The Director of Philanthropy with the Center for Responsible
Lending (CRL) is responsible for coordinating and executing efforts
to cultivate relationships and solicit support from foundation,
corporate, and individual funders. The Director works closely with
the leadership team, Board members, and fellow development staff to
set the strategic direction for fundraising activities, carry out
this strategy, and raise in excess of $3 million annually. This is
a highly collaborative role involved in developing and coordinating
strategy with several other teams within CRL and engaged in
frequent communication with those teams, as needed.
The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to CRL’s
culture of collaboration, diversity, equity, inclusion and
belonging, and its mission to eliminate the racial wealth gap
through opportunities for wealth building and economic security for
- Provide strategic leadership and insight into philanthropy
opportunities and threats and help prioritize workplans.
- Lead the establishment and implementation of development plans
including foundation giving, major individual gifts, endowment
growth, and corporate giving (including research, identification,
solicitations, cultivation, and proposal development).
- Identify potential funders and increase the number of
foundation and individual donors.
- Track solicitations, anticipated gifts, pledges, and income,
and provide regular revenue and cash flow updates on projections
versus actual revenues and expenses. Coordinate grant tracking and
reporting in conjunction with CRL staff, Self-Help’s resource
development team, and accounting staff.
- Sustain active collaboration with Self-Help Development, Policy
and Investment team on joint grant and funding
opportunities—including recurring meetings and proactive outreach
with regard to pitches and prospects.
- Write and/or manage the writing of proposals, reports, and
other solicitations or stewardship communications to funders.
- Initiate, coordinate and/or attend meetings with funders and
- Working closely with internal stakeholders, manage the resource
development strategy, calendar, and staff roles to meet CRL's goals
- As appropriate, engage CRL Board or Advisory Board
- Assist CRL in identifying and pursuing opportunities to meet
potential funders and partners, particularly at conferences and
- Supervise philanthropy staff. Set individual employee goals and
provide routine feedback and evaluation of progress toward these
goals. Conduct annual performance appraisals and administer salary
adjustments. Develop and implement professional development with
- Model inclusive behavior, continuously build cultural humility,
and support staff interested in deepening their DE&I
knowledge—including requesting and raising awareness of learning
- Act as a change agent to drive Self-Help’s economic inclusion
initiatives by integrating supplier diversity and the use of
businesses owned by women and people of color in third-party
contracting and vendor management for relevant products and
- Perform other duties as may be deemed necessary.
Credentials, Experience and Skills:
- Bachelor’s degree or comparable equivalent experience plus 5 to
7 years development experience with foundations, corporations,
and/or major gifts from individual donors. Graduate degree
- Experience in marketing, investor relations, and/or in the
community economic development or financial services fields a
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, families of
modest means, communities of color, and experience in racial
justice analysis and understanding of how federal/state/local
policies contributed to and sustained racial wealth
- Passion for CRL’s mission; interest and commitment to social
- Preference for working in organizations that place priority on
teamwork, collaboration, and inclusion.
- Sensitivity to issues of low-wealth borrowers and families and
communities of color and a desire to work in a racially and
socially diverse organization.
- Ability to work well as part of a team and with a diverse group
of people and settings.
- Strong supervisory and team-building skills and experience and
ability to work productively with peer leaders.
- Self-starter, able to initiate and juggle multiple projects and
- Strong strategic planning abilities and critical thinking
- Strong writing, editing and oral communication skills. Able to
execute communications assignments with limited oversight and
provide feedback to peers.
- Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate programmatic
and organizational budgets and financial statements.
- Ability to act and react quickly to urgent, unplanned
opportunities or needs.
- Ability to travel, including overnight travel, as needed.
Competitive nonprofit compensation, based on experience, plus a
generous benefits package.
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