Development Director

Development Director

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
South Peninsula Haven House

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Salary Range: 
41,000-52,000 (DOE)
Job Category: 
Development | Fundraising
Organizational Overview: 


South Peninsula Haven House supports and empowers individuals and families impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse by advocating for justice and providing safe shelter, crisis intervention, prevention, and victim advocacy.


Protect and support victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

History of Haven House

Over forty years ago, a few caring individuals began a “ behind-the scenes” grassroots effort to individually provide emergency “safe home” housing for women experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault. In 1980, with the Board of Directors of the local community mental health center and community members a crisis line was developed and significantly expanded community- based safe home, advocacy and education services.

In 1981, Haven House ( formerly South Peninsula Women’s Services) became incorporated and in 1982 relocated to its own office location.

Four decades later, Haven House services have expanded to address a wide range of needs that provide trauma informed, culturally competent, and client centered services for the southern Kenai Peninsula.  Still, our focus remains the same: to protect and support victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and child abuse.

It is unfortunate that our society still requires domestic violence and sexual assault intervention and prevention programs. Given the need, it is fortunate that a shelter exists, as well as an educational program for parents and their children.  Only through the awareness and efforts of many can we continue Haven House’s services and hope to achieve our goal of eliminating domestic violence from our community.

Role Responsibilities: 

Downloadable Job Description

Primary Function:

This position has senior level responsibility for all aspects of fund development and donor communications.  This position works directly with the ED to accomplish the agency fund raising and donor engagement goals.  This position requires exercise of discretion and independent judgment for coordination, management, and supervision of all donor retention and development of all funding sources.

Essential Job Results:

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to accomplish the Essential Job Results stated below.

  • Plans, designs, and executes the annual Fund Development plan in consultation with the ED and Board Fund Development Committee
  • Supervises all fundraising activities including solicitation of corporate and individual gifts, planned giving and special projects
  • Conduct research and analysis on issues of interest to the Executive Director and/or Board President/Committees
  • Works with ED/Board to identify & cultivate donors, donor outreach
  • Works with ED/Board to schedule meetings of Honorary Council
  • Drafts thank you letters for contributions received 
  • Responsible for Keela - acknowledgement letters, reports/analysis of data
  • Works with ED/Board on all fundraising events 
  • Creates and executes the communications strategy in consultation with the ED and Board Communications Committee overseeing all internal and external communications initiatives
  • Develops and maintains all HH brands & templates 
  • Develops messaging/stories to existing and potential clients, customers, community partners, members, community and broader supporters, potential volunteers, and funding sources 
  • Works with ED and program managers to update the website, social media and newsletter; takes pictures, videos, audio to support the brand/story of HH 
  • Works with ED to proactively publish news releases, letters to the editor and all other communications
  • Surveys community to determine which format works best with various demographics (a potential joint project with other non-profits)
  • Coordinates with Leadership Team activities for awareness months and is responsible for coordinating activities and follow through. 


  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Self-starter, ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Computer knowledgeable (donor software, word processing, spreadsheets, reports, etc.)
  • Personable, team player, takes direction well
  • Demonstrates problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to treat confidential information with appropriate discretion
  • Attention to detail


  • Supports general operations by providing advocacy, answering crisis line, serving as back up and assisting with other direct services and program support when necessary. 
  • Contributes to the team effort and maintains continuous quality improvement by welcoming new and different work requirements; exploring new opportunities to add value to the organization; helping others accomplish related job results; being active in self-directed learning and professional growth; participating in trainings, teleconferences and other forms of assistance/consultation provided and assisting in policy & procedure development and revisions through membership in various work teams and/or as liaison to Board and program committees.  
  • Protects program integrity and confidentiality by adhering to all confidentiality requirements including but not limited to SPHH’s internal policies, requirements of local, state and federal law and requirements of common sense necessary to protect the safety, dignity and privacy of persons seeking or receiving services. 
  • WORKING CONDITIONS: Fast paced office environment with moderate to loud noise.  Frequent, unscheduled interruptions.  May work outside of building to perform duties away from office.  Periodic exposure to situations where individuals may be a danger to themselves or others. Occasional exposure to hazardous conditions (cigarette smoke, bodily fluids, spills, chemicals and cleaning agents, broken glass, etc.) Exposure to communicable diseases. 
  • MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT USED: Standard office and printing/publication equipment (FAX, computers, copier, binder, laminator, button maker, telephone, etc.), basic carpentry and household cleaning tools (vacuum cleaners, hammers, pressure washers, etc.).  
  • PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to walk, sit, hear, speak, climb stairs, stoop, reach, use hands, lift up to 50 lbs., see and use close vision; read, write, speak, and understand English. 
  • RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER PEOPLE: Cooperates and interacts with all SPHH staff and volunteers and community service agencies with dignity and tact. Will not engage in intimate relationships with a person seeking or receiving services from SPHH.  Models’ nonviolent behavior and freedom from substance abuse. 


BACKGROUND CHECK: Position requires applicant to be fingerprinted and pass a national FBI/State of Alaska criminal background check.  

SPHH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Alaska Natives, persons who are multi or bi-lingual and survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, or sexual assault are encouraged to apply.


Candidate Qualifications: 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic degree or certification/licensure in communications, public administration, fund development, or related subjects pertinent to the duties and responsibilities of this position 
  • Knowledge of Southern Kenai Peninsula community resources, cultural values, personal and family relationships. 
  • Demonstrated experience in fund development.  
  • Bilingual in English and local or indigenous languages

How to Apply

Application Contact:
Application Deadline: 
Open Until Filled
Application Instructions: 
Send letter of interest & resume to above email