Ready to Succeed

Director of Development

Employment type
9 days ago
Los Angeles

Ready to Succeed (RTS) is a Career + Personal development program that aims to build career pathways, community and self-confidence for foster youth currently attending 4 year colleges.  Through a unique combination of personalized career coaching, connections to a robust network of industry professionals, placement in paid internships and access to financial and mental health resources, RTS Scholars graduate with the know-how, networks and navigation skills they need to hit the ground running and launch strong careers and meaningful lives.  

Are you Ready to make an impact on talented students, our work and our community? Apply for our Director of Development + Partnerships role.  This role will lead all fundraising + partnership building efforts during an exciting growth phase of our organization’s development as we head into our sixth year. 

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Compensation & Company Benefits/Perks: 

RTS has always maintained a healthy work/life and wellness balance since our inception. RTS observes a flexible work arrangement which may be arranged upon completion of the 3-month trial period. Salary range for this exempt full-time role is commensurate with experience,  between $70,000 - $90,000 with potential eligibility for up to 5% annual bonus (after completing 12-months of employment). 

RTS offers a generous benefits/perks package: 

  • vacation allotment (begins at 15 days, goes up to 25 days with tenure)
  • 3 recharge weeks (includes two weeks in December and July 4th week)
  • 11 Federal holidays, as well as other benefits including up to $3000 in HRA
  • Simple IRA with dollar-for-dollar match up to 3%
  • cell phone stipend (starts at $50/month, increases with tenure) 
  • flexible work schedule 


What you’ll be doing: 

Fundraising + Donor Stewardship (70%)

  • Develop and execute annual fundraising plan to achieve RTS annual budget
  • Develop and implement effective fundraising appeals (both written and online) that will lead to sustained and upgraded giving
  • Solicit and sustain/increase donations from an existing portfolio of individual donors and research and identify new prospects. 
  • Conduct prospect research to identify new potential donors 
  • Increase our portfolio of Major gift donors, identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding principal and major gift prospects and current major donors.
  • Maintain and increase our portfolio of foundation partners, managing our grant writer to create all proposals, reports, acknowledgements and updates.  
  • Plan and execute donor cultivation events, such as in person and, zoom “friendraising” events along with 3 annual fundraising events and appeals (August, December, May) 


Board Management + Development  (10%) 

  • Work with the Board chair to develop and implement board meeting agendas, goals, talking points and materials to successfully engage with current and potential donors. 


Communications (20%) 

  • Work with the marketing team to create fundraising and sponsorship materials,  a content + communications strategy, calendar and all assets (written and video) to inspire and provide engagement and giving opportunities to our donors and contacts.  


You’re a good fit for the job if you are: 

  • Entrepreneurial. You have lots of ideas and know-how to turn them into reality. You’re a self-starter and see problems as opportunities to try another idea. 
  • Relationship builder. You understand relationships are at the core of any successful business and instinctively know how to build strong business and personal relationships. You’re a natural collaborator, curious, and believe that for you to win, the team has to win. You inspire others to follow your vision.
  • Experienced. You have significant experience in fundraising, sales, business development, and/or strategic partnerships. You are a relationship builder with a deep understanding of how to create and move prospects through a pipeline and think creatively to engage them and move them through the fundraising cycle. 
  • Flexible. You are comfortable navigating ambiguity and working through competing priorities. 
  • Organized and efficient. You know how to manage multiple complex projects meeting tight deadlines. 
  • Passionate. You care about marginalized communities and foster youth.  You care about changing lives. You want to come to work and feel inspired every day.   
  • Fun. The work we do is serious, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun. We know how to have a good time and you should, too.   


Some specific knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree + 3-5 years of experience in a fundraising position, with strong preference for experience at the manager or above level
  • Proven success in developing and implementing appeals through both traditional and emerging methodologies strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of communications and marketing techniques necessary, with preference for work experience in the area of development communications or nonprofit marketing
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required (a writing sample may be required of final candidates)
  • Mastery of all Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Suite Expertise/experience working with Salesforce strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute small and midsize donor cultivation events 


You’ll have support:

The Director of Development will supervise one Development coordinator, a part-time grant writer, and support from marketing dept as well as fundraising-related consultants or volunteers for specific projects. 


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the government recommendations, this role will be a Hybrid (in person/virtual) position once it is deemed safe to fully return to the office. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. Our current office is in Santa Monica, CA. Travel to external meetings, with stakeholders and potential donors, will be required when necessary.

Ready to Succeed LA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

To apply

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]