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Director, Development

Los Angeles, CA, USA | Best Buddies

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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Position Overview:The Director, Development is responsible for developing and implementing regional events, securing foundation and/or grant opportunities and the managing of local advisory boards and associated committees. The director will plan and execute fundraising initiatives, ensuring the region meets all budgeted fundraising goals.

Job Requirements – Qualified applicants must have:

At least four to seven years progressive experience in fundraising including a record of success in expanding a donor base through cultivation and stewardship, grant writing, event planning/implementation, and/or board management

Bachelor’s degree or at least 4 years’ relevant experience in addition to above experience

Superior persuasive writing and presentation skills with the ability to exert influence, inspire others, and articulate the mission, goals, and activities of Best Buddies with passion and enthusiasm

Proficiency with Microsoft Office, and familiarity/comfort with database management systems (i.e. Auction Pay, Raisers Edge)

Superior project management skills - including planning, analysis, decision making, and problem solving - and willingness to multitask

Superior initiative, drive for results, and self-assessment skills, and ability to lead individuals and teams in setting and achieving challenging goals

Must be comfortable engaging with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)

Must travel, use personal cell phone, and work evenings and weekends as necessary in order to accomplish job responsibilities

Access to an automobile with applicable insurance 

Job Duties include, but are not limited to:


Works with the state director or leadership to ensure that programs are well represented in every development effort

Works in conjunction with programs team to identify programmatic participants, parents, business owners, etc. that might be a good fit for board, committee or private funders


Develops and implements comprehensive regional strategy for securing sustainable funding and works with advisory boards and volunteers on its implementation

Assumes overall operational management responsibility for all regional fundraising activities, including, but not limited to, foundation and corporate giving, individual giving, major gifts, special events, annual giving, and alumni/parent relations

Develops and implements major fundraising events to meet revenue goals–must utilize local event committees and follow BBI event committee benchmarks/structure, working with their State Director

Researches grant opportunities, develops proposals to foundations, maintains accurate records and submits reports as required by funders with support from their Grant Writer, State Development

Manages local advisory board(s), including recruitment, training, and retention of committee and board members in keeping with BBI Advisory Board guidelines 

Identifies, cultivates, and develops volunteers capable of making personal commitments and becoming directly involved in the solicitation process on behalf of Best Buddies - develops and manages stewardship process of all donors, including processing gifts and thank you letters


Develops a comprehensive public awareness strategy, and works with volunteers on its implementation

Creates a strong presence for Best Buddies in the local area through public speaking, community involvement, public service announcements, social media, special events, news releases, and other media initiatives  

Develops relationships with local graphic artists, public relations professionals, and advertising agencies to support local needs

Contributes to the organization of content and images for updates on state website and utilizes Bene database appropriately to communicate with participants and the community

Contributes to the creation and distribution of statewide and local newsletters/annual reports and Bene e-newsletters


Maintains communication with the State Director with timely reports and other information as directed

Uses the online reimbursement system to effectively track and manage reimbursement requests 

Develops, monitors and balances the regional development budget, including reviewing monthly financial statements, tracking all expenses and revenue, and adjusting spending/fundraising plans as needed


Oversees timely and accurate processing of all revenue and invoices, and maintains accurate records of all donations and donor information through Raiser’s Edge

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