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Development Director, San Diego Coastkeeper

San Diego’s leading clean water advocacy organization seeks a talented fundraiser with at least five years of experience to advance our critical mission. Join us to protect and restore San Diego County’s coastal waters, rivers and streams. We use science, education, community and coalition building and litigation to tackle persistent and emerging water quality, water supply and climate resilience issues across our region.


Position Overview

The Development Director will create and implement successful strategies to engage individuals, foundations and corporate donors in support of San Diego Coastkeeper’s annual and long-term priorities. They will lead all fundraising activities, including grant writing and management, donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship for major and planned gifts, membership campaigns, corporate partnerships and special events. They will work closely with the organization’s Executive Director and Board of Directors.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of fundraising experience, preferably in the environmental nonprofit sector, with a record of demonstrated success with diverse funding sources
  • Experience in grant writing and management, major gift solicitation and stewardship, membership campaigns and appeals, corporate outreach and giving, fundraising events and planned giving
  • Ability to foster and deepen relationships with individuals, foundations, corporate partners, government agencies and other partners
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in nonprofit fundraising and philanthropy and demonstrated leadership in developing and implementing innovative fundraising programs and campaigns
  • Experience developing and administering budgets
  • Leadership in collaborating with colleagues and working autonomously
  • Experience working with a Board and volunteers on development initiatives and activities
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication and organizational skills
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously within stringent time constraints
  • Experience with a CRM database (preferably Salesforce), email marketing platform (preferably MailChimp), website CMS platform (preferably WordPress), project management platform (preferably Asana) and an online donation platform (preferably Classy)
  • Proficiency with Google Apps, including Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive and Microsoft programs, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • A commitment to protecting and restoring the health of San Diego’s environment and communities; familiarity with local water and climate issues a plus


Physical Requirements

  • Mobility to work in a standard office environment using office equipment
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time and engage in basic movements such as bending, standing, and lifting weight up to 30 pounds
  • Must have reliable transportation for travel to meetings and events throughout the county


Salary, Benefits and Terms

Schedule - Full-time, permanent, salaried; 40 hours per week, including occasional evenings and weekends. This hybrid position is based at San Diego Coastkeeper’s office in the city of San Diego, with meetings, funder and donor visits, and events throughout the county.  Applicants must live in or be willing to relocate to the San Diego region.

Benefits - Medical, dental, and vision insurance; paid vacation, holidays and sick leave

Compensation - $65,000-$100,000 per year, commensurate with experience


To Apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and one fundraising-related writing sample as a single PDF document to with “YOUR LAST NAME, Development Director” in the subject line. If your application is a potential match for our requirements, we will contact you. Please no phone calls or email inquiries.  



San Diego Coastkeeper is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a policy of non-discrimination with regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and any other class protected by applicable state or federal law.


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