Director of Development

The Position

The Director of Development is responsible for developing, implementing and supervising a sustainable fundraising and communications program that ensures Lindsay’s future financial stability, public relations goals, programs and initiatives to expend the organization’s audience and maximize revenue. She/he plans, manages, evaluates, cultivates, acquires and stewards support with an emphasis on major gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations and governmental agencies. The Director also oversees our communication and marketing strategy and implementation and supports the leadership in building strong community relationships. The Director establishes and oversees policies, systems and procedures; recommends fundraising and communications goals; collaborates with leadership staff and volunteers; prepares and administers the development department budget; hires, leads, evaluates and manages development, marketing and communications staff.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Ensure that goals and objectives are met in all fundraising areas, including, but not limited to; individual gifts (annual fund, major gifts, and planned giving), foundation and corporate grants, membership, donations and fundraising events.
  • Oversee all aspects and functions of fundraising, communications, and marketing. Establish and oversee policies, systems and procedures; recommend goals; prepare and administer the Development department budget; hire, lead, evaluate and manage development and communications staff.
  • Manage the donor data base and provide accurate and timely reports.
  • Oversee the organizations grants programs.
  • Coordinate successful donor cultivation strategies with a range of Lindsay leadership, stakeholders, donors and community leaders
  • Oversee regular and effective communications with CPC’s donors, stakeholders and friends.
  • Create, in collaboration with the Marketing Manager, annual marketing plans to achieve revenue and outreach goals that build revenue and strong community relationships. Assist with any and all board and volunteer marketing and outreach efforts.
  • Oversee all e-mail marketing. Oversee the organization’s online tools and emerging technologies including but not limited to website, social media, mobile applications; produce and disseminate newsletters.
  • Oversee the organization’s collateral (rack cards, brochures, invitations, on-line ads, and website).
  • Assist in recruiting volunteers for the organization‘s Board, development, communications and marketing programs. Work closely with the board development committee in their oversight of all development efforts and specific fundraising initiatives. As appropriate, organize special fundraising task forces from among the volunteer groups.
  • Be an active participant in senior staff planning for the activities and direction of the organization, especially where this relates to the organization’s fiscal needs.
  • Keep informed on current information about philanthropy, especially tax law and other IRS rulings which affect charitable giving.
  • Create and leverage cross functional teams within the organization to cultivate a culture of philanthropy; coordinate development activities with other facets of the organization.
  • Supervise staff in a manner that enhances and maximizes their skills and builds team rapport in the pursuit of institutional goals.


  • Minimum five (5) years senior development experience including supervision of professional and support staff.
  • Fundraising experience in areas including: board giving, appeals, individual gifts (annual fund, major gifts, planned giving) corporate support, foundation and corporate grants, membership, donations and fundraising events.
  • Demonstrated results in major gift solicitation, and the ability to work comfortably with individuals who have the capacity of making significant (five- and six-figure) gifts.
  • Excellent communications, interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Possess demonstrated success at motivating and developing staff and volunteers.
  • Established connections in the greater Bay Area with ability to draw on existing relationships, where appropriate.
  • Experience working with government funding agencies.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) membership with CFRE certification preferred.


  • Medium strength demands include exerting 20-50 pounds occasionally, 10- 25 pounds frequently, or up to 10 pounds constantly. Requires handling, using vision and hearing, and talking.
  • Frequently requires standing, fine dexterity, walking, lifting, sitting, reaching, pushing/pulling, balancing, and twisting. Occasionally requires carrying, kneeling, foot controls, bending, and crouching. Rarely requires climbing.


  • Frequently requires time pressures, frequent change of tasks, irregular schedule/overtime, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team, tedious or exacting work, and noisy/distracting environment. Rarely requires emergency situations.


  • Occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards.
  • Primarily office environment, as well as public exhibit hall programming, and infrequent outdoor event and/or outreach sites.

Hours, Benefits & Compensation

Exempt, full time.
Medical and dental benefits. Vacation, sick days and holidays.
Salary commensurate with experience.

It is the policy of Lindsay Wildlife Experience to afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizen status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal, state or local law.


Send cover letter, resume and three references to: [email protected] Please put “Director of Development, Communications & Marketing” in the subject line.

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Position Availability

Open until filled.