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Senior Director of Development & Philanthropic Partnerships

California, United States
$125,000.00 - $141,000.00
Closing date
Oct 7, 2022

You have a passion for social innovation and impact, an entrepreneurial spirit, and are well versed in large-scale development campaigns.  

ABOUT OUR WORK is one of the nation’s leading organizations focused on age diversity and the multigenerational society. 

For 20 years, we worked to change cultural expectations for the years beyond 50 and spark a movement around second acts for the greater good. Among our past projects are Experience Corps, the Purpose Prize, and Encore Fellowships, as well as six books, hundreds of articles, and numerous awards and recognitions.

Today, as America becomes a much more multigenerational society, with five generations living and working at the same time. We have evolved from a focus on expanding the contributions of older people to a focus on what the vast and growing older population can do in collaboration with younger generations to solve our nation’s most pressing problems, from climate change to social isolation. Our mission is to bring older and younger changemakers together to solve problems, bridge divides, and co-create the future.


We want to change the societal norm for our age-diverse nation from one characterized by generations apart to one built by generations together. It’s an idea we call cogeneration. And it will form the foundation of our strategy and programs going forward, reflected in a rebranding and renaming of the organization this Fall and a celebration of our 25th anniversary in 2023. 


We will work as a catalyst to shift the cultural narrative and tell a new story about cogenerational action; to support innovators bringing generations together for mutual benefit and social impact; and to build a community of people, organizations and funders to scale this work and sustain it.



You have an entrepreneurial spirit and 7-10 years of development experience. Your broad skill set includes experience with planning, leading and managing multi-year fundraising efforts. Your proven track record includes securing six- or seven-figure foundation grants, along with high-level relationship building with corporate donors and high-net-worth individuals.

You are a senior leader with a passion for cogeneration and a dynamic, collaborative and flexible leadership style. You bring systems thinking and collaborative strategy to your work. You operate through trust-based relationships. Your charisma and drive help you secure philanthropic partners and the good will of team members. You want to be part of a diverse, multigenerational team that advocates for equity and inclusion through its programming and throughout the organization. You want to be part of an organization that sees development as everyone’s job.

You are skilled at and committed to high-quality written and verbal communication. You have the ability to present complex programmatic strategies and activities in narratives that are customized for specific funder audiences. You have an understanding of the larger philanthropic environment, best practices in fundraising, and the emerging field in which works.


ENCORE’S FUNDRAISING TRACK RECORD’s budget is approximately $5 million annually, with revenues from foundations, corporations, individuals, earned income and some government support. We were one of the first organizations to receive funding from MacKenzie Scott. Foundation funders (past and present) include the Templeton Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Einhorn Collaborative, the MetLife Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Eisner Foundation, the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, the RRF Foundation for Aging, and others.



We seek an entrepreneurial leader to drive's development strategy, growth and implementation. 


Development Campaign

We plan to leverage our 25th anniversary and new cogenerational strategy to raise $45 million over the next five years. Working closely with our Co-CEOs, our senior leadership team, Board, and Board Development Committee, the Development Director will:

    Manage a five-year campaign, which will include corporate and foundation grants, major gifts, and public sector support. Craft a comprehensive development strategy and plan. Help to forge and steward philanthropic partnerships with foundations, corporate funders and high-level individual donors. Work closely with the Board Development Committee and coordinate Board member fundraising roles. Oversee an internal fundraising management and tracking system.


Foundation and Corporate Grant Development

The successful candidate will work with the leadership team to:

    Develop 10 to 20 major grant proposals per year to foundation and corporate funders.  Actively research and seek new institutional funding prospects. Identify, assess, cultivate and steward prospects with input and ideas from staff, board members and other stakeholders. Explore philanthropic partnerships and alliances to support strategy, projects and strategic organizational aims. Play a lead role in conceptualizing and drafting proposals, reports and other communications with potential funders and donors.


Individual Donor Cultivation & Stewardship

The successful candidate will work with the leadership team to:

    Develop strategies for a portfolio of 30 to 50 major donors and prospects.
    Research and analyze new major donor prospects. Craft a ladder of engagement for individual donors, including a donor stewardship plan recognizing different funding levels and benefits. Develop written donor-facing pieces, including custom proposals, reports, updates and annual reporting.


This position will report to a Co-CEO and manage one half-time Development Coordinator.



This position is largely virtual, with the option to work out of the San Francisco office if desired. There will be opportunities for travel and in-person meetings as the work requires and safety permits.



This full-time position pays $125,000 - $141,000 annually. offers a complete benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, a matching 403(b), 9 holidays and 28 days vacation. In addition to other benefits, we offer employees a professional development budget and flexible working schedule.



Please submit your cover letter and resume (combined in one document) via email to

It is’s policy to employ, compensate and advance personnel without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, height and weight, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, partnership status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status, arrest record and any other characteristic protected by law. 

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