Position Open: Development Director


SAFEchild, Inc.

Agency Overview: SAFEchild is a non profit (501c3) agency in Wake County with an approximately $1,000,000 budget and growing.  Established in 1992, SAFEchild’s mission is to help adults and children create nurturing environments free from abuse and neglect. With a staff of 14 and a cadre of more than 250 volunteers annually SAFEchild works with 900 families and 7000 children.

SAFEchild’s Board of Directors has embraced a strategic approach to build the philanthropic culture at SAFEchild by growing unrestricted funds through the implementation of an annual campaign and a major gift cultivation approach to reduce reliance on restricted grant money.

Job Purpose: The Director of Development will create, organize, direct and manage the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which includes major gifts cultivation, corporate donations, an annual campaign and luncheon, direct mail activities, special events, planned giving, marketing and soliciting in-kind resources.

Development is composed of two functional areas: fund-raising and marketing/public relations/marketing.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The Director of Development performs the following duties: 

Plan fund development activities:

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and Executive Director to create a fund development plan that increases revenues to support SAFEchild’s strategic plan
  • Implement the fund development plans in accordance with ethical fundraising principles
  • Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved

Organize fund development activities:

  • Develop and implement strategies to create a philanthropic culture throughout the agency
  • Develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and critical fund raising processes are carried out in a timely manner
  • Identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects for the organization’s fundraising priorities
  • Cultivate current donors to increase their commitment to and investment in SAFEchild
  • Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and SALESFORCE database which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information
  • Coordinate in-kind donations

Staff fund development activities:

  • In consultation with the Executive Director, recruit, hire and supervise an annual campaign development officer who will be responsible recruiting, training, supervising and inspiring fund development volunteers
  • In consultation with the Executive Director, recruit, interview, select and supervise well-qualified grant writer
  • Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization


  • Develop a comprehensive communication/marketing plan to promote the organization to donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities
  • Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts
  • Build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals



  • University degree in a relevant field
  • A certificate in Fundraising Management and/or a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is an asset

Proficiency in the use of computer for

  • Fund raising software; Word processing, SALESFORCE, Spreadsheets, Power Point, E-mail, Internet, Social media

Personal characteristics

Experience and Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of development experience in a non-profit agency
  • Emphasis on corporate sponsorships or corporate sales is a plus
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets and/or a quota of over $700,000 + annually
  • Proven management and leadership capabilities
  • High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative.
  • Strong verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and thorough understanding of strategic fund development
  • Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage donors/stakeholders
  • Strong partnership-building skills
  • Thorough understanding of all components of a diversified funding base, including major gifts, grant writing and annual campaign tasks

Number of hours: Full time (1FTE)             

Salary and benefits: Commensurate with experience

Please send cover letter and resume to: Marjorie Menestres at Mmenestres@safechildnc.org

No phone calls please.

Will accept resumes through April 11, 2014


864 West Morgan St.

Raleigh, NC 27603 919 743 6140




Feeling the love …


Despite the chilly weather this week, we are feeling the love at SAFEchild! Your contributions in the last few months fueled our efforts to prevent abuse and create nurturing environments free from abuse and neglect. THANK YOU! Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Donations to the SAFEchild Advocacy Center helped earn the matching gift of $50,000 from the WakeMed Foundation.
  • Nearly one hundred families received extra joy at the holidays, thanks to the Junior League of Raleigh’s Angel Tree project and other generous community donors. One mom wrote, “You may never know the impact that your kindness will make upon my son, but he is so grateful for these gifts of love. And I am more than thankful.”
  • Your contributions to the Believe Luncheon and annual campaign, including workplace giving programs, pushed us to our annual campaign goal, and helped continue our life-changing parenting classes and support.

…and you’ve done so much more – with your passion and your actions – to help us protect children and teach parents new ways to communicate, to connect with their children, and to love.

YOU are helping adults and children learn to “live and love again,” and we are grateful. Thanks for all you do!

