Careers – Advancement Director

About Healing Action

Healing Action partners with survivors and the community to end commercial sexual exploitation. We do this through community awareness, client advocacy, and a comprehensive array of services. 

Healing Action opened in 2015 and has grown from an annual budget of $20,000 in 2015 to $2 Million in 2023. We currently have 17 employees (including this position) that facilitates and supports our mission by providing a variety of direct services to survivors of human trafficking as well as facilitates the statewide Coalition Against Trafficking & Exploitation (CATE).

Agency Values

1. Collaboration: We value partnership and recognize that we can’t do this work alone.
2. Self-Determination: : We believe members are the experts of their own lives. They have the power to define their needs and make the right choices for their care and future.
3. Well-Being: We believe in providing a quality, supportive experience to our clients, team, and community.
4. Authenticity: We prioritize realism, directness, and truthfulness.
5. Transparency: We do what we say and explain our decisions.

Position Overview

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Advancement Director serves as an integral member of the agency leadership team and is responsible for the oversight and management of our fundraising & communications department. The key responsibilities of this role are donor cultivation, stewardship & retention, fundraising, annual fund work, and special events. 

To be successful in this role, you need to have 5+ years in development work with at least three years of direct major gift experience. You will also need to show demonstrated success managing a portfolio of major donors through a process of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. A bachelor’s degree or higher is preferred, however specific and relevant direct experience will be considered. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Donor Perfect is important. 

You must also be a dynamic, active, and positive representative of the fundraising industry internally and externally who is able to conceive, plan, execute, and evaluate a major gifts program, lead and support a collaborative team through positive relationship building, have strong organizational skills to plan wisely, have a high level of emotional intelligence, and the ability to craft compelling story telling without the exploitation of the clients we serve. 

What You Will Do

Expand and diversify Healing Action’s unrestricted base of support.

  • Lead, in conjunction with Executive Director and Board’s External Affairs Committee, the annual revenue strategy for Healing Action. Developing workplans detailing the goals, objectives, and action steps for fundraising activities.
  • Develop, execute, and maintain relationship strategies for major gift ($25,000+) stewardship through face-to-face meetings, mission-related gatherings, donor recognition, gift acknowledgement, and responsiveness to donor requests and inquiries.
  • Lead and expand the successful planning and implementation of Healing Action’s fundraising events while empowering External Affairs Committee members to take on leadership roles, solicit sponsorships, recruit supporters, sell tables/registrations and garner support.

Ensure consistency and stability of Healing Action’s current base of support. 

  • Leading the management of our existing grants portfolio that includes over $800,000 in annual federal revenue, a newly awarded Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credit campaign, and local funders Missouri Foundation for Health and St. Louis City Mental Health Board, just to name a few.
  • Co-chair the External Affairs Committee with a board member which includes, but is not limited to coordinating meetings, developing relationships with board members, recruiting subcommittee members, etc. 

Creatively collect and communicate Healing Action’s impact.

  • Manage and develop digital and print materials such as brochures, promotional flyers, pledge forms, social and website content, etc.
  • Work with Executive Director on media pitches, community presentations, and story coverage
  • Maintain agency’s website, social media networks, and communication software
  • Track prospects and donor contacts using organization tools and tracking methods via Donor Perfect. Ensure that all donor information entry, storage, and special requests are recorded and accomplished
  • Prepare reports and queries upon request for various events, board reports, donor recognition, grants, and
    statistical reporting for philanthropy campaigns.
  • Manage department and event budgets, closely tracking revenue & expenses to maximize net revenue

Provide leadership and collaborative support of Healing Action.

  • Commit to the mission, values, and goals of Healing Action Network.
  • Lead the Advancement Team that includes a Development Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA Manager, AmeriCorps VISTA Lead, and 4 AmeriCorps VISTAs that support the activities of the department.
  • Participate as an active member of the agency’s Leadership Team by working collaboratively with other department directors, participate in strategic planning, engage in shared decision making, etc.
  • Provide training, instruction, and direction to interns, volunteers, and Board members to support development efforts.
  • Provide other assistance as needed and requested.


  • A passable criminal background check
  • A valid driver’s license and ability to obtain Class E license within one week of starting employment, proof of automobile insurance, and reliable transportation.
  • Travel to and attend all Healing Action fundraising events and donor meetings, regardless of the location. Can include travel across Missouri as well as neighboring states

Salary and Benefits

  • This is a full-time exempt salary position. Salary is between $60,000 and $70,000.

    • 100% paid Medical, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, and short-term disability starting on day one
    • 11 paid holidays, birthday pay, 23 days of PTO, paid sick leave
    • Wellness perks, Employee appreciation days, Learning and development resources, flexible workplace policy
      And much more!

Next Steps

If you are qualified and interested, send resume and cover letter to