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Open Position: Development Associate

Posted 11/25/15

Reports To: President / CEO

Status: Full Time, Exempt

Salary: $40,000 - $45,000 annual, Commensurate with experience

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) seeks a Development Associate to assist with grants, foundations, and annual giving to help build and advance the mission of NSPN in the U.S. The ideal candidate is passionate about the cause of Safe Place, and youth and families in crisis. It is someone with strong previous experience and skill in researching, writing, securing, and managing grants from corporations and foundations; is someone with expertise and understanding on the national scope; is someone who is organized and efficient in performing job functions; and brings a record of leadership in managing and executing an effective grants strategy.

The Development Associate is responsible for researching, writing, and assisting with implementing a grants / foundation and annual campaign strategy to support NSPN's mission. In partnership with the President / CEO, Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer and Board of Directors, this position is responsible for securing $300,000 - $400,000 of the annual operations budget of NSPN.

Key Functions:

  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to successfully assist with executing an annual grant writing strategy for NSPN including research, preparation, writing, editing, and submitting grants and foundation requests.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations for possible new funding opportunities.
  • Work with finance as requested to gather information necessary to report to corporate / foundation funders on current grant programs.
  • Comply with all grant reporting requirements as determined by each grant and foundation awards.
  • Serve as the lead for the NSPN Annual Campaign, including attendance at Annual Support Cabinet and leading the staff camaign.
  • Staff the Fund Development Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Cultivate and provide stewardship to grant and foundation leadership (including foundation staff and board trustees) in conjunction with the CEO and CSI. Examples include setting up face-to-face meetings and on-site tours, providing written updates and reporting, and other appropriate communications.
  • Maintain current grant and foundation records in current database and in paper files, including all grant tracking and reporting.
  • Provide oversight and tracking of all program statistics and data relevant to quality assurance, development needs, and grant reporting.
  • Work with the CEO and Communications Department to provide input for all written materials for NSPN (including the annual report, newsletter and brochures).
  • Assist with other development activities as requested.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Strong Contributor in team environments.


  • Minimum of two years experience with grant writing.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising. Experience on a national level a plus.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to monitor and meet income goals.
  • Abilities to be a strategic thinker, self starter, organized, and a highly effective communicator are critical attributes.
  • Experience with computer-based information systems - Microsoft Excel, Word, etc.
  • Demonstrate sound fiscal management.

Work Schedule:

  • Traditional work day, but with the flexibility to incorporate some evening and weekend development activities, events, or meetings as necessary.
  • Some off-site work (as needed) to make face-to-face contact with prospects or donors will help ensure full implementation of the overall fundraising strategy.
  • Occasional travel may be required.


The YMCA of Greater Louisville maintains a strong commitment to training and professional development, and was recognized as a 2011 "Top Work Place." As a new YMCA team members you will receive a comprehensive benefit package, including the opportunity to enroll in a rich retirement plan after two years of employment. Further, a community-wide family membership to the YMCA and other program discounts is included.

Submit your cover letter and resume by December 18, 2015.

Application Procedure: please send (email - preferred method) a cover letter and resume outlining demonstrable skill and past accomplishments to:

Laurie Jackson
President / CEO NSPN
2429 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, KY 40217
[email protected]

NSPN Partners with Dignity U Wear to Provide Clothing Donations to Licensed Safe Place Agencies & NSPN Members

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is pleased to announce a partnership with Dignity U Wear to provide brand-new clothing donations for youth served by licensed Safe Place agencies and NSPN members. This new benefit begins July 7, 2015.

Dignity U Wear is a national non-profit organization that works with the apparel industry to procure brand-new clothing. The organization then donates the clothing to agencies aligning with their mission.

Dignity U Wear focuses on three initiatives: Children and Families, Women and Girls in Crisis, and Youth and Adult Homelessness.

Clothing Donation Details: Prior to receiving clothing donations from Dignity U Wear, agencies must complete and submit the following documents:

Note: Clothing donated by Dignity U Wear cannot be sold to clients or anyone else.

Dignity U Wear will provide the clothing to eligible (agencies in good standing) licensed Safe Place and NSPN member agencies free of charge; however, they do ask agencies receiving the clothing to cover shipping costs from their warehouse in Jacksonville, Florida, to your organization.

If you would like to take advantage of this benefit for the youth you serve, please complete the partner agency application and submit all required documents via fax to 904.636.8649 or email to [email protected]. In order to determine the impact and value of this benefit, please write on the application that you are affiliated with NSPN. This will enable Dignity U Wear to provide NSPN a report containing donation receipt data. 

Once Dignity U Wear receives all required documents, they will provide the clothing request cover sheets and forms to complete and you will be ready to start receiving donations. 

To learn more about Dignity U Wear and their mission, please visit If you have specific questions related to the clothing or Dignity U Wear process, you may contact Cheryl Estevez, Agency Relations Manager, at 904.636.9455 or [email protected].

NSPN and Dignity U Wear look forward to serving you and your agency. 


National Conference Draws Federal Officials, Youth Workers to Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona (November 10, 2014) - More than 650 youth service workers and numerous federal officials from across the country gathered in Phoenix for the Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB) 2014 National Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Grantees Conference, which took place November 11-13 at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak. During the two-and-a-half-day event, participants celebrated the 40th anniversary of the RHY Act and attended several networking and educational sessions.

