Director of Development
Lighthouse Community Charter School - Oakland, CA

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Lighthouse is seeking a Director of Development to join our highly collaborative team during this significant and exciting growth period of our school. The Director of Development will work in close collaboration with the Director of Strategic Development, other Executive Team members, Development Associate, and Board of Directors to build meaningful relationships with current and prospective individual and institutional funders. S/he will help create and manage a strategy to significantly increase Lighthouse’s capacity to fundraise annual operating and expansion funds. This includes developing and managing a communications strategy that supports Lighthouse’s growth. The ideal candidate fully understands the public education landscape. The Director of Development is part of the Executive Team and reports to the Director of Strategic Development.

Founded in 2002, Lighthouse Community Charter Public Schools operates a high-achieving K - 12 public charter school serving 740 students in East Oakland. With a vision of transforming our community through powerful, life-changing education, Lighthouse will increase its impact in East Oakland as we open two new schools serving low-income students and their families. Because we believe that education has the power to lift generations out of poverty, our mission is to prepare students for college and career of their choice. We believe that all students must be held to high expectations, families and the school must work together to serve the whole child, and that teachers must be constant learners. While our school is K - 12, our reach extends to younger students through our pre-K program and alumni through our post-secondary alumni support programs. Lighthouse is a model for what a high quality community school looks like and our results can testify. 95% of our graduates are accepted to four-year colleges. Learn more at


Core Competencies

  • Communicate Effectively, Verbally & In Writing, with Passion and Persuasiveness
  • Work Autonomously in a Strategic and Highly Organized Manner
  • Develop Deep and Meaningful Relationships with a Broad Range of Constituents
  • Collaborate with Efficacy Across a Variety of Teams
  • Develop, Maintain, and Reflect Upon Data Streams to Advance Development Targets


  • Develop and execute annual and long-term strategic plan for fundraising, including identification of growth areas, measures of success, return on investment, and supporting metrics
  • Integrate fundraising plans with overall organizational plans for growth and sustainability
  • Craft creative and persuasive collateral and presentations to be effective with a variety of donor audiences
  • In concert with Director of Strategic Development & Development Associate, cultivate, manage, and steward current and prospective individual, foundation, corporate and other donors
  • Create and implement new strategies to expand the individual donor pipeline (especially high net worth)
  • Prepare and/or review grant proposals, and manage all reporting and other requirements of grants received
  • Help develop and execute fundraising events throughout the year, including a black-tie gala
  • Staff and facilitate the Board's Fundraising & Development Committee; engaging the Committee to plan strategy and reach fundraising goals
  • Develop and lead communications strategy, ensuring that key messages are conveyed strategically to various audiences
  • Oversee the design, production, delivery and use of all written and electronic communications for development and marketing purposes, including newsletters, annual report, web content, blog and social media content, press releases, and other collateral
  • Report to Executive Leadership and Board of Directors on progress and results
  • As a member of the wider school community, the Director of Development will:
  • Become a member of the LCCS Professional Learning Community by attending Professional
  • Development Institutes, staff meetings, and other professional development opportunities
  • Get to know students and parents informally and formally
  • Live up to the LCCS Guiding Principles and work to make them live in our school community

2014-15 OUTCOMES

  • Achieve annual revenue targets across all income categories
  • Help launch and manage a capital campaign for operations and growth
  • Implement a plan for elevating awareness of Lighthouse’s mission and successes to families, teachers, donors, media, and elected officials
  • Develop and implement a monthly giving program and planned giving program


  • 5-7 years minimum, 8+ years of fundraising experience preferred, preferably in an education or youth-focused organization, which includes:
  • Demonstrated success securing gifts from corporate sponsorships, foundations, and grants
  • A track record of effectively building and maintaining solid relationships with individual donors
  • Excellent writing and researching skills
  • Internet/social media knowledge and online fundraising experience
  • Ability to create compelling, customized materials and proposals
  • Energy, vision, and willingness to use every possible opportunity to advance Lighthouse's growth
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple time-sensitive tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment without losing detail or accuracy
  • Excellent computer skills required, including Word, Excel, Google Docs, and PowerPoint
  • Palpable passion for educational equity, public education, children and youth a must
  • Familiarity with eTapestry a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree, at minimum

This is a 12-month position. It includes approximately 5 weeks of holidays/vacation during the school year in accordance with the school calendar, and an additional 10 days allotted during the summer.

This position offers a non-profit salary commensurate with experience, plus a collaborative work environment, and a benefits package that includes generous vacation time, medical and dental insurance, and a retirement savings plan.


  • Interested candidates should submit: *
  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing why you are an optimal fit for this position
  • Sample grant proposal(s)
  • Your philosophy of how the development efforts of our school lead to students achieving the Lighthouse mission

People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis. In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.

Lighthouse Community Charter School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.