The Safe Haven Network Volunteers

The SHN Referral Program connects domestic violence advocates to animal safe havens to provide temporary care for survivors of domestic violence.  Our innovative secure online portal does a lot of the work, but we need people to help us build our program and engage our community!

Join the Team!

We are recruiting community leaders to help us build The Safe Haven Network:

Assistant Development Director

Purpose: Development Director is responsible for spearheading The Safe Haven Network’s fundraising efforts. They will develop a fundraising plan, secure financial support, run special events for donors, and run other projects to ensure the organization meets its annual goals.

Location: The Development Director must be located in Chicago or the Chicago area. They must be able to attend meetings in Chicago at least once a month.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization
  • Develop fundraising campaigns, specifically Giving Tuesday and End of Year giving campaign, and monthly fundraising subscription program
  • Run fundraising events
  • Explore sponsorship opportunities
  • Foster an understanding of fundraising within the organization
  • Recruit and manage volunteers as needed

The Length of Appointment: We ask that the Development Director commit to one year of service. We also ask that the Development Director train a successor before resigning.

Time Commitment: The Development Director will work on their own time. We expect a commitment of 5-10 hours per week, depending on the upcoming activities. The Development Director will meet with the Executive Director at least once a month.

Qualifications:

  • 1-5 years experience in development
  • Knowledge of fundraising management
  • Knowledge of federal and state legislation affecting charities
  • Knowledge of special events planning and management
  • Knowledge of the management of volunteer resources

Support: Development Director with be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance. Board of Directors and other SHN volunteers will be available to assist with event planning and execution.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a resume to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org, with "Development Director volunteer" in the subject line. Please include a brief introduction of your background and what interests you about The Safe Haven Network and our mission.

Assistant Community Outreach Director

Purpose: The Assistant Community Outreach Director is responsible for coordinating The Safe Haven Network’s community outreach and engagement initiatives. They will work to increase the organization’s presence in the community and will build relationships with individuals, citizen groups and other organizations in support of The Safe Haven Network’s activities. Specifically, the Assistant Community Outreach Director will promote pet space at domestic violence agencies in and around Chicago, and encourage pet-friendly policies with community service providers.

Location: The Assistant Community Outreach Director must be located in Chicago or the Chicago area. They must be able to attend meetings in Chicago at least once a month, and be able to meet with community partners in and around Chicago.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Schedule and organize training presentations for referral program partners and community partners
  • Recruit and manage volunteers as needed, including volunteer presenters
  • Organize efforts to support pet services at domestic violence agencies
  • Organize and execute annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month supply drive
  • Work with domestic violence shelters to add pet space

The Length of Appointment: We ask that the Assistant Community Outreach Director commit to one year of service. We also ask that the Community Outreach Director train a successor before resigning.

Time Commitment: The Assistant Community Outreach Director will work on their own time. We expect a commitment of 1-5 hours per week. The Assistant Community Outreach Director will meet with the Executive Director at least once a month.

Qualifications:

  • 1-5 years community engagement experience
  • 1-5 years program management experience
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Prompt and responsive
  • Access to own transportation or willingness/ability to arrange transportation as needed to meet with partners in and around Chicago
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Flexible schedule to meet with partners in and around Chicago

Support: Assistant Community Outreach Director with be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a resume and brief introduction to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org with "Assistant Community Outreach Director" in the subject line.

Referral Program Director & Assistant Referral Program Director

The Safe Haven Network is a referral service that connects individuals escaping domestic violence to temporary emergency shelter for their pets. The emergency shelters care for the survivors' pets while the survivor focuses on her own safety planning and rebuilding her life, knowing that her pet is safe. When her program is complete, the survivor can reunite with her pet.

The Referral Program uses a secure online portal to allow domestic violence advocates to submit referral applications on behalf of their clients, and to allow animal shelters to review and accept the applications. The Referral Program relies on strong relationships with domestic violence agencies and animal welfare providers to provide a responsive service to as many survivors as possible.

The Assistant Referral Program Director is responsible for soliciting and maintaining relationships with domestic violence advocates and animal welfare providers as referral program partners. The Assistant Referral Program Director will act as liaison between referral program partners and The Safe Haven Network to share feedback about usage of the referral program portal and operation of the referral program.

Location: The Assistant Referral Program Director Volunteer must be located in Chicago or the Chicago area. They must be able to attend meetings in Chicago at least once a month, and be able to meet with prospective and established partners in and around Chicago.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Solicit and develop relationships with potential referral program partners
  • Meet with referral program partners to discuss feedback about portal and referral program operation
  • Share referral program partner feedback with Executive Director and portal development team to improve usage and usability
  • Recruit and manage volunteers as needed

The Length of Appointment: We ask that the Assistant Referral Program Director Volunteer commit to one year of service. We also ask that the Referral Program Director Volunteer train a successor before resigning.

