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Company: Assistance League of Los Angeles
Date Posted: January 22, 2018


Overview of Organization: The Assistance League of Los Angeles exists to turn despair into hope amongst LA’s most vulnerable population: children living in poverty. Our programs provide educational support, arts enrichment, quality preschool, school uniforms and supplies, and emergency clothing and supplies to foster children. The League helps remove barriers to education, helping disadvantaged kids stay in school so they may lead fulfilling, productive lives.

Overview of Position: The Director of Development (DoD) serves as a key leadership team member and active participant in strategic decisions. Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the DoD will design and implement a comprehensive development plan, establish external alliances and cultivate individual and philanthropic support. The DoD advances the League’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The DoD has primary responsibility for major gifts, legacy gifts, special event fundraising, on-line/crowd source fundraising, and corporate/foundation support. The DoD will expand and diversify the League’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with League management to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition, the DoD will work closely with Board members as they take on a more active fundraising role.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree a plus
  • 5+ years of experience in development
  • Experience supervising and managing staff
  • Proficiency in developing a major gift program and/or a legacy gift program
  • Familiarity working collaboratively with a Board of Directors

 Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Create and execute comprehensive strategic development plan
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations, with a focus on Planned Gifts
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Works closely with CEO and others on Centennial Planning
  • Insure all donor cultivation and gifts received are put in the Donor Perfect database
  • Supervise and support staff responsible for data entry, tax acknowledgement letters, gift processing and other Development assignments
  • Oversee special events fundraising as needed
  • Works with staff, volunteers and board members to achieve funding goals and benchmarks
  • Support/promote community relations with neighbors, city officials and chamber of commerce
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Creative, self-motivated, team player, hard-working and loves the League’s programs
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in all fundraising areas: individual, corporate, foundation, legacy giving
  • Competency in securing major gifts of $5K+
  • Excellence in achieving goals
  • Strength with Development strategic planning and development campaigns
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with fundraising databases (Donor Perfect or Raiser’s Edge)
  • Strong interpersonal “team player” skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and oral/written communication skills 

Compensation: Total compensation includes a competitive salary, excellent benefits package, and is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Interested applicants can send in their resume and cover letter to: