Los Angeles, CA
DIRECTOR of DEVELOPMENT
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles seeks a dynamic and experienced Director of Development to partner with the President & CEO and Board of Directors in setting fundraising priorities, leading development efforts, and substantially increasing funding for the agency’s projects, programs and new initiatives.
Reporting to the President & CEO and working closely with members of the Board of Directors and staff (Manager of Individual Giving, Grants Manager, Data Base Specialist), the Director of Development will create a fund development plan and then direct and coordinate the fundraising efforts to meet the annual and long-term objectives of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. Through collaboration with staff, volunteers, corporate participation, Board of Directors, a fundraising committee affiliated with the Board of Directors (the Guild), and other volunteer support groups, the Director of Development will:
- Create, implement and manage individual, major gift, corporate, foundation, event and planned giving fundraising efforts utilizing traditional methods and online technologies.
- Cultivate relationships and enlist the support of the Board of Directors, the Guild, other volunteer support groups, and staff on a regular basis.
- Directly identify, cultivate, solicit and steward gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. Maintain and expand stewardship and donor recognition programs.
- Lead, manage and mentor the development department, including evaluating critical staffing and departmental structure, and the recruitment, selection, training of staff and consultants. Supervise management of operational systems, including fundraising database and prospect research.
- Represent the agency with media and general public as requested.
- Assist in the development and implementation of agency strategic planning.
Key factors contributing to the success of the Director will be the ability to partner with senior staff, supporters and stakeholders to develop a unified approach to raise public awareness of BBBSLA and its programs, and to develop effective outreach and campaign strategies that connect with individual and institutional donors. As part of that effort, the Director will work with his or her team to continually improve fundraising support infrastructure and ensure that the organization can respond quickly, effectively, creatively and contextually to long-term financial requirements, short-term operating needs and donor interests and opportunities. Long-term cultivation of individual and institutional donors, ensuring that investment in fundraising infrastructure and events has a high return on investment, and capture and reuse of donor information will be important to the overall success of the fundraising effort.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) serves more than 1,500 at-risk children and youth (ages 6-18) annually with plans to grow to serving 2000 by 2014. BBBSLA matches children and youth with carefully-screened, professionally supported adult volunteer mentors and then delivers evidence-based, meticulously crafted programs that change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever. Children and youth are given the option of participating in one of three programs. The Community Based Mentoring Program, the most well know program, matches one child with one caring adult mentor and supports the relationship with trained case managers (Match Support Specialists). The Workplace Mentoring Program is an educational, vocational, and cultural program that matches volunteers from a local corporation with youth in high school and teaches students the skills necessary to enter, sustain, and succeed in the working world. Through the School Based Program, volunteers offer individualized time and attention on a consistent basis to children in schools.
The positive outcomes of BBBS programs on the lives of youths are proven annually through a variety of statistics, and the bonds that are formed between “Bigs” and “Littles” are enduring and fundamental to their lives.
A complete Position Description can be found here.