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18 Apr 2022

Full-Time Development & Events Manager

Family Violence Appellate Project – Posted by Oakland, California, United States

Job Description

FVAP is seeking a development and events professional to join our dynamic team for a significant fundraising role in support of social justice.  The ideal candidate will bring unique skills and experiences that help to successfully plan and produce FVAP’s large annual fundraising event (Battle of the Bands) for approximately 500 people.  You will also play a significant role in donor stewardship, including communications and database maintenance.  You will support FVAP’s grant reporting, and help to lead website management and the e-newsletter communications.  You will join a three-person development team (including the Executive Director) that works collaboratively together to support the funding of a $2 million organization.  We value diverse experiences and backgrounds.  The immediate supervisor is the Executive Director.


About FVAP:  Family Violence Appellate Project is the only organization in California dedicated to empowering survivors of domestic violence with a second chance at justice by appealing court decisions on their behalf, for free.  We are a 10-year old nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of survivors and their children.  Our attorneys appeal and overturn court decisions that put survivors and/or their children at risk of ongoing abuse.  By working at the appellate court level, our cases set legal precedent that helps thousands of survivors and kids.  FVAP’s clientele is very diverse, and we serve individuals and advocates throughout the state, including rural, suburban, and urban populations.


In March 2021, we expanded our impactful social justice model to a second state: Washington State.  If you are interested in being part of an exciting resource for domestic violence survivors and advocates in California and Washington states, this is the place for you!  Learn more at


Skills & Abilities:  The ideal candidate is a development strategist capable of leading FVAP’s annual fundraising event, donor stewardship, external communications, and other development areas to support our current program work, and grow our funding to support the high demand for our legal programs.  You are a collaborative, creative, and detail-oriented person who can wear many different hats.  You love event planning.  You enjoy showing donors how much their gifts are appreciated and have creative ideas of how to show gratitude.  You have a passion for communicating to a variety of audiences and excel at making complex legal information accessible and compelling.  You have a strong drive to take on new challenges and perform at your best in dynamic situations.  You can manage multiple short-term and long-term deadlines at once.  You have a knack for organization and efficiency.  You are filled with ideas and are eager to put them into action.


Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesDuties include the following (other duties may be assigned):


  • Events (30%):
    • Plan, produce, and manage large annual fundraising event (Battle of the Bands; in person and/or virtual) for approximately 500 people:
      • Recruit event sponsors and lead all event-related fundraising efforts;
      • Coordinate with outside contractors, the venue, and volunteers to produce a successful event;
      • Manage all logistical elements of the event, including PR, ticket sales, organizational details, and programming; and,
      • Be responsible for staffing and running the event, including recruiting, training, and managing team of 40+ volunteers.
    • Bring fresh fundraising and supporter engagement ideas to the table, including for additional events throughout the year.


  • Donor Stewardship (30%):
    • Lead and manage donor stewardship, including thank you letters and other expressions of gratitude;
    • Maintain donor data in database (Bloomerang); and,
    • Analyze donor data and trends to steward donors.
  • Government Grants (10%):
    • Work as part of grants team to manage reporting process and team for one or more of FVAP’s government grants;
    • Develop a process to ensure grant requirements are met; and,
    • Review and update annual handbooks and instructions for information and efficiency.


  • Communications (15%):
    • Manage WordPress website;
    • Monitor and report on website analytics, and revise communications and outreach plans accordingly; and,
    • Prepare, coordinate and publish e-newsletter.
  • Support other development team activities (15%), including:
    • Contribute to overall fundraising strategy to raise goal of $2 million/year;
    • Support the Rise and Soar fundraising campaign as needed;
    • Assist with foundation grants as needed;
    • Assist with publicity efforts and media relations as needed; and,
    • Support Board of Directors as needed.


  • Comply with all agency policies and procedures, including all health and vaccination policies including Covid-19 vaccination requirements.


Physical and Environmental Conditions

Performance of duties and tasks uses standard office equipment, including telephone equipment and computers.  Work is performed inside with exposure to heating and air-conditioning.  Driving or other travel may be required.  Currently, all work is being performed from home unless you want to work in the office following COVID-19 guidelines.  When deemed safe per public health guidelines, we will move to a hybrid work model, with a probable 2 days in the office and 3 days working from home, with the option to work entirely in the office if preferred.


Required Qualifications

  • Two (2) years of experience in nonprofit fundraising or similar business development experience;
  • Experience planning events in a professional or other capacity;
  • Experience with databases, preferably Bloomerang or other donor-relations database;
  • Proficiency with standard office computer programs;
  • Commitment to working in an environment that prioritizes anti-racism, equity, and inclusivity and is actively working to implement and strengthen these priorities;
  • Commitment to working on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and their children, and other forms of gender-based violence;
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects effectively, with attention to detail; and,
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small, fast-paced development team.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Diversity of personal and professional experience;
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, legal aid or other legal environments;
  • An understanding of or experience working in domestic violence and/or gender-based violence fields;
  • Familiarity with nonprofit funding sources and research avenues;
  • Past experience with government grants, preferably California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES);
  • Experience managing websites using WordPress; and,
  • Verbal and written communication skills.


Classification:  The position is full-time, exempt, and at-will.


Compensation / Salary Range:  Starting salary depends on relevant experience and will be commensurate with comparable nonprofit development positions in Northern California.  The salary range is expected to be between $83,250-$90,000 /year.  FVAP offers a generous benefits package, including subsidized health, dental, vision, life, and AD&D insurance; 401(k) retirement plan with 3% employer match after 1 year; FSA plan for commuting, parking, health, and dependent care expenses; Long-term disability; Employee Assistance Plan and travel assistance; 3 weeks paid time off/year, with longevity increases; 13 paid holidays/year; 40 hours paid sick leave, plus additional accrued sick leave; and paid continuing education.


Location:  FVAP’s office is located in Oakland, California, convenient to multiple bus lines and BART.  Our address is: Family Violence Appellate Project, 449 15th St., Suite 104, Oakland, CA 94612.


FVAP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing culturally responsive services.  Individuals of all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, and gender identities, as well as disabled persons, survivors of domestic violence, candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups, multilingual and multicultural candidates, and those who are the first in their family to complete college or graduate school, are encouraged to apply.


Thank you for your interest in FVAP!

How to Apply

To ApplyPlease email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Monica LaBoskey at   Your cover letter should speak to: 1) why you are interested in working at FVAP; 2) how your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our work and perform the required and any preferred qualifications; and, 3) how your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to diversity and cultural responsiveness amongst our staff.  Feel free to think broadly about your response to these questions, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.   Application deadline:  Review of applications will begin May 2, 2022 and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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