Join Our Team Director of Development

Isla Vista Youth Projects is seeking a social-justice oriented, collaborative, committed, entrepreneurial and detail-oriented Director of Development to lead our development effort. Key responsibilities include: implement and manage our fund development plan, supervise and manage grant writer, cultivate and steward donors, and oversee marketing and communications. This is a great position for someone with experience in fundraising, grant-writing, and event planning who is ready to grow in their career.

About the position:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development (DD) leads our development team to implement the agency fund development plan. The DD will work collaboratively with the ED, the Assistant Executive Director and program leads to secure private and public support for IVYP from individuals, corporations, foundations and government entities. The DD will develop an operations plan for development, including donor cultivation and stewardship; grant applications, grant reports and funder relations; and special events. The DD will oversee agency marketing and communications efforts, including newsletters, annual report, social media, and brand management. The Development Director will participate as a member of the agency executive leadership team and will assume a strategic role in the overall management. The successful candidate will be a team player who shows initiative, has passion for IVYP’s mission and has a track record of success in grants management, fund development and marketing.


The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator, is highly organized, and is passionate about our mission.

Education, Certification, and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university and 5 years fundraising experience is preferred. The candidate must have a passion for IVYP’s mission and the ability to convey that to others. Must have a valid California drivers’ license, clean DMV record, and criminal record clearance from the Department of Justice.


Communications skills – Speaks and writes clearly and informatively, listens to others, works to resolve conflicts and maintains confidentiality, able to effectively present information and respond to questions from staff, partners, donors, and the community.

Professionalism – Approaches others with tact, reacts well under pressure, treats others with respect and consideration, keeps commitments and accepts responsibility for own actions, works with integrity and upholds IVYP values. Ability to exercise a high level of discretion and professionalism in handling sensitive situations.

Initiative – Undertakes self-development activities, is a solution seeker, looks for and takes advantage of opportunities, asks for and offers help when needed.

Customer Service – Manages difficult situations, with supervisory support as needed, responds promptly to others’ needs, solicits feedback, promptly responds to request for service and assistance.

Dependability – Can be relied on to meet schedules and deadlines, must be punctual, responds to management direction in a timely manner, takes responsibility for own actions, keeps commitments, able to create and implement measureable objectives and goals.

Planning and Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities, manages competing priorities, uses time efficiently, sets goals and objectives, develops realistic action plans and takes responsibility for implementing them.

Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, gathers and analyzes information skillfully, develops alternative solutions, works well in a group problem solving situations, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Leadership – Displays passion and optimism, inspires respect and trust, provides vision and inspiration to colleagues, gives appropriate recognition to others, displays willingness to make decisions, exhibits sounds judgment, identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner.

Team Management – Leads the development department by nurturing a supportive, strengths- based, growth-oriented team environment.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands 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 essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to:

  • Stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch.
  • Drive from one location to another
  • Lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Drive from one location to another.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • While performing the duties of the position, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions.

Hours of Employment:

This is a full time position. A full time work schedule will be established in consultation with the Executive Director, some evening and weekend hours may apply. The normal work week is Monday – Friday.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary range is $80,000 – $100,000 and will be determined on the basis of experience. Benefit package includes employer contribution to health insurance, paid sick, vacation, and personal time, an employer match to our 403b retirement plan, and Basic Term Life insurance.


IVYP provides equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, general expression, age, veteran status, or any other protected classification.

To Apply

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter to Lori Lander Goodman, Executive Director,