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Director of Development – VRLC

Status: Full-time, Exempt
 Hybrid; based in Boston, MA with a National focus


The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and Oregon, as well as national training and support for lawyers and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to survivors of sexual violence to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. All applicants must agree with the VRLC’s mission and philosophy regarding our commitment to improving the response to sexual violence, empowerment, and inclusiveness.

The Director of Development position will be filled by an experienced candidate with a passion for mission-driven work, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to addressing the needs of marginalized communities. The VRLC deeply values diverse voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The VRLC will gladly assist applicants in need of accommodation. For assistance, contact humanresources@victimrights.org.


This is an exciting opportunity for a senior Development professional to join a dynamic team focused on a critical social issue. Reporting to the VRLC’s Executive Director and in partnership with the Deputy Director, External Affairs and the Board of Directors;, the Director of Development will oversee the VRLC’s fundraising activities and manage relationships with the organization’s financial partners.

Duties include cultivating new, current, and former donors to encourage ongoing contributions, and seeking out opportunities for financial support through gifts and sponsorships to support the national work of the VRLC and its life-changing mission. In addition, the Director of Development oversees the Shining Star Gala and other fundraising and stewardship events.

The VRLC is looking for candidates who are interested in a leadership opportunity within our senior team and can collaborate across all teams. We are excited to hire a Director of Development to help us bring the organization to the next level!

Responsibilities Include:  

Individual Giving and Donor Relations

  • Build, manage, and lead an individual giving/major gifts program consisting of a portfolio of major donors giving at the $10,000 level or greater.
  • Oversee a portfolio of 75+ donors giving $1,000+.
  • Lead the organization’s Development vision by strategically positioning the organization in the right donor circles, while also tactically executing the fundraising plan.

Special Events

  • Oversight of the annual Fall gala by providing input, lending expertise to secure sponsorships, and leveraging the event to cultivate new donors and prospects.
  • Develop and grow new and existing relationships with individual and corporate donors through their event engagement.
  • Strategically identify and manage house party opportunities to identify and cultivate new donors interested in the mission.

Board Management

  • Build relationships with an engaged Board of Directors who personally support the organization, and work with the Board to create a culture of philanthropy and ensure that all members are engaged and fundraising for the organization.
  • Present fundraising plans and progress toward goals at Board of Directors meetings.

This position will not be responsible for work related to federal and state grant funding, which will continue to be managed by existing senior staff. This position is focused on securing unrestricted funding for the organization which allows the VRLC to pilot innovative initiatives and cover activities that are not covered by grants. May partner with an existing foundation grants consultant to secure unrestricted money.

In addition to working closely with the VRLC’s Executive Director and Deputy Director, the Director of Development will also be responsible for managing a Development Manager who is skilled at supporting fundraising events, eTapestry database (a Blackbaud product), and generating an annual appeal.


  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in fundraising.
  • Prior experience growing and managing a major gifts/individual donor program, ideally within a small nonprofit organization.
  • Bring generalist Development knowledge with excitement to build and manage a major gifts program.
  • Preferably, experience working with organizations that have a mission focused on vulnerable populations, and comfort with talking about sensitive topics to a diversity of constituents.

Salary Range:

$90,000 – $115,000


  • 19 paid vacation days
  • 12 paid holidays per year
  • Generous sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • 403b Retirement Plan with employer match
  • Organization-sponsored life insurance
  • A fun, caring, and innovative work environment

Hybrid Work: VRLC has a Hybrid Work Policy. “Hybrid Work” is a flexible workplace model that is supportive and inclusive of employees fulfilling their job responsibilities in-office, remotely, or at another location (partner agency) for all or part of their regularly scheduled work hours. Employees have a choice in selecting a working environment that helps them be most productive while meeting the needs of the VRLC and prioritizing both a survivor-centered approach to work and survivor privacy. For this role, the candidate may work remotely but be available to attend meetings at our VRLC Boston office a few times a month and more frequently as needed during busy periods of a campaign or events. 

TO APPLY: To apply, send your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to humanresources@victimrights.org with both your last name and “Development” as the subject of your email. No phone calls, please.