Director of Development

Director of Development

Reports to: CEO

About Oakland Promise:

The mission of Oakland Promise is to engage the Oakland community to advance equity and economic mobility through cradle-to-career educational opportunities. Founded in 2016, Oakland Promise is a citywide movement with over 50 implementation partners working towards our common vision. Oakland Promise supports children and families from birth through college and career to ensure that postsecondary success is a reality for all Oaklanders. Oakland Promise includes four programs: Brilliant Baby, Kindergarten to College (K2C), College Access, and College Scholarships and Completion, that provide a cradle to career continuum of college-focused supports for students. Our goal is to dramatically increase the number of college graduates from Oakland and ensure that all students hold a college-bound identity. We seek a hard working, strategic, highly detail oriented individual to join our community in undertaking this important work.

Job Purpose

Oakland Promise seeks a detail-oriented and passionate Director of Development with strong organizational, strategic, relationship-building, and fundraising skills.  The Director of Development will lead an innovative development team tasked with raising the annual budget of around $12-14 million as well as other ongoing fundraising campaigns. The team works across the organization to ensure that the organization is sustainable in the short- and long-term.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead the overall development function for the Oakland Promise, including setting and meeting quarterly and annual fundraising goals for a portfolio of individual, institutional, corporate and public prospects
  • Identify and qualify major gift prospects ($100k+), help develop appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies, and execute individualized action plans
  • Manage OP’s relationship with institutional funders, including an array of foundations, public entities  and corporations
  • Work with development team to produce yearly fundraising/marketing collateral, including direct mail campaigns and annual report
  • Work with the Board of Directors to set giving goals and help board members achieve the goals they set 
  • Work with the development team to plan and execute donor stewardship events
  • Lead the execution of a successful annual fundraising gala 
  • Manage comprehensive donor recognition, retention, and stewardship plan for portfolio and prospects
  • Lead with anti-racist fundraising principles, including dual accountability with interal and external stakeholders 
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships internally and externally with a wide range of diverse stakeholders 
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • At least 10 years of fundraising experience, demonstrating progressively higher levels of responsibilities and accomplishments
  • A track record of successfully meeting fundraising goals
  • Experience managing a complex portfolio of fundraising prospects, with a mixture of grant deadlines, direct appeals, events, and personal solicitations
  • Experience with communications and organizational external relations
  • Passion for the OP’s mission 
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability in work schedule
  • Comfort with ambiguity and entrepreneurship 
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the fields of education or college access
  • Knowledge of and connections to Oakland communities


  • Full-time non-exempt position 
  • The Oakland Promise offers medical, dental, and vision benefits, vacation, and sick-time
  • 401k, FSA, Life insurance benefits
  • Some evening and weekend hours may be required

To apply:

Send a single PDF (NOT a Microsoft Word document) of a resume and thoughtful cover letter to [email protected] with “Director of Development – [Your Name]” in the subject line. Please use your last name and first initial (ex: Doe_J) as the filename of your PDF containing your resume and cover letter.

*Your application will not be reviewed without a resume and cover letter. 

Failure to follow these instructions may delay the review of your application. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and candidates with the best fit will be contacted for interviews. Unfortunately, the volume of applications will prevent us from responding to all applications received.

Oakland Promise is an equal opportunity employer. Oakland Promise is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespectful or other unprofessional conduct based on sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sex stereotype, race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, gender (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military, and veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. It also prohibits discrimination, harassment, disrespectful or unprofessional conduct based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

Application Process:

Make a huge difference in the Oakland community! Join our team! Send applications to [email protected]