National Director, Private Sector Giving, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.

The Organization

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) is one of the largest non-profit Youth and Family Support agencies working with high-risk youth and their families in the United States. Currently, YAP employs more than 2,000 dedicated workers and serves approximately 19,000 families per year.  Our mission is to engage human service systems so that they rely less on institutional care and invest more in supporting families and neighborhoods. We currently work with child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, disability, primary health care, and education systems to develop and offer community-based alternatives for the highest risk children, young people, young adults and families, and adults. Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. is committed to creating safe environments and providing services that are individualized, culturally competent and trauma informed to build brighter futures for all.

Position Overview

This is a national position, and the ideal candidate will develop and implement a private sector giving strategy across the country. YAP currently operates programs in 23 states and Washington, DC and also engages in national work. YAP has historically been funded through government grants, so this position would be charting new course for the agency as a whole. Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Design and implement private sector giving development strategy, systems, programs and campaigns to support Youth Advocate Programs growth and expansion goals and increase support from the private sector
  • Lead efforts to identify new donors (philanthropy, individuals, corporate) who may support YAP’s work, including prospecting, research and developing proposal submissions
  • Sets and achieves fundraising goals in-line with the private sector giving strategy
  • Builds and maintains a robust donor and prospect management system
  • Develops, cultivates and maintains relationships with donors and prospective donors
  • Works collaboratively with field staff, YAP’s leadership teams and the Board of Directors
  • Work closely with YAP’s public sector development, marketing, policy and communications teams f to coordinate messaging.
  • Provide training to key staff to support implementation of the private sector giving plan.

A successful candidate will have the following skills and attributes:

  • Believe in and support YAP’s mission, including a demonstrated commitment to racial and social justice
  • At least seven years’ history of proven success in development for a large nonprofit.
  • Experience in raising private sector support for non-profits, including designing and implementing innovative, successful major gift and private donor campaigns.
  • Significant experience in planning, leading, and managing development strategy and projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to key stakeholders.
  • Capable of launching and implementing a successful “start-up” development effort at a large national organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications that convey complex ideas through brief, simple, clear materials. Knowledge of social media is a plus.
  • Models creativity, integrity, persistence and win-win results- orientation.
  • Effective at working with diverse internal and external stakeholders to reach common goals and objectives.
  • Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers, across different levels of the organization’s internal and external stakeholders.

How To Apply
Please submit cover letter, resume, and two professional and one personal reference to: ATTN: D. Silva at with subject line, “National Director, Private Sector Giving.”

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