Director of Donor Relations and Events

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Downtown Women's Center | Los Angeles, CA

Downtown Women's Center

Published 9 days ago

Start Date

July 15, 2019

Application Deadline

June 5, 2019


$70,000 - $80,000


At DWC, we’re innovators and problem-solvers. We believe everyone can play a part in ending women’s homelessness in greater Los Angeles. You’ll fit in here if you’re a determined optimist with a heart for our values: community, woman-centered, equity, respect, and sustainability. We are in the midst of an exciting period of growth and seek leaders committed to being at the forefront of the rapidly changing homeless landscape. DWC maintains a strong reputation as a thought leader in the sector and engages key audiences for funding and support. The Director of Donor Relations and Events will lead a team of three direct reports: Development Coordinator, Donor Database Admin, and Events Manager. This role also oversees a Grants Firm. Reporting to the interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the The Director of Donor Relations and Events is responsible for expanding all fund development and community relations activities and events to sustain and expand DWC’s programs and services.

DWC seeks an innovative, enthusiastic self-starter to manage all elements of our donor cultivation and stewardship efforts by creating strategic giving opportunities that align with the donors’ linkage, ability and interest in supporting DWC. The Director of Events and Donor Relations is a vital contributor to DWC’s annual development strategy; the ideal candidate can integrate detailed data analysis with interdepartmental knowledge to provide recommendations for big-picture decisions.

Essential Functions

Management & Leadership

1.     As a member of the leadership team, the Director of Events and Donor Relations will help strategize the department’s vision, growth, and operations.

2.     Supervise three direct reports; building team cohesion, monitoring performance, performing annual staff reviews, and coordinating training.

3.     Develop short and long-term strategic goals for your team, including timelines, budgets, and work plans; assess areas for growth and provide leadership in launching new donor and event-related initiatives.

Individual and Major Giving

1.     Oversee individual and major giving (including major corporate donors and sponsors) for DWC, to establish and execute on strategies to increase revenues through moves management of major donors, annual giving, and event-driven sponsorship.

2.     In partnership with the CEO, maintain a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, and engage in donor cultivation and gift solicitation (including in-kind gifts and event sponsorships.)

3.     Ensure appropriate systems are in place, including constituent relations management system, gifts processing, and acknowledgement. Ensure moves management efforts are being tracked in the agency’s donor database.

4.     Staffing the Resource Planning Committee of the Board and attending some Board of Director meetings, to help build the organization’s fundraising efforts.

5.     Oversee strategic planning and implementation of direct mail and email appeals to support annual giving.

6.     Supervise the Development Coordinator, Donor Database Admin, and Events Manager

     and work in close partnership with the Communications Manager, to support the above efforts.


1.     Oversee special events, including the Annual Dinner with a Cause ($700k - $1 million revenue)

2.     Focus on managing relationships with Event Chairs, Host Committees, and Board Member fundraising relative to events. Develop a solicitation plan to grow sponsorships and other revenue through events.

3.     Oversee third party fundraising events to ensure outside fundraising practices align with DWC’s fundraising policy and procedures. Attend events and/or assign staff to attend the events, as-needed.

4.     Supervise Events Manager, external vendors and consultants.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Competencies (i.e., Flexibility, Communication Proficiency, Budget Management, Relationship Management)

1.     Relationship Management & Communication Skills

2.     Budget Management

3.     Management & Oversight of Events

Supervisory Responsibility

This position is responsible for four direct reports.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool, as necessary.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are M-F from 9.00 am- 5:30 pm, with some weekend and evening hours required.


This position requires local travel, as well as, occasional travel within the United States for conferences and trainings.

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are M-F from 9am- 5:30pm, with some weekend and evening hours required.

Required Education and Experience

1.     Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree or relevant professional certification preferred

2.     3 - 5 years of progressive fundraising experience required; including the donor relations process, successful grant writing and event management

3.     3 - 5 years of direct staff supervision experience required

4.     Required history of developing and maintaining strategic partnerships, securing grants and major gifts that contribute to the increasing visibility, impact, and financial resources of an organization/organizations over time

Required Knowledge/Skills/Position Qualifications

1.     Managing and keeping a team on track through accountability and motivation and professional support.

2.     Demonstrated experience in relationship management, donor cultivation, moves management, and/or external relations; experience working with event committees and/or board committees preferred.

3.     Strong multitasking and problem-solving skills; ability to maintain composure in a fast-paced environment and proven experience managing large-scale projects.

4.     Strong judgment and decision making – the ability to identify critical information and use it to choose effective courses of action.

5.     Self –starter and a team player with the ability to develop and maintain a goal-oriented, positive attitude throughout the organization; must be able to interface equally well with all DWC stakeholders; including the Board of Directors, executive staff, corporate partners, donors and the general DWC community.

6.     Detail-oriented, highly organized, and ability to prioritize time to set and meet goals and deadlines.

7.     Demonstrated level of comfort with public speaking and presenting complex information in a compelling manor to a variety of audiences.

8.     Basic understanding of foundation priorities and grant-making practices; experience with government grants, contracts and compliance a plus.

9.     Compassion and understanding of DWC’s unique approach to homeless services and permanent supportive housing

Downtown Women’s Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Downtown Women’s Center complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


At DWC, we’re innovators and problem-solvers. We believe everyone can play a part in ending women’s homelessness in greater Los Angeles. You’ll fit in here if you’re a determined optimist with a heart for our values: community…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Managerial





Basic Life and AD& D/Voluntary Life and AD&D

Employee Assistance (EAP)




Basic Life and AD& D/Voluntary Life and AD&D

Employee Assistance (EAP)

Level of Language Proficiency

English proficiency is a must. Bilingual (English/Spanish -preferred)

English proficiency is a must. Bilingual (English/Spanish -preferred)


442 San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013