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Deputy Director for Strategic Partnerships
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Job Description         Deputy Director – Strategic Partnerships 

Classification             Full Time / Exempt / Salaried  


Organizational Summary 


About Safe & Sound:  

Safe & Sound, Inc. is a comprehensive, community-based response to crime and violence in the City of Milwaukee. Since 1998, Safe & Sound has been dedicated to improving safety in challenged Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. Our three-pronged strategy advances: (1) partnerships with law enforcement, (2) community organizing and (3) youth development. We unite residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods. 


Position Summary 

Under the direction of Safe & Sound’s executive director, the Deputy Director partners closely with the ED to chart Safe & Sound’s strategic response to organizational and sector challenges and plays a critical role as a counselor, advisor and strategic thought-partner for the Executive Director. 


This crucial leadership role will serve as the #2 position in the organization and will work in both an internal and external facing manner to coordinate overall strategy while working to create engagement in our mission from staff, the board of directors, and partners organizations.   


The Deputy Director will be responsible for overseeing and implementing all resource development functions for the organization and will lead the strategy, planning, and execution of all philanthropic activities for Safe & Sound. This includes securing grants and support from local and national corporations and foundations, government entities, events, and through the stewarding of a broad base of individual donors.   


The Director will lead a team of professionals that implement and assist with grant writing, event planning, and donor solicitation.  This position will play a key role in representing the organization to the philanthropic community while ensuring the organization has the resources necessary to achieve its mission.  


The Deputy Director will also play a major role in cultivating strategic partnerships with various stakeholders. 


Essential Duties & Responsibilities  


Organizational Leadership: 

  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership by being actively involved in all programs and services of the organization, developing a broad and deep knowledge of their purpose, role and contributions to the organization 
  • Serve as an advisor and co-strategist to the executive director, providing sound counsel and confidentiality. 
  • Provide a supportive day-to-day leadership presence for staff.  
  • Work with and support the Executive director to develop and implement strategies around communications, marketing, website and social media 


Fund Development: 

  • Report to the Executive Director, lead resource development operations, and strategy for a $1.75 million community organization with government, private foundation, corporation, and individual funding sources. 
  • Provide strategic fundraising direction and develop comprehensive annual plans, revenue goals, and tracking mechanisms; oversee the successful implementation of all initiatives.  
  • Participate as a member of the fundraising team and assist with increasing fundraising abilities of organization including identification and analysis of prospects, creation of content and materials to support fundraising activities, and representing organization at external fundraising events and meetings. 
  • Manage a portfolio of government, corporate, foundation donors. Cultivate relationships, write grant proposals, submit timely and accurate reports, and deliver customized stewardship for retention. Continuously seek new sources of funding from this sector. 
  • Support the Executive Director in building relationships with board members related to revenue and fundraising. Assists in the development and implementation of the strategic action plan. 
  • Work closely with the leadership team to support the Executive Director in shaping organizational goals. 
  • Provide reports and guidance to the board of directors and lead work on the committee level.  

Financial Management 

  • Works closely with the ED to prepare the annual budget for review and approval by the board of directors, while working to ensure the budget is managed and implemented successfully.  Also assists with accurately reporting on budget progress and challenges encountered. 
  • Work with the Program leadership to create program budgets, offer a critical eye regarding different assumptions, and help deliver an organization-wide budget based on input from the program area. 
  • Support long-range strategic financial and budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with strategic plan. 



  • Assist with the planning of and actively participate in Board and Executive Committee meetings. Work with the ED on overall board engagement 
  • Represent the organization externally, including speaking at public events and meetings. 


The above is not an exhaustive statement of every duty and responsibility required. Other duties will be assigned. 




To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. 5-8 years related experience in a setting that demonstrates the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to perform the above tasks; or equivalent combination of education and experience.   
  • Three - five years of supervisory experience in fund development and/or fundraising roles including grant writing. 
  • Extensive experience in developing, implementing, and translating strategies around fund development. 


Salary range: $65,000 - $75,000 annually + benefits. 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references when applying.

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