Director of Development

Posted a month ago
Main Location
Los Angeles, CA, United States
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In America today, 2.2 million people still do not have hot and cold running water, a bathtub or shower, or a working flush toilet. At least 44 million more do not have clean water that is safe to drink. DigDeep is the only WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) organization serving U.S. communities with the goal of closing the Water Gap once and for all. Founded in Los Angeles in 2012, DigDeep believes access to clean water is a human right. Today, DigDeep runs several nationally recognized programs that empower communities to build their own water and sanitation systems while investing in research, storytelling, and sector-building work.

Headquartered in Los Angeles with projects throughout the Southwest and beyond, DigDeep has a staff of 22 employees plus contractors. Its operating budget has nearly doubled over the past year to $4.2 million. Fundraising revenue is a fairly even split of individual and institutional support, including major gifts, grassroots/online giving, corporate sponsorship, foundation giving, and some public contracts. DigDeep has a grassroots donor base of more than 38,000 Americans behind them. They have also begun expanding their work to new areas of the country, leveraging and building relationships with major foundations, trade groups, companies, and benefactors like Jack Dorsey and Lana Del Rey who are passionate about the work.

The Director of Development is the senior staff member in charge or strategizing, coordinating, and implementing all aspects of DigDeep’s partnership and fundraising efforts. The Director of Development will be responsible for building and leading a high-performing Development Department, including producing high quality communications and development collateral, developing and maintaining effective tracking systems, and stewarding and expanding the donor portfolio.

She/He/They will lead the development team and function with particular focus on the following priorities:

  • Creating and implementing a strategic, diversified, multi-year development strategy for DigDeep
  • Envisioning and building a cross-functional development team to ensure DigDeep reaches (or exceeds) all organizational and revenue goals
  • Further professionalizing development programs and practices by implementing best-in-class fundraising tools, systems, and processes
  • Ensuring a collaborative and data-driven approach to all fundraising and donor relationship management

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • You believe anything is figure-out-able;
  • You are innovative and adaptive, devoted to professional growth based on lessons learned and constructive feedback;
  • You are a highly organized multi-tasker with a project management mindset;
  • You relate openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people;
  • You gain the trust of others through your honesty, integrity, and authenticity;
  • You love people and figuring out how to align their interests with opportunities to create change;
  • You understand the value of healthy data and are comfortable using CRM and data to make giving more predictable and efficient;
  • You have experience managing a staff and a budget of similar size and complexity;
  • You like to track your performance and continuously improve;
  • You have the flexibility to travel and attend meetings and events outside of regular business hours;
  • You are driven by a desire to make our country (and our world) a better place to live.
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Director of Development