Richmond Promise looking to hire director of development

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By Kathy Chouteau

Richmond Promise, an organization that aims to build a culture of degree and certificate attainment in Richmond, is looking to hire a director of development to join its team. Ideally, the person will start in the position by February 2023.

The full-time director of development will head up Richmond Promise’s funding portfolio and build a fundraising team that will help financially sustain the organization beyond its $35 million seed funding from Chevron Richmond. The organization launched in 2016 due to a $35 million, 10-year investment by the local refinery. Its funds are part of a $90 million community benefits agreement between the City of Richmond and Chevron connected to a $1 billion Refinery Modernization Project. 

According to the Richmond Promise, its seed funding is set to sunset in 2024, so the executive director and director of development will be responsible for raising approximately $3 to $5 million annually by the end of the current decade “to continue providing higher education access and success services to local youth.”

Working at an office in the Richmond Civic Center Plaza two days per week—with the option to work remotely three days per week—the director of development’s desired qualifications and skills include, per the Richmond Promise: Four-plus years of experience and success developing and implementing fundraising strategies focused on individual, foundation and corporation donors; experience managing staff members or demonstrated ability to serve as a manager; excellent written and oral communication skills; experience storytelling and creating successful fundraising narratives; competency with customer relationship management (CRM) databases; highly organized with strong attention to details; creative and innovative; strategic problem solver; proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce and Mailchimp (preferred); knowledge of or passion for postsecondary access and success work (preferred); understanding of the philanthropic landscape in Richmond and/or the Bay Area (strongly preferred); and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The salary range for the position is $120,000 to $150,000 based on experience and the benefits include a 10 percent retirement match after six months; three weeks of vacation annually; medical and dental coverage; and a professional development stipend. The person in the director of development position reports to the Richmond Promise’s executive director.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three professional references to Executive Director Chris Whitmore at: [email protected] with “Director of Development [YOUR LAST NAME]” in the subject line. “We will only contact your professional references after speaking with you and if you are a finalist for the position,” per the Richmond Promise.

For the full scope of the director of development position, click here. Learn more about the Richmond Promise here.