Employment Opportunities

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

Applications accepted until July 16th, 2020 at 5:30pm

Position Description

Development Director oversees our donor relations program and manages our fundraising initiatives.

The Development Director is responsible for developing our fundraising campaigns, communicating with current and prospective donors, and building a stronger development team for our organization. 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 overall Management Team along with the Executive Director, Communications Manager, Operations Manager, and 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.  As such, occasional regional travel is expected between the two counties that CLUE serves. 

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.

Primary Functions

  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.

Skills and Qualities

  • Commitment to social justice and the mission
  • Strong background and work experience in fund development and donor relations
  • Excellent computer skills and proficient in excel, word, outlook, and other donor database options
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and familiarity with social media platforms
  • 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 
  • At least one year of experience managing a monthly giving program 
  • At least three years of experience in grant writing and management
  • 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

 Salary 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.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references with the subject line, "Development Director Applicant" to Michelle Seyler at mseyler@cluejustice.org. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

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  • Shari Hardy
    commented 2019-06-05 10:15:34 -0700
    PS, I didn’t know about your group simply because I didn’t put CLUE together with your full name. Ouch, Shari Hardy
  • Shari Hardy
    commented 2019-06-05 10:14:06 -0700
    I had seen on the Diocesan web page that there was a job opening but now I see there isn’t. I couldn’t find anything about your organization even tho I grew up in the Diocese. Bishop Diane gave me your website when I asked her if the job listed on the Diocesan was for clergy only and she responded that she didn’t know.

    I know a wonderful woman who seems like the perfect fit for your team, please keep me informed of any lay openings upcoming. Thank you, Shari Hardy
  • Kevin Johnson
    published this page in About 2019-03-19 14:17:55 -0700

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