Position Opening – Children’s Medical Evaluator


SAFEchild Advocacy Center

Raleigh, North Carolina

Job Description

Position Title: Children’s Medical Evaluator

Direct Supervisors: SAFEchild Advocacy Center Director and Medical Director     

Work schedule: Full time position 40 hours a week

Position Description:

The SAFEchild Advocacy Center is a child friendly, community based facility providing positive outcomes for victimized children and their families.  Children are referred to the SAFEchild Advocacy Center from law enforcement and child protective services because of suspected sexual and physical abuse and/or neglect.  Services at the SAFEchild Advocacy Center include a comprehensive medical examination with documentation of signs of abuse and neglect, a digitally recorded interview with a specially trained child abuse evaluation specialist, and referrals for on-going services including mental health services and family support.
The SAFEchild Advocacy Center is seeking a Medical Provider to work as a member of the center’s Child Abuse Medical Evaluation Team.  This team provides medical assessments, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations for children suspected to be victims of abuse and/or neglect.  This team   participates in a multidisciplinary team approach to the evaluation of suspected child abuse.

Duties and responsibilities include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Perform sensitive and thorough medical examinations of children for whom there are concerns of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and/or neglect, including photo documentation when indicated
  • Obtain laboratory studies to rule out sexually transmitted infections and other genital infections
  • Order any necessary x-rays or imaging studies
  • Treat acute illnesses as indicated and arrange follow-up
  • Provide information regarding medical findings to child protective service workers and/or law enforcement officers who are assigned to investigate the abuse of the victim child within the legal guidelines of confidentiality and ethical codes
  • Complete documentation and reports regarding the medical examination of the child
  • Testify in court when subpoenaed
  • Other duties as requested by the SAFEchild Advocacy Center Director and SAFEchild Advocacy Center Medical Director

Required Education:

  • If applying as a NP:

-Completion of education and training necessary to be a registered nurse, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a graduate-level nurse practitioner program

-Appropriate professional degree and licensure as Pediatric or Family Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant

-Passing of the National Board Certification in Pediatrics

  • If applying as a MD:

- Completion of education and training necessary to be a Board Certified Physician.

-Appropriate professional degree(s) and licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina.

-Significant experience treating pediatric patients.


 Must possess appropriate professional degree and be licensed in the State of North Carolina

  • At least three years clinical experience examining and treating pediatric patients
  • Experience in performing gynecological examinations of children
  • Experience in conducting evaluations of child sexual and physical abuse victims

 Specialized and on-going training will be provided and continuing education in the field of Child Abuse Evaluations in order to keep up with current practices and standards of care will be expected

Other requirements for employment:

 The person in this position must have a valid driver’s license and must pass an extensive criminal background check and be eligible to be bonded.

Position Class:   Non-exempt and is subject to Wage and Hour guidelines for such positions.

40 hours per week

Enloe Charity Ball raises a record $63,000 for SAFEchild


The 2013 Enloe High School Charity Ball raised $63,000, the highest amount in the event’s nine-year history.  The student leaders presented the donation to this year’s beneficiary, SAFEchild, at the Dec. 14 event at Marbles Kids Museum.

Everyone at CB

Enloe’s Student Council managed every aspect of the dance, which drew about 800 students from across Wake County, including sponsorships, in-kind donations, and volunteers. Students also handled marketing and media relations, resulting in local news articles, a Twitter campaign (very inspirational tweets at @EHSCharityBall and several students producing videos to promote child abuse prevention. The annual ‘home room wars’ fundraising competition and assemblies for each grade level also engaged the entire school.

SAFEchild’s cause – to stop abuse for every child -  fueled their collective efforts.

“Helping other kids made our work on Charity Ball that much more important,” explains Clara Femia, an Enloe senior and the school’s vice president of community service. “Every day, we sit beside students who find their only salvation at school, and we don’t even know it. Watching our peers band together to support one another was by far the most inspiring part of the whole process, because it could have been any of us.”

Please join the Enloe students and donate to SAFEchild. You too can help give children a safe place to seek help, and provide services to change the direction of their lives. Make your year-end gift to SAFEchild today!

