC’s mission.
  • Commitment to prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusion and integrating it throughout DVRC’s communication and development strategies.
  • Strong supervisory experience including building and managing teams.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in the nature of communications and philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, grant writing, direct mail, and development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting.
  • Commitment to a flexible work schedule to meet the organizational needs of DVRC
  • Willingness to travel locally, regionally, and nationally as needed for meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Practical and strategic systems thinker and problem-solver.
  • Demonstrated success in managing and implementing comprehensive programs in communications and fund development that increase awareness, engagement, and philanthropic contributions.
  • Budgeting and financial management skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Initiative, flexibility and ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and priorities.
  • Experience using and managing databases and technology (i.e., Bloomerang, Constant Contact, Wordpress, design programs).

Pay Scale: $70,000-$75,000

Status: Exempt

How to Apply: A formal cover letter is required for consideration.

DVRC is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, religion, or other legally protected status.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $70,000.00 - $75,000.00 per year


  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off


  • 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Wakefield, RI 02879: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Microsoft Office: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Fund development: 5 years (Required)

Work Location: One location

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