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Development Director - Oakland

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location California - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 17/06/2011
Company Name Alliance for Climate Education
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IMPORTANT:  This Advertiser has requested that applicants MUST be National Residents / Valid Work Permit-holders.  Other applicants need not apply.


What we need: A self-starting, creative, connected Development and Strategic Partnership Director who can build a thriving national fundraising program of more than $3 million/year—and scale it up in the near future. 

This is an opportunity lead strategic planning and execution for a dynamic nonprofit organization that’s gone from an idea to a national leader in two years. We have the building blocks of a fundraising dynamo in place—we’re looking for the architect and general contractor.


  • Develop and implement a national fundraising plan that exceeds our annual budget and sets us on a runway for rapid growth. 
  • Initiate, cultivate, manage and steward relationships with ACE’s portfolio of foundation, corporate and individual donors.
  • Develop creative, results-driven initiatives and campaigns that motivate funders and staff.
  • Strategically leverage the time of our executive team to exceed fundraising targets, with a focus on developing Board capacity.
  • Mentor and manage development team.
  • Prepare high-impact proposals, grant reports and donor communications; surpass goals for fundraising events; plan and implement the annual appeal.
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive corporate  and partnership engagement strategy, including sponsorship opportunities for ACE programs and campaigns.
  • Design and lead regional development strategies in ACE’s ten regions nationwide.
  • Oversee financial reporting, maintaining accurate accounting of all income and donor acknowledgement.
  • Lead special projects as needed; including an already robust and effective suite of strategic partnerships.


  • Demonstrated success building and leading fundraising in fast-paced, entrepreneurial nonprofit organizations; experience with national, multi-site organizations preferred.
  • 8+ years’ experience designing and implementing comprehensive data-driven fundraising plans for all funding streams, including major gifts, corporate, foundation and annual giving.
  • Track record of raising $2M+ annually.
  • Proven leadership in driving strategy, management and organizational success.
  • Overflowing Rolodex of funders, foundations, corporate partners, connectors, partners, door-openers, corporations, soft-sounders, reference points. Environmental and education contacts ideal.
  • Exceptional communication skills.
  • Intellectual agility, high professional standards, and demonstrated ability to think strategically and execute on multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Intimate knowledge of government funding structures and capital campaigns a plus.
  • PC/Mac/Microsoft/Google Apps/Salesforce.com fluency.

A little about us here at ACE:

The national leader in high school climate education, Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) delivers award-winning multimedia assemblies on climate science and solutions to high schools nationwide, with more than 830,000 high school students served in two years. After the assembly, we help students kickstart Action Teams to take on carbon-cutting projects, anything from starting a recycling club to solarizing their school. 

We’re a young, dynamic nonprofit organization off to the races on making a complex subject relevant, interesting and fun. We’re data-centric and tech-savvy, nimble and creative, passionate and results-oriented. We have a marketing book club and a resident Fun Team and an impressive professional development budget.  

We want to help great people get greater—and make ACE terrific. More at http://acespace.org.

To apply: Resume and cover letter to Ms. Sam McKelvie at sam.mckelvie@climateeducation.org. Please include your salary range.

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