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Director of Development & Communication (The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach)

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The Director of Development & Communication (DDC) is a full-time, exempt, senior management position that reports directly to the Executive Director (ED). The DDC is responsible for assuring the effective and efficient functioning of the Development & Communication Department. This includes establishment, oversight of daily operations, evaluation, continuous improvement, and reporting related to the department’s strategic plan, procedures, compliance adherence, personnel, budget, and resource allocation. The DDC has primary discretion for assigning staff to pursue The Center’s development and communication goals, such as identifying and cultivating various sources of funding, including, but not limited to, foundations, corporations, individuals, and the public sector to meet The Center’s short and long-term operational, capital, and special program(s) funding needs. As such, the DDC suggests annual and longer-term fundraising goals to the Executive Director, Development Committee, and Board of Directors, and develops action plans to achieve these goals. The DDC oversees the implementation and evaluations of all fundraising strategies. The DDC participates in administrative meetings and decision-making processes of the senior management.


A: Planning:

  1. Create an annual development/fundraising plan with specific fundraising goals based on The Center’s strategic plan and prior year’s performance, needs of the organization, and fundraising potential.
  2. Develop detailed action plans to achieve fundraising goals that include areas of responsibility, budget(s), and timeline(s).
  3. Work with the Development Committee and ED to review and approve the development and action plan(s).
  4. Keep the ED, Development Committee, and Board of Directors apprised of relevant fundraising information.
  5. Include new and creative methods of fundraising in each year’s plans.
  6. Work with development staff in development-related planning processes.

B: Individual Donor Cultivation and Solicitation:

  1. Plan, organize and lead an annual individual donor campaign.
  2. Identify new individual donor prospects, research, and identify donors’ interests, and provide customized recognition and donor appreciation activities that extend throughout the year.
  3. Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors.
  4. Assure donors are thanked promptly and given information about the value and use of their gift.
  5. Develop materials and articulate an effective cause for giving.
  6. Evaluate the annual campaign through discussions with key actors and distribute formal evaluative reports to these individuals as well as to the ED, Development Committee, and Board.

C: Foundation and Corporate Solicitation

  1. Conduct research to identify prospective foundation and corporate supporters.
  2. Increase knowledge of prospects from directories, annual reports, and other organizations the prospect has supported.
  3. Use volunteer leadership to the maximum extent possible when setting up meetings with prospects, during meetings, and when doing follow-ups.
  4. Write professional, accurate, and visually pleasing proposals.
  5. If appropriate, re-contact foundation/corporate prospect with relevant information after submission of a proposal but before the decision date.
  6. Cultivate foundation and corporations with progress and final reports regarding the use of funds, donor updates, annual reports, and other relevant information.
  7. Evaluate the foundation and corporate funding program with the ED, Development Committee, and Board.

D: Special Events

  1. Plan for the use of special events as a fundraising strategy, including financial and visibility goals.
  2. Supervise assigned staff in leading planned events.
  3. Identify, recruit, and train volunteers to manage planned events.
  4. Assure quality planning, organization, and implementation of special events.
  5. Evaluate special events through discussions with key actors and distribute formal evaluative reports to the ED, Development Committee, and Board.

E: Government Funding

  1. Identify opportunities to secure government funding.
  2. Cultivate contacts, both within and outside governmental circles, to secure government funding.
  3. Cultivate governmental funders with progress and final reports regarding the use of funds, donor updates, annual reports, and other relevant information.
  4. Evaluate the governmental fundraising program with the ED, Development Committee, and Board.

F: Communication

  1. Strengthen and manage The Center’s internal and external communication.
  2. Generate and publish annual reports and other external communication.
  3. Generate presentations and reports.
  4. Ensure relevant website and social media content are current/up to date.

G: Volunteer Management

  1. Delegate, as much as possible, to volunteers to make the department efforts as “volunteer-driven” as possible to maximize the fundraising potential for The Center.
  2. Assure volunteers are recognized and thanked.

H: Planned Giving

  1. Assure quality planning, organization, and implementation of the Planned Giving Program.
  2. Develop materials and compelling messages to invite planned giving options for individuals committed to The Center.
  3. Identify, recruit, and secure planned gifts.
  4. Identify and train volunteers to solicit planned gifts.
  5. Evaluate the Planned Giving Program through discussions with key actors and distribute formal evaluative reports to the ED, Development Committee, and Board.

I:    Board of Directors

  1. Attend board meetings and provide input about the issues and tasks being considered.
  2. As required by the ED, make regular and/or special reports.

J:    Personnel

  1. Adhere to The Center’s personnel policies and procedures.
  2. Provide meaningful coaching and mentoring opportunities to help in the professional development of department staff.
  3. Provide individual and/or group supervision for department staff according to The Center’s policies.

K: Fiscal Operations

  1. Supervise development staff to ensure compliance with Center policies in terms of keeping accurate and up-to-date development fiscal records.
  2. Keep the fundraising software system (database) organized and assure that assigned staff is knowledgeable regarding the use of the software.
  3. Develop and present to the ED for approval annual and/or project budgets for the department and/or its fundraising and communications projects.


  • A four (4) degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, and at least seven (7) years of progressive experience in nonprofit fund development.
  • Five (5) years in a supervisory role within a medium to large nonprofit organization.
  • Ability to pass FBI background check.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and a driving record that will support The Center’s liability insurance provider.


  • Graduate degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Public Administration, Finance or Nonprofit Management from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Ten (10) years of progressive experience in nonprofit fund development.


  • Financial background clearance.


  • The annual compensation for this position is $90,000.
  • Other benefits include (medical, vision, dental, paid sick time, vacation, holidays, 401K with employer contribution)
  • Optional benefits include (critical life/illness and legal insurance)


The LGBTQ Center Long Beach (The Center) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate, exclude, or otherwise deny employment and/or advancement opportunities to any qualified candidate based on age, ancestry, color, disability/handicap, gender, gender identity/expression, national origin, place of birth, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or any other characteristic(s) protected under local, state, or federals laws in any of its hiring practices and activities. All employment decisions shall be made without regard to any of these characteristics.

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