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Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

Development Director

Employment type
2 months ago
Los Angeles

Job Title: Development Director
Classification: Full-time, exempt position

The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) creates change by supporting low-income communities of color to more effectively realize their power and influence over the use of land. We work with residents to increase communities’ access to parks and gardens, while organizing to change local policies to develop more equitable park and food systems for generations to come. We believe that this work is necessary to overcome decades of disinvestment, racism, and environmental injustice in low-income communities of color and that no person in LA County should live without a safe park or access to fresh, healthy food. As a community-based non-profit landowner, developer, and steward for safe public space, we work with residents from design to stewardship.

We meet our goals by:

  • Designing, building and managing urban parks and gardens.
  • Organizing and developing campaigns to address both social and environmental conditions, including park equity and land use policy improvements.
  • Supporting and developing community leaders, both youth and adults to be advocates for park equity and food justice through programming, training, and technical assistance.
  • Partnering with community-based organizations, government agencies, and key stakeholders to advance our project and policy work.
  • Since 2002, we’ve helped create 28 parks and community gardens. We currently steward 13 parks and community gardens and we have another five in our pipeline. We take pride in innovative and challenging work which makes change a part of our regular workday life.


The Director of Development is responsible for designing and leading all fundraising at the Neighborhood Land Trust Working with, and reporting to, the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Development (Director) is responsible for raising LANLT’s annual operating and capital budgets through a combination of corporate and individual giving, grants and events.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Raise the Neighborhood Land Trust’s annual budget of $1.2M through a mix of public and private funding.
  • Work closely with the ED to develop and execute annual fundraising and including but not limited to: corporate engagement, end-of-year appeal and board engagement.
  • Develop and execute an annual fundraising event, and other donor stewardship and cultivation events.
  • Identify prospective individual and corporate donors and develop strategies to cultivate those relationships
  • Maintain ongoing communications with private and corporate donors
  • Track and forecast fundraising revenue on a regular basis.
  • Ensure records in electronic database, and in hard copy files, meet necessary standards including compliance with grant tracking and reporting requirements including ensuring timely and accurate report deliveries to funders.



  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five years fundraising experience, including experience with: corporate sponsors, individual donors, foundations, and events.
  • Experience working in low-income communities of color.
  • Comfortable with public speaking in front of all size groups.
  • Strategic thinker who understands fundraising and communication trends both locally and nationally.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a fast-paced work environment - must thrive on change, innovation, and teamwork.


Annual Salary:
Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. LANLT provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, vision, dental, supplemental insurance, 401k, vacation time, sick time, holidays, flexible schedules, staff events and the support of a healthy work-life balance.

The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust is an equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. People with multiple marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply, including queer, trans, people with disabilities and/or people of color. The Land Trust does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender status), weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

To apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary range expectation by email or mail.

[email protected] with the subject title "Director of Development"

LANLT Attn: Director of Development
1541 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90017

No phone calls please.