Director of Development

San Jose

The Development Director provides strategic leadership and oversight of all agency fundraising programs and functions. This position is responsible for the planning, execution, and evaluation of fundraising strategy; public relations; internal and external communication; as well as special events and campaigns.  The Development Director oversees development, grant, and communication staff (total of 5 reports). The position is a key contributor on the Executive Leadership Team and reports directly to the CEO.

  • Develop fundraising strategy in collaboration with CEO and Board Development Committee.
  • Collaborate actively with CEO, Executive Team and Board of Directors to create and implement fundraising plan.
  • Support and staff Board Development committee.
  • Oversee grants, as well as individual, foundation and corporate giving and capital campaigns.
  • Spearhead fundraising and special events.
  • Maintain relationships with existing sponsors and build relationships for donor prospecting and cultivation.
  • Obtain financial support from organizations. Build relationships with business and community organizations to secure philanthropic support.
  • Identify emerging opportunities evaluate, and prioritize funding sources and partnership opportunities.
  • Prepare or vet external communication to donors, press releases etc.
  • Oversee communications content for print, web and social media for all development-related materials.
  • Prepare press releases, address media relations and represent the organization externally. Prepare other staff and Board members to represent agency as needed.
  • Generate development materials and develop content for regular e-newsletter to supporters and community.
  • Create and oversee internal communication (newsletters, website updates, SharePoint)
  • Maintain accountability and ensure compliance with all regulations and laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising professionals.
  • Oversee Development, Grants and Communications staff and vendors.
  • Prepare regular progress reports.
  • Assist in recruiting, training and supervising fundraising volunteers.

Qualifications Required:

  • Ability to perform the duties described above.
  • Bachelor level degree in communications, public relations or other related  field
  • Eight or more years of development and communications experience, preferred in a non-profit environment.
  • A proven track record of effective fundraising
  • Two years of experience in effectively managing staff, teams and budgets.
  • High level of written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate well with people of diverse cultural professional and experiential backgrounds
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to possess and maintain a valid California driver license