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Director of Development

Director of Development
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Job Description: 

Full Time
Salary range: $75,000 – 80,000

Benefits include paid holiday/sick/vacation time, a 403(b) plan with employer match, medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, health and dependent care flex spending plans, and telecommuting.  


Center for Council is a small but rapidly growing organization that offers Council-based programs and trainings that promote communication, enhance wellbeing, build community and foster compassion within the criminal and social justice fields.  Council is a mindfulness-based practice derived from many ancient forms of communicating in a circle.  Council engenders deep listening without judgment, fosters an atmosphere of respect for ourselves and for others, promotes empathy, dissolves barriers to cooperation, and builds understanding and community.  Center for Council’s work is focused on inflection points throughout the social justice continuum; the organization offers programs in schools, prisons, law enforcement agencies, and community based organizations, and trainings for groups and individuals from all professions and walks of life. 
Center for Council is fiscally sponsored by Community Partners. The organization is five years old and has grown tremendously in that time. We are now looking for an extreme self-starter who can hit the ground running to help us get to the next level.  With enormous public attention on reforming the criminal justice system, our organization is poised for accelerated growth and program expansion; implementing a development strategy that taps the current momentum will be exciting and fast-paced.

Community Partners is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Job Purpose: 
The Director of Development creates and implements a strategic approach to fundraising which may include individual donations (including major gifts and annual fund), corporate donations, government and foundation grant solicitation, government and corporate contracts and in-kind resources.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Advisory Board to create a fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization
  • Implement the fund development plans in accordance with ethical fundraising principles
  • Develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and critical fund raising processes are carried out in a timely manner
  • Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved
  • Prepare and submit grant proposals and applications 
  • Oversee the planning and execution of special fundraising events 
  • Identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects 
  • Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and database which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information
  • Engage volunteers for fundraising purposes and manage fundraising committee
  • Develop and manage fund development budget
  • Oversee a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization
  • Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts
  • Build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization


Minimum of 3 to 5 years of fundraising experience for a professional, non-profit organization
Knowledge of nonprofit best practices
Knowledge of fundraising management and all facets of fund development
Knowledge of special events planning and management
Knowledge of the management of volunteer resources
Knowledge of grants research and proposal writing
Excellent written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills
Computer proficiency:  

  • Fundraising software
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint


Personal Characteristics:
The Director of Development should have a basic familiarity with and appreciation of innovative contemplative practices that promote compassion, as well as personal and systemic transformation, and should demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve the finances of the organization and to create new opportunities
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of donors to meet or exceed their expectations
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with staff and volunteers to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem
  • Integrity: Always maintain and practice the high ethical standards of the organization and its mission 
  • Self-Care: Commitment to a balance of intense work focus with personal wellbeing and health 


To Apply:
Please submit resume and cover letter ASAP with the following:

​Subject Line: Position Title - Your Name
To: [email protected]