Director of Advancement

San Francisco, California
$125,000 to $140,000
Apr 05, 2021
May 05, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

The Director of Advancement is a visionary leader who inspires stakeholders to invest in 826 Valencia’s mission and programs. As a member of the leadership team and the staff member chiefly responsible for contributed revenue (approximately 95% of its annual income), the Director of Advancement is responsible for both strategic communications and fundraising (including major and annual gifts from individuals, foundations, corporations and government). Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Board, the Director of Advancement oversees all aspects of comprehensive and strategic fundraising plans and awareness-building campaigns (from ideation to implementation and cycles of improvement) that meet both short- and long-term revenue goals. This position effectively manages and supports the Advancement Team, and helps build collaboration across the organization. The person in this role also spearheads an organization-wide culture of philanthropy, and champions our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled advancement leader to join this iconic, mission-driven, and stable organization on the eve of its 20th anniversary and define the next chapter in its evolution in service to its students.  


826 Valencia is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our innovative model has inspired more than 40 like-minded organizations world-wide.


The Director of Advancement reports to the Executive Director of 826 Valencia and manages four staff members: the Director of Institutional Gifts, Director of Individual Philanthropy, Development and Annual Fund Coordinator, and Communications Manager. (The Advancement Team also includes a full-time Grants and Development Coordinator, and part-time Communications Associate, supervised by other team members.)  


Development and Fundraising 

  • Lead fundraising and communications efforts, including individual and corporate giving, foundation, and government grants, raising upwards of $4.5M annually
  • Develop and execute annual and long-term fundraising plans, employing best practices to maximize contributed revenue, scale the organization and provide for its future sustainability; for the 2022 calendar year, include special coordinated events, messaging, and fundraising opportunities in honor of 826 Valencia’s 20th Anniversary
  • Provide assistance and leadership to the Executive Director and Board members to build and maintain long-term relationships with donors and to cultivate effective, meaningful relationships with prospects that lead to measurable results
  • Manage a personal portfolio of major individual, corporate and foundation donors, with full responsibility for all cultivation, stewardship and progressive levels of engagement and giving
  • Design innovative and high quality opportunities for donor involvement and stewardship, leveraging best practices for community-centric fundraising and equity
  • Evaluate and analyze the existing development program and implement effective changes, responses to changing environment, policies and procedures to increase overall development performance
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with donors, key decision-makers, staff, and a variety of stakeholders and audiences from diverse backgrounds
  • With the Director of Institutional Giving, oversee and participate in the preparation of high-quality, targeted grant proposals and reports that inspire deeper donor connection and investment
  • With the Development and Annual Fund Coordinator, oversee the management of the donor database and ensure the accuracy of donor records
  • With the Director of Individual Philanthropy, oversee the creation and execution of both high-level and low-level fundraising events


  • In collaboration with the Communications Manager, guide strategic, on-brand, and timely communications (publications, social media and publicity) to build audience and position the organization as a thought leader in topics including writing, educational equity, and student voice

Organizational Leadership

  • Build a culture of philanthropy: guide the Board, staff, and volunteers in understanding and implementing development best practices and integrating the work into all aspects of the organization
  • Serve on the 826 Valencia leadership team to support team members from diverse backgrounds and help build a collaborative, mission-driven, and effective work culture
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director and Department Heads to establish and support the strategic direction for 826 Valencia, and integrate the team’s work to support the organizational vision and mission
  • Collaborate across the 826 Network, supporting, teaching and learning from the cohort of 826 Development Directors across the country to build the strength of the network

Other Responsibilities

  • Attend staff meetings and meet all deadlines
  • Attend National Conference and other professional development workshops, conferences, seminars, etc.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 10 years of progressive responsibility in fundraising
  • At least 5 years experience managing fundraising staff
  • Demonstrated ability to solicit and close major gifts, especially individuals in the six-figure range
  • Experience in best-practice protocols and systems, including creating development strategies and research profiles, data gathering and interpretation, and external environmental analysis
  • Proven experience and proficiency at developing and maintaining a large number and wide range of relationships, both externally and internally within an organization
  • Knowledge and commitment to addressing issues impacting youth from under-resourced communities, as well as advancing social justice generally
  • Public relations, media and communications experience (preferred)
  • Planned giving training or experience (preferred)
  • Excellent command of English language and grammar, both verbal and written
  • Proficient with computer applications – a thorough understanding of the Microsoft Office and Google suite and the ability to learn and master other computer technology/software programs as needed
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar CRM systems
  • Must be able to complete a background check and tuberculosis screening


This full-time, exempt role is based at Tenderloin Center at 180 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, currently remote with high-speed Internet access needed, but will return to the office when we reopen our centers. Candidates must be located in or willing to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area, and able to work in an open-office environment where there may be substantial ambient noise and overheard conversations. Flexible work schedule Monday through Friday (e.g., 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) with some evenings and weekends as required.


  • $125,000 to $140,000 Annual Salary
  • Paid Time Off: 15 Vacation days per year (increases to 20 days after two years), approximately 9 Wellness days per year, 12 Holidays, and winter office closure. (Additional COVID-19 paid time off available through federal and state COVID-19 leave regulations)
  • Health insurance coverage, Employee Assistance Program, group life insurance
  • Pre-Tax Savings: 401(k) plan with <1% employer match, Flexible Spending Account for health and dependent care expenses, Commuter Benefits
  • Professional development funds (budget permitting)
  • Reimbursement for local work-related travel expenses, such as between writing centers and school sites. While working remotely due to COVID-19, partial reimbursement for high-speed Internet and utilities
  • 30% discount at all 826 Valencia stores


Please fill out this brief application: Submit your cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to by April 23. Write “Director of Advancement” in the subject line. This position is open until filled, with an ideal start date of June 1, 2021.


826 Valencia is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 826 Valencia does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, political orientation, disability, veteran status, or gender identity or expression. For more information, read the 826 Stand.

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