Director of Strategic Initiatives and Development
Fully Remote Remote Worker - N/A
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National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). Formed in 1988, NCA has been providing support, technical assistance, and quality assurance for CACs, while serving as a voice for abused children for more than 30 years.


National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is committed to a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within our staff, board, and Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) movement. A diverse, equitable, and inclusive movement is critical not only to achieve a just and welcoming work environment for our workforce and partners: it also impossible to effectively serve children and families across this country without a movement of agencies and professionals that reflect them and understand their needs. 

As the national association and accrediting body for CACs, NCA is committed to achieving universal access to CAC services for children in every community in America and is uniquely positioned to ensure CACs both have the resources they need to truly serve America’s diverse population and also that their accreditation with us requires that they do so equitably and inclusively.


In partnership with the Executive Team, the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Development will engage and cultivate public and private partners to expand resources, amplify our collective voice and strengthen research, education, and advocacy to improve child health and well-being. 


  • Serve as leader of the Development Department.
  • Responsible for NCA’s annual fund development plan, and department budget.
  • Utilize project management and organizational skills.
  • Responsible for preparing, submitting, and managing grant proposals to federal government, foundation, and corporate sources.
  • Responsible for sponsorship of National Children’s Alliance’s Annual Leadership Conference.
  • Provide leadership and support for Corporate Partner Program.
  • Manage and execute logistics and activities related to individual giving programs. 
  • Collaboratively with the Communications Department, develop and implement integrated messaging, marketing and communications to increase the engagement and contributions of individual and corporate donors.
  • Identify and report on key metrics to track progress on annual development plan goals. 
  • Responsible for development-related pages of the NCA website.
  • Lead recruitment, selection, training and supervision of department volunteers and/or interns, and development staff.
  • Responsible for state charitable registration process, direct mail vendors, grant-writers and other vendors engaged with the department.
  • Conduct presentations and engage at outreach events as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Programs or the CEO. 


  • B.A. degree (required), Masters degree (preferred)
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in leadership at CAC and/or State Chapter.
  • Minimum 3+ years of Director level experience in Development 
  • 5+ years of successful grant writing experience; responding to federal solicitations a plus
  • 5+ years of successful sponsorship solicitation experience 
  • High energy and passion for National Children’s Alliance’s mission
  • Demonstrated proficiency using PowerPoint, Word, Excel and other software to create effective presentations, documents, and analysis.
  • Proficient in individual and donor cultivation.
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals and other correspondence.
  • Strong verbal communication skills; ability to influence and engage a wide range of funders and stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player; to take initiative, and to manage multiple projects at a time.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with techniques and tools for prospect research.
  • Significant proposal writing experience; knowledge of federal grant guidelines a plus.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing corporate initiatives at the state or national level.


  • This work is primarily sedentary.
  • Local and domestic travel required as needed.
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 15 pounds.