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Director of Development

Imagine LA is seeking a Director of Development (DOD) to (1) strategically build, implement, and manage a comprehensive fundraising program of a $2.1 million fundraising goal, and (2) oversee all communications and community engagement activities, including successful family fun events. As a key member of the Leadership team, the DOD oversees the Development & Communications Department and reports to the CEO and partners with them in maximizing the impact of the Board of Directors.

Imagine LA is a dynamic and growing nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of family homelessness and intergenerational poverty. Through a holistic combination of intensive case management, economic mobility programming, and whole-family mentorship we prevent first-time and repeat homelessness and equip families to maintain housing stability and thrive long-term. 

Imagine LA is a smart, collaborative, and passionate environment that combines the best practices of social services and business. Our core values are: Love, Teamwork, Equity, Compassion, and Accountability. Our culture is passionate, joyful, encouraging, and collaborative, and our humanity always comes first. We love coffee and food (no, really) and are committed to the holistic well-being of our staff. We actively advance our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work, and we intentionally invest in staff advancement. We value relationships, empowerment, agility, diversity, efficiency, innovation, and communication.

The ideal candidate has fundraising experience with demonstrated success in leadership, budgeting, grants, major gifts, and communications, and a deep understanding of the relationship between organizational strategies/goals and development. Successful candidates have:

  • Demonstrated history of progressively responsible fundraising experience and success through donor cultivation, foundation relations, and grants.
  • Proven knowledge of all areas of fundraising, with a particular emphasis on major gifts, to identify, cultivate, solicit, secure, and steward prospective donors and funders with the capacity to make gifts of $10,000 or more among potential corporate, foundation, and individual funders.
  • Established track record in planning and achieving goals, creating a plan outlining activity with the ability to think strategically and creatively about engaging donors, and to develop plans of action and follow through for seven-figure annual budget goals.
  • Exceptional writing, storytelling, and influencing communication skills with the ability to develop and maintain cooperative and successful working relationships with volunteers, staff, and donors. Management and/or supervisory experience preferred. 
  • Ability to serve as a team player and leader that models and contributes to an inclusive team culture with constructive feedback, accountability, solution-oriented, project management, and multitasking skills and a positive attitude.
  • Proactively takes leadership to create opportunities with strategic partnerships, build and implement initiatives, and report on department objectives and ongoing fundraising activities. 

To apply, please email a Cover letter and resume to 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 equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Imagine LA is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks to create a diverse work culture that reflects the community that we serve and ensures our team continues to do what we do best. Research shows that women and people of color are less likely to apply for a role unless they meet 100% of the qualifications; however, we encourage you to apply even if you do not check all the boxes above, and we look forward to reviewing your application holistically.

For full details, visit - Careers — Imagine LA

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