Silicon Valley Director of Development

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Milpitas, California
Oct 23, 2019
Nov 22, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level


The Commonwealth Club is the largest and oldest public forum in the United States. Founded in 1903, the Club is a membership organization that hosts daily lectures and panel discussions on issues of public concern. The Club publishes a magazine, hosts a weekly national radio broadcast, produces podcasts and online videos, and is the leader in its field nationally and internationally. The Club is a fast-paced, lively and stimulating environment with nearly 500 programs a year ranging from literature to the economy.

Position Overview

The Commonwealth Club seeks a highly skilled and polished development professional with a track record of fundraising success to lead the development work in Silicon Valley for The Commonwealth Club. This is a key development leadership position that initially reports to the interim director of development and will eventually report to the vice president of development.

Reports to: Interim director of development / Vice president of development 

Job type: Full time


Essential Job Functions

• Work directly with the president & CEO and the Silicon Valley Advisory Council on key strategic fundraising initiatives for Silicon Valley, including a capital/endowment campaign

• Meet quarterly fundraising benchmarks related to:

                   - Board and Silicon Valley Advisory Council giving

                   - Corporate and foundation partnership portfolio      

                   - Gala and special events

                   - Individual giving

                   - Capital/endowment campaign

• Expand development in Silicon Valley by building and maintaining local philanthropic relationships

• Establish development events specific to Silicon Valley 

• Prepare appropriate development reports for Executive, Finance, Silicon Valley Advisory Council and Board of Governors committee meetings

• Work with development and accounting departments to ensure accurate gift entry for major gifts and regularly monitor development income/expenses

• Collaborate and coordinate inter-departmentally with peers


Education and Experience Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred

• A minimum of five years' fundraising experience in diverse capacities (major gifts, special events, corporate sponsorships, etc.)

• Experience working with high-level volunteer committees and C-Suite leaders

• Energy, integrity and confidence to pick up projects midway and/or to create new projects

• Ability to expand a prospect base in Silicon Valley                                                                                                                                                                      

Desirable Qualifications

• Knowledge of Bay Area, specifically Silicon Valley, philanthropic landscape 

• Proficiency with donor database software such as Raiser’s Edge is preferred

• Ability to quickly pick up new software and supportive technologies (Trello, Airtable, BBNC, Slack)



Sobrato Center for Nonprofits – Milpitas

578 Valley Way

Milpitas, CA 95035



The Commonwealth Club of California is a nonprofit organization; salary is competitive and based on experience.


To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter including salary expectations.

Questions may be directed to No phone calls, please.

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