JOB TITLE: Director of Development

SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director

HOURS: Full-time, exempt

Founded in 1996, Safe Haven Ministries’ mission is, motivated by Christ’s love, to end domestic abuse. We do this by providing hope, healing, and refuge for victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

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Organizational Overview

Safe Haven Ministries, a nonprofit organization located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, believes in a multi-faceted approach to serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and preventing domestic violence in our community. Safe Haven offers emergency shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence; support groups, individual supportive counseling, and advocacy for women and children who do not require shelter; and primary prevention training and outreach for the entire community.


Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Development serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting Safe Haven Ministries. The Director of Development is responsible for the leadership of all donor relationship activities, including marketing and communications. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build Safe Haven’s visibility, impact, and financial resources while cultivating and growing existing donor relationships. The Director of Development will also design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support.

The Director of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow Safe Haven’s operations budget through the solicitation of major gifts, grants, corporate and foundation support, and planned giving.

This person’s primary role will be seeking major gifts and overseeing the expansion and diversification of Safe Haven’s donor base/pipeline and working closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition, the Director of Development will work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to lead and support donor cultivation and solicitation.


  • Manage major donor pool of no less than 60 donors and spend no less than 60% face time in the field meeting with major donors
  • Support and partner with the ED and board members on all major fundraising initiatives
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Development Team in developing Safe Haven’s fundraising strategy
  • Actively work with the ED and leadership staff to produce strong grant proposals
  • Have primary responsibility for ensuring the development and execution of all proposals; write and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach
  • Provide appropriate leadership of development staff to ensure successful delivery of fundraising strategies
  • Oversee research for funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position Safe Haven ahead of major funding changes or trends
  • Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to board and senior leaders
  • Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with Engagement Director and staff on donor events, church, volunteer, and community partner relationships


  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization preferred; demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources)
  • Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and cultivate and build long-term relationships
  • Willingness and ability to secure donor meetings; 60% of workweek dedicated to face time with donors is required
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
  • Ability to train and lead development staff
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Safe Haven Ministries
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • High energy and passion for Safe Haven’s mission is essential
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plan
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong grant writing skills
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time

In addition to a competitive salary, Safe Haven offers an excellent health and retirement benefit package. It also offers a fantastic PTO package.

Safe Haven Ministries has an organizational commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion. In that spirit, we welcome all qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, color, sex, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, military status, disability, national origin, medical condition, U.S. veteran/military status, pregnancy, or reasonable accommodation.

Safe Haven Ministries supports women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. We embrace and celebrate the diversity of attributes that make them unique, whether age, disability, ethnicity, religious beliefs, family or marital status, race, sexual orientation, U.S. veteran/military status, or socio-economic status. Our interactions demonstrate a firm commitment to inclusion, equity, and respect for every individual we have the privilege of serving.

Safe Haven Ministries is intentional in our efforts to recruit and retain staff and board members who differ from one another as well as understand and value all dimensions of diversity.