Associate Director of Development

Create CA

Pasadena, CA

Create CA seeks a full-time Associate Director of Development who will oversee individual giving, major gifts, events, and corporate sponsorships. The Associate Director of Development will be a key member of the development team, providing critical support for institutional giving, the donor management database, and other development needs for Create’s Pasadena office and statewide team. This position reports to the Deputy Director.

Create CA’s mission is to advocate for high quality arts education for all students by providing policy expertise and by mobilizing a statewide network of advocates and allied partners. Create CA is the only statewide organization that brings together all primary constituencies for arts education, including arts organizations, K-12 teachers, professional teacher associations, state and local education departments, professional development providers, parents and PTAs, and interested community members in higher education and business. Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core to our organizational values and integrated into our external and internal processes. For more information, please visit and statement

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Working closely with the Executive Director and Deputy Director, oversee individual giving, major gifts, events, and corporate sponsorships and support institutional giving by processing grant paperwork, monitoring deadlines, and submitting proposals and reports.
• Build relationships with, cultivate and solicit donors, including but not limited to: board members, individual donors, major donors, legacy society members, corporate sponsors.
• Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders including but not limited to: fund development consultants, event planners, and other contractors.
• Maintain donor development database and coordinate with third-party vendors as appropriate.
• Conduct donor prospect research.
• Implement and refine Fund Diversification Plan, striving to meet or exceed annual development goals.
• Work closely with the Board Fund Development Committee on meeting planning and objectives.
• Provide training and technical assistance to board and staff engaged in donor solicitation.
• Coordinate with senior leadership on the development and implementation of a comprehensive membership structure.
• Coordinate with policy, programs, and operations staff on communications, social media, and other earned income streams.
• Work closely with operations team to ensure development activities comply with legal and fiscal guidelines.
• Develop and implement legacy giving program.
• Coordinate logistics, prepare materials, and execute donor meetings and special events.
• Process, track and acknowledge donations.
• Oversee direct mail campaigns.
• Produce fundraising dashboards, reports, and monitor development goals on an ongoing basis and provide recommendations for improvement including new and innovative fundraising ideas.
• Respond to public inquiries and represent Create CA effectively to the public.
• Model and cultivate a healthy workplace culture, including uplifting racial diversity, equity and inclusion values as described in Create CA’s Racial Equity Statement.
• Provide other development support as needed.

Physical Requirements
• Duties require occasional lifting of up to 20 lbs.

Job Qualifications
Experience: 3-5 years of mid-level fund development experience required.
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ideal candidate will have/be:
• Exemplary organizational, time management, project management, analytic and coordination skills.
• Highly motivated, able to plan proactively, prioritize tasks, and manage competing priorities.
• Excellent attention to detail and follow through on projects/tasks.
• Strong written and spoken communication and interpersonal skills and ability to connect with diverse audiences.
• Stellar notetaking, editing and proofreading skills.
• Knowledge using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Macintosh or PC platform required.
• Experience with Google Workspace, Smartsheet, Dropbox, Zoom, and/or donor databases desired but not required.
• Experience building and maintaining organizational systems and processes including donor management systems and project management highly desired.
• General technological savvy and strong online research skills.
• Friendly and professional presence in telephone, virtual, and face-to-face communication
• Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team structure.
• Ability to handle sensitive information with tact and discretion.
• Ease working with and ability to present complex data to a variety of audiences in a simple, understandable way.
• Honesty, integrity, ability to adapt to change and provide solution-oriented approaches.
• Valid California driver’s license.

Position Specifications & Benefits
• Full-time employee, exempt position.
• Competitive compensation commensurate to applicant’s experience (Range of $85K-$90K).
• Benefits include: Medical, Dental and Vision coverage, 401(k) plan participation and matching, as well as Sick, Vacation and Holiday pay.
• Create CA is committed to employee professional development and supports opportunities for training and growth.
• The position requires occasional travel throughout California and to select events.
• This position is hybrid (virtual and in-person). The selected candidate must agree to reside in California.

Application Process
To apply, submit the following as one (1) attachment in pdf format to [email protected] with the subject line “Associate Director of Development” by 5/13/2022: • Resume • Cover letter Applicants will be contacted only if the applicant’s skills match the job requirements. No calls please. Anticipated start date is July/August 2022.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Create CA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Create CA seeks diversity and does not discriminate based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or any other basis protected by law.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

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