Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salaries are competitive with other non-profits of our size in the Bay Area. We also offer flexibility and good benefits.



Start Date


Application Deadline



1260 7th Street
United States


Job Title:     Director of Development

Reports To: Executive Director

Status:         Exempt

Date:             September 25, 2018

Want to work hard in a creative and joyful place? Be around artists and makers every day? Come work with us!

The Crucible, Northern California’s most innovative and diverse industrial arts education center and creative arts community, seeks a visionary, execution-oriented, and energetic individual to join our team as Director of Development. Help us raise the money we need to be amazing!

The Director of Development is responsible for preparation and successful implementation of fundraising strategies to support The Crucible programs. Responsibilities include both individual and institutional fundraising, management and tracking of fundraising income and expenses, and supervision of the development department. Annual events, individual giving, major gifts, institutional and corporate giving and grants are all aspects of the work, as is engaging with our amazing and caring donor pool, many of whom are artists, makers, and/or collectors. This is a key role, leading a team, to support the vibrant and unique arts community we are growing in West Oakland, CA.


This is a senior staff role with huge impact! Critical responsibilities include the following:

●     Develop and implement all annual and periodic extraordinary fundraising strategies

●     Research, cultivate, and directly solicit individual major gifts, working with the Executive Director and Board

●     Regularly analyze constituent data to create a robust major donor pipeline.

●     Manage all institutional giving programs, which currently include 30-40 annual grants from foundation, corporate, and government sources.

●     Prepare grant applications and reports in support of our programs and aligned with donor’s strategies.

●     Manage all aspects of The Crucible’s annual fundraising gala and art auction.

●     Prepare and oversee annual calendar of cultivation and stewardship events for major donors and prospects.

●     Develop and maintain close working relationships with the philanthropic community, individual and corporate donors, sponsors, board members and volunteers.

●     Manage and oversee development staff in their areas of responsibility, including the annual membership program, database management, donor stewardship and grant writing and management.

●     In coordination with marketing and communications department, create and manage all fundraising communication materials, including brochures, solicitation and acknowledgement materials (in print and online), event invitations, website copy, and other material.

●     Develop and ensure application of best practices in recording gifts, pledges, and all administrative aspects of the department.


●     Five years or more of proven experience managing a multi-aspect fundraising program in a non-profit arts or education organization.

●     Experience crafting and implementing a comprehensive development plan.

●     Successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating and soliciting individuals, with an emphasis on major gift solicitation.

●     Record of measurable results in managing and implementing fundraising programs for arts, education or related organizations

●     Demonstrated experience in creating and managing budgets, forecasting and reporting.

●     Experience managing a diverse team

●     Proven track record working with artists and local community, ideally in diverse settings

●     Appetite for innovation applied to real, measurable outcomes

●     Ability to tactfully and effectively deal with the public, staff at all levels, and board members in a personable and professional manner.

●     Ability to lift 35 pounds, current valid CA driver’s license, and ability to drive a car, if needed

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Oakland, California.

The Crucible is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all persons, especially those who bring the benefits of diversity to the organization. Women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Salaries are competitive with other non-profits of our size in the Bay Area. We also offer flexibility and good benefits.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Email a cover letter, résumé, LinkedIn profile, and three reference contacts to

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