WakeMed Foundation Announces Match Grant to SAFEchild


WakeMed Foundation is providing the SAFEchild Advocacy Center with a match grant of $50,000 a year for three years to help expand the comprehensive medical valuations for children who have been physically or sexually abused. In November 2010, SAFEchild opened the Advocacy Center with the noble mission of filling a wide gap in services to abused children. The Center provides critical comprehensive and integrated services for 300 sexually and physically abused children annually, ages birth to 17, and their nonoffending parents and siblings living in Wake County.

The Center is a national model for investigating, intervening, and treating child abuse in a community-based, child-focused facility using a multi disciplinary approach. Services at the Center include an evidenced-based forensic interview that ascertains the facts of the child’s victimization, a comprehensive medical exam and mental health and case management services that assure each child’s safety and wellbeing.

Jack Radford, executive director of the WakeMed Foundation said, “The important work being done at the Advocacy Center closely parallels WakeMed’s mission of providing outstanding and compassionate care to all who seek our services. We are delighted to partner with SAFEchild in the effort to expand the services needed to help victimized children begin to heal and hold perpetrators accountable.”

Learn more about WakeMed Children’s: The Next Phase to help pediatric patients here, or donate now to help SAFEchild earn the matching funds.

2013 Believe Community Chairs Share Their Story


“(we) have seen child abuse everywhere we have worked … it was exciting when we moved to Raleigh and saw something new: SAFEchild.”

– Drs. Margaret and Rans Douglas

Drs. Margaret and Rans Douglas, of Wake Radiology, are long-time friends of SAFEchild and the Community Chairs for the 2013 Believe in SAFEchild campaign.

“We have practiced radiology for more than 20 years in five states, and have seen child abuse everywhere we have worked,” says Margaret Douglas. “As physicians, it is frustrating to feel so helpless in the face of the terrible devastation that this causes. It was exciting when we moved to Raleigh, and found an agency we’ve never seen before:  SAFEchild, which works with families on the front end to prevent abuse from ever happening.”

“Our community is very lucky to have SAFEchild,” Douglas continues. “Our goal is to support this wonderful agency so that it can continue its great work. Our dream is to increase the number of children and families we serve.”

Please help SAFEchild fulfill this dream to Stop Abuse For Every child.

BCBSNC Invests in SAFEchild to Help Protect Wake County’s Children

From July 2011 to June 2012, Wake County officials documented more than 2,000 incidents of child abuse or neglect. As a step to help end this problem, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) will provide the SAFEchild Advocacy Center with an investment to help provide comprehensive medical evaluations to children who have been physically or sexually abused. SAFEchild is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating child abuse in Wake County.

“By supporting the SAFEchild Advocacy Center, we’re investing in North Carolina’s most important resource, our children,” said Kathy Higgins, BCBSNC vice president of Corporate Affairs. “The fantastic team at the Advocacy Center goes above and beyond to create a healing environment, and each staff member plays an important role in the health of our kids and our community.”

BCBSNC’s contribution will be used to fund salaries for medical staff members at the SAFEchild Advocacy Center, including:

  • Family nurse practitioner – This position supports the medical evaluation of 300 mistreated Wake County children, including individual, comprehensive medical assessments and treatment recommendations for each child.
  • Medical director – A medical director works side by side with the nurse family practitioner and two volunteer pediatric specialists to provide clinical supervision and oversight during the treatment of Triangle youth.

These positions provide medical findings to Wake County Child Protective Services social workers and law enforcement officers who are assigned to investigate child abuse cases. These findings play an instrumental role in reducing the risk of future incidents of abuse.

“Our funding partners are critical to the success of meeting the needs of sexually and physically abused children,” said Marjorie Menestres, SAFEchild executive director. “We are honored that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has invested in us.”

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.74 million members, including approximately 1 million served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For generations, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina was recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute in 2012 and 2013. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information about how BCBSNC is supporting communities across the state, click here.