Senior Development Director

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Senior Development Director

The Center for Policing Equity

Los Angeles, CA

Full-Time Position

About the Center for Policing Equity 

The Center for Policing Equity uses evidence-based approaches to social justice problems and  conducts research to create levers for social, cultural, and policy change. 

Position Description

The Center for Policing Equity is seeking a Development Director to lead fundraising activities and oversee donor relations. The successful candidate will be responsible for executing annual campaigns to meet funding goals, communicating with current and prospective donors, and building a strong development team. The position involves engaging with high net worth individuals and managing individual, foundation, and government grants. If you have a strong background in nonprofit development and interest in criminal justice reform, we encourage you to apply.

Specific areas of responsibility include: 


  • Design, implement, and manage all fundraising activities including annual giving, special project campaigns, and other solicitations.
  • Cultivate new donors and maintain relationships with existing donors through personal visits along with key CPE principals, phone calls, electronic communications, special events, and other communications vehicles.
  • Maintain contact with prospects and help develop grant proposals. Lead project teams in proposal development.
  • Ensure grant submission and reporting deadlines are met. Assist in identifying new opportunities for support.
  • Organize major donor/prospect events and follow up as needed, including assessing the return on investment for each event to inform future planning.
  • Integrate a digital strategy with overall fundraising plan, including appeals and influencer communication.

Board of Directors Relations

  • Serve as development liaison to the board of directors and engage board members with outreach and prospect cultivation.
  • Assume responsibility for all development reports to the board and attend all board meetings.

Development Office Infrastructure

  • Supervise donor and gift record-keeping.
  • Coordinate development research activities.
  • Oversee database management and gift processing.
  • Manage pledge reminder and acknowledgement programs.
  • Advise Executive Director and finance department on budgeting for development/fundraising activities.


  • A minimum of seven years professional fundraising experience, preferably in a criminal justice reform or advocacy-focused nonprofit.
  • Proven experience in designing and managing development and major gifts programs.
  • Experience with developing and maintaining productive working relationships with board members, donors, volunteers, and program and administrative staff.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a leader and as part of a team.
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials a plus.

Application Submission Guidelines

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. However, applications received after June 1, 2019 will receive delayed consideration. To apply, please visit the following link:

Please submit the following materials to apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Supplementary application materials that you believe to be relevant

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Location: Los Angeles, CA
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