Development Officer

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
January 10, 2022
5351 Samuell Blvd., Dallas, TX
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The Development Officer plays an important role as a member of the Development Team by helping formulate plans for the department and contributing to the team’s fundraising goals. This role has a unique privilege to share the great work of our mission and the stories of our clients with the community and allow the opportunity for the community to engage in our work. In this role, the Development Officer will be responsible for managing, creating and implementing two of our signature events, Aim for Advocacy and a new event in April 2022.

Success for the team is meeting revenue goals as we continue to meet the demand for services from our clients. As a team we are responsible for driving deeper, individual relationships working collaboratively to make sure donors are engaged in ways that suit their interests through teammate events and initiatives.

Personal success is derived from meeting clearly stated revenue goals. The goals are high, the pace is fast and there should be a deep sense of responsibility in doing the job well. A top performer is on fire for our mission, exceeds revenue and action goals, establishes significant relationships with new community members, works collaboratively with the team to ensure success, operates by DCAC core values, continues to seek out knowledge about DCAC to improve the story for the community.

This individual will also oversee departmental donor data on all gift giving and work closely with the finance department to ensure gift entry is correct and reconciling finances post event to determine the final net revenue.


Event-Based Fundraising

Aim for Advocacy is the quickest growing DCAC event and one that has steadily grown year over year. The event engages sporting and outdoor enthusiasts in a friendly and challenging 8-station clay-shooting tournament. This successful event exceeds revenue goal ($325,000) every year. Additionally, a new event will be launched next spring. Both events raise over $500,000 net for DCAC.

The Development Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Oversee strategy, direction and revenue generation for Aim and a new spring fundraising event.
  • Recruit and steward volunteer event chairs and committee leadership for Aim and new event.
  • Leverage relationships with community partners to join committees and aid in not only fundraising to meet goals but also augment event expenses.
  • Manage and coordinate all day-to-day fundraising operations and logistics for the event and supporting the event goals as well as administrative duties related to the underwriting process, committee management, gift acknowledgment and revenue updates.
  • Creating strategy for identifying a donor pipeline to cultivate new prospective event donors.
  • Utilize relationship building strategies to retain donors post-event through immediate and appropriate follow-up and communication.
  • Grow the revenue goal for both events year over year. Aim has potential to meet and exceed goal through committee management.

Donor Management

The Development Officer will also oversee maintenance of a portfolio of donors and uncover additional revenue streams. Goals are measured in revenue dollar, actions (face to face visits, stewardship calls, tours), donor retention and solicitation numbers.

  • Maintain and engage a portfolio of donors, actively cultivating and closing individual gifts.
  • Maintain and grow existing giving strategies like Save Jane Society, DCAC’s auxiliary and Heroes for Healing, DCAC’s monthly giving opportunity.
  • Communicate with donors on a regular basis to gain a greater understanding of philanthropic interests of individuals with the goal of deepening donor engagement with DCAC.
  • Maintain and steward a portfolio of annual donors and contribute to moves management of donors through DCAC donor pipeline.
  • Support in-kind efforts by soliciting donors related to Holiday of Hope and Family Assistance needs throughout the year.
  • Capture donor engagement via Raiser’s Edge entry of actions.
  • Secure funding from individuals to meet/exceed yearly overall revenue goal.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from accredited university or equivalent preferred.
  • 2-4 years of development or non-profit experience preferred; event fundraising/management experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience or knowledge of donor database entry and management, specifically Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, strongly preferred.
  • Exceptional written, oral and public communication skills with the capacity to engage multiple and diverse constituents.
  • Advanced level proficiency with MS Office Suite preferred.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Must possess strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, and be able to simultaneously manage multiple projects and tasks at once.
  • Candidates should ensure accuracy and maintain strictest confidentiality in all work, especially when handling sensitive information.
  • Individual should be creative, resourceful, detail-oriented, and flexible, possessing a positive attitude, tact, good judgment, and cultural sensitivity.
  • Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships and work well as a team member with staff, community professionals, and volunteers.
  • Must exemplify our organization’s core values: the children come first in all that we do, operate as a seamless team, and work with a servant’s heart.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Duties are usually performed seated with occasional periods of standing, stooping or walking; the person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Limited physical effort may be required associated with lifting and carrying objects (up to 50 pounds).
  • This job description should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions of this position. The incumbents may be requested to perform other job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description based on business needs.


  • Competitive compensation with robust benefits package.
  • Employee medical insurance premium covered at 100% for all regular, full-time employees.
  • Additional benefit options and incentives include Bilingual Stipend, Dental, Vision, Life AD&D, Short- and Long-term Disability, Flex Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, 403b Retirement Plan, Legal Services, Paid Time Off and Tenure Bonuses.


The mission of Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues.

DCAC is a non-profit organization and the only agency of its kind in Dallas County, working in agreement with public and private agencies to investigate, prosecute, and provide healing services for child abuse cases in Dallas County.

We reduce the victimization of the child, remove barriers to investigation and treatment, and enhance criminal prosecution with our distinctive multidisciplinary and united approach to these complex and severe cases, all at no cost to our clients. Each year, DCAC serves over 8,000 children and their non-offending family members.

We are a national and international leader in the Children’s Advocacy Center movement, recognized for our expertise in the identification, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases; cutting-edge clinical services and programs for the victims and their non-offending family members; and our community and professional training programs.

Everyone involved in DCAC’s work shares a common set of core values:

  • The children come first in all that we do.
  • We operate as a seamless team.
  • Each of us acts with a servant’s heart.

In 2018, DCAC was named a “Best Place to Work” by Dallas Business Journal.


Protecting the health and safety of our communities — including our clients, teams and those considering a career at DCAC — is our highest priority. We adhere to CDC, State and local orders and continue to closely monitor the evolving situation.

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