Director of Development

We are seeking an experienced fundraising professional to lead Development for a well-known and growing nonprofit in Sonoma.  As Development Director, you will lead major gifts, events, and annual giving to advance our mission of serving the region’s 55+ community.    If you want to be part of an enthusiastic and positive team environment, come join us!   This is a full-time position with great benefits and a salary of $85,000 - $105,000, depending on experience.

We are Vintage House:  the central hub for the 55+ community in greater Sonoma.  We are not a residential facility.  We provide a wide range of programs to foster connection and enhance the quality of life for seniors living in and around Sonoma.  Vintage House has a base of 1,400 members/participants and is well-known in the area.  Benefits include:

  • Generous vacation and holiday pay
  • Health insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Bonus opportunity
  • Work-life balance
  • Primarily an in-person workplace, with a strong sense of team and community

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director, this position will develop and implement the strategy to grow our current $500,000/year fundraising efforts via major gifts, events, grants, and annual giving.   This position works out of the Vintage House offices, one-block off the square in Sonoma.

  • Identify and nurture relationships with major gift donors, including individuals, businesses, and charitable foundations.
  • Plan and coordinate implementation and assist with marketing of fundraising events, including upcoming 40th anniversary.
  • Identify and apply for grant opportunities.   Lead the grant application process and ensure effective reporting/administration.
  • Lead and grow the annual giving campaign.
  • Create communications that will build awareness, foster engagement, and inspire giving across a wide range of audiences.
  • Ensure accuracy and implement best practices for record keeping, reporting, and administration. 

Ideal Qualifications:

  • 3+ years fundraising experience, including:
    • Experience identifying and cultivating major gift donors
    • Event planning experience
    • Grant writing, and identification of grant opportunities.
    • Experience leading and strengthening annual giving campaigns
    • Excellent writing skills to craft effective messaging for different audiences and purposes
  • Commitment to Vintage House’s mission.  Knowledge of the Sonoma region and culture is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to initiate and foster relationships, build trust, and make successful requests for support.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff and volunteers.
  • Strong organization and follow through.  Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects.
  • Experience with donor databases (we currently use Little Green Light) and MS Office.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.  CFRE certification is a plus.

Vintage House is an equal opportunity employer. 

To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter.   For this search, Vintage House has retained Castlerock Consulting, an executive search firm specializing in non-profit organizations.

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