Director of Development | Equal Rights Advocates
Fighting for Women's Equality

Director of Development

Position: Director of Development
Reports to: Executive Director       
Supervises: Development Coordinator and Development Associate
Classification: Full-Time; Exempt
Compensation: ERA offers salaries that are competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area public interest/non-profit legal community. The salary range is between $95,000 and $115,000, depending on experience. ERA offers a generous benefits package which includes medical and dental coverage, a generous vacation and sick leave policy, and paid holidays.
Position Overview:

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) envisions a world where people of all genders have equal opportunities at work and school. Led by a fierce and talented team, ERA is a national non-profit that combines activist lawyering and movement building in furtherance of gender justice. We are looking for a passionate rainmaker who can work closely with the Executive Director (ED) to support significant growth of the organization’s budget (currently $2.5 million) over the next 3-5 years. The ideal candidate can demonstrate an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to meet organizational fundraising goals. The DOD must be able to confidently develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan and lead all fundraising components, including major gifts, planned giving, foundations, corporate giving, online giving, and events. The DOD should be a “people person,” ready to enthusiastically engage supporters, board members, and volunteers who assist our fundraising efforts. The DOD must have excellent managerial skills and the ability to build and mentor a growing development department. The DOD will exercise a strong command of accurate and strategic donor data management. As a key member of the senior leadership team, the DOD plays a central role in developing and executing organizational strategic goals.

Specific Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for ERA’s Annual Appeal, Major and Planned Giving Program, Corporate Sponsorship, Annual Luncheon Fundraiser, Online giving campaigns, Events, and other fundraising efforts;
  • Responsible for all components of 1000+ person annual fundraising gala, including leadership of volunteer fundraising committee, sponsorship solicitation, speakers, and event logistics;
  • Responsible for significantly building ERA’s major donor program from existing donors and prospects through strategic cultivation and stewardship plans and moves management;
  • Responsible for cultivating donors in key regions outside of California to support ERA’s programmatic work;
  • Responsible for building robust foundation support, supervision of consultant grant writer, grant writing/reporting, relationship building, tracking deadlines, and executing related letters/reports/applications/budgets along with ED and other staff, submitting applications or letters of inquiry each month;
  • Responsible for oversight of development department administration/protocols and management of staff;
  • Responsible for accurate donor data entry and management and reporting by other development staff, timely donor acknowledgments, processing of all forms of donations and working with finance department on income reconciliation;
  • Develops and manages department budget(s);
  • Works closely with the ED, Board of Directors, and Development Committee(s) to further fundraising goals;
  • Responsible for developing annual fundraising goals, managing a clear work plan of strategies to meet these goals, and tracking monthly progress via a development dashboard;
  • Works with communications department to create and execute fundraising appeals, fundraising collateral, and case for support materials.

Required Qualifications:

  • Seven or more years of relevant professional experience, with a proven track record of five or more years of successful high-level fundraising experience
  • Ability to work very closely with the Executive Director, Board Chair, and other organizational fundraisers to meet fundraising goals
  • Demonstrated experience handling or overseeing optimal use of NEON or comparable CRM/donor management databases and other development-related technology
  • Demonstrated experience developing, implementing development plans and tracking success•Experience developing and managing development department budgets and staff
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong commitment
  • Excellent and persuasive written and oral communications skills; direct communication style; ability to persuasively articulate and advocate the organization’s mission
  • Very strong project management and organizational skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel

Ideal, Additional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts/Science and/or Education related to ERA’s mission, nonprofit management and/or other related fields
  • Strong connections to institutional and corporate funders, including law firms; experience fundraising in Silicon Valley and/or Hollywood a plus.
  • Strong ties to California and national philanthropy circles
  • Skills that would add to ERA’s online fundraising efforts as well as strong computer and technical skills (such as Excel, CMS, html, MS suite)
  • Experience with non-profit development, social justice/women’s rights programs highly desirable
  • Demonstrated commitment to the diverse communities served by the organization

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Tomika Anderson at with the subject line Development Director Application. Position open until filled, so apply immediately. ERA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively recruits women, gender non-conforming individuals, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI individuals.

An Equal Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity:

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that is dedicated to the diversity of our staff. We will consider applicants equally without regard to sex, gender, race, age, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, medical condition, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We reasonably accommodate staff members and applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Individuals who need assistance or accommodation due to a disability may contact us at

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