"We were very excited to be in Phoenix for the 2014 FYSB National RHY Grantees Conference to network with peers and learn about innovative and rising trends in the youth services field," said Laurie Jackson, President/CEO of National Safe Place Network (NSPN), the agency that administers the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC). "We were also honored to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the RHY Act, a historic piece of legislation that provides funding for programs working to address the needs of runaway and homeless youth."

In addition to conference workshops and seminars, major conference events included:

40th Anniversary of RHY Act Celebration - Grantees reception honored the 40th anniversary of the signing of the RHY Act. This event included popular music from the past 40 years, a musical peformance by a youth from the Valley Youth House program and a candlelight vigil in honor of National Runaway Prevention Month.

Luncheon and Keynote Address - The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (NCFY) presented the winner of their mural contest. Matt D'Arrigo, Founder/CEO of A Reason to Survive (ARTS), delivered the keynote address along with Jessica Petrikowski, ARTS student and featured guest. ARTS is a nationally-recognized non-profit agency using arts and creativity to generate positive change and transformation in the lives of children and youth facing adversity.

Screening of The Homestretch - Grantees and conference participants viewed The Homestretch, a documentary film that follows three homeless teenagers as they brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Learn more about the film at:

Since 2012, NSPN has managed RHYTTAC, the training and technical assistance provider for more than 600 FYSB-funded RHY grantees across the country. RHYTTAC services are designed to supply grantee programs with tools and information which help lead to positive outcomes for children, youth and families in their communities. RHYTTAC is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services' FYSB.


Focus 2014 - "Walk a Mile in My Shoes"

Youth service workers from across the country gathered in Louisville for NSPN's Focus 2014 conference - "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" - October 1-3, at the Brown Hotel.  Attendees networked with their peers and discussed ideas of significance related to strengthening youth and family services.

“This conference provided a great opportunity for youth service providers to learn about emerging and best practices in their field,” said Laurie Jackson, President/CEO of NSPN. “As this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, we celebrated the tremendous work that has taken place to provide critical services while continuing to address the evolving needs of young people in this country.”

For over 30 years, NSPN has provided training and technical support for youth and family service organizations. The Focus 2014 conference combines the past efforts of National Safe Place and Youth and Family Services Network – now NSPN.

Samples of Conference Workshops

  • Benefits of Implementing Trauma Informed Care
  • Abundance Mentality vs. Scarcity Mentality: Increasing Organizational Sustainability
  • Football and Fundraising: Scoring Donations
  • Using Host Homes for your Rural Safe Place Programs
  • Developing Services for Sexually Exploited Youth
  • Come Together: A Non-Traditional Community Model for Safe Place
  • Accessing Resources in your Community: Ensuring Survival in a Competitive Environment
  • Living in the System: First-Hand Experiences from Youth
  • The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act: Where it's Been. Were it is. Where it's Going.
  • Bridging the Gap: Building a Community of Support
  • And more!

In addition to conference workshops and seminars, major events included:

Wednesday, October 1, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Opening Session and Keynote

  • Keynote delivered by Justin Reed Early, author of STREET CHILD: A Memoir and public speaker who was homeless for much of his adolescent and teenage years. Mr. Early also appeared in the 1984 Academy Award-nominated documentary, Streetwise.

Wednesday, October 1, Noon – 1:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

Several awards were distributed to individuals, companies and organizations, including:

  • Model Program Award – Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services; Jeffersonville, Indiana.
  • HEROES for Youth Award – Pamela A. Johnson (1953-2014). This annual award celebrates individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the services provided to at-risk youth.

Thursday, October 2, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.: General Session and Keynote

  • Keynote delivered by Dr. Christian Conte, licensed professional counselor, nationally-certified psychologist and Level V anger management specialist. Dr. Conte has over 16,000 hours of clinical counseling experience and is the founder of Yield Theory. His books and videos are used to train and educate people from universities to state prison institutions. He travels throughout the country to bring a message of compassion, peace and acceptance.

FOCUS 2014 was made possible with the support of NSPN’s Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and member agencies. For more information, visit

About National Safe Place Network

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) provides quality training and technical support for youth and family service organizations across the country. Along with being a leading membership organization offering tailored organizational development, training, and professional development packages, NSPN also operates the nationally recognized programs Safe Place, Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC), and HTR3. To learn more, please visit


Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Reauthorization 

The week of July 22, Senator Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Collins (R-ME) moved to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) by introducing the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA).

Each year an estimated 1.7 million youth run away from a threatening situation or are thrown out of their homes by discouraged parents ( These children benefit from the programs funded through RHYA and the reauthorization, RHYTPA.

RHYA serves homeless youth through the following programs:

  • Basic Center Program provides grants to community and nonprofit organizations to support emergency shelters and services to reunite youth with their families;
  • Street Outreach Program provides outreach services to at-risk youth;
  • Transitional Living and Maternity Group Home Programs provide housing and life skill support to older youth 16 to 22-years-old.

These programs serve thousands of youth each year and are critically important in every state. RHYTPA builds on these programs and provides some key updates, which include: funding data collection; improving family reunification efforts; outlining a nondiscrimination clause that has already been adopted by programs across the country, ensuring housing and services will be provided fairly to youth. If you are interested in learning more or advocating for this issue, contact Katie Carter at [email protected].

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