Development Director

Job Type

Full Time




Details: Salary DOE




San Carlos/Oakland/Telecommute
United States


About This Opportunity

Faith In Action is comprised of two independent sister organizations currently in a strategic alliance: Faith In Action Bay Area and Oakland Community Organizations. The new Development Director (DD) will join our regional team comprised of both Executive Directors and the Regional COO. Together our team will bring the organizations to scale, increase efficiencies, and develop sophisticated systems and practices in order to have coordinated impact across the San Francisco Bay Area.


Every day we amplify that power by uniting diverse faith voices and equipping grassroots leaders to stand up for what their communities need, winning systems changes that improve the lives of Bay Area residents. We are a multi-faith, multi-racial community organizing network working to transform the Bay Area into a place that supports inclusive and integrated communities where all - regardless of age, race, language, legal status, income, religion or identity - can live safe, dignified, and healthy lives, free of fear and alienation. We are made up of 100 congregations that represent more than 100,000 families in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties in the San Francisco Bay Area

Our clergy, grassroots leaders, and staff are helping to lead some of the most urgent fights for justice and equity in the region, including: organizing tenants to fight for housing justice; protecting and expanding affordable housing; welcoming immigrants as full citizens in this country and advocating for humane immigration policy; reducing gun violence; promoting education reform, among other issues that might emerge from community members. We do all this through leadership development, grassroots advocacy, and mobilizing voters.


Position Summary

The ideal candidate will serve both as a thought partner with our regional

leadership team in establishing scaleable systems and will lead the fund development operation.

Our successful candidate will have a commitment to social justice working in a multi-racial, multi-faith environment supporting the vision and mission of our organizations. S/he must be experienced in fund development, with particular strengths in grant writing; grants tracking and reporting; and development of individual donor campaigns with excellent interpersonal communications skills.


Position Objectives:

•          60% time managing grants program

•          25% time individual donor development

•          5% time PR and Outreach as supports the development operation

•          10% administration/other


NOTE: This position can be structured as full-time or ¾ time, depending on the candidate’s needs.


Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

Individual Donor Development

•    Develop annual fundraising calendar and plan

•    Design and implement stewardship plans for all giving levels; create or cause to be created donor appeals and collateral materials

•    Build and maintain positive relationships with donors; identify appropriate potential new donors; support the EDs in outreach and cultivation of donors, as appropriate.

•    Manage all aspects of gift processing (in Salesforce) for all donations with support of Office Administrators.

•    Provide necessary follow up and reporting to ED, Development Committee and Board, as needed.


Grants Management

•    Develop and maintain the annual grants calendars.

•    Oversee the annual grant process to meet target goals; responsible for research, writing and submission of proposals; and tracking and submitting of grant reports. Note: if the position is filled as .75fte we will utilize a contract grants writer to be supervised by the DD.

•    Ensure staff are aware of grants deliverables; track grant deliverables in advance of required reporting,


Annual Fundraising Event

•    The DD will not be responsible for event planning or management, but will support the event as needed.


Outreach and PR

•    Liaison with the Communications Managers ensuring that outreach and PR strategies support the fund development operation.

•    Create or cause to create collateral materials that support the fund development operation


•    All staff are expected to attend occasional evening or weekend meetings and events

•    All staff members are expected to share in the responsibilities of running a small office

•    Pursue continuing education in the area of development and participate in appropriate professional organizations

•    Typical workweek is 40 hours, but could exceed that during ‘crunch times




●     Minimum 5 years of proven development experience with strong track record in grant writing and individual cultivation work.

●     Experience identifying and implementing effective organizational systems that improve efficiency and impact.

●     Sensitive leadership regarding multi-lingual, multi-racial, economic and gender inclusive contexts.

●     Strong writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communication skills.

●     Personal qualities that include integrity, mission commitment, respect for diversity, ability to motivate and inspire, and commitment to social justice.

●     Basic knowledge of issues faced by under-served people in an urban context, such as education, jobs, public safety, immigration, housing, and healthcare.

●     Flexibility to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

●     Ability to work occasional evenings or weekends.



●     Understanding of community organizing

●     Demonstrated competence in multi-faith setting

●     Sense of humor


Full medical and dental benefits, life insurance, retirement contributions, wellness benefits, generous personal time off policy. Opportunity to work remotely some days of the week.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


All applicants must submit their application to Please use the subject line “DD Job Application” and include: PDF file of your resume; Cover letter explaining why this is a fit for you and for our organizations