Oil Change International (OCI) seeks an experienced,
collaborative, social justice-driven Development Director to drive
its fundraising to the next level. The climate crisis is here, and
the time is now to fight hard against the fossil fuel industry. You
can contribute by applying your passion and fundraising skills to
this fight! Help power our campaigns and research by diversifying
and increasing our funding base to meet the urgency of the
The Development Director will work in partnership across the
organization to secure funding to grow, diversify, and sustain the
revenue base. This new position reflects our commitment to
strategic fundraising as well as the urgency of leveraging global
concern and action about climate change to expand our capacity and
impact. Approximately 40% of the Development Director’s time will
be focused on major donor and online fundraising strategy and
implementation, 35% on strategy development, team management
responsibilities, and organizational leadership, and 25% on
foundation fundraising strategy coordination.
This new position represents an ideal opportunity for a
development professional who seeks to marry their commitment to
social justice and environmental protection with their fundraising
expertise and success to grow a diversified, sustainable
development program. OCI is financially secure: we have long-term
relationships with foundation partners, a growing number of donors,
a financial reserve, and Board participation in
The Development Director will create and successfully implement
a comprehensive fundraising strategy that supports the strategic
and financial growth of the organization. They will collaborate
with organizational leadership, Board members, communications team,
and program staff to ensure the fundraising strategy is consistent
with the organizational priorities, needs, and messaging. The
Development Director will coordinate with other staff and supervise
an initial team of two part-time members to meet or exceed revenue
goals. The Development Director serves on the Senior Leadership
Team and reports directly to the Chief of Staff.
Lead in the development and execution of a robust
organizational fundraising strategy (15%)
In close coordination with the Senior
Leadership Team and other colleagues, facilitate a process to
formulate and help execute an organizational fundraising strategy
each year. This includes coordinating fundraising activities across
the organization and focusing on three main sources: major donors,
online fundraising, and foundations.
With fundraising and associated team
members, collectively establish priorities with regular planning,
coordination calls, clear work plans, and measurable objectives.
Align strategies and work plans with organizational priorities
while ensuring a sustainable workload for both individuals and the
team as a whole.
Provide vision for and execute plan to grow major donor
and individual donor fundraising (40%)
Develop a strategy and work plan,
working with senior leadership, appropriate communications and
operations team members, and the Board fundraising committee, for
scaling up major donor efforts, including outreach, cultivation,
and increased number and size of donations.
Drive the implementation of the major
donor strategy, including engaging in direct cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship, while creating the system to coach,
engage, and support staff, Board members, and the Board Fundraising
Committee in appropriate ways.
Working with relevant team members,
develop annual fundraising goals, strategies, and timelines to grow
our online and individual fundraising base, including developing
offline engagement strategies and supporting the development of
Identify opportunities for and then
execute major donor and individual supporter online, in-person,
and/or hybrid events to encourage increased giving.
Prepare appeals and collateral
materials in accordance with the work plan and Oil Change messaging
and coordinate with an outside mailhouse on production and
distribution of print materials if needed.
Coordinate implementation of a comprehensive foundation
Working closely with the Executive
Director and Chief of Staff, coordinate and implement a plan and
systems for executing the organization’s foundation strategy.
Ensure tracking and vetting, in
coordination with organizational leadership and program staff, of
prospective funding opportunities; ensure promising opportunities
are pursued, and outreach is tracked.
Coordinate systems for regularly
cultivating and stewarding foundation staff.
Support the Executive Director, Chief
of Staff, Program Directors, and Program Managers in foundation
Train and coach staff to increase
their comfort level and success in foundation fundraising.
With support from a grants manager,
ensure grant proposals and reports, including due dates, are
tracked and reports and proposals are completed, submitted on time,
and filed appropriately.
Coordinate development of proposals
and reports, including identifying which program and other staff
members are drafting and submitting them; provide direct grant
writing support specifically on general support proposals and
reports as relevant.
Ensure that frequently requested
proposal materials are kept up to date, grant agreements are filed
and shared, and program officer contact info and contact lists are
Strengthen and manage donor operations and
Working closely with appropriate team
members, utilize, manage, and make recommendations for our donor
and data management systems (current systems are GrantHub, ActBlue,
ActionKit, and DonorPerfect).
Regularly evaluate organizational
communications materials as donor cultivation tools and recommend
ways to strengthen and/or supplement them.
Regularly evaluate current practices
for sharing information about Oil Change with current and
prospective institutional and individual donors and recommend ways
to strengthen and/or supplement them.
Organizational Leadership & Culture
Collaborate with the Executive
Director, Chief of Staff, and other members of the Senior
Leadership Team in setting and driving organizational vision and
Take on organizational leadership
responsibilities, including developing and implementing processes,
helping to set organizational priorities, and other activities as
agreed to support the organization’s staff and the development and
implementation of the organization’s strategy.
As a member of the Senior Leadership
Team, model comprehensive management and effective leadership,
demonstrating values-based judgement and empowering decision
making; proactively working to resolve conflicts and issues as they
arise; demonstrating strong interpersonal communication skills; and
fostering collaboration, equity, and inclusion as part of your
Collaborate with executive leadership
and other members of the Senior Leadership Team to ensure a
healthy, inclusive and empowering organizational culture and
structure that moves us closer to living out our organizational
values and commitment to racial justice and equity, including
through direct feedback, transparent practices, and collaborative