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Summary Of Job Duties

The Director of Development ("Director") works to optimize philanthropic support for GFSF. The Director executes the identification, cultivation, solicitation, closing and stewardship of gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations to annually secure $2M+ in philanthropic support. The Director's priorities are established in consultation with the Board president and chairs of the Fund Raising committee and the Finance committee .

The Director of Development serves as the fundraising strategist for the Development operations and focuses on face-to-face fundraising activities. They work with the board and advisory members to maximize donor relationship and philanthropic support.

They have excellent verbal and interpersonal skills that foster positive relations from diverse backgrounds and are skilled at combining a strong sense of discretion and mature judgment with exceptional organizational ability and emotional intelligence.  They have the ability to maintain strict confidentiality in all aspects of work and have a high level of initiative and creativity. 

The Director focuses about sixty percent time on major gift fund-raising activities. Forty percent is focused on other activities related to fund raising, mostly major gifts of $100,000+ level, but also including some lower level gift solicitations at $10,000 and up.  This includes administrative duties such as planning, coordinating and executing aspects of the development program. With regard to major gift fund raising, the Director is responsible for designing and executing planned strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, closing and stewardship of gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations.

The Director communicates with staff on Development issues/priorities; conducts research and analysis to search for new donor leads; coordinate small events to orient potential donors and prepares letter requests and grant proposals. The Director must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, keen analytic abilities, and the facility to represent GFSF to outside agencies, community collaborators, private foundations, corporations, and individual donors. The director of development’s work is characterized by independence, initiative, and self-direction.

Director works to ensure that all aspects of the fund-raising program integrate with the policies and priorities of GFSF. Works closely and in collaboration with other partners and within the community college and university systems. Attends Board and strategy meetings, routinely.

As this is a half-time position, this is ideal for an experience professional who wants only part-time work at this point in their career yet at the same time wants to be part of an award-winning program that can change education in a major way.

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Foundation for California Community Colleges
George Washington University’s Freshman Transition Initiative
California Community College Chancellor's Task Force on Student Success
Academic Innovations LLC
UCSB Graduate School of Education California Dropout Research Project
UC Educational Evaluation Center, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Eastern Oregon University’s College of Education
California SB1070 Coordinators from select regions
Santa Barbara Foundation
Santa Barbara City College Dual Enrollment Department
Carpinteria and Santa Barbara Unified School Districts
Santa Barbara County Office of Education’s Partners in Education