HAP is hiring a Director of Development and Communications

Job Title: Director of Development and Communications
Job Location: Philadelphia, PA
Job Type: Non-Profit Legal Services


The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) exists to meet the legal and advocacy needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. With a staff of seventeen (17) and a corps of 250 volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and law students, HAP engages in direct outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness who are in need of legal services.


Established in 1990, HAP is the only legal services organization dedicated to providing direct civil legal services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. HAP also advocates for the needs of the City’s homeless population

HAP’s work is guided by its vision, mission, and values.

VISION:  All Philadelphians at risk of or experiencing homelessness have equal access to justice and the means to secure safe and stable housing.

MISSION:  To provide free civil legal services and advocacy to reduce the frequency and duration of homelessness in the greater Philadelphia area.

HAP’S VALUES: Individuals and families experiencing homelessness have unique legal problems and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
All of us at HAP take ownership of the fact that, in various ways, HAP needs to immediately, sufficiently, and meaningfully embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). This is in terms of our direct representation of those experiencing homelessness, as well as in terms of office staffing, policies, behaviors, and culture. Full Statement: https://www.haplegal.org/about/dei/.

More information about HAP is available at haplegal.org.

Director of Development and Communications

Position Description:
The Director of Development is responsible for building and executing the fundraising strategy, overseeing grant writing and reporting with funding sources, coordinating all individual and institutional donor campaigns, managing major gift and planned giving programs, and executing special
fundraising events. The Director will foster a culture of philanthropy, improve HAP’s contributed revenue operations, and be an active management team member. The Director will create and implement a communication and marketing strategy to build up HAP’s external presence and visibility.

The Director must also have the ability and desire to work with a wide range of constituents; have
strong organizational and time-management skills; manage several fundraising initiatives
simultaneously; act independently while effectively collaborating with the Executive Director and other
senior staff members; and utilize development and client/volunteer database software.

Major Responsibilities:
Fundraising, Grants Management, and Annual Giving

  • Evaluate organizational fundraising efforts and make recommendations to HAP’s Executive
    Director and Board about the overall fundraising strategy
  • Develop, execute, and oversee overall fundraising activity, cultivation, and solicitation strategies
    for individual donors, major gifts, foundations, and corporate prospects.
  • Design and implement a comprehensive development program that will both engage and
    steward current donors while identifying, researching, cultivating, and soliciting new individual,
    foundations, and corporation prospects.
  • Manage Annual Appeal and United Way Campaigns
  • Organize and implement Major Gifts and Planned Giving Programs
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of HAP’s Annual Benefit and silent auction
  • Coordinate the scheduling, staffing, and activities of the HAP Development and Annual Benefit
    Board Committees
  • Manage donor tracking and reporting using the donor management database
  • Generate donor invoices and thank you letters
  • Monitor current grants and ensure that proposals and reports are submitted according to all
    requirements and deadlines

Communications and Marketing Administration

  • Oversee the production and distribution of high-quality donor correspondence, including
    cultivation materials, direct mail, solicitation letters, emails, notes, and acknowledgment letters
    that foster donor relationships and enhance confidence in the organization
  • Create HAP’s bi-annual newsletter and annual report of donors
  • Develop and implement HAP’s marketing strategy, including social media campaigns
  • Oversee Social Media/Website Internal Committee
  • Coordinate with HAP’s Pro Bono Coordinator on joint volunteer projects and strategies

Other Responsibilities

  • Prepare reports that evaluate fundraising efforts and outcomes for the Executive Director,
    Board of Directors, Board Fundraising and Development Committee, and staff as appropriate.
  • Supervise development coordinator and development interns, as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned and required


  • BS/BA Degree in communications, marketing, and business is strongly preferred
  • 5 years of non-profit grant writing experience is required
  • A proven track record of meeting and exceeding fundraising goals
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills, with superior attention to detail and drive for accuracy
  • A commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities
  • Knowledge and experience using fundraising databases, Donor Perfect preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience using MS Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Word Press
  • Knowledge and experience using social media programs for fundraising and marketing
  • Ability to function independently as well as part of a collegial team
  • Willingness to work flexible hours for a deadline-driven position and travel locally when
  • Commitment to the highest standards of professional, ethical behavior

Reports to: Executive Director

Office Hybrid Schedule:
HAP is currently working two/three days in the office. To keep our employees safe, we require masks in the common areas of our office and when social distancing is not possible. Our schedule is subject to change.

How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but candidates are urged to submit their
materials by June 30, 2023. Please include a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position,
your qualifications and what you hope to contribute to the organization’s future; a current resume;
and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Materials should be submitted electronically to [email protected] in Microsoft Word or pdf
format to Tanya L. Rambert, Executive Director, HAP, 1429 Walnut St., 15th Floor, Philadelphia, PA

The salary starts at $90,000, which will be commensurate with experience based on a competitive
public interest salary scale. Available benefits include medical, dental, vision, term life, short and
long-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid time off and holidays.

No Recruiters Please.

Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on
the basis of race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age,
citizenship, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. HAP also
values and seeks diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its work. Persons from diverse backgrounds
and orientations are encouraged to apply.

Internship Position

HAP’s summer internship program offers a unique opportunity to provide direct legal services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Our law students assist clients with public benefit issues involving Supplemental Security Income, medical assistance, TANF, and other income maintenance programs. They assist in representing veterans on claims for compensation, pension, health care, and character of service modifications. Students also represent clients experiencing homelessness in matters concerning custody and support, housing, identification, credit rehabilitation, and a host of other legal civil matters that serve as barriers to resolving homelessness.

Under the supervision of HAP attorneys, legal interns attend numerous legal clinics at area homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and day programs where interns interview clients and assist them with their legal needs. Our summer interns also perform research and make educational presentations to homeless clients and service providers.

To inquire about interning with HAP, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].