Director of Development

We are relationally focused in our fundraising philosophy and strategy.  The Director of Development is responsible for working in collaboration with the Executive Director to implement a fundraising plan to grow in relationship with donors and prospective donors to ensure that the organization has necessary funding to function. The Director of Development identifies sources such as individual investors, grants, charitable events, marketing opportunities, and corporate investors. The fundraising plan also contains strategies to successfully build a large donor base and ensure effective fundraising.

In summary, the Saving Innocence Development Director is great at building relationships with current and future donors. They need no external motivation to pursue strategic people in hopes of winning their partnership.  


Reports to: Executive Director, Alan Smyth

Status: Exempt, Salaried, Full Time, 40 hours per week


Essential Duties

  • Demonstrated ability to keep a relationally focused development role – schedule lunches and networking events, court and develop relationships with major donors with an emphasis on bringing in new major donors. This is the first bullet point for a reason. The role of the Development Director is not a desk job. We want this person out with current and potential donors 3-5 times per week on average. While there is necessary admin work to be done, the heavy lifting is seen in initiating and cultivating new relationships.   
  • The minimum expectation of the person in this role will be that they cover the expenses of their position by fully funding their salary by the end of year one.  More specific and progressive fundraising goals will be set based on experience of the employee, for the following years.
  • Articulate and demonstrate how your personal and professional core values align with the organization’s mission statement and purpose– recovery, empowerment, advocacy and consistent support.
  • Stay on top of fundraising trends and the nonprofit community.
  • Strategically nurture the existing donor base in collaboration with the Executive Director, while putting a heavy emphasis on attracting new supporters and creating a network of new donors.
  • Show eagerness to foster relationships with the advocacy team and understand the work on the ground that is the heartbeat of Saving Innocence.
  • Work in collaboration with the Executive Director to find creative fundraising events and campaigns to meet budget numbers and yearly goals.
  • Create and foster relationships in the community with donors, community partners,  foundations and corporations.
  • Help motivate and update a passionate, close knit team.
  • Interact closely with the Administration team on projects through digital and in-person communication.
  • Grow with the organization to build the Development Team over time and successfully provide leadership to the team.
  • Interact with Grants & Foundations Specialist in a timely manner on requests and communications.
  • Become familiar with and utilize the Saving Innocence CRM, Virtuous.
  • Support the values of the organization (Collaboration, Self Care, Empowerment, Family Environment and Supportive ) in all interactions with team members and partners of Saving Innocence. 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned. 




  • Eight+ years in fundraising or related fields with experience in leadership or management roles, with proven ability to fundraise a budget, required
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to inspire a variety of audiences and articulate the importance of Saving Innocence’s work in a compelling manner
  • Knowledge of fundraising best practices and compliance requirements
  • Experience in developing and managing an individual giving program
  • Experience in event management, ranging in scale 
  • High level of comfort working across a diverse staff and constituent base, and conscientious of reaching out with an inclusive voice
  • Sound judgment and a commitment to high professional ethical standards
  • Excellent organizational skills and experience in managing and developing teams
  • Flexibility to work early mornings, evenings and weekends to represent Saving Innocence at events and to support programs and special events as needed
  • Reliable means of transportation that is registered and that you are insured to drive
  • A California driver’s license
  • College degree or equivalent experience




  • Excellent time management skills, flexibility with job duties and ability to multitask
  • Creative, self-starter attitude
  • Donor and volunteer service mentality
  • Attention to detail and problem solving
  • Excellent written, verbal & interpersonal communication skills
  • Inspiring team leader
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn other pertinent platforms
  • Ability to work on Mac computers, required
  • Expertise with fundraising software and tools preferred 
  • Excellent “people person” and who is comfortable going after new relationships
  • Ability to make the “ask” 
  • Coachable

Please submit your resume with a thoughtful cover letter to include why you are interested in joining the Saving Innocence team, along with your desired compensation range for consideration.



We care about our employees and we show it through the benefits we offer. Check them out!


  • Paid Vacation: 20 days per calendar year, accrued at a rate of 6.67 hours per pay period.  Vacation time will accrue beginning on the first day of employment, for use after the first 90 days. 


  • Paid Sick Leave: 6 days of Paid Sick Leave per calendar year


  • Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (Covid Sick Leave): One bank of 40 hours to be used for covid symptoms and quarantine for you or a family member, no positive test needed.  One bank of 40 hours to be used for positive covid test results. Remote work may be coordinated when you are using this time, if remote work is available for your position.


  • Holiday Pay: (10 days annually observed as follows) New Year’s Day, MLK Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day


  • Health Insurance: Health insurance coverage meeting ACA requirements with 90% of your coverage paid for by Saving Innocence; this will be available on the first day of the month following 60 days of full-time employment. SI also offers employer sponsored voluntary dental & vision plans.


  • Retirement: Saving Innocence offers a 401(k) match of 100% of the employee’s 401(k) contributions up to 5% of their annual gross compensation.  This means that for every $1, Saving Innocence will match $1 to your account up to 5% of the eligible pay.  Vesting is immediate for employee deferrals.  Employer contributions are subject to a 5-year vesting schedule.  Employees are eligible to join the plan after 3 months of employment. 


  • Maternity/Paternity Leave Wage Replacement: up to 8 weeks, coordinating with EDD


Additional Benefits:

    • Monthly Childcare Reimbursement: up to $200
    • Cell Phone or Reimbursement: Company iPhone to be used for all business-related communication during employment or monthly reimbursement of up to $50, for use of your personal cell phone
    • Internet Reimbursement: up to $50, monthly
    • Counseling Benefit: Up to 4 hours per month of paid time while attending counseling (voluntary) and up to 50% reimbursement of counseling fees
    • Jury Duty: 5 paid working days, annually, if called to Jury Duty
    • Laptop: Company laptop to be used for all required work during employment
    • Mileage Reimbursement: for all required miles traveled in your personal vehicle
  • Saving Innocence/Hope Dealer Merchandise
  • The opportunity to work with a passionate and caring team AND MORE!


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