Rosie’s Place seeks a Chief Advancement Officer to oversee a fast-growing, high performing development program and lead external relations efforts.
Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women, offers emergency and long-term assistance to women who have nowhere else to turn. Founded in 1974 by Kip Tiernan, Rosie’s Place welcomes each guest with respect and unconditional love, carrying forward Kip’s spirit of social justice.
Every year, Rosie’s Place meets thousands of poor and homeless women with thousands of unique needs and challenges. Leadership, staff and Board at Rosie’s Place have formed a supportive community and understand that there’s no single cause of poverty and homelessness and consequently, there’s no single cure-all. For this reason, they offer a spectrum of services to guests. The organization’s constellation of programs and services include the following:
Rosie’s Place offers free meals 365 days a year; a food pantry with non-perishable items and fresh produce; showers, laundry and lockers; overnight beds for up to 21 days; and providers who offer health and wellness care.
Women can take English as a Second or Other Language, Literacy and computer classes in the Women’s Education Center and find assistance with job and housing searches.
Advocacy and Empowerment
Multi-lingual Advocates assist women with short- and long-term issues; attorneys provide holistic legal services; and guests are encouraged to participate in Rosie’s Place’s diverse Arts and Public Policy activities, which can empower them to be their own best advocates.
Outreach and Stability
Rosie’s Place stays connected to guests by providing ongoing follow-up to newly housed guests, oversight of women who have complex physical and mental health issues and home visits to isolated women. The organization reaches women beyond their walls through a satellite office at Franklin Field and collaborations with Boston Public Schools and Massachusetts Trial Courts.
With committed and collaborative leadership and staff and a dedicated Board, Rosie’s Place is one of the most respected, well-branded organizations in Boston. With an expansive network of staff, constituents, and people who believe change is possible and share a vision of justice, Rosie’s Place accomplished the following in FY19:
Throughout the pandemic, Rosie’s Place’s doors have remained open and their help, constant. The organization has adapted both programs and services to meet the most urgent needs of homeless women with medical screenings, meals, showers and both daytime and overnight shelter. Responding to the growing hunger crisis, the Food Pantry has doubled its capacity. Further, the remote Advocacy, Legal and Outreach programs are lifelines to women who are facing the enormous challenges of looming evictions and crushing debt as a result of the pandemic. The staff team gives these women the expert help they need to remain stable.
The fundraising program at Rosie’s Place is well established, sophisticated and poised for additional growth. In the last five years, annual funds raised have grown from $7.4M to $11.2M, with funds coming from individuals, foundations and corporations. Rosie’s Place does not accept government funding, allowing for greater flexibility and sustainability. Instead, they rely on committed volunteers and private supporters to accomplish its effective and innovative work.
The opportunity exists now to take the Rosie’s Place fundraising program to even greater heights. There is opportunity to further grow the major gift pipeline and program, to broaden the diversity of donors, particularly with the ongoing commitment to DEI at Rosie’s Place, and to focus on donor retention among the many new donors to the organization as a result of its COVID relief efforts. In addition, there is opportunity to strengthen its planned giving program and efforts.
Rosie’s Place embraces utilization of metrics for all aspects of its work, including its fundraising program, which is data driven and evidence based.
Reporting to the President/CEO, the Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for leading fundraising, communications, and external relations for Rosie’s Place. As part of the senior management team, the CAO works collaboratively to execute the plan and achieve the goals of the organization.
The CAO’s responsibilities will be broad in scope and will include creation and oversight of an organizational fundraising strategy and serving as Rosie’s Place primary fundraiser. With impeccable attention to detail, they will ensure that all communications on behalf of the organization are executed flawlessly. They will provide direction for the engagement of key external constituencies to advance the goals of Rosie’s Place.
The CAO will oversee and manage all areas and personnel within Rosie’s Place’s Development, Communications, Volunteer Services and Public Policy departments. They will ensure that all activities are consistent with Rosie’s Place’s mission, philosophy, and policies.
In the first three months, the CAO will be responsible for conducting a comprehensive assessment of the external relations programs and presenting recommendations for new goal setting and achievement.
Strategic Leadership and Staff Management
It is the policy of this organization to afford equal opportunity in all aspects of employment to all persons without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, age, handicap (disability), genetics, color, or marital status. This policy shall apply to all employees, applicants for employment, board and committee members, and volunteers and extends to all phases of employment, including recruitment, screening, referral, hiring, training, promotion, discharge or layoff, rehiring, compensation, and benefits.
Rosie’s Place strives to maintain formal and consistent procedures that provide equal employment opportunities in recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, staff development and training, promotion, and any other conditions of employment.
Rosie’s Place continues to adapt to safety protocols related to COVID-19 as they understand them, and all employees must follow the safety protocols.
Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to: RosiesPlace@developmentguild.com.
Suzanne J. Battit
Senior Vice President, Principal
Development Guild DDI