Development Director

Job Type

Full Time




210 High Street
2nd Floor
Santa Cruz
United States


The Romero Institute is hiring a full-time development director. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit law firm/public policy center committed to environmental and social justice work in partnership with disadvantaged communities. Our leadership team has spent 40+ years pursuing historic projects, and we’ve achieved significant victories related to climate change, nuclear safety, corporate corruption, government accountability, constitutional and civil rights, and indigenous sovereignty. We have the tools and experience necessary to enact structural change. Our lawsuits and organizing have included filing the Iran-Contra Scandal civil suit, litigating the Pentagon Papers case, litigating the McCord Watergate case, litigating the Karen Silkwood case, and defending former congressional candidate and Standing Rock activist Chase Iron Eyes after he resisted the Dakota Access pipeline.


Our development director will work with our executive director to create and implement the fundraising strategy for the Romero Institute. Our ideal candidate has knowledge of CRM and CMS software and can demonstrate proven success at grant writing, donor campaigns, and online fundraising. S/he has a background in producing major donor events and is comfortable with activism, e.g. the work of Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, and the American Indian Movement. Lastly, s/he has a working knowledge of environmentalism, civil and constitutional rights, and indigenous sovereignty issues. Our ideal candidate will:

·      Train and lead other staff in supporting fundraising;

·      Establish short and long-term goals for cultivating restricted and unrestricted funding sources;

·      Research and apply for public and private grants;

·      Cultivate and grow our individual donor base and organize development campaigns via direct mail and email;

·      Generate queries, reports, exports, and any other fundraising data for senior staff, as needed.


·      Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university. Masters preferred.


·      Proven track record of achieving revenue targets and/or a quota of over $1M annually;

·      Proven management and leadership abilities;

·      Experience working with senior-level executives, preferably in a nonprofit environment;

·      Show high energy, and be positive, flexible, team-oriented, motivated, and attentive to detail;

·      Excellent verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively, e.g. on annual reports, newsletters, and grants;

·      Ability to think strategically and work in tandem with senior leadership to develop and execute plans and campaigns;

·      Solid computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft office suite, Google suite, database programs, and development software.


Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send cover letter, résumé, three references, and two writing samples, preferably from a grant application and a fundraising campaign. Please put “Development Director Position” in the subject line of the email.