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Director of Fund Development
Cesar Chavez Foundation in Los Angeles, California
Date Posted 06/29/2022
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Director of Fund Development

The Director of Fund Development reports to the Executive Director of the NCC. In conjunction with the NCC Board and fund development staff, the Executive Director of the NCC establishes annual fund development goals and multi-year capital campaign goals. The Director of Fund Development carries the primary responsibility of ensuring fundraising goals for the NCC are met. To that end, the Director of Fund Development is responsible for securing sponsorships for NCC events, identifying and submitting grants and developing and implementing donation strategies, among other fund development related functions.

If you are a self-starter, like challenges, enjoy strategic planning and execution and have an intangible affinity to preserve and promote a key part of Latino history for younger generations, this position is a good match.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Professional Characteristics:

  • Assists in the development of NCC s annual fundraising goals and multi-year capital campaign goals.
  • Implements NCC s fund development program through diversified fund development methods, including, but not limited to, sponsorships, grants, and special events (including the Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards Gala).
  • Serves as the primary donor relationship manager for NCC partners, funders and vendors.
  • Effectively employs meaningful cultivation strategies to motivate and influence donors to support NCC, including solicitation and stewardship of donors using all forms of communication such as written solicitations, phone calls, tours, and one-on-one meetings, while working independently or in partnership with NCC and CCF leadership.
  • Develops and tests strategies to improve donor retention and upgrade giving.
  • Researches, writes and follows-up with private and public grants.
  • Maintains the donor database, administers grant reporting and ensures all sponsorship benefits are fulfilled.
  • Works with Financial Management to process all incoming gifts, including in-kind contributions.
  • Works with the Strategic Communications Department to create necessary collateral materials for sponsorships, fundraising and events.
  • Gives status updates and works strategically with the NCC Executive Director on goal achievement.
  • Available for staff private events, festivals and other programs as necessary.
  • Willing to work some evenings, weekends and holidays as the position requires.
  • Aptitude for asking for money, including making oral funding requests and promoting the work of NCC.
  • Strong knowledge of the principles, ethics, and practices of successful fundraising concepts and appropriate and successful solicitation techniques including planned giving.
  • Demonstrated success in soliciting and securing corporate sponsorships, securing private donations and staging fundraising events.
  • Self-directed and comfortable taking initiative with minimum management oversight.
  • Adheres to a performance-based culture to maximize fundraising.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and verbal skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and remain calm when dealing with constraints that are often outside of your control.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Directly supervises employees and consultants in the Fund Development Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees and consultants; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees and consultants; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed herein are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Valid driver s license required. Ability to do one-day and multi-day travel within the Southwest approximately 25% of the time. If offered the position, the candidate must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated prior to commencing employment.

Education and/or Experience
Bachelor s degree in required. Ten years of work experience in fund development is required. Master's degree in a related field or four additional years of work experience in fund development is strongly preferred. Demonstrated success in soliciting and securing gifts of $5,000+ from donors.

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