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Job Title: Development Director 

Reports to: Co-Executive Directors 

Classification: Exempt 

Salary Range: $80,000-$135,000 

Location: Fresno Preferred; Regionally Remote in California Inland Empire considered 

About Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability 

Leadership Counsel fundamentally shifts the dynamics that have created the stark inequality that  impacts California’s low income, rural regions. Based in the San Joaquin and Eastern Coachella  Valleys, we work alongside the most impacted communities to advocate for sound policy and  eradicate injustice to secure equal access to opportunity regardless of wealth, race, income, and  place. 

Through community organizing, research, legal representation, and policy advocacy, we impact  land use and transportation planning, shift public investment priorities, guide environmental  policy, and promote the provision of basic infrastructure and services. 

Position Summary 

The Development Director will be the lead strategist and project manager focused on bringing  structure and imagination to the growing sophistication of our development activities, especially  around foundation funding, individual giving, and special events. This role is both strategic and  tactical, requiring the ability to think big while minding all the details. This role requires  experience with development operations, including CRM management and budget building. 

This individual is excited to deepen connections with current funders and engage new ones; is  eager to implement a development plan; and enjoys managing and collaborating with staff and  volunteers. They communicate effectively across all platforms and care about the details that  make the difference between good and great. 

This role reports to the Co-Executive Directors and works closely with them, as well as the  Director of Operations. The Development Director will also be responsible for supervising and  evaluating employees and will partner with other staff to promote an organizational culture of  philanthropy.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

The Development Director can expect his/her/their work to include: 

Foundation Relations (50%) 

Build relationships with current funders and conduct prospect research to ensure  Leadership Counsel has a robust pipeline of local, regional, and national grant  opportunities to pursue 

Create and manage a grant calendar to track all upcoming applications and reports,  collaborating with staff as needed 

Ensure all notes on meetings, conversations, and relationships with foundations are recorded and that relationships with key foundation staff are prioritized and stewarded Clearly and effectively draft dynamic, reader-friendly, and high-quality writing free of  typos, jargon, and lackluster prose 

Execute upon the submission of an average of 5-8 grant applications and/or reports per  month 

Individual Giving (20%) 

Develop and manage initiatives, appeals, and campaigns focused on targeting new donors  and stewarding existing donors 

Help develop creative and mission-focused fundraising messaging that effectively  articulates Leadership Counsel’s work supporting community strength and co-powerment Research, design, and lead the moves management plans for major individual donors Project manage the Co-Executive Directors’ fundraising work, directing them where and  how best to spend their time and efforts 

Special Events (10%) 

Determine best combination of events to support program and organizational goals Work with staff to plan and execute events, leading all development and revenue  components  

Create and execute pre- and post-event constituent communications plans  

Development Operations (15%) 

Establish and monitor annual and long-term revenue goals and budgets Design and update a regular progress-to-goal report and development dashboard for the  Co-Executive Directors 

Spearhead development-focused data input and ensure accuracy in all records and  development reports in Leadership Counsel’s CRM, PowerBase 

Work closely with Operations team to ensure data integrity  

Program Engagement (5%) 

Develop and maintain relationships with community and organizational partners and  other key stakeholders 

Participate in select meetings, gatherings, and convenings at least monthly to enhance  relationships with staff, community residents, and partner organizations as well as to  further understand the mission, values, and goals of the organization 

Maintain a strong understanding of the organization’s programmatic goals and activities 

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive and the employee will also perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the Co-Executive Directors.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

The ideal candidate will possess: 

A Bachelor’s degree or comparable work experience 

At least 3 years of nonprofit development experience 

A commitment to working with and on behalf of low-income communities Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to authentically  convey Leadership Counsel’s voice 

A strong degree of comfort and efficacy in engaging a diverse population of stakeholders  including residents, partner organizations, funders, vendors, and community Experience with CRM systems and data management 

An excitement to propose fresh ideas without prompting by leadership, open to feedback  on those ideas, and persistent enough to bring them to life 

An outgoing, flexible, and creative nature with the ability to thrive in a collaborative,  evolving environment 

Strong ethical standards and belief in the importance of working at the intersection of  fundraising, advocacy, and movement-building 

The availability to work regular evening and weekend hours in support of Leadership  Counsel’s programs 

The ability to travel within the State of California and up to 1-2 times per year out of state Access to a personal vehicle and insurance coverage 

Fluency in Spanish (preferred) 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 

COVID-19 vaccinations required (including boosters when eligible). Leadership Counsel will  abide by all exceptions to the vaccination requirement required by applicable law. Specifically,  an employee may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation exempting them from the vaccine  requirement if: 

The employee has a physical or mental disability that prevents the employee from taking  the vaccine; or 

The employee has a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance that prevents  the employee from taking the vaccine. 

Compensation and Benefits 

The salary for this position is $80,000 - $135,000 annually, and compensation is commensurate  with experience. Currently offered benefits for full-time positions include:  

Up to $70 monthly cell phone reimbursement 

100% employer-paid health, vision, and dental insurance for employee 50% employer-paid health, vision, and dental insurance for employee's dependent(s) Up to 6% 401(k) match for employee 

Annual professional development allotment 

16 accrued paid vacation days per year and additional paid vacation days after 4 years of  employment

15 accrued paid sick leave days per year 

12 paid holidays per year 

Paid family leave 

How to Apply  

Candidates should send the following to with Development Director in the subject line:  


Cover letter containing salary range and available start date  

A writing sample that is authored solely by the candidate and relevant to fundraising  work 

Physical Requirements & Work Environment 

The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Ability to drive frequently and for up to 8 hours in a day to community meetings, hearings, conferences and other related activities, ability to work long days occasionally up to 14 hours in a day, ability to conduct door-to-door outreach and conduct meetings, lifting materials and supplies such as chairs, easels, tables. Typically, these will weigh 30 pounds or less. Position involves remaining in stationary position for most of the workday. The employee is regularly required to move or remain in stationary position. This position requires the ability to perform clerical duties in the office and operate computer and related office machinery. The employee is occasionally required to move self. Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to observe details at close range or from a distance. Other abilities required by this job include the ability to communicate information and ideas so that others understand. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations. 

This position typically functions indoors in an office environment with light to moderate noise associated with business office equipment. The position may involve travel for meetings and events. 

Employees share office space with one or more other staff members. Out-of-office meetings will include meetings in other offices, in community centers, in homes, in government buildings, and outside. 

This position engages in functions both indoors and outdoors, in office environments with light to moderate noise, and in community gathering venues, private homes or government buildings with both small and large groups of people where noise levels may be higher than in a typical office setting.

Equal Employment Opportunity & Accommodations 

Leadership Counsel is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and strictly prohibits any unlawful harassment and/or discrimination against applicants for employment or anyone in its employ based on sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, religious belief or practice, race (including natural hairstyle or hair texture related thereto), color, national origin (including possession of a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code Section 12801.9 which authorizes licenses to individuals who cannot provide satisfactory proof of their presence in the U.S. under federal law), ancestry, age (40 and over), physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer-related physical or mental health impairment or history of same), genetic information, military and veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. To comply with applicable laws ensuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, Leadership Counsel will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with a disability who are applicants or employees unless undue hardship would result. Any applicant or employee who requires an accommodation in order complete the application process or to perform the essential functions of the job should contact their supervisor or one or both of the co-executive directors to request the accommodation.