Development Director (Los Angeles)

Job Type

Full Time




3701 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 725
Los Angeles
United States


Position: Development Director (Los Angeles)

Salary: Based on Experience

Type: Full-Time

Start: As soon as possible

Closing date of this position: Open until filled

Organizational Background:

Equality California (EQCA) is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization with over 800,000 members. Equality California brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. Through its legislative work, EQCA has successfully sponsored 127 pieces of pro-equality legislation cementing California as the state with strongest LGBT-civil rights protections in the country.

Equality California Institute (EQCAI) is a 501(c)3 organization that has a parallel mission statement to EQCAI, its 501(c)4 counterpart. EQCAI educates the broader community on important LGBT issues such as transgender equality, violence and hate crimes, healthcare, health disparities, the needs of LGBT seniors and youth, homelessness and immigration. Over the last five years, EQCAI has spearheaded successful programs to tackle these issues, including multiple public education campaigns, such as Transform California, Equality4All, #Take It, I’m PrEPed, Let California Ring, Fair Share for Equality, the Breakthrough Conversations Project, and Health Happens with Equality.

Tentative Start Date: ASAP

Position Overview:

The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to play a senior, strategic role within the organization to meet and achieve new mission objectives. 

We are interested in a team member who is innovative, detail oriented and passionate about fundraising for a civil rights and social justice organization. At EQCA, we are committed to carrying out our work in ways that are strategic and creates impact in the LGBT civil rights movement.


The Development Director will work collaboratively with senior leadership to manage the fundraising programs for Equality California and Equality California Institute. Candidates should have at least 5 years of development experience.


EQCA is a fast paced and collaborative environment and, as such, candidates must be able to multi-task, prioritize, problem solve and supervise staff.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

·     Development Planning: Developing and updating fundraising plans and strategies to meet organizational fundraising budget and objectives.

·     Institutional and Corporate Fundraising: Research, identify, and build relationships with new potential sources of grant and sponsorship funding; enhance relationships with existing grantors and funders; write letters of inquiry and grant and sponsorship proposals, including budgets; prepare evaluative and financial reports as required; lead preparation for site visits and ongoing correspondence with funders.

·     Special Events: Lead planning and execution of special events for the organization, including five Equality Awards across the state. Lead and implement development of event sponsorship program. Support board-driven house parties and other opportunities as they arise.

·     Individual Fundraising: Oversee development and delivery of meaningful cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities for current and prospective donors, including direct mail, and online giving programs; oversee special and major donor programs including our Capitol Club program; engage executive director, board, and other staff in achievement of annual fundraising goals; drive aggressive prospect research and data analysis to identify new supporters; and rigorously evaluate and adapt programs as needed to maximize net income.

·     Leadership and Integration: Provide overall strategic leadership to Equality California and its board from the perspective of resource development.

·     Supervision of a four-person development team including two development managers and a development associate.


Required Skills and Experience:

• Minimum 5 years experience in planning and leading innovative and successful fundraising programs.

• Excellent planning and metrics based project and team management skills.

• Demonstrated success in raising funds from individual, major donors, corporate donors and foundations, as well as cultivating and stewarding those relationships.

• Excellent writing and communication skills.

• Demonstrated success in working independently, as part of a team, and in managing multiple tasks simultaneously.

• Excellent problem-solving skills.

• Demonstrated skill and passion for developing relationships with diverse groups of people – including donors, colleagues, staff, board members, partners, elected officials, and others.

• Experience with direct mail & online fundraising.

• Familiarity with fundraising databases.

• Passion for the mission and vision of Equality California.

• Highly organized and efficient.

• Accurate, meticulous work style with high standards of quality and attention to detail.

Full benefits include paid vacation and sick time, health, dental, vision, short and long-term disability and a retirement plan among others. Compensation is commensurate with experience.


The position will be based in Los Angeles.


We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, and non-LGBTQ persons to apply.


To apply:

Email resume, cover letter, references and salary requirements to Tony Hoang at Please be sure to put “Development Director” in the subject line of your email.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply:

Email resume, cover letter, references and salary requirements to Tony Hoang at Please be sure to put “Development Director” in the subject line of your email.