VP of Development and Communications

General Description: The VP of Development and Communications is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating the agency’s annual and long-term fundraising plans by increasing contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. In tandem creates and executes comprehensive communications strategies to garner support, engagement, and awareness of TAP’s mission to stakeholders and the general public.  

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Creates and implements the agency’s Annual Fund Plan including setting strategic and financial goals for fundraising activities including events, campaigns, major gifts, and grants with support of the CEO and Board Fundraising Chair.   
  • Creates and implements the agency’s Communications Plan with the CEO and Board Communications and Marketing Chair.  This Plan consists of a robust social media presence, targeted outreach for news media coverage, design and content of all marketing collateral, email communications (including newsletter), annual report, outreach materials, and oversight of the agency website ensuring a high-quality user experience.  Collaborates with the legal team, social worker, and survivor-clients to craft testimonials for public consumption.   
  • TAP’s audience is broad and covers the entire state.  Focus areas include current and potential individual donors, foundations, and Board of Directors members, as well as the business community, Texas State Government (all branches), city and municipal officers, and other advocates (family violence shelters, rape crisis centers, healthcare partners, “sister” agencies). 
  • Works with Advocacy and Outreach department to promote Backpacks for Hope, Handbags for Hope, and Hope for the Holidays.  Also spearheads the curriculum, content, an expectations of the agency’s Teen Ambassadors of Hope as relates to their fundraising and marketing goals. 
  • Supports all members of the Board of Directors in fulfilling their commitments, with a focus on the Fundraising Committee and Marketing and Communications Committee – serving as meeting leader when needed.  Attends BOD meetings and presents the Development and Communications updates when Board Chairs are not available to do so. 
  • Sits on the Communications Committees of Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault (LASSA) and Texas COVID-19 Partners. 
  • Serves as a member of TAP’s Leadership Team - along with Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Legal Officer, Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach, and the Finance Director – to create, revise, and implement agency policies, strategies, budgets, and staffing decisions. 
  • Has sole responsibility for training, managing, and evaluating the Development and Communications staff, in addition to supporting them in their professional growth.  

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree required; relevant advanced degree preferred.  

  • Five to seven years’ experience in fundraising and communications for non-profit organizations, or comparable leadership experience in sales, marketing, or community engagement in the for-profit sector.  
  • Successful track record in securing major gifts or sales ($10,000 and above) with experience in solicitation and relationship building of individual donors, foundations, or clients. 
  • Ability to create and implement strategic communications and fundraising visions.  
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines.  
  • Flexibility and ability to work independently, and as a team player, with a wide range of constituents and colleagues.  
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills.  
  • Must be able to exercise discretion and independent judgment on matters of significance pertaining to all development and communications activities.  
  • Proven leader and motivator of staff and volunteer-based teams to exceed expectations and goals.