Development Director

Posted by
LA Black Worker Center
Los Angeles, CA
Published 4 days ago

The Southern California Black Worker Hub (BW Hub) mission is to align progressive Black worker vision and voice in Southern California through centralized coordination that accelerates grassroots organizing movements and consolidates regional power to scale, positioning Black workers to win justice locally, regionally, statewide, and beyond. Our staff and members are in three affiliate Black Worker Centers across Southern California and our three CBO affiliates are dedicated to worker rights, Black community empowerment, community engagement, and our vision of a world without the Black job’s crisis. We are growing.

Reporting to the Co-Chairs of the BW Hub Board, the Development Director will spearhead development efforts as the BW Hub continues to grow. This is a new position in the organization and a great opportunity for a seasoned fundraiser and a creative self-starter to take a leadership role in support of BW Hub’s mission. The Director of Development will create and implement a comprehensive strategic approach that grows BW Hubs' nearly $3 million annual budget while strengthening the organization’s overall fundraising capacity. The Director of Development will work closely with the organization’s management and the Board of Directors to implement key regional objectives in the organization’s new Strategic Plan, including Implementing a major donor strategy, building capacity for an affiliate BW Hub member fundraising structure, deepening BW Hub’s digital fundraising strategies, launching special event strategy, and Increasing board, staff, and affiliate Black Worker Center’s capacity to fundraise.

BW Hub seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and community-centered professional who seeks to advance racial equity and economic justice for Southern California Black workers by joining a vibrant management team and providing strategic leadership across all areas of development. The ideal candidate possesses a talent for nurturing strong relationships and motivating and inspiring the financial support of diverse value-aligned donors. This will be someone who is well versed in all aspects of fundraising, including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship within the context of community-based organizations in Southern California. The Director of Development will embrace BW Hub’s core purpose and vision as described below. 

Essential Job Responsibilities: The essential job activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Development Operations and Leadership 

  • Work with the BW Hub Board Co-Chairs and Manager to oversee a growing budget of nearly $4 million funded across our network in part by private and public grants including the management and completion of grant proposals, reporting, and deliverables. 
  • Build strong relationships with Board Members, program directors, and start outside of the Development Department and nurture a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the entire organization.
  • Supervise and coach the BW Hub Board, staff, and respective, BWC staff who facilitate foundation and government grants, funder relations and donations, special events, give processing, tracking of donor information, acknowledgments, and volunteer recruitment.
  • Oversee the deployment of updated development infrastructure including, systems, policies, and procedures to ensure effectiveness and accountability across the department.

Work with the Finance Team to support fiscal management that anticipates development and volunteer needs within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintains the organization in a positive financial position in the areas of fundraising and donor relations.

Create a plan to expand overall revenue via prospecting, board relationships, and developing meaningful engagement opportunities for donors.

Develop and assist in the design and distribution of detailed and accurate reports to the Board.

The Development Director will work closely with the organization’s Management Team and the Board of Directors to implement key objectives in the organization’s new Strategic Plan, including:

  • Developing and implementing a major donor strategy. This includes identifying new and existing potential major donors and creating and executing stewardship and solicitation plans.
  • Deepening BW Hub’s special event strategy through oversight and strategy of the annual Backyard Bistro, virtual dinner gala with a goal of generating over $250K, the end-of-year Winter Appeal, and other online fundraising events and campaigns.
  • In partnership with the BWC Executive Director Team, support the development capacity for implementation of a dues-paying membership structure for the affiliated BWCs organization. 
  • Lead efforts to increase board capacity to fundraise by serving as a staff liaison to the BW Hub Board of Directors Fundraising Committee and support their fundraising and donor cultivation goals in alignment with the organizational Strategic Plan.
  • Lead efforts to increase staff capacity to fundraise. This includes maintaining a strong understanding of the organization's programmatic goals and activities and building structures to support star capacity to understand and support fundraising and reporting needs.
  • Other duties as assigned by BW Hub Manager

Skills and Qualifications

The following qualifications are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required:

  • Education:
  • Bachelor's or Master’s Degree from an accredited college and university is a plus.
  •  Prior Experience:
  • A seasoned professional with 2-4 years of demonstrated experience in direct fundraising experience, with at least 2 years of management or leadership experience in similar settings.
  • Knowledge of social justice, the philanthropic landscape is highly preferred.
  • Passion for and knowledge of issues in: labor, grassroots organizing worker rights, racial and economic justice highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in securing grants, managing a team, and building donor relationships.
  • Skills/Proficiencies:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must.
  • Independent, self-motivated, highly adaptable, and goal-oriented.
  • Strong leadership skills that include the ability to motivate, inspire, and guide staff toward the achievement of goals.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Google Office Suite.
  • Familiarity with grant management and donor relationship tools and databases.
  • Excellent knowledge of prospect research techniques, including utilizing web-based resources.
  • Familiarity with the Los Angeles non-profit landscape, community organizing, and other education organizations.
  • Available to work occasional evenings and weekends, as needed.
  • Must have a reliable automobile for use on the job (mileage to be reimbursed). Valid California Driver’s License. State-required automobile insurance coverage.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Must have the ability to communicate with others to exchange information.


Full-time position: Salary range $68,000-$72,000 per year depending on experience. Open to a consultant agreement arrangement


TO APPLY: Please email cover letter and resume to reference “BWHUB Development Director” in the subject line.

Los Angeles Black Work Center and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.

The Southern California Black Worker Hub (BW Hub) mission is to align progressive Black worker vision and voice in Southern California through centralized coordination that accelerates grassroots organizing movements and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    November 8, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    November 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required


USD 68,000 - USD 72,000


Los Angeles, CA, USA

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