Full-Time Director of Development

Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE Justice) seeks a full-time Director of Development in Los Angeles County and Orange County

Applications accepted until February 19th, 2020, 5:30pm.

Organizational Background

CLUE, an economic justice advocacy organization, “educates, organizes, and mobilizes the faith community to accompany workers in their struggle for good jobs, dignity, and justice.” Working closely with other advocacy groups, labor unions, religious denominations, and educators, CLUE brings a creative spiritual voice and moral authority to economic justice campaigns. Within our collaborative efforts, we hearken back to ancient traditions and to the moral commitments of the faith community to shape conversation and strategy for critical local, state, and federal legislative efforts that seek to transform and improve the lives of working people. Our work includes advocacy surrounding workplace conditions, immigrant rights, restorative justice, affordable housing, racial justice, and any quality of life matters that undermine the economic outcomes of those in the margins. 

Position Description

The Director of Development oversees our donor relations program, manages our fundraising initiatives, and is responsible for developing our fundraising campaigns, communicating with current and prospective donors, and building an effective fund development plan. This position involves managing individual, foundation, and corporate gifts as well as planned and annual giving campaigns.

Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as a member of the organization’s Directors and Mangers Team, along with the Executive Director, Operations Manager, Program Director, and Immigration Program Director, this position's primary responsibility is ensuring organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the organization's special events and fundraising functions throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.  Occasional regional travel is expected between the two counties that CLUE serves. 

Primary Functions

The Director of Development will:

  1. In collaboration with the Executive Director and Program Director, put together a fund development program that will diversify CLUE’s funding base and strengthen the organization’s independence and longevity. This includes but is not limited to: annual giving, online giving, planned gifts, membership, small events, foundations, government grants, union funding, and congregational giving;
  2. Support management reporting, information flow and management, business process and organizational planning;
  3. In collaboration with an events contractor, oversee, develop and direct the planning and implementation of our annual and special fundraising events that take place in February and May;
  4. Utilize social media and improve CLUE’s social media following on various platforms, including the CLUE website, twitter, and Facebook, to leverage fundraising efforts, including but not limited to, EOY campaigns, and special events promotion and fundraising;
  5. Identify prospective individual, foundation, and corporate donors and develop strategies to cultivate those relationships;
  6. Maintain ongoing communications and manage staff engagement with current and prospective donors;
  7. Research donor relation programs at local, state, and national funders;
  8. Manage foundation and government grant research and writing processes;
  9. Work with Operations Manager to track and acknowledge contributions in a timely fashion;
  10. Ensure timely and accurate report deliveries to management, partners, and funders;
  11. Collaborate with staff on the management and planning of fundraising events and donor receptions;
  12. Coordinate marketing collateral related to fundraising and manage online donation interface in collaboration with the Communications Manager (or equivalent);
  13. Initiate and plan the End of Year campaign, as well as other special campaigns;
  14. Meet regularly with Executive Director around fiscal planning;
  15. Provide staff support for the Development Committee and the Resource Council(s);
  16. Call and meet with the development committee on the CLUE board once a month to collaborate our fundraising plan
  17. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Experience and qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Commitment to social justice and CLUE’s mission
  • Strong background in fund development and donor relations
  • Excellent computer skills and proficient in excel, word, outlook, and other donor database platforms
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Experience in reading and presenting financial reports
  • Knowledge of grants management and experience in quantitative and qualitative reporting models
  • Demonstrated leadership and vision in managing groups and projects or initiatives
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style
  • Budget development and oversight experience
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards
  • Knowledge of event planning and donor cultivation strategies
  • Excels at operating in a fast pace, community environment
  • Excellent people manager, open to direction and collaborative work style and commitment to get the job done
  • Ability to challenge and debate issues of importance to the organization.
  • Ability to look at situations from several points of view
  • Persuasive with details and facts
  • Delegate responsibilities effectively
  • High comfort level working in a diverse environment

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time position, with a benefits package that includes dental, vision, vacation, sick leave, holidays and a retirement plan.  The starting salary for this position is $62,500.

Application Instructions and Deadline 

Please email your cover letter, résumé, and two references to Michelle Seyler, mseyler@cluejustice.org, with the subject line, “Director of Development applicant.” 

CLUE is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All people, regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, class, religious observance level, or other categories, are encouraged to apply.



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