25 days ago
Employment type
Pasadena, CA
Closing date

About this organization


WESTERN JUSTICE CENTER (WJC) was founded in 1987 by a group of judges, lawyers, and civic leaders led by the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, who collectively sought to expand the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques in and beyond the court system. Their aspiration was for WJC to serve as a thought leader, convener, and capacity builder in the fields of conflict resolution education and restorative justice.

Today, we live in a world boiling over with conflict, one where our educational system is under immense stress. We also live in a world where school districts previously resistant to change have committed to reducing their reliance on campus police and to replacing punitive school discipline systems with restorative ones. It is a golden moment of opportunity in which WJC seeks to expand equitable access to conflict resolution education and restorative practices in communities with a prevalence of multi-generational poverty and structural inequities as well as schools where inter-racial/ethnic conflict prevails. For more details, see our Strategic Plan.

In addition to its work in education in LA County and beyond (see School Tools), WJC also manages a four-building, historically preserved campus in Pasadena. The WJC Campus is home to sixteen other nonprofit organizations that center their work in anti-poverty and anti-racism with an emphasis on youth engagement and empowerment. The Campus has a relatively untapped potential to serve as a hub for communal and donor engagement within and beyond the Pasadena area.

About this job


Demand for WJC’s services is stronger than it has ever been. That is why we are looking for an entrepreneurial leader to sustain and advance our fundraising potential. The Development Director will play a vital role in developing our core fundraising programs and will increase support from individuals, companies, private foundations and government sources. The Development Director will report directly to the Executive Director and will support her in achieving the organization’s fundraising goals.

This exciting position calls for a creative and inclusive professional, well equipped to grow key aspects of fund development by inspiring people and organizations to join the WJC community of funders. With a passion for conflict resolution and social justice, the Development Director will partner with the board and Executive Director to forge partnerships and be an inspiring spokesperson for WJC’s Mission. This is the ideal position for someone looking to take their career to the next level.

WJC’s dynamic team prides itself on having an organizational culture that fuels innovation and fosters creativity. We have a friendly and relaxed professional workspace. We encourage our team members to invest in each other, professionally and personally. We value empathy, civility, diversity & inclusivity and creative collaboration. We are looking for someone with a spirit of playful curiosity, a commitment to excellence, and a history of work in movements to advance equity and justice for structurally disadvantaged communities.

To learn more about WJC, check out our Guiding Principles and Monthly Newsletters. To view images of the WJC Campus, go to Maxwell House Pasadena.

Roles & responsibilities


Fundraising Innovation: As WJC is still growing its fundraising programs, we are looking for a fundraising professional to innovate significantly in this area. Successful collaboration with WJC’s program teams will be key to success in this area so that our fundraising vehicles work in tandem with our programmatic impact.

Individual Donor Acquisition Strategy: Create and implement a strategic plan for identifying and cultivating new individual donors with significant giving capacity with a goal of increasing individual giving at all levels and with an emphasis on donors with potential to make gifts of $10,000 or more. Develop strategies for and secure leadership gifts and multi-year investments and prepare the Executive Director to make asks as necessary. Manage and support fundraising volunteers to solicit gifts.

Foundations Oversight: Oversee grants management and proposals to government, corporations, foundations and private granting agencies with the support of a consultant grant writer to ensure timely development, submission and reporting around such grants and contracts.

Donor Recognition and Ongoing Engagement: Create and refine systems to ensure proper and timely recognition of donors and ongoing stewardship, including creation of a robust philanthropic giving program and benefits. Maintain accurate records and donor information in database by overseeing the Development Assistant.

Special Events: Design and execute cultivation events to increase giving, both in collaboration with strategic partners as well as in WJC’s name. Act as the key fundraiser for WJC’s annual gala Empower. This involves managing a committee of board members, the Executive Director and a set of event related vendors.

Organizational & Staff Leadership: Work with the ED to support a workplace culture that embraces innovation, empowering staff by providing clear objectives, direction and prioritization of goals and timelines. Collaborate with the Program team to translate program achievements into powerful storytelling content. Manage a two-person team consisting of the Development Assistant and a Marketing and Communications Coordinator, the latter to be hired by the incoming Development Director.

Community Representation: Represent WJC at corporate and private functions to establish and deepen potential and current donor relationships.

Additional Donor Activities: Manage and execute other appeals, including the End of Year appeal and Giving Tuesday among others, as needed.



5 or more years of director-level nonprofit management experience.

Experience in education, movement building and/or conflict resolution programs a plus.

Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree a plus.

Excellent written and oral communication skills to communicate effectively the organization’s mission, vision and accomplishments to multiple audiences. Strong verbal communication and presentation skills with the ability to express thoughts clearly and succinctly.

Proven track record building relationships with high-net-worth funders, board members and external stakeholders.

Experience planning and executing successful individual donor cultivation and retention events and campaigns.

Experience working with foundations and government sources, researching and identifying prospects, writing grant proposals and managing grant deadlines.

Ability to think big and bring a grand vision to life.

Strong networking and relationship management skills.

Experience managing high functioning multi-work stream teams.

Strong initiative and ability to work independently to achieve goals.

Strong research skills – ability to identify and research individual donor prospects.

Fluency in Spanish a plus.


Knowledge of high-net-worth communities via local business, civic, and cultural networks highly desired.

Efficient time management skills: ability to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple projects.

Demonstrate excellent written, oral, and organizational skills; high level of attention to detail a must.

Demonstrate a willingness to work in a collaborative and strong team-based organization.

Ability to set high expectations for self and others s/he/they are leading and holds self and team accountable for performance goals.

Ability to manage and motivate a team to achieve goals.

Thrives in diverse, high energy, entrepreneurial, fast-changing environment.

Ability and flexibility to work periodic scheduled evenings and weekends

Familiarity with Bloomerang.


Salary is commensurate with experience. WJC offers a full benefits package including vacation and sick time, paid holidays, medical, dental and life insurance with employee buy-up options for dependents and vision care. There are 10 paid holidays, 2 floater paid holidays for religious and cultural observances, and a Wellness Week off between Christmas and New Year’s.

Western Justice Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks to create a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. WJC does not discriminate against any person because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, political affiliation or citizenship.

Envision Consulting was retained by the Western Justice Center to conduct the search for their incoming Development Director.

Applicants needing accommodation for any part of the application process may contact Envision Consulting at 626.889.7905 to request and arrange for assistance.

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