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Vice President of Development

Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, the Center for the Rights of Abused Children (The Center) is a national nonprofit that has impacted the lives of over 650,000 children nationwide and strives every day to protect children, change laws, and inspire people to ensure every abused child has a bright future. Founded by Darcy Olsen in 2017 upon the simple principle that every child deserves a safe and loving home, as well as a brighter future, The Center offers free emergency legal advice and representation through their pro bono Children’s Law Clinic by providing direct services for the benefit of abused, neglected, and trafficked children, and those in foster care. The Center also advocates for common sense state-wide legislative reforms to protect children’s constitutional rights to legal counsel and to preserve Social Security benefits of children in foster care. Additionally, The Center advocates on a national level to ensure the establishment of a federal, constitutionally recognized mechanism for protecting the basic rights of America’s most vulnerable children.

The Vice President of Development will report directly to the Executive Director and work closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Board members, and other team members to cultivate and solicit donors for strategic priorities.

Basic Functions:

The individual who occupies this position will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to secure major gifts from individuals and corporations from across the country to support the organization’s mission.

Specific duties will include, but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive major gifts fundraising plan that includes identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors.
  • Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors and create individualized strategies for engagement and solicitation.
  • Conduct donor research to identify and prioritize new major gift prospects and maintain accurate and up-to-date records in the donor database.
  • Plan and execute major gift cultivation and stewardship events, including small gatherings, donor-recognition events, and donor visits.
  • Collaborate with board members and team members to engage and solicit major gift prospects and donors.
  • Work with the communications team to develop compelling donor communications, including proposals, reports, and thank-you letters.
  • Ensure compliance with ethical fundraising practices and all relevant laws and regulations.
  • Meet or exceed annual revenue targets and participate in the overall development of team goal setting.


  • Passion for furthering the rights of abused children; driving belief that every child deserves a safe and loving home; willingness to strive hard to improve their lives.
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit and desire to drive growth for the mission and organization.
  • Can-do attitude with no room for the word “impossible”; maturity and innate decency.
  • Ten or more years of experience in major gifts fundraising, including a history of developing and managing prospects at increasing capacity levels and successfully closing gifts at each level.
  • Knowledge of and experience with fundraising best practices, including moves management, donor cultivation, and stewardship.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to develop compelling fundraising materials.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with the ability to engage and inspire donors, board members, and volunteers.
  • Strong organizational and project-management skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of and passion for child abuse prevention and advocacy.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Ability to travel up to 50%.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary, bonus opportunity, and competitive benefits package.

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Law Clerks

At The Center for the Rights of Abused Children, you will receive hands-on experience working alongside our legal and policy teams to defend children’s rights in Arizona’s juvenile court through our pro bono Children’s Law Clinic, litigate civil rights cases nationally, and develop impactful legislation for Arizona and beyond. The Center for the Rights of Abused Children law clerks work with our associates to research federal and state child welfare laws, draft pleadings and memos, conduct policy research, participate in legal trainings, and attend court hearings and legislative debates when possible.

Our clerkship program offerings vary by semester.
Summer: Paid law clerk opportunities for second and third year students.
For-credit or volunteer externships for first year students.
Fall & Spring: For-credit or volunteer externships to all students.

Contact Christy du Mee with questions or to submit an application: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must include a letter of interest, résumé including GPA, and a writing sample.

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Fighting to get kids out of foster care limbo:
Drew finds a permanent home.

I am passionate about living out my faith in the service of all children.

Ann Tredway

Executive Director

Tim Keller

As a foster parent, my heart ached for what this child had suffered. As an advocate for constitutional rights, I was incensed at the injustices she experienced.

Tim Keller

Senior Vice President and Legal Director

You can't outsource love. There is no government program to fix this. You have to get in the game.

Darcy Olsen

Founder & CEO

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