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Development Director

Position Title: Development Director

Location: Hybrid remote

Application Deadline: Rolling basis until position is filled



The California Native Vote Project’s (CNVP) mission is to achieve equity and justice for Native American children, families and communities by increasing Native civic participation and power. CNVP is the first-of-its-kind statewide effort to engage Native American communities across dozens of counties to build political power through an integrated voter engagement strategy, which centers community organizing, and braids on top of that other strategies to achieve people-powered movements — including political education, leadership development; voter education, registration and protections; policy advocacy; research; and Native candidate preparation.  


Position Overview 

The Development Director’s primary role is to strategize and execute California Native Vote Project’s fundraising plan. This fundraising strategy will include the expansion of outreach and engagement of our grassroots operation (online), major/high net worth donors, partnerships/sponsorships and grants. In addition, this position is responsible for designing and launching an events-based fundraising strategy. 


Reporting Structure: This role reports to the Executive Director. 


Essential Duties: Fundraising Program Strategy & Execution (50%), Management & Strategy (30%) and Development Events Management (20%). 


Position Summary 


As a member of the CNVP Leadership Team, this position must also contribute, integrate, and hold themselves and their department accountable to CNVP’s vision, mission and values, and actively contribute towards the creation of a healthy organizational culture.  


Key goals of the Development Director include:  

  • Building a multi-year comprehensive development strategy that grows our funding from approximately $2 million to $5+ million over the next three years.  
  • Effectively managing and coaching the CNVP team, CNVP leadership, and consultants to execute multiple streams of funding (online, events, major donors, foundations, etc); and to pursue growth of a Development Department. 
  • Setting, pursuing, and evaluating goals for internal and external development programs (e.g. staff development as well as major donor and event outcomes) 
  • Innovating on known best practices in fundraising, management, and related work to support the strategic growth of the organization  



The Development Director is a high-level strategic role and leader of the CNVP team – they will ensure that many programs and projects are moving efficiently and effectively towards CNVP goals.  


Fundraising Program Strategy & Execution (50% of time):  

  • Develop and execute CNVP fundraising plan across all streams of income from online grassroots to major donors 
  • Ensure stewardship of donors of all levels, establishing goals and timelines with staff 
  • Liaise with and manage up to Executive Director to execute development outreach and strategies  
  • Build relationships with board members and high profile individuals, identifying their areas of contribution and stewarding them toward those goals 
  • Executing grant reports and meeting deadlines 


Management & Leadership (30% of time): 

  • Be an active leader and advocate for CNVP philosophy, mission, values, culture throughout the organization 
  • Continuously evaluate and innovate on fundraising strategies and tactics; support fundraising literacy across the organization 
  • Create and manage annual budgets, including revenue and expense projections 
  • Manage, mentor, and coach staff in line with CNVP values and performance management standards to ensure relevant key performance indicators are met; identify and support areas for professional development 
  • Oversee legal compliance of funding streams and financials 


Development Events Management (20% of time):  

  • Set strategy for CNVP overall fundraising events program, from grassroots online small donors to convening large events 
  • Support major donors for event planning and host committee building; prepare leadership in advance of events as needed 



  • Experience working with Native American communities and Tribal organizations, and a demonstrated commitment to and passion for the mission, vision, and values of CNVP. 
  • Well-developed experience and knowledge of fundraising with 501c3s 
  • Fundraising experience in major gifts and with high net-worth individuals; background in donor prospecting and research 
  • Background in one or more of the following: foundation fundraising, event fundraising, grassroots fundraising 
  • Experience working with organizers to tell the story of organizing for reporting and prospecting. 
  • An understanding of the national political fundraising landscape and ability to develop a unique selling proposition for our programs and mission 
  • Ability to demonstrate California Native Vote Project’s mission and organizational values 
  • Experienced leader who understands how to leverage their influence toward a collaborative, supportive culture of excellence  
  • Proven ability to build long-term relationships with a wide range of people; ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment  
  • Demonstrated sense of initiative and comfort driving forward a robust strategic vision to execute a bold, comprehensive fundraising program 
  • Past experience developing annual fundraising budgets and processes, ideally in multi-million dollar organizations 
  • Experience managing and developing a staff of direct reports, ideally in a remote team environment 
  • Comfort with quickly learning financial systems like Quickbooks, NGPVAN, and CRMs; using and analyzing data to make decisions and tell stories 
  • Experience overseeing or executing the design and production of fundraising materials 
  • Ability to work independently for extended periods of time in a remote environment   
  • California driver’s license, insurance, and regular access to a 4‐5 seat passenger car. 
  • Available to work flexible hours, including afternoons and occasional evening and weekend events. 
  • Ability to travel throughout the state as needed. 


In order to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, all California Native Vote Project employees are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination. California Native Vote Project will discuss reasonable accommodations with employees who may be unable to receive a vaccine due to disability, the advice of a medical provider, or sincerely held religious beliefs.  


Work Environment 

Hybrid in-person and virtual, with some evening and weekends. Some travel also required (pending COVID-19 restrictions).  

Physical Demands 

  • The position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day.   
  • The position requires the ability to stand and walk for long periods of time. 
  • The position requires occasionally lifting objects weighing up to 20 pounds. 
  • As this is a hybrid remote position, the person in this position must be able to communicate with colleagues, partners, and donors via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email.  
  • The position requires the ability to attend events that may encompass all or part of the work day, including overnight travel when necessary.  
  • This position will include intermittent travel  


Compensation commensurate with experience.  


To apply, email a cover letter and resume to, with subject line: Development Director.