Company Name
Safe Horizon
Job Title
Chief Development Officer

Chief Development Officer

ABOUT SAFE HORIZON: Established in 1978, Safe Horizon is the largest not-for-profit victim services agency in the United States. Woven into the fabric of New York City, each year the organization helps 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse. Safe Horizon partners with government and other community agencies and advocates for policies on the local, state, and national levels on behalf of those affected by violence and abuse.

The agency provides compassionate and expert support for people who have experienced family violence, child physical and sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, youth homelessness, as well as any crime or abuse.

Safe Horizon’s services are a model for programs across the country and around the world, and its staff provides critical technical assistance, education, and training to service providers, government organizations, corporations, and the media.

FUNDING: Safe Horizon has a FY 2020 operating budget of approximately $95MM. About $88MM in support is raised from government sources, and $6-7MM from private sources. While being realistic about the current economic situation, the agency is committed to increasing philanthropic support, most notably from individual major and planned gifts, and recently launched a new multi-year transformative philanthropy program.

THE OPPORTUNITY: The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will lead and motivate a high-functioning department to raise large amounts of money in uncertain times from both public and private sources and to expand the base of support over time. The CDO will be a demonstrated leader able to skillfully represent Safe Horizon to donors, prospects, and the public. They will be an active participant in strategic discussions and plans about current and anticipated priorities, opportunities, and the future direction of the agency.

The CDO reports to the Chief Executive Officer, Ariel Zwang, and works closely with Development Committee of the Board of Directors as well as individual Board members. The CDO will lead a team of 14 with 4 direct reports.


  • Genuine appreciation for Safe Horizon’s mission.
  • Accomplished history as a generalist in a development leadership role.
  • Understanding of the social service sector and its unique funding sources and challenges.
  • Proven success as a front-line major gift solicitor.
  • Knowledge of the NYC business, government, and philanthropic communities.
  • Able to motivate and work effectively with the CEO, board members, colleagues, donors, and volunteers.
  • Substantial staff leadership and mentoring experience.
  • Steadfast commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, having specific experience in anti-racism work.
  • Familiar with the entire range of development approaches, from individual giving to corporate and foundation support, special events, and direct marketing.
  • Current with established and emerging tactics in fundraising.
  • Track record as an innovator and builder; able to identify and secure new sources of funding.
  • Experience diversifying the donor base to include donors from historically underrepresented groups.
  • Respectful of clients and the traumas they have experienced.
  • Charismatic, vibrant personality.
  • Creative, entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Strong relationship building skills.
  • Persuasive communication and presentation skills.
  • Genuine commitment to social justice and to advancing racial equity.
  • Experience managing budgets and fundraising data.
  • Exceptional judgment and integrity.
  • Tech savvy and data driven.
  • Thorough understanding of Raiser’s Edge and data management systems.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required.