Director of Development
City Year - San Jose, CA

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City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley is seeking a skilled, entrepreneurial, and strategic Director of Development to work closely with the Executive Director and development staff to lead the development and implementation of fundraising strategies for the organization.

Since it’s founding, City Year has relied on corporate, foundation and individual partners to create meaningful social change. With a wide range of support from some of Silicon Valley’s philanthropic leaders, City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley has a strong fundraising track record. As the leader of the Development Team, this position is responsible for leveraging the resources, talents and skills of the philanthropic sector to build City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley and create change in communities across the city. This is a full-time position located in San Jose, CA.

Key areas of responsibility include:

City Year Culture: Represent, respect and role model City Year organizational culture and values on a daily basis internally as a member of the site Senior Leadership Team and externally as a representative of the organization.

Manage a Team of Development Professionals: Directly manage and lead development team, and as resources grow, hire, manage and retain additional development professionals to manage aspects of the development pipeline.

External Relations: Working with the Executive Director, plan the strategy of donor engagement across sectors of revenue generation: private, government and education (state policy, district funding). Serve as a representative of City Year in the external community attending events on a frequent basis. Solely establish and build relationships and then close representatives in those sectors thereby securing both monetary and in-kind multi-year support for City Year.

Implement Growth Campaign: Work with the Executive Director and potential external consultants to develop, plan and implement a campaign to allow for City Year’s continued growth throughout San Jose.

Corporate and Foundation Management: Lead, cultivate and manage relationships and communication with City Year’s corporate and foundation funders.

Individual Giving Program Development: Develop innovative strategies to promote individual giving to City Year. Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of current and future major donors. Increase participation in City Year Giving Circles with individual donor gifts of $1,000+. Work directly with the Executive Director to ensure annual advisory board giving is 100%.

Fundraising Events: Lead the Development Team in special events to raise the awareness of City Year, fundraise and engage individuals, foundations and corporations as champions and donors. Events include but are not limited to: Annual Gala, Specialty Market Events and Private Receptions.

Organizational Management: Help shape organizational strategy and play a leadership role in implementing the site’s local operating plan as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Work collaboratively with other site departments on a frequent basis and with City Year’s national headquarters in Boston. Ensure accurate maintenance of records and donor information in the Raisers Edge database and in local network and paper files.

  • 3-5 years of progressive fundraising/development experience with proven fundraising track record. Comparable experience will be considered.
  • BA/BS required. Preference given to MBAs and/or other relevant advanced degrees.
  • Supervision experience required.
  • Solid, persuasive writing skills required.
  • Experience serving on diverse teams required.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills required.
  • Knowledge of the Silicon Valley donor community preferred.
  • Strong and efficient use of Microsoft Office required, knowledge of Raiser’s Edge system a plus.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of young adults in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial team environment.
  • Schedule will occasionally require nights and weekends, and will involve periods of travel outside the Bay Area 2-3 times annually.

Compensation and Benefits:
Comprehensive benefits including health insurance, vacation days, holidays, parental leave, matching 401K, Flex Spending Account, T-Mobile Blackberry phone/service and more. Compensation offered commensurate with experience.

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