Chief Development Officer
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
San Jose, California
About Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley uses innovative legal advocacy
as a tool for social change. We work tirelessly to ensure that
every person in our thriving region is granted the same rights and
legal access. Every day, our attorneys, social workers, and
advocates craft inventive solutions to the life-changing legal
issues facing low-income people in Silicon Valley.
Our mission is to advance the rights of under-represented
individuals and families in our diverse community through legal
services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach.
Established more than 40 years ago, today, our team of 90
attorneys, social workers, and staff, together with pro bono
volunteers, find stable homes for abused and neglected children,
help people living with chronic illnesses access the benefits they
need to remain healthy and self-sufficient, provide low-income
people access to safe and affordable housing, and address a number
of other critical issues including domestic violence,
discrimination, human trafficking, mental health, and more.
We serve over 10,000 individuals and families each year through
• Housing Program
• Children & Youth Program
• Health/Mental Health Program
For more information on the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley,
please visit www.lawfoundation.org.
Working tirelessly to eradicate racial disparities and the systems
that perpetuate them since 1974, the Law Foundation of Silicon
Valley ("LF") is seeking a strategic, mission-driven fundraising
leader to be its Chief Development Officer ("CDO"). This is a
unique opportunity for a development leader who is passionate about
social justice and the civil rights space to develop and implement
a fundraising strategy that ensures the sustainability of LF's
The CDO will have oversight of all aspects of the Development
function, including fundraising, donor/foundation relations,
events, and crossover responsibility with marketing/communications.
Reporting to the CEO, as a key member of the executive leadership
team, and working closely with a highly effective fundraising
board, the CDO will have the opportunity to build on a strong
foundation of donor support with a lot of untapped potential.
The CDO will work in partnership with an engaged leadership staff
eager to act as ambassadors in support of fundraising
As LFSV looks to deepen and expand its impact, this is a chance for
an innovative development leader to diversify and expand revenue to
enable the organization to reach the next level of its trajectory.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly regarded legal aid
organization, and a vibrant and growing community of individuals
dedicated to social justice.
Reporting to the CEO, working closely with the Board, and
supervising the development department, the CDO will lead LF's
Development function, including fundraising, donor/foundation
relations, events, and play a key strategic role as part of the
executive leadership team. This individual will collaborate with
executive leadership to draft, implement, and manage LF's annual
The CDO will design the strategy for and oversee direct fundraising
efforts, including cultivating, soliciting, and closing gifts from
individuals, foundations, and corporate partners, as well as plan
and execute a range of successful fundraising events. Committed to
DEI principles, this leader will design a framework for grounding
all fundraising and communications practices in equity,
anti-racism, and racial and economic justice.
The Chief Development Officer ("CDO") will be a bold, fearless, and
experienced fundraising leader with a measurable track record of
success in institutional, individual, and corporate giving.
Bringing a social justice grounding and mindset to the role, the
successful candidate will bring a DEI lens to their work as well as
experience advancing racial justice as a development leader.
In addition, the CDO will possess the following attributes and
Fundraising Leadership Expertise
The CDO will be an innovative and outside-the-box thinker to find
new funding opportunities to diversify revenue streams and secure
flexible funding to meet changing community needs as well as ensure
long-term organizational sustainability. The CDO will be a
confident and self-motivated thought partner, who will work with
the CEO, Board, and staff in identifying, devising, and
implementing a fundraising strategy for LF. A big picture thinker,
the CDO will also be eager to roll up their sleeves to get the job
Donor Cultivation & Stewardship
The CDO will excel at developing and stewarding relationships with
donors, the Board, and other funding partners. A strong writer, the
CDO will utilize their considerable persuasive writing and grant
writing experience to cultivate potential supporters. A charismatic
fundraiser, the CDO will bring a demonstrated track record of
inspiring a wide array of donors and funders with evidence of
closing major gifts in previous roles. The CDO will also ensure
that LF's racial equity work is reflected in how donors and funders
are engaged with the organization.
Passion for Mission and Racial Equity Commitment
The CDO will have a passion for the mission of LF, a clear
understanding of its work, and an abiding respect for the
communities it serves. Bringing a demonstrated commitment to racial
equity, the CDO will be an active participant in DEI work at LF and
incorporate racial equity principles into all development
operations. The CDO will utilize sound judgment and discretion in
all activities and will display the highest degree of integrity in
An excellent interpersonal communicator, the CDO will foster a
strong relationship with the CEO and a highly effective fundraising
Board comprised of community leaders and experts in the legal
field. This individual will have the confidence and expertise
needed to make recommendations to the CEO and Board regarding
fundraising strategies. Highly collaborative, inclusive, and
open-minded, the CDO will work closely with program leadership and
equip them to act as ambassadors for LF's fundraising endeavors.
The CDO will be natural relationship-builder with the ability to
nurture and support LF's broad network of committed partners.
The CDO will have oversight of LF's communications functions,
including the creation of annual reports, newsletters, event
materials, website content, and media campaigns, to raise awareness
and funds for LF as well as to move policy efforts forward. The CDO
will be able to effectively communicate the work of LF to a diverse
group of stakeholders, including funders, policy makers, community
leaders, and peer organizations. Comfortable using social justice
language, the CDO will work with programs staff to authentically
tell the stories of LF's clients in ways that are compelling,
uplifting, empowering, and inclusive.
Compensation & Benefits
The annual base salary for this role will be based on a range,
starting at $175,000 and commensurate with the successful
candidate's skills and experience. The compensation also includes a
competitive benefits package.
Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in
mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this
engagement. Michelle Bonoan and Jennifer Smith of Koya Partners
have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest
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or email Michelle and Jennifer directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Law Foundation of Silicon Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley United strongly encourages people
of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, persons with
disabilities, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to
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