Position: Associate Director of Donor Relations
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type: Full-Time, Exempt
Location: San Francisco or Los Angeles
Start: As soon as possible
Closing date of this position: Open until filled
Reports to: Director of Development
Direct Reports: Donor Relations Manager & Donor Relations Associate
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization with over 900,000 members. Equality California brings the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. For more than 20 years, Equality California has been fighting for full, lived LGBTQ+ equality in a number of ways: electing pro-equality leaders up and down the ballot; passing pro-equality legislation in California, Nevada and Washington, DC; and fighting for LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice in the courtroom. For the purpose of this job description, “Equality California” is used as an umbrella term for Equality California and its sister organization, Equality California Institute.
Equality California Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization that has a parallel mission to Equality California, its 501(c)(4) counterpart. Equality California Institute works to achieve full, lived LGBTQ+ equality by reducing disparities in LGBTQ+ health and well-being, developing a pipeline of LGBTQ+ leaders and increasing civic participation within the LGBTQ+ community.
Equality California seeks an Associate Director of Donor Relations to oversee a comprehensive, relationship-based individual giving program of over $1million annually by managing the research, identification, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement, and stewardship of sustaining and major donors. The Associate Director of Donor Relations will manage a Donor Relations Manager and Associate and work alongside a two-person special events team as well as the Director of Development and the Managing and Executive Directors to plan and execute successful communication campaigns and events in which to engage individuals with the capacity and passion to advance the Equality California mission.
The Donor Relations team will capitalize on strategic opportunities to retain and grow relationships with current constituents; convert event attendees into ongoing supporters; and identify and engage new donors in the Capitol Club (our sustaining donor program for gifts of $600-$4,999 annually) and Leadership Circle (our major donor program for gifts of $5,000+ annually). The Associate Director of Donor Relations’ responsibilities also include direct major gift solicitation; traveling around the state of California and Nevada regularly to build board and donor relationships; and supporting host committee management for the six-event Equality Awards series. Experience with planned giving, grant management and/or capital/endowment campaigns is preferred. The Associate Director of Donor Relations reports to the Director of Development. This is a full-time, salaried exempt position with the ideal candidate being based in either Los Angeles (home to Equality California’s headquarters) or San Francisco. Qualified candidates outside of California are also encouraged to apply with the potential for relocation support.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Applicants for this position should bring the following knowledge, abilities, and attitude:
Salary commensurate with experience. Compensation package includes competitive benefits (healthcare, dental, vision, long/short term disability, life insurance, and 401K). This full-time exempt position will require a flexible schedule including evening and weekend work time, as well as regular travel across California and Nevada. Applicants will be reimbursed for mileage and must have a reliable vehicle and be able to drive in California.
Equality California is an equal employment opportunity employer. Equality California does not make employment decisions or discriminate based on protected characteristics including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, gender (including gender identity and/or gender expression), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental handicaps, veteran status, or genetic information as prescribed by applicable local, state, and federal law. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, people of diverse gender identities, and non-LGBTQ+ allies.
Qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with the requirements of the California Consumer Reporting Agencies Act and Los Angeles’s Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.
To apply: Email resume (including names and contact information of 3 references), cover letter, and two writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to put “Associate Director of Donor Relations” in the subject line of your email.