Director of Development

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Job Title: Director of Development

Department: Development

Reports To: CEO

FLSA Status: Exempt

Summary: In close partnership with the CEO, the Director of Development leads private fundraising, community outreach and branding efforts as the Alcott Center for Mental Health Services (Alcott) continues to grow. This position currently supervises a Development Manager and shares supervision of a position dedicated part-time to social media.

Mission:  The mission of the Alcott Center is to enhance the quality of life, promote independence and empower individuals living with mental health challenges to achieve their full potential.


The following statements for this position reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered a detailed description of all duties required that may be inherent of the Alcott Center for Mental Health Services

Key Areas of Responsibility:

1. Development strategy

2. Prospect identification and contributor cultivation

3. Special events

4. Community and stakeholder relations

5. Staff supervision and talent development

1. Development Strategy:

1.1. Develops the organization’s annual strategy to garner financial and in-kind support from private sources to support the organization’s mission

1.2. Collaborates with CEO and other senior leaders to nurture a culture of fundraising across the organization

1.3. Collaborates with the CEO to engage new board members and grow the membership

1.4. Ensures that private fundraising efforts are in alignment with the organization’s government-funded initiatives

1.5. Establishes metrics to gauge effectiveness of development strategies, including new donor prospecting, contributor recognition, and retention efforts

1.6. Serves as a staff member of the Board’s Development Committee

1.7. Attends Board meetings and presents progress against fundraising goals

2. Prospect identification and contributor cultivation:

2.1. Identifies, cultivates and solicits new and existing major gifts donors

2.2. Tracks, inputs and maintains information for individual contributors and prospects in donor CMS (Raiser’s Edge)

2.3. Supports the Board, engaging them in major donor cultivation process

2.4. Works to convert current and former volunteers into agency donors

3. Special events:

3.1. Creates and manages calendar of special events designed to garner support for the organization

3.2. Oversees the production and management of staff-driven special events 

3.3. Collaborates with CEO and board members to support board-driven events and helps ensure they reflect the organization's mission and goals

3.4. Creates post-event follow-up strategies to cultivate new prospects and existing contributors

3.5. Identifies event-related opportunities to cultivate and recognize donors; leverages special events to garner additional support for the organization

3.6. Leverages involvement of staff from across agency to support the success of special events

4. Community and stakeholder relations:

4.1. Identifies, cultivates and engages with community members, organizations and other stakeholders to market and communicate organization’s mission, programs and needs

4.2. Collaborates with CEO & Social Media Coordinator to market organization's brand, modeling use of website, social media platforms and others communication vehicles to message organization

4.3. Supervises the creation of marketing and outreach materials

4.4. Represents organization as needed at external events

5. Staff supervision and talent development:

5.1. Establishes and supports ongoing team development

5.2. Develops, coaches and supervises Department staff consistent with values and competencies required for successful development

5.3. Models and guides staff on relevant professional development areas

5.4. Monitors staff performance and provide ongoing performance feedback

5.5. Supervises the writing of foundation support grants

6. Special Projects:

6.1. Attends and serves as staff support for volunteer and fundraising events as needed

6.2. Represents Alcott Center at relevant community meetings

6.3. Interfaces with board members, contributors and prospects in person and on the phone

6.4. Supports the organization’s commitment to representation and inclusion

6.5. Adheres to policies and procedures of the organization

6.6. Supervises contractors and consultants, as needed

7. Other Duties

7.1. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are designed to provide typical examples of the work performed; not all duties and responsibilities assigned are included here, nor is it expected that all similar positions will be assigned every duty and responsibility


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

 Mission Focus: Commitment to organizational mission and values is a must

 Communication Skills: Strong ability to interact in person with contributors, staff, volunteers, and the public with diplomacy, discretion, and tact; Strong writing skills with proven track record of obtaining foundation and grants funding

 Talent Development: Experience fostering collaboration and managing to outcomes

 Time/Project Management: Demonstrated strong attention to detail and accuracy, along with ability to prioritize and multitask

 Team-Oriented: Ability to thrive and work effectively as part of a team in a collaborative, fast-paced and rapidly growing program, with limited supervision

 Initiative/Drive: Ability to take action and handle issues independently

 Flexibility: Work well in a fast-paced environment of changing priorities and competing deadlines with minimum supervision

 Software: 

o Skills with Microsoft Office required; Google Suite & Excel skills highly desirable

o Working knowledge of constituent management software required; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge highly desirable

Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred with at least 5 years of professional nonprofit fund development experience working within a development department. 

Physical/Time Demands:  Ability to sit at a desk 80% of the time.  May be required to lift objects up to 25 pounds. The position will have some weekend and evening responsibilities as needed.

License/Certification:  California Driver’s license is required.

Compensation:  This is a full-time, exempt position with an annual salary of 85 - 90K, DOE 

and includes medical, dental, vision insurances; 403B option; two-week vacation (years 1-2); and sick time.  

Job Title: Director of Development

Department: Development

Reports To: CEO

FLSA Status: Exempt

Summary: In close partnership with the CEO, the Director of Development leads private fundraising, community outreach and branding efforts as…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


$80,000 - $90,000


Includes medical, dental, vision insurances; 403B option; two-week vacation (years 1-2); and sick time.  

Includes medical, dental, vision insurances; 403B option; two-week vacation (years 1-2); and sick time.  


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Los Angeles, CA
Associated Location
Los Angeles, CA

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