Director of Strategic Development (SDG)

San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) is a nonprofit membership network providing services and leadership in support of organizations and individuals seeking to increase the impact of their philanthropy through learning and collaboration. Our members include 115 foundations, corporate philanthropy programs, giving circles, donor advised funds, grantmaking public charities, government funders, impact investors, philanthropy advisors, and individual philanthropists who invest in a wide range of community needs.

We have established a new position, the Director of Strategic Development, to bring demonstrated excellence in vision, strategy, leadership and execution to SDG’s

fundraising and resource development
strategic marketing
external and governmental affairs
This is a unique opportunity for the right candidate to apply their knowledge and passion for social change to our local philanthropy-serving organization during a period of rapid growth. Our goal is to sustain and accelerate SDG’s increasing momentum and opportunity for greater positive impact.

The SDG staff is a small, dedicated team, passionate about contributing to effective philanthropy, equity and enduring social change in San Diego.

Job Duties

Fundraising and Resource Development

Manage all resource development efforts for SDG, our funder collaborations and the cross sector projects that we host. Work closely with the Membership and Development Committee, staff and board.

Design and launch comprehensive fundraising plans to secure additional resources beyond dues revenue, including core support, project grants, fee for service programs.
Create and help implement creative approaches to expanding the SDG membership network. Prepare SDG staff and board with the strategy and tools needed to succeed.
Develop and execute a comprehensive sponsorship strategy for SDG programs, including the Annual Conference, to maximize and diversify financial support.
Create compelling fundraising materials to support all the development strategies.
Oversee a grant-writing consultant and write grant proposals and reports as needed.
Work in partnership with our Philanthropy California colleagues (at Northern California Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers) to coordinate fundraising activities across the state as needed.
External Relations, Marketing and Visibility

Manage the development, implementation and evaluation of an overarching marketing and communications plan that will engage external audiences, grow and diversify revenue, and lift up SDG’s work and the work of our members locally and beyond. Work closely with staff, board and the new External Relations Committee.

Increase visibility locally and nationally for SDG’s work and point of view, our members and funder collaborations.
Conduct a rebranding of SDG to express SDG’s new strategic framework, including an increased focus on the link between philanthropy and equity.
Lead the creation, publication and distribution of all external facing digital and print communications with key influencers, including a media and PR strategy.
Lead the creation of talking points, messaging, presentations and speech writing on key strategic speaking opportunities for CEO, board members and Senior Directors. Secure speaking and community visibility opportunities at relevant regional, state and national meetings and conferences.
Write blogs, opinion pieces and white papers in conjunction with the CEO and Senior Directors.
Design a social media strategy that advances SDG’s external relations goals.
Work closely with Philanthropy CA colleagues to develop the brand and help identify ways to streamline member communications processes across the state. Co-create collateral, messaging, media for Philanthropy CA statewide efforts with policy makers, national funders and other audiences.
Support SDG’s government relations objectives and the public policy goals of the funder collaborations.
Work closely with the Philanthropy CA public policy team to ensure coordination on statewide and national public policy and government relations issues.
Manage consultants as needed.
Internal/Member Communications

Create a streamlined and engaging member communications strategy that includes program marketing, member news, providing curated resources and blog posts/thought pieces.

Supervise the new part time (20 hour) Communications Coordinator who will provide support for all communications related work, with a particular focus on membership communications.
Liaison with the Sr. Manager of Statewide Online Technology (at Southern California Grantmakers) in partnership with the Communications Coordinator and the Director of Membership & Operations to ensure that SDG smoothly implements the current transition to Drupal and Salesforce.



Bachelor’s degree, preferably in marketing, journalism, communications or related field. Or equivalent experience.
Minimum of five years’ experience in increasingly responsible, development/fundraising position in nonprofit sector.
Demonstrated experience developing and executing innovative, cutting edge integrated marketing campaigns, strategic communications plans, building brands, engaging audiences via social media, and catalyzing stakeholder engagement.
Demonstrated success in strategic media relations.
A proven track record of organizing, prioritizing, and managing complex projects with distributed ownership.
Exceptional communication skills with adaptable style for different audiences and a specialty in writing compelling pieces that inspire and motivate action.
Superb interpersonal skills with the ability to listen, engage, and connect with internal and external stakeholders at all levels from diverse backgrounds.
Very comfortable with technology, including Microsoft Office, websites, database, print/web publishing, and social media; exposure to Salesforce database and Adobe Creative Suite experience a plus.
Demonstrated experience in selecting and managing outside vendors to produce high quality projects within time and budget constraints.
Clear passion to drive change on crucial challenges and opportunities affecting the communities that philanthropy serves. Demonstrated commitment to and experience working with diverse people and organizations
Salary and Benefits

San Diego Grantmakers provides a generous compensation package, including medical, dental, vision; a Simple IRA retirement plan; as well as paid vacation and holidays. The salary range is $60K to $80K annually, commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume through this link This job closes 02/17/2017.  No phone calls, walk-ins or recruiters, please.

San Diego Grantmakers provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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