Oakland, CA: Seeking a nonprofit Development Director* who believes in the power of story and imagination for social change.
*Please note that the position title and responsibilities have been changed from “Development & Finance Director” to “Development Director” as of 6/27/18
Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS) is a national movement-building organization dedicated to harnessing the power of narrative for social change.
Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS) is seeking an experienced Development Director who can help us increase our annual budget to accommodate our growing, in-demand story-based strategy trainings and movement-building work.
This is a new, full-time exempt, senior-level position. The position will start with a 3-month probationary period to determine fit.
We invite you to join our creative and powerful team!
1. Fundraising & Development
- Facilitation and development of annual Fundraising Plans, and project management of all fundraising activities, including foundation fundraising, fundraising appeals and special events
Lead and facilitate the CSS fundraising team, including coordinating the Board fundraising committee
Funder cultivation, relationship management, and communications, including planning and coordinating funder briefing events when applicable
Lead process for writing grant proposals and reports, including some grant writing
Grants management, including tracking deadlines and deliverables
Manage major gifts and grassroots fundraising programs
Represent CSS’s mission in meetings with funders and donors, and at networking events
- Manage fundraising-related coordination, including prep & scheduling for Directors
2. Resource Management
- Manage the development of organizational annual budget, ensuring a transparent and inclusive resource allocation process based on team-set annual priorities
Lead Revenue-tracking meetings/processes to ensure income goals are met
Support Operations Manager in regular tracking of budgets v actuals
Support the Operations Manager and accountants to ensure the accuracy of all accounting, cash flow, and financial reports; tax filings, financial audits
Work with the Organizational Management team to present financial reports and provide financial analysis to organizational stakeholders (including Board of Directors) in all financial-related decisions to maintain healthy fiscal status of organization
3. Supervision & Leadership
- Serve as a member of the Organizational Management Team with other key organizational directors
- Supervise additional grant writers and other potential development and finance staff
The Development Director will be integrated into a strong organizational culture (as appropriate relevant to areas of responsibility) of regular internal communications, organizational development meetings, and mechanisms to promote ongoing team-building, smooth and transparent information-sharing, and alignment with organizational values.
Who We're Looking For
Ideal candidates have 5+ years experience in nonprofit Development; have successfully cultivated new funders and have been awarded multi-year foundation grants; have experience managing annual budgets; and understand that fundraising is organizing.
CSS seeks applicants committed and excited about supporting social justice issues in diverse multiracial, cross-sectoral movements. We want creative, bold, imaginative applicants; team players with the ability to manage stress and find the opportunity in the crisis; hard workers with excellent time management skills who deliver high quality results on tight timelines; and people with a demonstrated commitment to fundamental social change.
- Embody a strong belief in the CSS mission, work within the framework of CSS values and commit to CSS goals and Theory of Change
At least 3 years experience in nonprofit Development
Ability to read and analyze financial reports
Successful grant-writing experience
Manage and work daily with both a long and short term perspective
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Ability to stick to deadlines and follow through on commitments
Familiarity with Google Calendar and Google Docs/Sheets
Must work from Oakland office during regular office hours (M-F between 9-5); some flexible work-from-home days permitted
Experience and cultural competency working in diverse environment
Some travel for meetings or events required
Additional Valuable Skills
- Experience with Salesforce
- Proficiency in Quickbooks
- Experience working with remote teammates
- Familiarity with story-based strategy
- Bilingual Spanish-English speakers
$68-78k annual salary dependent on experience; comprehensive benefits package including 100% employer-covered medical, dental, vision, wraparound coverage; paid holidays, vacation and sick time; stipends for cell phone, self-care, and supplies/technology, among other benefits.
How to Apply
Send resume/CV, cover letter, and three references to email@example.com with “[Your Name]: Development Director” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter why you are interested in working with CSS, and your qualifications for the position. Please send your application materials in PDF format, with your last name in each file name.
Position start date negotiable between July-September 2018.
Position open until filled — we encourage you to apply immediately, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS) is a values-based organization with a deep commitment to building transformative culture and challenging racism, sexism, homophobia and oppression in all its forms. CSS is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds and challenging historic patterns of political marginalization and oppression. People of Color, working-class people, differently-abled people and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.