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Company: Girl Scouts San Diego
Date Posted: November 13, 2016


Department:      FUND DEVELOPMENT


Job Summary

The Director of Fund Development has the primary responsibility for the development and implementation of a comprehensive giving program for Girl Scouts San Diego. The Director of Fund Development will expand and direct strategy for philanthropy, build relationships for long-term philanthropic support, and manage all fundraising elements of the Council’s $10 million budget, of which $1.5 million is derived through community support.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Identify, research and solicit potential sources gifts to ensure that annual fundraising goals are met. 
  • Provide professional expertise and direction on all aspects of fund development.
  • Plan and implement multi-faceted fundraising campaigns that align with council’s short and long term goals and activities and strategically incorporate prospect research, donor cultivation, gift solicitation and appropriate and timely stewardship.
  • Serve as primary staff liaison/support to the fund development committee, and collaborate with the committee chair to mobilize board and committee members in expanding the council’s base of support.
  • Participate in the establishment of fund development policies, procedures, plans, goals and budget; manage the fund development budget.
  • Aggressively seek new funding sources, maintain and build relationships with current/past donors.
  • Plan, manage and implement fundraising events.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments and staff to identify fundraising opportunities, matching them with new/existing funders, and solicit/secure gifts in accordance with and with the utmost respect for the Donor’s Bill of Rights.
  • Provide professional quality customer service to donors, volunteers, staff and other community contacts. 
  • Provide leadership to a team of staff and volunteers to develop and implement the Council’s fund development plan.
  • Contact potential donors with direct appeals for gifts, identifying the appropriate volunteer for joint solicitations.
  • Implement a donor-centered fund-raising program that includes annual giving, individual gifts, major gifts, corporate/foundation funding and planned giving.
  • Develop and implement new fundraising strategies and activities, including e-giving.
  • Serve as Staff Advisor to the Fund Development Committee and the Fund Raising Committees.
  • Work closely with the CEO on strategic fundraising initiatives.
  • Recruit and train volunteers in all fundraising divisions (board, lead gifts, leadership gifts, major gifts and community) to make effective gift appeals.
  • Become active in the community through membership and/or participation in appropriate community organizations.
  • Provide strategy, input and direction for all development related collateral promotions including: Annual Campaign, Direct mail appeals, Donor solicitations, web and print. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Essential Requirements


To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education, experience in a development department and a proven track record in fundraising.
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of experience in fund development and staff management, preferably in a mission driven non-profit setting.
  • Experience securing major gifts of $10,000 or above.
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct fund-raising organizational activities. 
  • Must be able to write inspirational proposals and presenting the philanthropic case for donors. 
  • Experience with fundraising software programs, Raisers Edge a plus, and proficiency with prospect research tools.
  • Must be personable, articulate, professional, and diplomatic and be skilled in donor relations.
  • Excellent oral and motivation skills. 
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Proven fundraising track record in a comprehensive shop that includes Annual Giving, Planned Giving and donor stewardship.
  • Demonstrated commitment to philanthropy.
  • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish is preferred.
  • Current California Driver’s license, valid auto insurance, and be insurable by the council auto policy carrier, and have access to a vehicle on a daily basis.
  • Belief in the aims and purpose of Girl Scouting, be willing to subscribe to the principles expressed in the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and be aware of the needs of girls in our pluralistic society.

Please send resume to: 

Victoria Davidson

Director of Human Resources

Girl Scouts San Diego