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Director, Development

Sandy Hook Promise Foundation
California, United States
$93,000.00 - $103,000.00
Closing date
Mar 14, 2024

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                                                  Development Director


About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to end school shootings,

and create a culture change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children. Through its life-saving evidence-informed Know the Signs prevention programs, SHP educates and empowers youth and adults to recognize, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others. SHP is a moderate, bipartisan organization that supports sensible policy solutions that address the human side of gun violence and make schools safer.


SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  


Commitment to Racial Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

SHP strives to ensure its culture and work environment reflect the values of race, diversity, equity, and inclusion (REDI) and is responsive to the views and issues of the diverse communities with which we live and work. SHP encourages individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to equity and inclusion to apply.  


Position Summary

SHP is seeking a Development Director to lead the individual giving program while contributing to the highly collaborative, positive, and action-oriented culture.  The ideal candidate is passionate about gun violence prevention, has a successful track record of raising funds on a national level, works interdependently and is highly entrepreneurial. This position reports to the Senior Vice President of Development and has one direct report, the Associate Director of Development.

The preferred homebase for the Director is California, as the expectation is that travel will be primarily to locations on the West Coast. This position requires approximately 40% travel.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio of 85-100 major donors in the assigned region
  • Develop and implement dynamic, individualized solicitation strategies reflective of philanthropic trends for existing individual/family donors and prospects in region
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a prospecting strategy to acquire GenX and millennial donors
  • In partnership with Marketing team responsible for grassroots giving, manage the process of elevating high capacity mid-level donors to major gifts level though personalized cultivation and outreach.
  • Supervise department staff responsible for mid-level ($2.5K-9.9K) giving
  • Lead major events (nationally), managing assigned staff and consultant/vendor relationships
  • Develop and lead small-scale cultivation and stewardship events in region
  • In partnership with the Director of Donor Research, provide reports on fundraising performance and donor trends
  • Assist in the writing and editing of case statements and other fundraising collateral
  • Organize and prepare leadership team and program staff for meetings with prospective donors
  • Provide assistance and/or deliver additional projects in collaboration with colleagues responsible for foundation and corporate fundraising



  • Passion for the mission of SHP and a record of collaborative, respectful, inclusive leadership
  • BA/BS required and a minimum of 8-10 years of experience with 4 years in a leadership role
  • History of successful solicitation and stewardship of +$25,000 gifts
  • History of successful management of small scale and large scale events.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to recognize and proactively pursue opportunities and challenges
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills
  • Proficiency with a CRM (SHP uses Salesforce), MS Office, and donor research
  • Superb written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in and contribute to a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to take risks and a strong action orientation
  • Experience and ease wearing multiple hats in a highly entrepreneurial and collaborative environment

Benefits and Salary Range 

  • The salary range for this position is $93,000-$103,000. (SHP follows a strict internal rubric to help guide salary placement and ensure equitable pay amongst new hires and current staff. New hires should expect to be brought on at the start of the range, except in extenuating circumstances.)


SHP offers a competitive benefits package, including:

  • Unlimited PTO
  • Paid holidays and 10 days sick leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Health, dental, and vision
  • Employer paid life insurance and short- and long-term disability
  • 401k match
  • Employer Paid Employee Assistance Program.


Our organization operates within a distributed workforce, allowing for location flexibility across the country for most positions. We provide remote office support for all staff, which includes a laptop, home office reimbursement, monthly wifi reimbursement up to $40, and monthly cell phone reimbursement up to $50.  

Equal Opportunity Employment 

SHP is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to be an employer of choice: where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and do their best work. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. We are focused on promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion and believe deeply in having a workforce comprised of people of all beliefs and backgrounds who seek to prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life. Members of all under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. 

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