Director of Development

Los Angeles City College Foundation
California, United States
$75,000.00 - $80,000.00
Closing date
Feb 21, 2023
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The Director of Development is responsible for the planning and implementation of programs and projects that strategically engage community members, including alumni. Serving as an ambassador, the Director of Development is charged with securing commitments from alumni, emeriti , and other individual donors to provide support for students, faculty and special initiatives; professional expertise and volunteer service; collaborating with faculty members and various department staff to create and maintain pathways for community and alumni participation that advance the goals of the institution; work with the Executive Director to identify, cultivate, solicit and provide stewardship for donors.

The Director will work with College programs and departments to produce events and support programming at LA City College to engage and cultivate donor prospects. With more than 500,000 alumni, 18,000 students, and 400 faculty and staff to cultivate support for the Los Angeles City College Foundation; the Director of Development leads efforts to increase partnership revenue and annual giving while continuing to build a strong base of support.

The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and is a senior member of the Foundation team.


  • Focusing on major and planned gifts from the LACC community who include alumni, emeriti, and community friends by routinely identifying and qualifying alumni prospects for gifts; development of a donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plan.  Execute written contact reports filed in Raiser's Edge and participation in prospect identification and management meetings.
  • Planning, implementing and promoting alumni programs that support the Foundation and College's strategic plans; developing and submitting annual strategic and operating plans for approval by the ED.
  • Facilitate the Alumni Advisory Group, part of the LACC Foundation Board, to identify prospects, arrange meetings, recruit additional members, and ensure strong and productive relationships between its members, the Foundation, and the College.
  • Ensuring accurate and complete donor database records; capturing contact, biographical and career information of alumni and community donor prospects.
  • Oversite of the Foundation website content, social media content and electronic newsletter and focused email messages.
  • Establishing and building relationships with a wide range of alumni and emeriti faculty, locally, regionally and nationally; maintaining regular communication via direct contact, e-mail communication, alumni web pages, events, and print publications
  • Managing annual appeal from conceptualization to implementation and donor stewardship, including utilization of professional language, email and/or mailing, newsletters, and other targeted appeals throughout the year.
  • Supervising Development Assistant and student workers (p/t, when available) and providing guidance to and serving as liaison to volunteers.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

This position requires a minimum of 5 years of experience in development and major gift fundraising, including 3 years of progressively responsible and applicable management and/or supervisory experience. Bachelor's degree required, masters preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience to provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Experience in the performing arts and/or higher education is highly preferred. The incumbent must have a proven record of thoughtful work with individuals capable of making Major Gifts and a record of successfully working with high level volunteers, individual donors, and soliciting and securing gifts. Knowledge of charitable gift planning tools and concepts.  Intermediate proficiency with computers, social media, and Microsoft Office Suite required. Knowledge of Google Suite and Raiser’s Edge (or similar CRM) experience highly preferred.  The incumbent must possess and/or obtain and thereafter maintain a California Driver’s License valid for the operation of any vehicle or equipment required to maintain and operate.

Other skills:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout the Foundation and College, alumni, other constituencies and the public
  • The demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers
  • Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritize to meet deadlines
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed


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