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Millions are being harmed by serious social media-related dangers. The statistics, particularly regarding our children, are concerning:

  • Cyberbullying:  About 34% of students report experiencing cyberbullying.
  • Suicide: Teens using social media more than 5 hours daily are about 70% more likely to have suicidal thoughts or actions than those who reported one hour of daily use. 
  • Sexual Harassment: About 53% of young women ages 18 to 29 say that someone has sent them explicit images they did not ask for.
  • Animal Abuse: Last year, the Social Media Animal Cruelty Coalition documented 5,480 links to videos containing animal cruelty content on YouTube, Facebook, and TikTok.
  • Hate speech: About 64% of U.S. teens have encountered hate speech on social media.
  • Substance Abuse: Teens that use social media regularly are five times as likely to smoke cigarettes, three times as likely to abuse alcohol, and twice as likely to use marijuana.
  • Predation: Many child sex crimes originate from social media sites where predators gain knowledge of their victims’ likes and habits.

The Organization for Social Media Safety (socialmediasafety.org) is the first and leading consumer protection organization focused exclusively on social media.  Through education, advocacy, and technology development, we protect the public against current and emerging social media-related dangers including cyberbullying, human trafficking, suicide, eating disorders, substance abuse, and misinformation.  We teach essential social media skills to students, parents, and educators at K-12 schools across the United States, currently reaching up to 1.2 million students a year through our existing partnerships.  We develop and help pass innovative legislation at all levels of government, including laws we have passed to combat social media-related sexual exploitation, democracy interference, and social media-motivated violence.  We are at the forefront in helping develop and raise awareness of cutting-edge safety technology.  And we conduct groundbreaking social media safety research with major international partners like UCLA.  Help lead a rapidly growing nonprofit protecting millions of families across the world from the many dangers of social media.

The Organization for Social Media Safety was recognized as a California Nonprofit of the Year in 2022 by the California Association of Nonprofits.

Vice President of Development Role

The Organization for Social Media Safety (OFSMS) is searching for a top-caliber, motivated individual to serve as our new Vice President of Development and help establish our new Development Department. Reporting to the CEO, the VP will serve as a key member of OFSMS’ Executive Leadership Team.  The VP will develop, implement, and oversee OFSMS’ international and domestic development and fundraising strategy.

SALARY: At OFSMS, we believe in salary transparency. The salary range for this position is $170,000-$200,000, based on years of experience.

LOCATION: OFSMS uses a virtual office, and this position will work remotely. However, the applicant must be based in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area and readily available for local in-person meetings and events.  Infrequent travel, domestic and international, may be required each year.

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time, exempt.


The new VP will collaborate with the CEO and the Executive Leadership Team to set ambitious, yet achievable, short and long-term development and fundraising goals to provide the financial resources necessary to sustain and grow OFSMS’ programming, focused on the meaningful protection of social media users across the world:

Strategy: Devise and execute a comprehensive development and fundraising strategy to grow and diversify OFSMS’ fundraising revenue channels.

Individual Donors:

  • Improve and manage individual annual, mid-level, and planned giving programs.
  • Devise, implement, and manage a major gifts program.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with existing donors and prospects.
  • Manage donor information employing up-to-date protocols and procedures to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of donor information.


  • Research, submit, and track foundation and government grants.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with relevant, key foundation personnel.

Corporate Partnerships:

  • Devise, implement, and lead an external relations strategy to secure corporate sponsorships and partnerships.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with existing corporate partners and prospects.


  • Devise and implement fundraising event strategy.
  • Oversee the planning of and help execute special fundraising events.
  • Manage and cultivate event volunteers, sponsors, and donors.

Celebrity Ambassadors:

  • Devise and help implement, in collaboration with the Executive Leadership Team, fundraising strategies for celebrity ambassadors.
  • Manage and cultivate celebrity ambassador relationships.
  • Help draft, in collaboration with the programmatic department, talking points, speeches, and social media content.

Best Practices:

  • Monitor key fundraising and development practices.
  • Educate OFSMS leadership and staff on best fundraising and development practices, as needed.
  • Devise and implement A/B testing and other feedback mechanisms on OFSMS fundraising development practices, including messaging, when possible, to ensure optimum results.
  • Develop policies and procedures for the Development Department to ensure legal, ethical, and inclusive fundraising practices.


  • Develop, in collaboration with the CEO, an annual budget for the Development Department.
  • Prepare regular reports to CEO on progress related to the Development Department’s activities. 
  • Monitor, analyze, and recommend budgetary changes as necessary.


  • Determine staffing needs for the Development Department in accordance with the department’s budget.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and manage development staff.
  • Ensure and contribute to a positive, collegial, inclusive work environment for all OFSMS staff.


  • Work in partnership with the Executive Leadership Team to develop a communications plan to promote the organization to the public.
  • Coordinate the design, printing, and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts.
  • Build relationships with local, national, and international stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of OFSMS.



  • Experience working in a development department, including direct experience with many of the responsibilities and tasks required for this position.  (Number of years of direct experience is not as important as a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement.)
  • Experience in the use of social media and technology to communicate with donors,
    generate revenue, educate the public and broadcast mission.
  • Knowledge of or experience in the social media or technology industry a plus but not required.


  • Highly creative and entrepreneurial individual who is a strategic thinker and a
    strong fundraiser with a passion for connecting people with a mission and its
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to engage and
  • Flexible and willing to take on different roles and tasks to grow the organization and undertake the mission.
  • Highest standards of professional and ethical conduct, integrity, and accountability.
  • Kind.

Why Apply?

Contribute to groundbreaking work on one of the defining issues of our times with the potential to impact billions of lives.  Have the ability, as OFSMS’ first VP of Development, to devise foundational strategy and processes, help foster a positive organizational culture, and create a pathway for decades of life-saving impact.  Work in a highly supportive, collegial workplace that values your contribution and understands the importance of work/life balance. We are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package including paid time off, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, and a 401(k) plan.

OFSMS is committed to fostering a fair, diverse, inclusive, and equal work environment. We believe that justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) is essential to accomplishing our mission and maximizing our impact. OFSMS is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply

All applications are held in strict confidence. Please submit a resume to: jobs@ofsms.org.  (During the hiring process, we may also ask for a letter of interest, writing sample, and references.) Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Earlier applicants may receive priority consideration.  We will not be able to respond to any inquiries concerning this position.