Western Center on Law & Poverty is seeking a Development
Specialist to lead event coordination, support annual fundraising
campaigns, and provide related administrative support. Reporting to
the Director of Philanthropy, the Development Specialist will play
an integral role in mobilizing the Western Center community through
engaging fundraising events and creative fundraising campaigns that
drive mission impact and increase philanthropic revenue. We seek a
team member who will thrive in a collegial environment and bring
expertise in donor engagement including increasing current donor
gifts, conducting research, and performing donor outreach.
Primary responsibilities include creating and implementing
detailed event production schedules, agendas, and run of shows,
measuring event results (attendance, venue accessibility,
post-event survey data), and convening post-event debriefs to
determine successes and areas for improvement. Working
collaboratively with the Director of Philanthropy, the Specialist
will build, facilitate, and steward new and existing relationships
with major gift prospects and donors (individuals, corporations,
and foundations), support major donor communication, and develop
related collateral. The Development Specialist will also co-create
direct mail, social media, and email campaigns that represent the
full scope of Western Center’s vision to end poverty and ensure
economic and racial justice for all Californians.
As the Western Center development team is committed to
integrating community-centric fundraising principles, the
Development Specialist will conduct prospect research to grow
Western Center’s donor portfolio and support the expansion of a
donor community that aligns with our commitment to equity,
inclusion, and justice. The Specialist will champion equity and
justice in external relationships and internal policies and
The successful candidate will be an efficient collaborator with
strong written and verbal communication skills, and expertise in
annual fund development and event coordination.
- Assist in the development and execution of event work plans for
all virtual and in-person events including WCLP’s annual Garden
Party, Meet the Advocates program series, comedy event, donor
receptions, and other WCLP network events.
- Maintain event software, tracking event RSVPs, sponsorships,
and tickets sales and updating event websites with sponsor logos
and other key information.
- Work with sponsors on their guest lists and all related event
communications; track and prepare name tags and seating charts for
- Lead day-of event logistics including volunteer assignments,
guest registration table management, set-up and tear-down, and
liaise with venue staff, personnel for parking/valet, security,
- Manage event budgets, tracking expenditures and revenue to
support post-event reconciliation in partnership with the Director
of Philanthropy and Director of Finance.
- Execute rental and vendor agreements for production, catering,
audio/visual support, etc.
- Draft copy for event related solicitations: sponsorship decks,
sponsor cover letters, honoree and speaker
- Prepare pre- and post-event communications for email, website,
and social media.
- Work with Director of Philanthropy to manage Advisory Board
Committee communications and event
- Work in partnership with Senior Communications Strategist to
finalize any scripts and format for production teams.
- In partnership with the Director of Philanthropy, support the
creation and implementation of all annual fundraising
- Provide comprehensive assistance with writing annual appeals,
identifying stewardship materials, pulling and strategically
segmenting mailing lists, writing and crafting compelling
acknowledgements and thank you letters, and working with mail and
print vendors to get appeals out on time.
- Work closely with the Director of Philanthropy to grow
portfolio of individual donors.
- Write copy for fundraising campaign emails and collateral
- Coordinate and support the development of corporate partnership
- Promote and manage employee giving campaigns with corporate and
- Perform prospect research to cultivate and steward expansion of
- Actively participate in the creation of the annual development
plan and follow through on its successful completion.
- Remain up to date on the latest fundraising and stewardship
trends that impact philanthropic support for WCLP’s mission.
- Understand the strategic direction and vision of the
organization to support fundraising and event strategies aligned
with WCLP’s values.
- Contribute to the healthy maintenance of the department’s donor
- Assist, as needed, in gift processing and preparation of
donation acknowledgement letters.
- Recommend internal process and policy modifications to increase
- Other duties as assigned.
- Deep commitment to economic, social, and racial justice, and
the mission of the Western Center.
- Bachelor's degree (or combination of equivalent education and
- A minimum of 2–5 years’ experience (for the Development
Specialist position) or a minimum of 6 – 8 years’ experience (for
Senior Specialist position) in donor cultivation, event planning,
nonprofit fundraising, or demonstrated experience in related
- Experience coordinating all aspects of large and small-scale
events for diverse constituencies, including knowledge producing
hybrid and virtual events with various technology.
- Experience with nonprofit fundraising databases or CRM systems
(proficiency in GiveSmart, eTapestry or similar nonprofit
fundraising/donor management software a plus).
- High degree of creativity and up-to-date knowledge of community
engagement and event trends.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Experience working with vendors and consultants including mail
house on bulk mailings.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel,
Outlook and PowerPoint).
- Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to
effectively prioritize among competing tasks while maintaining
attention to detail.
- Proven stakeholder management skills and demonstrated ability
to establish positive rapport with all levels of staff, volunteers,
funders and donors.
- Demonstrated experience working independently, but within a
collaborative team environment, and ability to establish priorities
and follow-up in a timely manner.
The full-time, salaried position is located in Los Angeles,
Oakland, or Sacramento. While Western Center on Law & Poverty’s
physical offices are open for employee use, team members work
primarily remotely and establish their own hybrid work
The salary range for the Development Specialist position is
$65,000 - $75,000, commensurate with experience. The salary range
for the Senior Development Specialist position is $75,000 -
$85,000, commensurate with experience.
Western Center provides a comprehensive benefits package
including medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance,
retirement plan with ER contributions and a modest match, leave
policies, vacation, and December holiday office closure at full
pay. We also provide opportunities and support to ensure our staff
can grow and develop their professional skills.
Please email cover letter, writing sample, and resume to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the
position is filled, with priority given to applications submitted
by June 15, 2023.
In your cover letter, please explain how you think your personal
and/or professional experience and background has prepared you to
contribute to a work environment with a strong commitment to
diversity, equity, and inclusion.