Vice President, Advancement

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Description of Opportunity

Women Against Abuse is seeking a Vice President of Advancement to oversee the organization’s fundraising and communication department, with a special focus on developing a major donor program and leading face to face solicitations. The optimal person will have managerial competence and significant experience in fund development in the nonprofit sector. S/he will ably represent WAA to external stakeholders, including donors, funders and media groups, and will be skilled at building strategic relationships for the agency. Past experience in services to victims of domestic violence is not a necessity, but interest in learning about and then becoming a champion for WAA’s mission are a must.


Salary will be in the range of $95,000 annually, with benefits greatly exceeding nonprofit industry standards. A 6-month performance evaluation will be conducted and the salary may be adjusted at that time.

Background of Ideal Candidate

An experienced and dynamic professional with a history of accomplishment in fundraising, communications, staff and board management, and external relationship advancement.

Professional Characteristics

  1. High-energy person with vision, integrity and a passion for service excellence who is able to mobilize staff, board and other stakeholders toward a common goal.
  2. Demonstrated ability in fund development, including being the face of an organization in stewarding funder, donor and strategic relationships.
  3. At least 3 to 5 years’ of progressive experience in major donor cultivation and acquisition is required; having served as a head of a development department or as a major gifts officer is a plus.
  4. Fluency in using fundraising applications and prospect research tools is required.
  5. Experience in securing public funding and grants management is preferred.
  6. Limited experience in events and PR is required.
  7. At least 3 years’ of supervisory or management experience is required.
  8. Proven track record in staff and board management is a must. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization is required. Ability to build an organization-wide culture of philanthropy is a must.
  9. Entrepreneurial person capable and comfortable growing and diversifying an organization’s revenue mix is a must.
  10. Skilled in working in a collaborative manner to build relationships with multiple external stakeholders, including capacity to understand the interests and motivations of other nonprofits, institutional funders, and public sector decision makers.
  11. Proven experience working with diverse populations, including experience in building bridges to develop relationships, trust and credibility.
  12. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required, including public speaking skills.
  13. Deep appreciation of mission to serving victims of domestic violence is a must.  Knowledge about issues related to domestic violence is a plus, but not essential. Final candidate selected will be required to attend 45 hours of WAA’s Domestic Violence Training.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Resource Development
    1. Review, revise and execute the organization’s fundraising strategy.
    2. Identify, pursue and secure expanded revenue base.
    3. Build a major donor pipeline and serve as WAA’s major gifts officer.
    4. Expand giving circle and planned giving program.
    5. Steward and expand relationships with institutional and corporate funders
    6. Expand and pursue new corporate sponsorship opportunities.
  2. Departmental Management
    1. Review departmental goals, and implement new strategies and changes as needed.
    2. Oversee fiscal management of department to assure a balanced budget.
    3. Report regularly to the Executive Director regarding the department’s benchmarks and the organization’s fundraising performance.
    4. Lead the 5-person Advancement Department: Director of Institutional Giving; Grants Manager; Senior Communications Specialist; Donor Engagement Coordinator; Advancement Associate.
    5. Create and nurture a culture of accountability by reviewing and supporting others within the department to execute their respective roles and responsibilities.
    6. Nurture a culture of evaluation to advance fundraising activities by measuring and reporting the agency’s impact.
    7. Oversee the work of the Director of Institutional Giving.
    8. Oversee the work of the Senior Communication Specialist.
    9. Oversee the work of the Donor Engagement Coordinator.
  3. External Relations
    1. Serve as one of the key spokespersons for WAA and represent the needs of the WAA’s client communities in other fora.
    2. Foster media relations and represent the organization.
    3. Build and nurture strategic relationships for the agency.
  4. Organizational Leadership
    1. Foster a culture of philanthropy across all departments of the organization to ensure fundraising success.
    2. Participate in Executive and Senior Management Team meetings.
    3. Serve as the Executive Director’s advisor on all matters relating to resource development.
    4. Prepare Executive Director and other senior leadership staff for meeting with donors and funders.
  5. Board and Committee Relations
    1. Nurture a positive, open and collaborative relationship with the board and the Development & Events Committees, and Honorary Council.
    2. Develop and implement strategies to optimize collective and individual board engagement, including advancing board member contributions and board member solicitations from their respective networks
    3. Arrange opportunities for board education and engagement to enhance board members’ ability to serve as ambassadors of the organization.


Reports to the Executive Director & President


Direct Reports: Director of Institutional Giving; Senior Communications Specialist; Donor Engagement Coordinator.


Women Against Abuse has an annual operating budget of approximately $10,700,000 from government grants and contracts (75%), in-kind contributions (10%), individual donors (9%), institutional and corporate philanthropy (5%), and other sources (1%).

Service Area

Philadelphia region


  1. WAA is an equal-opportunity employer that values diversity and practices inclusion.
  2. Freedom from illegal use of drugs, and freedom from use and effects of use of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.
  3. Persons who have been found guilty by a court of law of abusing, neglecting or mistreating individuals are ineligible for employment in this position.
  4. This profile is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of the position.

Application Process

Interviews will be arranged as soon as a group of qualified candidates is assembled. Resumes and a one-page cover letter that conveys why you are well suited for this position and how it fits into your career should be emailed as soon as possible to: No paper copies, please. Applications should be emailed by May 23, 2018.

Confirmation of receipt of the application will be sent by return email. Interviews of preferred candidates will be arranged forthwith. No phone calls, please.


About Us

Women Against Abuse (WAA), a nonprofit agency, is Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence advocate and service provider. WAA is one of the largest domestic violence agencies in the country with a mission to provide quality, compassionate and nonjudgmental services in a manner that fosters self-respect and independence in persons experiencing intimate partner violence. WAA also leads the struggle to end domestic violence through advocacy and community education.

Women Against Abuse provides a continuum of care that promotes victim safety, autonomy, and dignity through the following interrelated services:

  • Safe Havens: Since 1977, Women Against Abuse operated Philadelphia’s only safe havens for victims of domestic violence.
  • Legal Center: The Women Against Abuse Legal Center is among the first in the nation dedicated to victims of domestic violence.
  • Sojourner House: Women Against Abuse operates the region’s first transitional housing program for abused women and children.
  • Safe at Home Program: The Safe at Home Program provides survivors with community-based case management services and financial assistance to safely transition to homes in the community.
  • Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline: Women Against Abuse leads the 24-hour, citywide hotline, a central point of access for crisis counseling, safety planning and referrals.
  • Community Education and Training: Women Against Abuse educators train professionals, students, survivors and community members to effectively intervene in the cycle of abuse and avoid unhealthy relationships.

With over 165 staff, WAA provides critical services to 15,000 individuals each year. WAA is a Sanctuary ® Certified Organization that practices a trauma-informed organizational change approach to organizational culture that promotes healing, safety and empowerment for both clients and staff. WAA has received numerous awards for its service and leadership excellence, including the Barra Award, the Barry and Marie Lipman Family Prize, and the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal’s Human Rights Social Innovator Award. WAA is also widely recognized for its leadership in pioneering Shared Safety, the City of Philadelphia’s coordinated response to relational violence. WAA’s leadership, advocacy, and services are foundational to the health of our communities, particularly as we increasingly understand that violence at home begets violence elsewhere.

For more information on WAA’s work, please visit our website:

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