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Senior Director of Development

Center for Environmental Health
California, United States
$140,000.00 - $140,000.00
Posted Date
Jun 21, 2024

About Us:

At the Center for Environmental Health, we are dedicated to our mission to protect public health and support decision-makers by leading science-backed approaches that center prevention and remedy environmental injustice. Our team is committed to making a difference through innovative programs and a deep-rooted culture of inclusivity and equity. Join us and be part of a mission-driven organization where your contributions will have a significant impact.

Make a Real Difference in Environmental Health

The Center for Environmental Health has a proven track record of reducing exposure to toxic chemicals, but we can’t do it alone. As our Senior Director of Development, you’ll lead our fundraising efforts, playing a crucial role in securing the resources needed to achieve our ambitious goal of raising $2.5 million in the next year from public and private foundations, individual donors and family foundations, and corporate donors and events. Our supporters directly support initiatives that reduce toxic exposures in communities all over the U.S.  Your work will bolster meaningful public health advocacy and consumer protection cases that deeply impact people and the environment. CEH fights because we believe everyone has the right to a healthy environment and consumer products that are free of toxic chemicals. We are committed to catalyzing solutions, driving public awareness, developing standards, crafting policies, and litigating toward systemic change in the world. This is an opportunity to make a tangible difference.

Why You’ll Love Working Here:

  • Culture and Values: We foster a collaborative, inclusive, and innovative work environment. Our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice is at the core of everything we do.
  • Professional Growth: We offer robust opportunities for professional and leadership development, including training and mentorship programs.
  • Work-Life Balance: Enjoy flexible work arrangements, including hybrid work.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: Our competitive benefits package includes health, dental, and vision insurance, 401k match, generous paid time off, and more.

Your Impact: As the Senior Director of Development, you will lead our Philanthropic Partnerships team, driving fundraising initiatives that empower our mission. Your strategic vision and leadership will help us achieve our ambitious goals and make a lasting impact.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Fundraising Strategy: Develop and implement comprehensive annual and multi-year fundraising strategies.
  • Donor Relationships: Cultivate and steward major gifts from a portfolio of approximately 120 major and mid-level individual donors, 25 foundations, and burgeoning corporate sponsors.
  • Team Leadership: Lead and mentor a high-performing development team of four, fostering a culture of achievement, engagement, enthusiasm, and continuous learning.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to align fundraising efforts with organizational priorities.
  • Operational Excellence: Oversee donor database management and development metrics reporting to optimize fundraising efforts.
  • Event Management: Plan and execute successful fundraising events to enhance visibility and raise significant funds, typically through one gala-style event yearly and smaller events.
  • Communication: Craft compelling fundraising language and effectively communicate the impact of philanthropic support.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Experience: At least 10 years of full-time development and major gifts experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting. Minimum of 6 years of full-time team management experience.
  • Skills: Strong strategic planning, financial acumen, and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Leadership: Proven ability to lead, develop and support high-performing teams.
  • Tech Savvy: Proficiency with donor databases (Salesforce a plus) and modern office technology.
  • Flexibility: Willingness to travel within the Bay Area and up to 30% annually and ability to occasionally work evenings/weekends.
  • Care for the planet and people: A background in environmental issues, public health, anti-toxics or climate change advocacy is preferred.


CEH offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. This position offers a competitive base salary of $140,000 based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience. In addition, this position has a performance and milestone-based compensation model. Internal equity will be reviewed and considered to determine a final offer. Our offices are open, and we are operating in a hybrid model.

CEH is an equal opportunity employer. As an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, it considers applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, age, ability, personal appearance, family responsibilities, or national origin.

Join Us: Be part of an organization where your work truly matters. Apply now and contribute to our mission to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in our air, water, soil, food, and the products we use every day.

How to Apply:

Submit your cover letter and resume in a single PDF with “Senior Director of Development” and your surname in the file name to Center for Environmental Health is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

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