Director of Development

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San Francisco, CA

About Callisto:

Callisto is a nonprofit organization that builds technology to combat sexual assault. We’ve built a serial sexual assault prevention and protection tool that is supported by a community of survivors—a community that is diverse in its experiences, cultural contexts, and paths of action.

Callisto is a safe space that empowers individual agency, prioritizes privacy and security, and facilitates connection. Situated within an ecosystem of resources, Callisto is intersectional, informative, and adaptable. We trust the experience of every user, connecting them through individual and collective action that creates a linked chain of community protection.

It is an exciting time to join our organization as we are looking to grow significantly within the next 1-3 years! We are looking for a talented professional who is passionate about Callisto’s mission and ready to contribute their skills and talents to ensure we have the financial resources to support our growth. 

About the Position:

Our funders are vital to our organization’s continued growth. Callisto is currently supported extensively by philanthropy and we are looking for an exceptional development professional who can provide leadership in nurturing existing relationships and forging new relationships and opportunities to expand our fundraising efforts. 

Today we are funded by individuals, foundations, and corporate sponsors. We’re eager to diversify and grow our philanthropic revenue streams. Our Director of Development will ensure that our past and current funders feel engaged in our mission and growth, while also rapidly prospecting and pursuing new opportunities for funding. 

The ideal candidate is a senior leader, creative, a self-starter, highly detail oriented, well organized, and an effective communicator who is capable of responding to rapidly shifting priorities in a fast-paced start-up. This is a unique position because for the near future Callisto will have a fundraising team of one person with the support of the Head of Strategy & Business Development and the Chief Executive Officer. Therefore, the ideal candidate will be able to contribute to the vision and design of the fundraising strategy while also being responsible for its execution. The ideal candidate will have experience and relationships, and will be able to hit the ground running. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Design and implement a comprehensive strategic plan for fundraising with an emphasis on identifying new donors and fundraising opportunities and a goal of raising a net new $2 million in 2021.
  • Collaborate with and support the Chief Executive Officer and the Board members on all fundraising initiatives. 
  • Develop strategies for engaging new partners and broadening the organization’s network of prospective individual, corporate or foundation funders.
  • Identify and develop strategic funding opportunities with potential funders.
  • Cultivate and nurture strong relationships with existing and new donors and funders. 
  • Implement all campaigns, for example, end of year, monthly donors, etc.
  • Collaborate with team members to translate programmatic initiatives into fundraising opportunities.
  • Design and implement an approach to donor management and engagement and draft donor communications.
  • Draft LOIs, concept notes, and proposals.
  • Collaborate with and supervise contracts with consultants. 
  • Track funder and donor communications and giving via Salesforce CRM.

Essential Skills and Experience

Here’s a description of our ideal candidate. Does this sound like you?

Philanthropic Foundations

  • Your past experience shows a successful track record in securing funding from philanthropic foundations and deep experience preparing grant proposals.
  • You’ve built relationships with individuals at public and private charitable foundations and  program officers and other key decision-makers look forward to hearing from you.
  • You have created, managed, and grown relationships with foundations. 

Major Donor Cultivation

  • You have expertise in designing and managing outreach to philanthropists and others seeking to support the work of Callisto
  • You will craft effective written funding requests to existing and potential major donors.
  • You’ve built a robust network of people seeking to make charitable contributions, and are willing to introduce them to the work of Callisto.

Corporate Philanthropy

  • You are an expert at designing and managing outreach, communications, and relationships with corporations and businesses.
  • You consistently craft winning written funding requests to corporate and businesses entities. Bonus if you’ve done this for support similar nonprofits or organizations within the sexual violence prevention and response space.
  • You’ve built a network of individuals at corporations and businesses and enjoy access to key decision-makers. You’re eager to share the work of Callisto with these individuals.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in development with at least 2 years performing duties similar to the essential skills required for this position; and 10 years of professional experience overall. 
  • Demonstrated leadership/management experience
  • Strong project management skills
  • Proficiency with Salesforce CRM
  • Exceptional writer with strong verbal communication and presentation skills 
  • Strong familiarity with Google’s productivity suite - calendar, docs, sheets, email, etc
  • Understanding of, and alignment with, Callisto's mission

What to Expect at Callisto:

Our Environment

We bring the best of many different industries together, including engineers, designers, educators, and legal experts. We've crafted a culture that balances ambitious world change with team sustainability and self-care. We are thoughtful, rigorous, inclusive, humble, kind, direct, creative, agile, entrepreneurial, and mission-driven. We don't take ourselves too seriously, but take the work very seriously. And amazingly, despite the sobering realities of the problem we're trying to solve, we have a ton of fun. We identify and solve problems as a team of experts, working together to bring about our vision for the world.

Our Benefits

Callisto offers competitive salaries, a 401k, paid leave, and medical, dental, and vision insurance. Members of the Callisto team receive a generous professional development budget. Callisto has a flexible work-from-home policy and work hours, letting you work where and when you can perform at your best.

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision is a world where sexual assault is rare and survivors are supported. Our mission is to create technology that combats sexual assault, supports survivors, and advances justice.

Callisto is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

About Callisto:

Callisto is a nonprofit organization that builds technology to combat sexual assault. We’ve built a serial sexual assault prevention and protection tool that is supported by a community of survivors—a community that is…

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  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule


San Francisco, CA

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