Director of Development
Interfaith Community Services - Escondido, CA

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Interfaith Community Services is a leader of regional acclaim in providing access to social services and transitional housing to the north San Diego County region and advocacy for human service support for persons in need. Interfaith helps motivate and support transitioning persons and families toward self-sufficiency.

Interfaith operates one of the largest community-based social services organizations in the region. We sponsor a series of programs that assist persons who are homeless, unemployed, at risk of losing their current housing, and individuals with mental health challenges and/or addictions.

Information about our agency and the services we offer can be found at:

This position is an excellent opportunity to lead the fiscal development and programmatic growth of the agency, making a direct impact on the needs of the surrounding community.

Working closely with CEO Richard Batt, the Director of Development will be given the flexibility needed to identify and implement processes that will make an important difference in the organization’s mission.

The opportunity will appeal to candidates with a desire to be a leader developing and expanding the fundraising capacity of Interfaith to become a regional role model for programmatic excellence and outstanding results. The successful candidate will provide high profile public leadership to expand fundraising through grant making, annual giving, special events, major gifts, and planned giving.


Interfaith Community Services serves North San Diego County, California. This area includes La Jolla, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Escondido, Oceanside, Fallbrook, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Poway, Valley Center, and Vista.


SERVICES PROVIDED: Interfaith has 45 distinct programs working together to meet client needs. Interfaith provides basic needs (food pantry, meals, shower, laundry facilities, & clothing), social services (case management, legal aid, tax preparation), senior services, employment services, alcohol & drug services, veterans’ services, and housing for individuals and families. With innovative and award-winning services, Interfaith is able to provide help to distinct groups including struggling seniors, migrant and day laborers, at-risk youth, veterans in need, and people challenged by physical and/or mental disabilities.

HISTORY: Interfaith Community Services, formally organized in 1982 by several diverse faith communities seeking to address the needs of low-income, homeless, and underserved populations. These faith centers regularly encountered individuals in crisis, but were incapable of meeting their needs alone. Individually, the faith centers were giving handouts, but by creating Interfaith, they were better able to produce change in the lives of the hungry, substance abusers, the mentally ill, homeless, and the unemployed. With over 320 north San Diego county faith communities today as members, Interfaith has expanded its programs to aid a wider population in reaching self-sufficiency. In 2010, it was named on Charity Navigator’s Ten Top Notch Charities.

METRICS: Today, Interfaith has 140 paid staff members and provides a continuum of housing, programs and services at almost 40 locations throughout North San Diego County. In the last 12 months Interfaith served 25,210 individuals, up 17% from the previous year. Interfaith also housed a total of 794 individuals last year in its various housing programs: emergency, transitional & permanent.



The Director of Development is responsible for leading all fundraising aspect of the agency. The Director will implement a strategic program of fundraising based on industry best practices to provide the funds necessary for Interfaith to become a recognized regional leader in social services.


In 12 months, in addition to meeting all budgeted fundraising goals for the agency, it is expected that the new Development Director will complete the following goals:

  • Successfully lead the annual Gala effort (April 2013)
  • Expand Interfaith’s on-going donor base.
  • Begin a new endowment-building program with planned gifts.
  • Considerably expand Interfaith’s estate gifts appeals.
  • Develop and implement “best practice” standards for all functions of the development department.
  • Expand and strengthen Interfaith’s donor communications.
  • Develop a comprehensive 3-year fund development plan.
  • Help expand and strengthen the board development committee.
  • Begin planning for a major Interfaith sports fundraising event in the fall of 2013 or 2014.
  • Subject to board approval, launch and direct a campaign for Veterans Assistance of San Diego, a division of Interfaith Community Services.


The following traits, background, experience and personal characteristics were developed for the position:


Bachelor’s degree required.

Experience and Skills

  • 5 or more years experience in nonprofit fundraising, with progressively greater roles of responsibility.
  • Successful track record of cultivating donor relationships leading to major gifts of $150,000 or more.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with planned giving vehicles; successful track record cultivating major gifts through bequests, charitable trusts, and other estate gifts.
  • Successful track record working with nonprofit boards and committees to oversee volunteer-led fundraising events and campaigns.
  • Successful track record leading major capital campaigns.
  • Experience recruiting, training, and leading fundraising staff and volunteers.
  • Experience working with fundraising software such as e-Tapestry and Raisers Edge

Personal Characteristics

Interfaith Community Services only seeks leaders who:

  • Have a positive life-view and upbeat attitude, and who are emotionally mature, honest, loyal, respectful, hard working, team-oriented and sincere.
  • Foster a “can do” attitude that combines initiative, a sense of urgency and commitment to results.
  • Are goal-oriented and motivated; enjoy innovation and challenge.
  • Possess the personal characteristic of attention to detail.
  • Have the ability to tease out opportunities for Interfaith and constructively and enthusiastically engage others planning for and embracing these possibilities.
  • Are self-motivated, can move fast, get things done, and accomplish results.
  • Possess excellent listening skills; listens well to their constituents and others and provides effective feedback to them.
  • Exemplify effectiveness developing the human potential of the organization. Can lead by example and mentor managers and staff to high levels of performance, leadership skills, enthusiasm, engagement, morale and results.
  • Are politically astute; will understand dynamics of relationships and will remain balanced and objective.
  • Embrace accountability among all levels of leaders, supporting and instilling a sense of ownership among operating managers.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical skills.
  • Embrace and role-model implementation of “best practice” principles for program operations, productivity, financial performance, program growth, service and quality.
  • Are team players who are not only focused on their own areas, but who are also aware of the needs of others and acts as a resource and support the needs of all of Interfaith Community Services.
  • Can lead through direct reports; inspire and mentor rather than always manage specific detail of actions.
  • Can be calculated risk takers who approach issues in an open-minded, creative manner.
  • Can use technology effectively to improve organizational performance and accomplishment of results.
  • Must clear background check, DMV check and drug screening


  • Applications will be accepted now through time of hiring. Candidate interviews will be held and a hiring decision will be made in April.


Candidate nominations and potential interest should be directed via email to Marcella Stock, Human Resources Manager

Individual candidate inquiries only will be accepted. Interfaith will not use employment firm services for this search.

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