Ecology Center

Development Director

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Posted On: Wednesday, 29th August 2018
Category: Administrative
Location: Berkeley, California
2530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite H, Berkeley, California 94702
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

Ecology Center Background:

The Ecology Center’s mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. The Ecology Center transforms the ideas of sustainability into everyday practice. We offer information you can act on, infrastructure you can count on, and leadership for lasting change. We are working toward a world of resilient communities, zero waste and toxics, equal access to healthy food, sustainable resource use, and a safe and stable climate.

Founded in the run-up to the first Earth Day in 1970, the Ecology Center has been a regional and national leader on a wide range of issues, turning vision into action and cementing it with advocacy. We operate the nation’s first and longest running curbside recycling service, nationally recognized food and farming programs, and model education and engagement activities.

We are a committed, congenial, and diverse staff dedicated to making the world a better place through action. Every employee is integral to the success of our organization. We value vision, collaboration, and creative problem-solving. If you are passionate, talented, and qualified, we encourage you to apply to be part of our team.


Fund Development:

The Ecology Center is a membership organization built on direct services, strong community connections, face-to-face client engagement, on-line communications, strong administration, and deep organizational relationships. For the last decade, our membership has been solid and steady, allowing us to survive the economic challenges and branch out into new areas. Our service, quality, visibility, and impact have grown significantly while our membership has remained static. The Ecology Center is seeking to build a sustainable, long-term fund development program that steadily increases both numbers of members and total giving. We are seeking a Development Director who can lead a quantum leap in turning our engagement into membership growth, thereby increasing our organizational capacity to achieve ambitious goals.


Summary of Responsibilities:

The Ecology Center Development Director is responsible for developing and maintaining a highly effective fundraising and fund development program. The Development Director is part of the Senior Management Team, reporting to the Executive Director and assisting in visioning and executing the overall development of the organization in alignment with the Strategic Plan. The Development Director engages Program Directors and staff to plan, execute, and report on all charitable fund development strategies including membership, major donor, sponsors, and foundations.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with Executive Director and senior management team to create annual fundraising goals and plan; participate in organizational strategic planning

  • Execute annual fundraising budget goals and oversee Fundraising program budget

  • Prepare Annual Report and quarterly progress reports for executive team and Board

  • Develop and execute significant acquisition, cultivation, retention, and elevation strategies for individual giving

  • Develop and execute systems to increase number of members and total giving

  • Cultivate, initiate, and play a leadership role in donor engagement and face-to-face meetings

  • Ensure timely and efficient fulfillment of all grant and contract submissions, reporting, and acknowledgement requirements; provide oversight of and direction to contracted Institutional Grants Director

  • Develop and maintain foundation and donor tracking systems that provide the infrastructure for increased private funding

  • Develop and maintain communications with the general public, Berkeley and regional communities, outside agencies, professional organizations, the local business community, faith-based, nonprofit and other organizations to promote and build the Ecology Center’s donor base

  • Work with Executive Director and Board of Directors to expand and develop fundraising skills and capacity

  • Plan and execute effective annual fundraising events

  • Oversee, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate performance of Fundraising staff and volunteers

  • Observe safe operating practices and ensure staff compliance with organizational safety policies

  • Maintain familiarity with, follow, and ensure staff compliance with all Ecology Center policies and procedures in the performance of daily duties

  • Performs other duties as assigned



We are seeking a seasoned, dedicated, and ambitious self-starter with strong leadership and management skills. This is a senior position that will also engage in long-term strategic visioning and planning. This position requires an exceptional capacity for teamwork as well as the ability to be self-directed. In addition, qualified candidates will have the following:

  • Proven management experience in a non-profit environment

  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and membership development

  • Demonstrated cultural competency engaging individuals of high net worth

  • Strong knowledge of and commitment to environmental and social justice issues and values

  • Experience in developing and managing complex budgets

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated skills in developing social and digital media strategies, with successful online giving cultivation experience

  • High computer proficiency using cloud based platforms, office software, and web research

  • Strong knowledge of membership / donor databases, tracking, and reporting

  • Strong abilities to research, gather, and analyze funder information for strategic purposes

  • Proactive worker with excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Management professional who pays attention to both detail and bigger picture goals

  • Intelligent, hard-working, and “Can Do” attitude

  • Flexible, responsive, and able to manage diverse priorities

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions of a highly responsible nature

  • Ability to manage confidential information in a responsible and discreet manner

  • Ability to solve complex problems where no standardization exists

  • Ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and local laws, rules and ordinances


Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in marketing, communications, or related field. Graduate level or non-profit educational credentials preferred

  • Minimum 5 years progressive non-profit development experience required



Competitive annual salary (annual range $87,000 to $97,000 DOE) plus generous benefits, including fully paid medical and dental insurance, vacation & holiday leave, employer matched 401k plan.


To Apply:

  1. Complete application found at

  2. Send completed application, resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Please put “Development Director” in the subject line.


Open until filled. Please apply early as this position may close at any time.


We value diversity. People of color, people LGBTQIA-identified, women, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE/AA.

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