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California Youth Connection

Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships

Development – Oakland , California
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time Exempt
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Salary: $80,000-$85,000


Job Description

Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships 

Title: Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships 

Location: California (not limited to Oakland)

Salary: $80,000-$85,000

Supervisor: Executive Director 


• Health, vision and dental insurance (employee- 100% plan)

• Retirement plan option (up to 3% match)

• Generous Holidays

• Vacation and Sick Paid Time Off

• Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance

• Flexible Work Schedule

Organization Description

California Youth Connection (CYC) was founded in 1988 by foster youth and adult supporters. It has evolved into a vibrant statewide youth leadership, advocacy and training organization with county-based chapters throughout California with five satellite offices. California Youth Connection (CYC) is a non-profit youth-led organization that nurtures youth leadership to transform the foster care system through legislative, practice, and policy change. We implement our youth-led model through base building and providing a strong foundation and support for diverse approaches to leadership.

Outstanding people are the key to our success. As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit individuals without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.

Position Summary

The Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnership is a skilled narrator, strong writer, and people-person who motivates others to support the mission and vision of California Youth Connection. They are the primary relationship manager and first point of contact for our funder/donor portfolio, including ongoing engagement, one-on-one relationship building, internal and external communications, and timely and high quality reporting. Working closely with the team of directors they lead the organization’s public relations strategies and hold the vision for intersecting of youth leadership and advocacy in foster care.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Engage donors and community partners through trusted, values-driven relationships.

Create sustainable funding models and raise dollars and major gifts for systems transformation.

Build and sustain relationships that energize and motivate funders and community partners to take actions.

• Oversee the government and foundation fundraising processes including managing high-level relationships, managing contracts, responding to RFPs, and driving the fundraising and reporting processes.

• Lead proposal development and creation of pitch decks and concept strategy documents for prospective philanthropic partners.

• Make public appearances and attend networking events and speaking engagements to share the mission and accomplishments of CYC.

• Track and acknowledge all donations, manage donor database, perform data entry and analysis as needed.

• Lead collaborative planning with staff and board for fundraising events and donor receptions.

• Build and sustain strong organization brand internally and externally; maintain integrity of brand and identity.

• Oversee and provide vision for development communications including annual report, collateral, videos, social media, and press presence, etc.

Other Duties:

• Staff the Board of Directors meetings and the development committee.

• Create regular reports for CYC leadership and board on development relationship management.

• Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

• An absolute love and passion for the mission of California Youth Connection.

• Finds fulfillment in working with youth and young adults as partners and collaborators.

• Brings grace and unwavering confidence to raising money for an established, ever expanding youth-led organization.

• Minimum 5 years work experience in fast-paced, growth-oriented organization(s), specifically in a non-profit as the primary development role, with significant portion of past portfolio(s) working with large foundations and donors.

• Capable of producing written documents and pitch decks with a very fast turnaround, in a way that reflect a clear understanding of funder goals and how those intersect with CYC programs.

• Experience with C-level partnerships including heads of foundations, heads of Corporate Social Responsibility, and senior program officers.

• Skill and comfort using data to support arguments and decision-making.

• High energy and experience managing multiple projects and stakeholder demands simultaneously. Independent and able to manage individual relationships, while also being a team player and communicative with a broad set of stakeholders.

• Excellent verbal/written communication, excellent listening skills, and high emotional intelligence.

• Adept at PowerPoint, Word and Excel and Google equivalents.

• Able to travel throughout the state of California (25% time) and to work flexible hours (e.g., occasional evenings and weekends).

Preferred Qualifications

• Well-developed organizational skills, including the ability to create, communicate, and execute quarterly and multi-year plans.

• Experience with nonprofit communications goals, strategies, and technologies.


• Strong commitment to the organization’s mission and values, including a love for working with young people.

• Desire to build trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds.

• Flexible, adaptable, and dependable working individually and in teams.

• Curious and love to continuously learning.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job’s essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to remain in the stationary position for long periods while operating a computer to create documents, conducting Internet research, sending and receiving email and participating in meetings; communicate on a telephone and in person; read and write’ apply logic and focus attention in the presence of distractions. Occasional requirements are to move about the office to access file cabinets, office equipment, etc.

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  • Location
    Oakland , California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time Exempt
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Salary: $80,000-$85,000
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