Job Announcement: Development Director

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Who We Are:

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is one of the Bay Area’s largest and most effective systems disrupters. We are committed to providing impactful, holistic legal services, policy work, and litigation strategies across five program areas: Housing, Economic Security & Opportunity, Immigration, Health & Welfare, and Education Defense & Justice for Youth. We partner with Berkeley Law School to reject the legal status quo and to reimagine justice for our clients.

EBCLC recognizes that the impact and explicit racialized language being used by those at the highest levels of the U.S. government has a direct impact on people at the intersection of multiple oppressions. Thus, we have deepened our commitment to real security, equity, and belonging; through schools that allow children to feel safe and thrive, meaningful work opportunities, and relief from displacement, deportation, poverty, and debt. EBCLC strives to create a workplace that values dignity and equity for staff, students, and community partners.

It is an exciting time to join EBCLC. We see cities and communities across the country adopt policies launched by EBCLC.

These policies include the elimination of criminal fees and fines, the protection of constitutional rights of unhoused people and the implementation of ordinances providing tenants the first offer and right of refusal of property they live in before it goes on the market.

We recently celebrated 30 years of movement building, policy advocacy, and legal education. Our new Executive Director is excited to partner with a Director of Development invested in systems change to create the organizational vision and planning for EBCLC’s next chapter.

What Will You Do?

EBCLC seeks a Director of Development (DD) with skills and expertise to lead the development and implementation of a multi-faceted resource development plan. They oversee a comprehensive fund development program in support of a $9million annual budget, which is funded by government contracts, foundations, legal fees, individual donors, and UC Berkeley Law School.

The DD is a relationship and capacity-builder with staff and funders and provides strategic advice to the organization’s leadership.


Primary Responsibilities:

As Director of Development, you will:

  • Build and foster an organization-wide culture of philanthropy. To include inspiring our community to align around a shared vision for justice and empowering the development team to engage in the ongoing engagement of program staff in fundraising, leading the identification of new sources to cultivating and stewarding relationships with funders to communicating relevance and impact.
  • With the Executive Director, develop a multi-year strategic fundraising plan to significantly increase the portfolio of high net worth individual donors and institutional funders, driving the planning and implementation of a $9 million annual fundraising plan and strategy that increases the operating budget significantly over the next 3-5 years.
  • Provide leadership and management for a talented team of direct reports—including a Senior Development Officer, Contracts Officer, Development and Communications Officer, Development and Communications Assistant, and Data Scientist—to meet fundraising goals, ensure meeting funder obligations, and communicate EBCLC’s impact to current and potential supporters.
  • Foster professional development in a collaborative, team-based environment, thinking through staff development, roles, and team growth as needed to maximize the philanthropic potential of the region.
  • Manage close coordination and ongoing interface among your team and finance staff, program staff, and executive leadership in designing and implementing sound fundraising and communications strategies.
  • Serve as a member of EBCLC’s Executive Management Team, working collectively with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Director of Finance and Administration, Clinical Director, and Human Resources Director to lead the organization.
  • Support Board development activities and staff a Development Committee on the Board of Directors.

Who You Are:

  • You are committed to racial justice and the mission and goals of EBCLC.
  • You have a minimum of seven years of development experience in the non-profit sector, with experience in fundraising from foundations, high net worth individuals and major gifts; experience with lawyers and law firms is highly desirable;
  • You are knowledgeable about development best practices. You have in-depth and expansive knowledge in many areas of development – institutional funders in the public and private sectors), individual, and more. 
  • You are both strategic and tactical. You’re able to create a high-level vision for resource development as well as design and direct the implementation of activities to achieve the vision.
  • You are a leader. You lead by example, inspire others to act, and empower those around you to drive for shared goals.
  • You are an effective communicator. You tailor communication to meet the needs of the various stakeholders and actively listen to those around you.
  • You are an excellent project manager with training and experience to design and oversee the implementation of complex projects involving multiple stakeholders, including managing up and across the organization.


Our Ideal Candidate Will Also Have:

  1. A sophisticated understanding of media dialogue, narrative, discourse, and rhetoric regarding issues and policies that face people at the intersection of multiple oppressions and monitors news coverage on key issue areas affecting our clients;
  2. Ability to provide strategic input on communications, including effective messaging, especially on emergent, current events that affect marginalized communities;

Workplace Expectations:

  • Due to COVID19, all EBCLC employees are working remotely. The Development Director and all EBCLC employees will continue to work remotely as long as California’s Shelter in Place remains in effect. The expectation is that the Development Director will work in our office in Berkeley, California when it is safe to do. EBCLC will provide the necessary equipment to fulfill the job responsibilities of working from home.

Salary & Benefits:

This is a full-time exempt position. Starting salary for this exempt position is $99,000 to $115,000/year commensurate with experience and dictated by EBCLC’s salary scale.

Benefits include 100% fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, vision) for employees and dependents, life and disability insurance, and generous paid leave (vacation, sick and holidays); EBCLC also offers flexible spending accounts for qualified health, dependent care, and commuter costs; retirement options; and professional development support.


Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to (please include “Development Director” in the subject line).

Please note we will review applications on a rolling basis and will begin initial application reviews as early as April 1, 2020.

We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal justice system, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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