Director of Development Partnerships, Southern California

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California, United States
$88,000.00 - $132,000.00
Apr 09, 2021
May 08, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Title: Director of Development Partnerships, Southern California

Department: Development

Status: Exempt

Reports To: Managing Director of Development Partnerships

Positions Reporting To This Position: None

Location: Flexible

Union Position: Yes

Job Classification Level: F

Salary Range (depending on experience): $88,000 - $132,000

General Description:     

LCV believes our earth is worth fighting for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. To ensure those rights are protected, we help people use their power to shape policy, hold politicians and polluters accountable, and influence elections.

Our over 2 million members, our volunteers and staff, and our more than 30 state affiliates (together, the Conservation Voter Movement) work for a more just and equitable democracy, where people—not polluters—determine our future. This movement is an influential national network with unparalleled influence in Washington, DC, in state capitals, and in communities around the country. We are unmatched in our ability to ensure meaningful action on our key issues. We aim to bring people and communities together across racial, geographic, political, religious, economic and other differences toward collective goals instead of dividing us from one another.

LCV is hiring a Director of Development Partnerships to engage major donors in the Southern California region, with a focus on donor cultivation and stewardship. The Director of Development Partnerships is part of a fundraising team with ambitious revenue and program goals. The Development department’s fundraising program engages major donors for the LCV family of organizations including LCV, LCV Action Fund, LCV Victory Fund, and LCV Education Fund, and raises money for political candidates through our GiveGreen program. The Director of Development Partnerships joins an extremely skilled, hard-working and growing development team, which is building the budget, power, and effectiveness of our family of organizations.

This position is responsible for raising funds from individual and small family foundations at four, five, and six-figure levels. Responsibilities include strategically identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors. The Southern California Director of Development Partnerships will support their own work as well as the fundraising efforts of our President and key senior staff and board members within the greater Los Angeles area.  Where appropriate, this role also coordinates with and supports the fundraising efforts of the state affiliate in their region.


  • Manage and develop a portfolio of up to 120 current, lapsed and prospective donors, deepening relationships in person or virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, over the phone, and in writing.
  • Work with the Director of Prospect Research and Portfolio Management to expand the number of donors of color in the Major Gifts portfolio to better reflect the makeup of our nation. Meet with donors and prospects in the Southern California region. It is expected that the Director of Development Partnerships will hold approximately 120 meetings annually with prospective donors.  Many of these will be in conjunction with our state partners. 
  • Develop and support cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for LCV’s President and other key staff and board members.
  • Recruit donors and prospects to a variety of fundraising and cultivation events.
  • Contribute to organizational and department efforts to infuse racial justice and equity into all aspects of our work, including our fundraising as well as service on committees or working groups, as needed.
  • Write persuasive and personalized emails, letters and proposals to donors and prospects including in-depth descriptions of programs and the impact they make in the world, ensuring racial justice and equity is centered in our messaging.
  • Participate in high-level planning to help set both fundraising and programmatic goals.
  • Work collaboratively with development, communications, and program staff, along with state partners, to develop compelling materials and talking points to maximize fundraising results, while maintaining our commitment to organizational values of racial justice and equity.
  • Engage donors as advocates by recruiting them to join calls and meetings and encouraging their own lobbying.
  • Ensure donor portfolio records are current with all necessary and pertinent information, and input contacts and actions into the database in a timely manner.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Work Experience: 4+ years of experience in fundraising including a successful track record of closing five- and six-figure gifts. Experience writing persuasive materials. Experience with storytelling and messaging around specific issues and/or candidates. Motivated to meet goals, produce results, and exceed expectations, and enthusiastic about accountability. Politically savvy with an eagerness for continued learning. Passionate about protecting the environment. Professional, honest, and trustworthy; capable of handling confidential information with the utmost discretion. Optimism and a proven interest in politics and meaningful social change.
  • Skills: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, self-motivated, exhibits strong judgment, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Must be well organized, detail oriented, creative, proactive, disciplined, and able to think strategically. An active and curious listener with a knack for building relationships and the ability to speak with authority as an organizational representative. Well organized and detail-oriented.
  • Cultural Competence: Must share a commitment to advancing racial justice and equity and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Familiarity with the complexity of issues and obstacles facing communities’ of color engagement in the environmental movement. Commitment to social change.
  • Working Conditions: This job operates in a professional office environment, and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and audiovisual systems. This position is largely sedentary, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods. The person in this position frequently communicates with major donors and must be able to exchange accurate information, with or without accommodation. Able to work hours in excess of stated office hours as needed; ability and willingness to travel approximately 25-30% of the time. The location of this position is flexible. Please note that all LCV staff are currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to by April 26, 2021 with "Development Partnerships CA” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace.

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