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Director of Development

Company: Community Environmental Council
Date Posted: March 22, 2018

Status: Exempt full-time (40 hours/week)
Posted: February 22, 2018

 Applications due: Until position is filled

About the Community Environmental Council:

CEC is a fast-paced nonprofit based in Santa Barbara and serving the California Central Coast, with a reputation for positive social change and community engagement. Since 1970, CEC has been a leader in creative solutions to tough environmental problems. Our team is highly committed to social change, with an internal culture that values collaboration, ongoing learning, and innovation.

With its current focus on regional solutions to climate change, CEC is known for organizing the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, advancing 100% renewable energy goals, and developing campaigns to #gosolar, #driveless, #driveclean #ditchplastic, and #rethinkfood. Visit and to learn more about our work and history.

About the position:

CEC is seeking an experienced fundraising professional to join our management team and lead donor solicitation and development efforts. This person will oversee the planning and implementation of CEC’s charitable fundraising primarily through major gifts, annual fund development, corporate giving, special events, planned giving, and grant writing support.

Job Functions & Responsibilities

  • Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis and establish effective communications.

  • Work closely with the CEO/Executive Director and Board of Directors in fundraising endeavors.

  • Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and online membership.

  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.

  • Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts i.e. bequests.

  • Secure Earth Day corporate sponsorships, ensuring sponsorship benefits are fulfilled. Manage outreach for the individual giving component of Earth Day.

  • Staff the Green Gala committee and serve as chief organizer and planner for the event. Manage event collateral, live auction, volunteer outreach, event timelines and budgets.

  • Develop and/or maintain systems such as tracking potential donors and recognizing gifts.

  • Oversee prospect research.

  • Staff the Board Development Committee meetings.

  • Maintain department budget and track expenses. 

  • Collaborate with staff as needed on grant applications and other restricted program fundraising efforts.

  • Represent CEC through public appearances.

  • Oversee creation of publications to support fundraising activities.

  • Perform other related duties as requested.

  • Have a record of success in fundraising, especially direct asks.
  • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers.
  • Possess strong interpersonal and writing skills.
  • Be committed to CEC’s mission and programs.
  • Be a self-starter and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
  • Be organized and exhibit follow through on tasks and goals.
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce or other CRM system.
  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • 5 years minimum experience in professional fundraising. 

Job Status:

Exempt full-time (40 hours per week) in Santa Barbara office. Participates in staff management team. Position supported by shared part-time Executive Assistant. Reports to CEC’s CEO/Executive Director.

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary: commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Eligible for:

  • two weeks of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, and an additional paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day

  • health and dental insurance, life insurance and worker’s compensation insurance;

  • an optional retirement plan with employer match up to 3% of salary

To Apply:

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume (pdf or link) to:

Sigrid Wright

CEO/Executive Director

CEC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate based on gender identity, sexual orientation, race, nationality, or physical ability.