Development Director

Job Type

Full Time




620 N. Lake Ave.
United States


PCDA is a non-profit 501(c)3 agency that provides a wide range of therapy services to children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Originally founded in 1996, PCDA now serves over 1,000 children annually, ages birth to 21, over a wide geographic area of Los Angeles County. PCDA is a leader in providing developmental-relationship based intervention using a team of multi-disciplinary professionals. The Development Director works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to achieve fundraising goals.

Position status: Full-time, salary, exempt

Reports to: Executive Director

Duties performed: Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Development Director has responsibilities that include, but are not limited to the following:

Supervise the development department staff

Recruit, hire, train, review and terminations of staff as appropriate

Select and oversee consultants, as needed

General Fundraising

Solicit individual donors through a variety of outreach efforts; initiate and sustain donor relationships

Maintain database of donors

Create budgets and maintain financial records of all fundraising activities

Develop new and creative fundraising efforts

Create opportunities for staff and client families to participate in fundraising efforts

Research potential corporate relationships, establish and maintain relationships

Oversee gift acknowledgements and receipts for all donations

Partner with Accounting staff to reconcile all revenue monthly and provide information for annual audit

Design and develop recognition for all donors: individual, business, and foundations


Identify potential foundations for grant support

Oversee production of grant applications

Cultivate relationships with grantors

Provide necessary follow-up (reporting, etc)

Work with clinical department heads to identify and fund specific program needs

Communications and Marketing

Support branding of PCDA, including content updates of website, brochures, and other related collaterals

With department staff, create and distribute monthly newsletter

Partner with clinical department heads to market specific programs and special events for clients

Write and distribute press releases

Produce annual report

Collect and utilize “family stories,” parent speakers, and photos, with appropriate consents, in fundraising activities


Organize and direct fundraising and development events and activities including the annual gala and other fundraising or stewardship events

Oversee organization of miscellaneous events (ie, lectures by ED)

Board of Directors

Staff board meetings, including taking and distributing minutes; provide Development report at each meeting; oversee meeting reminders and other routine communications

Engage board members in fundraising campaigns and events

Cultivate relationships with board members in concert with Executive Director

Help prepare annual board retreat

Staff Development Committee, Governance Committee and other board projects as directed



Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science

5+ year experience with event planning and execution, donor development, and budgets

Excellent verbal, written, and communication skills

Friendly, cheerful demeanor

Resourcefulness and problem-solving skills

Ability to work on a team

Professional maturity, reliability, and thoroughness

Ability to organize, prioritize, and complete multiple tasks

Creativity and initiative in executing projects

Flexible time commitment

Experience with DonorPerfect or similar donor database preferred but not required

Hours: 40 hours/week. Position requires flexibility to attend breakfast, lunch, evening and/or weekend meetings and events, as needed.

Salary:  Based on experience and qualifications

References and Personal Background Check Required


Paid vacation, sick, personal and bereavement time after 90 days of employment.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please email cover letter and resume to