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Development Specialist


The Development Specialist supports agency-wide development efforts of the Rape Recovery Center reporting to the Director of Development. This role is primarily responsible for all aspects of government grant contracts including applications, reporting and billing. In addition this role will prospect new grants, draft proposals, applications and reports, maintain donor database, and keep an ongoing grant calendar. This role will assist the Director of Development with other activities as needed, which may include things like special events, fundraising appeals, marketing and donor engagement.


  • Maintain and grow financial support from government entities through grant contracts

  • Coordinate all federal and state grant contracts, including proposal writing, submitting monthly payment requests, quarterly reporting and tracking annual grant goal objectives

  • Maintain and grow financial support from foundations and corporations through private grant proposals

  • Coordinate all grant writing activities, including prospecting, proposal writing, regular reporting, and recording grant payments

  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to government entities, foundations and corporate sources

  • Steward and maintain ongoing relationships with foundation, corporate, and government grantors

  • Assist in managing a donor database; oversee data entry and gift processing related to corporate, foundation and government grants

  • Work closely with the Director of Development to support a growing, fast-paced, dynamic agency

  • Assist the Director of Development with special projects and events as assigned


  • Clear, precise, and compelling writing skills

  • Understand the grant fundraising cycle and have experience in proposal writing

  • Practiced communication skills, with the ability to convey complex ideas to a wide range of audiences

  • Ability to independently balance multiple ongoing deadlines

  • Ability to track and meet established goals

  • Innovative, collaborative, self-directed team member

  • Ability to understand and execute complex processes

  • Ability to work well with and inspire confidence in staff, volunteers, and donors

  • Excellence in building and maintaining business and personal relationships

  • Maintain accurate and timely records within donor database

  • Must embrace the mission and values of the Rape Recovery Center


1-2 years of experience in grant-writing, development, nonprofit administration, project management, or related experience Bachelor’s degree in a related field OR 4 years of professional experience OR an equivalent combination of practical and academic experience Demonstrated ability to write successful grant proposals Demonstrated ability to meet and exceed established goals


Employee must complete and pass a criminal background check to ensure no prior charges of sexual assault and domestic violence Employee must obtain 40-hour Sexual Assault Advocacy certification within 90-days of employment or at next available training Employee must complete all new hire paperwork by end of day on the first paid work day


This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, including occasional evening and weekend hours for special events, meetings, etc. The position is benefited, which includes health and dental insurance, retirement option, and a generous time off policy that includes paid holidays, paid sick time and paid vacation. This position will also have the option to work from home.

Reports to: Director of Development

Salary range: $40,000-$45,000 based on experience

Applications for the Development Specialist position will be accepted until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of early October.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to

The Rape Recovery Center operates from a framework of Anti-Oppression and Feminist Multicultural Therapy. The Rape Recovery Center does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.