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Director of Development

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Director of Development

Location: Bay Area, CA

Reports To: Executive Director

FLSA Status: Full-time/Exempt



Founded nearly 35 years ago, the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is a non-profit legal services organization and the community-based clinical program for UC Berkeley Law School with a dual service and teaching mission. As one of the Bay Area’s largest and most effective systems disruptors, EBCLC is a racial justice organization committed to providing impactful, holistic legal services, policy work, and litigation strategies across eight program areas: Clean Slate, Community Economic Justice, Consumer Justice, Education Defense & Justice for Youth, Health & Welfare, Housing, Immigration, and  Social Work. EBCLC is building a culturally diverse workplace and a union-organized workplace, that is centered on an Internal Equity and Inclusion Roadmap that guides the organization’s equity priorities. With about 80 staff, and 150 law students a year, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal services in Alameda, County servicing over 5,000 clients annually and engaging in legislative and advocacy efforts at the state and local levels. To learn more about EBCLC and our work, please visit



We are seeking a dynamic visionary and people-centered relational leader to serve as EBCLC’s next Director of Development (DoD) to guide the organization in achieving its financial and organizational priorities. The DoD will bring skills and expertise to lead the development and implementation of a multi-faceted resource & fund development plan in support of an annual $10 million budget that is funded with the support of foundations, state and city government contracts, individual donors, legal fees, and through its affiliation with the UC Berkeley Law School program. The DoD will be someone who is invested in systems change work and would be energized to join the EBCLC Executive Team while also serving as a thought-partner to the Executive Director, Board and EBCLC Team (including 6 direct reports) as we work together to create the organizational vision and planning for EBCLC’s next chapter.


Primary Responsibilities

●      Develop and execute a multi-year, sustainable strategic fundraising plan to maintain and significantly increase EBCLC’s portfolio of high-net-worth individual donors, government, and institutional funders for a $10 million organization looking to significantly increase our operating budget over the next 3-5 years

●       Lead cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of an existing portfolio of major funders and partners

●       Foster a collaborative, team-based environment that promotes team growth and professional development for a talented Team which includes 6 direct reports

●       Identify, qualify and cultivate new relationships with local institutional funders, including government funding sources, that align with EBCLC’s growth plans and core values and have the capacity to make 6-7 figure gifts

●       Support the Board of Directors in development activities and staff a Development Committee within the Board of Directors

●       Build and foster an organization-wide culture of fundraising that empowers the Development Team to engage program staff in best practices in fundraising

●       Work collaboratively and cross-functionally across teams in designing and implementing sound fundraising and communications strategies

●       Serve as a member of EBCLC’s 7-person Executive Team to lead the organization on all organization-wide matters



●       Commitment to racial justice and the mission and goals of EBCLC

●       Minimum of 7+ years of related development experience preferably in the non-profit sector, with experience in marketing, outreach, and fundraising strategies yielding 6-to-7 figure gifts from foundations, high-net-worth individuals and major gifts

●       Solid people and project management skills, including the ability to support and manage colleagues while prioritizing multiple projects and competing deadlines while maintaining strong attention to detail

●       Strategic and tactical leader capable of creating a high-level vision and action plan for the Development Team

●       Creative and compelling storyteller that is comfortable using data to communicate the organizational impact

●       Effective communicator that is able to meet the needs of internal and external stakeholders through active listening, respect, empathy, and connection

●       Demonstrated ability in partnering with external stakeholders and engaging them in meaningful ways; Ability to “manage up, down, and across” to utilize staff time effectively in order to achieve goals

●       Ability and confidence to represent the organization in meetings with funders and experience in preparing leadership (e.g. executive-level staff and Board members) for high-stakes funding opportunities

●       Ability to provide strategic input on communications, including having cultural awareness and sensitivity towards effective messaging, especially on issues impacting marginalized communities



Due to COVID-19, all EBCLC employees are working remotely. The DoD and most EBCLC employees will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future.  Some in-person meetings and events should be expected. EBCLC will provide the necessary equipment to fulfill the job responsibilities of working from home.



Dependent on experience, the budgeted annual salary range for this position is $100,000 to $115,000.


Additional benefits include 100% fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, vision) for employees and dependents, life and disability insurance, and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays). EBCLC also offers flexible spending accounts for qualified health, dependent care, and commuter costs; retirement options; and professional development support.



Select “Apply for this Position” below to submit a resume and targeted cover letter, addressed to Vanessa Ramirez, Recruitment Consultant, that speaks to your passion for EBCLC’s mission and answers the question, “Why are you specifically interested in working at EBCLC and taking on the DoD opportunity? How are you best aligned to take on the DoD role?”


The priority application deadline for this role is Friday, November 11, 2022.


For any questions about the position, please direct your questions to Vanessa Ramirez at



We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally excluded communities to apply. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal justice system, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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