Time Commitment: The Assistant Referral Program Director Volunteer will work on their own time. We expect a commitment of 5-10 hours per week. The Assistant Referral Program Director Volunteer will meet with the Executive Director at least once a month.

Qualifications:

  • 1-5 years program management experience
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Prompt and responsive
  • Access to own transportation or willingness/ability to arrange transportation as needed to meet with partners in and around Chicago
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Flexible schedule to meet with partners in and around Chicago

Support: Assistant Referral Program Director Volunteer with be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a resume and brief introduction to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org with "Assistant Referral Program Director" in the subject line.

Finance & Compliance Director

Finance and Compliance Director will define the process and implement the infrastructure/systems needed to support substantial growth over the next 5 to 10 years. They will continue to build and manage effective and streamlined financial systems, including financial and accounting infrastructure. The director will be involved in strategic planning, evaluation, and professional development initiatives, as well as planning for The Safe Haven Network’s expansion to multiple new service areas.

The Director would serve as Treasurer of the Board of Directors. The Assistant Director would be a volunteer or an Associate Member of the Board of Directors.

Location: The Finance and Compliance Volunteer must be located in Chicago or the Chicago area. They must be able to attend meetings in Chicago at least once a month.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare, review, and present monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reporting materials for both internal and external use.
  • Maintain GL and reconcile bank accounts
  • Oversee budgeting, financial forecasting, and cash flow for administration, existing programs, and proposed new service areas. Includes analysis of current projects.
  • Recruit and retain support staff as needed.
  • Coordinate all audit activities.
  • Assist with year-end reporting and tax filings
  • Assist the ED in ensuring that The Safe Haven Network is compliant with all local, state, and national nonprofit requirements
  • Assess financial risk and provide recommendations to ED and Board as needed
  • Serve as a business partner to the ED on the organization’s financial, budgeting, and administrative processes-including HR, payroll, and benefits functions in the future-with an eye to continuously developing and improving systems.

The Length of Appointment: We ask that the Finance and Compliance Volunteer commit to at least one year of service. We also ask that the Finance and Compliance Volunteer train a successor before resigning.

Time Commitment: The Finance and Compliance Volunteer will work on their own time. We expect a commitment of 5-10 hours per week, depending on the upcoming activities. The Finance and Compliance Volunteer will meet with the Executive Director at least once a month.

Qualifications:

  • 5 to 8 years of professional experience, including managing the finance and administration of a nonprofit organization (preference given to management experience)
  • Experience creating and driving the analytic framework for planning and managing organizational change in a highly entrepreneurial organization
  • Previous non-profit accounting experience
  • Bachelor’s degree (MA/MBA preferred) in Finance, Business, or Management. CPA desired.
  • Excellent people skills, with experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team.
  • Demonstrated experience in financial management and accounting, ideally in the nonprofit sector.
  • Experience should include legal, audit, compliance, budget, and resource development.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems.
  • Proven effectiveness leading professionals in finance and accounting.
  • Flexible and a self-starter; able to multi-task while also being highly detail-oriented.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, enthusiasm, credibility, and a commitment to The Safe Haven Network’s mission.

Support: Finance and Compliance Volunteer with be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a resume and brief introduction to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org with "Finance & Compliance Director" in the subject line.

Support The Safe Haven Network!

We also have shorter volunteer opportunities that require less time commitment:

Social Media Content Generation Volunteer

Purpose: Social Media Content Generation Volunteers are responsible for generating at least 5 posts for The Safe Haven Network to share on social media.

Location: Social Media Content Generation Volunteers may work remotely from any location.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research industry-related topics to generate at least 5 original posts
  • Promote content on The Safe Haven Network’s social networks

The Length of Appointment: Social Media Content Generation Volunteers must generate at least 5 original posts

Time Commitment: Social Media Content Generation Volunteers will work on their own time. We expect a commitment of up to 5 hours per week.

Qualifications:

  • Social media content creation experience
  • Communication experience
  • Creativity

Support: Social Media Content Generation Volunteers with be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse upon request, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. Social Media Director and Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a resume and/or brief introduction to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org, along with your social media handles and a few sample tweets that you think would fit our brand and messaging.

Social Media Promotion/Engagement Volunteer

Purpose: Social Media Promotion/Engagement Volunteers are responsible for engaging with social media accounts through The Safe Haven Network’s social media accounts to establish relationships and promote content.

Location: Social Media Promotion/Engagement Volunteers may work remotely from any location.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Social media outreach as well as prospecting groups/images
  • Promote content on The Safe Haven Network’s social networks

Time Commitment: Social Media Promotion/Engagement Volunteers will work on their own time. We expect a commitment of up to 5 hours per week.

Qualifications:

  • Discretion
  • Communication experience
  • Creativity

Support: Social Media Promotion/Engagement Volunteers with be provided training on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse upon request, as well as The Safe Haven Network’s history and activities. Social Media Director and Executive Director will be available for questions and assistance.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a resume and/or brief introduction to safe@thesafehavennetwork.org, along with your social media handles.