Director of Development, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

Job Type

Full Time




200 McAllister Street
San Francisco
United States


About the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) at UC Hastings College of the Law protects the fundamental human rights of refugee women, children, LGBTQ individuals, and others who flee persecution by combining sophisticated legal strategies with policy advocacy and human rights interventions. Over the past 20 years, CGRS has played a key role in every major precedent-setting victory on behalf of women asylum seekers fleeing gender-based violence in their home countries. CGRS has also helped thousands of advocates secure protection for their clients through our robust training and technical assistance programs.

CGRS’s work is more critical now than ever. CGRS is representing a Salvadoran domestic violence survivor in a widely-publicized case, known as Matter of A-B-, in which U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has personally intervened. He is using the case as vehicle to attempt to shut down access to asylum for thousands of women, children, and families fleeing harrowing gender- and gang-based violence. CGRS is spearheading efforts to fight back, challenging Sessions in the courts and mobilizing advocates and allies nationwide to ensure he does not have the last word on who qualifies for refugee protection in the United States.

As the University of California’s first law school, UC Hastings College of the Law is ABA and WASC accredited and committed to outcomes-based education and assessment. It boasts a rich history of achievement in the field of legal education. Established in 1878 and located in San Francisco's Civic Center district, our vibrant institution provides outstanding instruction for nearly 1,200 students from more than 120 universities and colleges across the country. It also provides an innovative, fun, and rewarding work environment for its valued employees. As a member of the team, you will enjoy a dynamic community in which you will interact with staff, faculty, and students.

Director of Development

The Director of Development will play a lead role in designing and implementing CGRS’s development strategy as the Center looks to expand, steward, and diversify its donor base of individuals, law firms, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. This experienced development professional will have the unique opportunity to strengthen CGRS’s relationships with its community of supporters as well as convey the critical work of our dedicated team at a time when CGRS is in the national spotlight. The Director of Development will use their excellent written and verbal communication skills to translate the important legal work done by the Center for external stakeholders. As a relationship-based professional, the Director of Development will passionately tell the story of the Center’s advocacy and mission to establish working relationships with a growing base of donors. The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director and the Deputy Director.


Typical duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop and execute CGRS’s annual and long-term fundraising plan to meet organizational and programmatic goals;
  • Explore and pursue new funding opportunities from a broad range of sources that include institutional prospects as well as individual donors;
  • Manage the development calendar and direct strategic participation of key staff and board members in development activities;
  • Steward existing donors by developing and implementing a “moves management” protocol for major gifts;
  • Execute a messaging and communications strategy for building a sustained base of annual individual donors;
  • Lead the drafting of letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and other solicitation materials;
  • Work with staff to prepare reports to funders and other donor appreciation communications;
  • Manage the law firm giving campaign;
  • Develop and implement a corporate funding/partnership initiative;
  • Ensure systems and infrastructure readiness including the use, upgrade, and maintenance of existing development databases; and
  • Oversee and assist with the preparation of budgets and financial reports as necessary.

Candidate Profile and Key Qualifications

The successful Director of Development candidate will have:

  • Extensive development experience, including experience with prospecting and stewarding major individual and institutional donors and with managing gift campaigns, preferably in the social justice sector;
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills with meticulous attention to detail;
  • A dynamic personality and passion for CGRS’s work;
  • The ability to quickly understand the complex legal concepts of CGRS’s work and to thoughtfully translate the work for non-legal audiences;
  • Effective organization, time, and project management skills with a nimbleness to shift between projects as needs evolve;
  • Ability to manage a development calendar and meet established deadlines;
  • Experience working with and learning from strong, intelligent, and passionate team members;
  • Comfort working with attorneys, high-profile cases, and individuals with limited development experience;
  • A desire to support other team members to ensure the best work outcome;
  • Strong emotional intelligence skills;
  • An understanding of their own work style and strengths with the desire to grow from constructive feedback;
  • Experience instituting development processes and best practices as well as managing support staff;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google platforms (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Hangouts, etc.), as well as comfort learning new technology and systems;
  • Experience working with development databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge; and
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience.


This is a full-time position with evening or weekend work based on need. The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The position includes a generous UC Hastings employee benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance plans; 3+ weeks of vacations; sick leave; paid holidays; and other benefits.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

This search is being conducted by Challenges and Solutions, LLC. Interested candidates should email (noting “CGRS Director of Development” in the subject line) a thoughtful cover letter and resume, in confidence, to:

Mo Coffey, Challenges and Solutions,