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Director of Development

St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco | San Francisco CA 94109 USA | Full Time | Posted: 12/13/2012

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San Francisco, California

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The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco works in  the community to break the cycles of poverty, homelessness, addiction and domestic violence.  The organization had an annual budget of about $8,680,000 in the 2010-11 fiscal year.
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The Director of Development will:
* Create and implement strategic fund development plans
* Oversee special events and integrate them into a broader development strategy
* Effectively use data and technology to improve fund operations
* Oversee marketing and communications
* Expand and effectively manage donor relations and strategic partnerships
* Oversee fund and budget management
* Effectively manage a team of development staff

The position will develop and successfully execute an annual plan to raise $1,500,000 in operating funds and is expected to grow this amount significantly over the next 2–3 years. In addition, the position will oversee a small capital campaign (less than $ 1,000,000) to renovate the agency’s domestic violence shelter. 


The Development Director reports to the Executive Director, is a key member of the leadership team, attends all Board meetings, and participates in key agency decisions. 
The successful Development Director will transition to Executive Director in or shortly after November 2013 and work alongside the current Executive Director. The position description for the Executive Director is available for review upon request. An Operations Director will be hired in or shortly after January 2014. When an Operations Director is hired the current Executive Director will resign.


* Develop and execute an annual fund development strategy that significantly grows and maximizes contributed revenue and incorporates external communications into all aspects of the fundraising plan. 
* Work with the Board of Directors, the Development Council, the Executive Director and the Director of Major Gifts to cultivate, solicit and steward major individual donors and secure new major gifts.
* Work with Program Directors to ensure that all fundraising activities and communications align with program activities.
* Annual Fund Campaign: Oversee the annual fund appeal program, including direct mail, e-appeals, and social media solicitations. Work with the Development Associate to develop strategies for increasing annual fund revenue.
* Special Events: Oversee the work of the Special Events Coordinator and event committees (currently two major events per year: the Brennan Award Dinner and Discarded to Divine) Coordinator and work with them to secure event sponsorships and integrate follow-up donor cultivation strategies into all aspects of events.
* Planned Giving: Develop and implement a formal planned giving program.
* Institutional Giving: Work with the grants consultant to further build relationships with institutional donors, manage the grants calendar, and ensure timely reporting
* Volunteer Management: Oversee the volunteer program and ensure that it is serving as an effective tool for relationship building, community engagement and donor prospect cultivation.

* Development Team Leadership: Directly manage and supervise the Director of Major Gifts, the Event Coordinator, the Volunteer Coordinator, the Development Associate, the Office Manager and consultants.
* Budgeting: Work closely with the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Chief Financial Officer to set budget goals, ensure respective budget performance and contributed revenue projections.
* Oversee the administration of the donor database and all other fundraising tools, including the website.
* Work with outside counsel on branding and key messaging.


The successful candidate will be a diplomatic and creative leader who is committed to the organization’s mission, is rooted in the San Francisco community, has an outstanding record in fund development, and demonstrated experience working with non-profit Boards of Directors, donors and community leaders. This candidate will also have the skills necessary to craft and execute a sound fundraising strategy and ensure excellence in all external communications and internal systems. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to exercise impeccable judgment are required. Specific qualifications include:

* 5-7 years of successful fundraising experience in a senior management role, preferably in a multi-faceted development program
* Experience in annual giving strategy, corporate and foundation giving, major gift strategy and events.
* Ability to communicate, work effectively and build trust with a range of stakeholders.
* Ability to think strategically, problem solve, innovate, exercise initiative, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks/projects and sensitive information. 
* Experience with managing and using data and technology to improve fund operations.
* Experience incorporating current marketing strategies (including social media) in fundraising techniques/plans.
* Entrepreneurial attitude with the ability to think strategically
* Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and inspire staff.
* Unrelenting passion and commitment to helping those in need in San Francisco.
* Excellent presentation skills including interpersonal skills, oral and written communication, formal presentation skills and ability to work with diverse populations. 
* BA/BS or equivalent experience.

Please send cover letter and resume to We will respond to all applications.
Candidates are subject to background checks.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Salary depends on experience and benefits include paid medical and vacation.

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Location San Francisco, CA, 94109, United States
Travel Required 5% of the time
Categories Community Improvement/Capacity Building/Economic Development, Social Work/ Services
Function Development/Fundraising
Experience Years 5 yrs
Visa Sponsorship Do not sponsor.
Pref Degree Bachelors

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Contact Name Pamela Cook
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