Development Director


Compensation: $75,000 – $90,000 DOE/neg.
Reports to: President & CEO

The San Diego Police Foundation exists for one reason: to raise much-needed funds for the San Diego Police Department. Every dime we raise helps our heroic men and women in blue get the equipment, training and outreach programs they need to fight crime. Our support includes:
• Funding critical needs and shortages that shrinking budgets no longer cover.
• Supporting programs that fight domestic violence, online predators, and more.
• Advocating for better safety measures and practices in our communities.
• Strengthening the mutually beneficial relationship between SDPD and the public it serves.
• Raising awareness of the outstanding service the SDPD provides to our communities

The addition of the new Development Director position will bring our team up to 6 full-time and 3 part-time staff members, all based at our office in the Little Italy area of Downtown San Diego. While our fundraising efforts continue year-round, we host 3 major annual events in February, May and September, with an overall total fundraising goal of $1.5 million in 2018.The Foundation is an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, governed by a volunteer board of 20 of community and business leaders. While we support many areas for the SDPD, we do not fund personnel, regular police vehicles, lethal weapons, officer’s uniforms or standard police equipment. As a foundation, we are primarily a fundraising and grantmaking entity, so in general we do not provide direct services. We do operate one program: SafetyNet: SmartCyberChoices®, an internet safety program for teens and adults.

The Development Director will have major responsibility for our entire portfolio, including: individual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate sponsorships/giving, grants and contracts/earned revenue. They will have wide latitude to develop new and existing funding streams to help diversify the organization’s revenue base. It is envisioned the Director will take ownership for most of our development functions, working closely with the President & CEO. She/he will have the opportunity to grow their career as the organization scales. This is a very high-profile position, requiring attendance at events across the community, as well as some public speaking.

We envisage the new Development Director will focus on the following strategic priorities:
1. Develop engagement strategies to cultivate new and existing donors
2. Expand our annual giving campaign
3. Build and execute a monthly giving strategy, working to cultivate and upgrade existing donors to major/strategic funders
4. Increase our base of companies supporting the Foundation via corporate sponsorships.

• Work closely with the CEO on strategic fundraising initiatives.
• Identify, research and solicit potential donors and funding sources.
• Partner with our contract grant writer and staff to identify, pursue and secure grant opportunities.
• Develop and scale our monthly and annual giving campaigns.
• Leverage her/his existing circles of influence.
• Oversee continuing improvement of our fundraising databases and systems.
• Participate in the establishment of development policies, procedures, plans, goals and budgets.
• Assist with the planning and implementation of fundraising events to deliver a superb donor experience and meet fundraising goals.
• Provide outstanding customer service and support to donors, volunteers, staff and other community contacts.
• Develop a working knowledge of police policies and best practices.
• Keep up-to-date on relevant current events, and assess how trends affect donor perspectives and suggest opportunities for the Police Foundation.
• Through research and contact with donors, develop a deeply informed sense of their interests, capacity and viewpoint.
• Author, inform, and enhance communications to donors, including newsletter articles, routine correspondence, and personal communiques.

• Attention to detail – someone who takes a lot of pride in their work.
• Ability to create and drive high-level strategy.
• Charismatic, driven, and able to naturally inspire and motivate.
• Patient and savvy relationship builder.
• Outstanding oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
• Articulate, poised and comfortable with public speaking.
• Superior attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
• Quick, nimble and flexible work style.
• Strong writing and editing skills.
• Excellent organizational, time management, multi-tasking, and planning skills.
• Possesses a strong spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.
• Ability to work autonomously to achieve goals, and hold others accountable as well.
• Demonstrates initiative and sound decision making skills.
• Maintains an upbeat and enthusiastic attitude, even under pressure.
• Willingness to jump in and assist colleagues with a variety of tasks across the organization.
• Ability to work early mornings, evenings and weekends as required for donor events.

• A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education, experience in a development department and a proven track record in fundraising.
• A minimum of 3 years of experience in fundraising within a nonprofit setting.
• Additional significant experience with community relations.
• Successful track record of working with corporate donors, individual donors and third-party organizations/community partners.
• Social media experience would be very helpful.

The San Diego Police Foundation is a 100% drug-free workplace. An employment offer will be contingent upon successful completion of drug and background checks.

For more information or to apply, please contact:
Trevor Blair, Principal, Blair Search Partners