Development Director - Trans Lifeline

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000.00
Maximum: $50,000.00
Details: Beginning salary range is commensurate with experience, with strong potential for increase based on performance. Trans Lifeline also provides a generous benefits package for all its employees.




United States



Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Our vision is to end trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid.

Since 2015, Trans Lifeline has grown to a project with 16-plus staff and two innovative and impactful service areas: a crisis hotline utilizing a trans-specific peer-support framework and the Microgrants program, which gives both material support and bureaucratic guidance to trans people as well as directs a prisoner support and post-release support project for incarcerated trans folks.

Trans Lifeline is embarking on an exciting new chapter and is in the middle of strengthening our organizational foundation and public presence so that we can continue to serve our community for years to come. With that in mind, we are seeking a Development Director to work alongside our current Executive Team to lead the organization into this next phase. This is a full time position located in Oakland, CA. For more information on Trans Lifeline, please visit and


The Development Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of Trans Lifeline’s fundraising, including the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events, and capital campaigns. The Development Director works closely with The Executive Director, Executive Team, and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors.

The Development Director will be a passionate, accomplished leader with substantive experience in community-based, grassroots movements. Candidates will have knowledge and expertise regarding the movements for trans justice, with an emphasis on racial, social, and economic intersectionality, on a national-scale. Ideal candidates will be familiar and up-to-date with trans-specific politics and policy, and have knowledge of community-based peer support and direct service. They will also possess an understanding of the challenges and rewards of working in shared community. Trans Lifeline strongly encourages people with lived experiences in the communities served by our organization to apply.


The ideal candidate will have significant fundraising experience and demonstrated ability to manage development for an evolving organization in transition, along with the following competencies and personal characteristics:

Passion for the Mission: The Development Director will have a true passion for supporting and empowering the trans community, especially those with the least amount of resources. The Development Director will have experience building consensus and working collaboratively with various partners, funders, and community members to improve the life-outcomes of members of the trans community.

Exceptional Communication: The Development Director will communicate effectively and with integrity to a broad group of stakeholders, including the community, staff, partner agencies, and funders. The Development Director will be a leader with strong writing and interpersonal skills known for honesty, strong diplomacy, and for being an engaged and active listener. This individual will build and enhance the work of Trans Lifeline through strong partnerships and possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members, and other volunteers.

Technical Proficiency: The Development Director will possess demonstrated proficiency in fundraising tools, such as Network for Good, Stripe, Moonclerk, Benevity, Paypal Giving Fund, etc; business intelligence programs such as Grow; database tools such as Airtable; cloud based tools such as G-Suite, etc; and many other tools that Trans Lifeline regularly utilizes. An understanding of how to leverage corporate donor matching structures is highly desired. Candidates will acknowledge the importance of information security and will adhere to best practices to protect the mission of the organization.

Fundraising Expertise: The Development Director will have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques, particularly major gifts, sustained fundraising strategies, and grant writing. They will be a self-starter with the drive to get out of the office and build external relationships, to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls, and to follow through on continuing relationships with donors. Candidates will have a minimum of 3 years relevant experience in development and fundraising, as well as a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.


  • Create and implement a robust and diversified annual fundraising strategy, strengthening relationships with our existing donors, while also seeking new sources of funding
  • In directing the development team, serve as the primary fundraiser responsible for growing and diversifying Trans Lifeline’s fundraising efforts
  • Develop ongoing engagements with individuals, foundations, corporations, and governmental funders
  • Oversee fundraising database, donor tracking systems, and gift processing
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Oversee organization of special events
  • Develop tracking and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
  • Work with staff and volunteers creating social media content for online fundraising
  • Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about Trans Lifeline with the community
  • Work closely with the Executive Team and Board of Directors
  • Oversee creation of publications to support fundraising activities
  • Maintain gift recognition programs
  • Demonstrate professional conduct at all times
  • Perform other related duties as requested

Level of Language Proficiency

English, Spanish-speaking also preferred

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Applications are being considered on a rolling basis, with earliest start dates preferred.

Trans Lifeline is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. Trans Lifeline strongly encourages applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve.