Director of Development
Mill Valley, CA
Salary Range: $100,000 – $135,000
SHE-CAN Director of Development Job Description, Mill Valley, Marin County, California

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Director of Development
Mill Valley, CA, USA


SHE-CAN (Supporting Her Education Changes A Nation) is a global non-profit organization that builds female global leadership in post-conflict countries. We help passionate young leaders win scholarships to U.S. colleges and universities, provide leadership training, and pair them with U.S. mentor teams who help them thrive in college and launch change-agent careers at home. To date, we have helped 103 young women from Rwanda, Cambodia, Liberia, and Guatemala win $27M+ in full scholarships at top U.S. colleges.  

When fully staffed, the organization has 14 full-time employees, one part-time, and four in-country Coordinators.  There are seven members of the Board of Directors.  The annual budget in FY 2022/23 was $1.8M, and FY 2023/24 will be $2.5M. SHE-CAN hosts an annual gala that raised $1.3M last year. SHE-CAN has 500 mentors and over 100 volunteers across the U.S. SHE-CAN has established formal relationships with 12 top U.S. colleges that provide full-ride scholarships for our scholars. For more details, visit our website at  

Role and Responsibility 

Reporting to the COO, the Development Director will run our fundraising program and ensure long-term relationships are initiated and cultivated.  

Key Responsibilities 

  • Spearhead and execute long-term Development Strategy, including growing the donor base, diversifying funding streams, strengthening donor cultivation, and bringing current and prospective donors into a long-term giving plan.  
  • Manage marketing and social media team, including providing high-level support to the Marketing Manager in executing social media outreach and events, including our annual gala.  
  • Oversee Donation Processing, including overseeing the preparation of financial projections and evaluating fundraising performance with the Development Coordinator and CFO. Manage Development  Coordinator with donation processing & invoicing.  
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Top Priorities

  1. Fundraising Expert: Proven fundraiser including successful track records in securing donations, grants, and sponsorships.
  2. Strategic Planner: Successful at developing and implementing long-term fundraising plans and campaigns, setting fundraising goals, developing strategies, and measuring performance.
  3. Relationship Builder: Knowledge of donor stewardship and cultivation techniques. Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with donors, sponsors, and funding partners. Strong connections within the nonprofit sector, philanthropic community, and potential donor networks.
  4. Innovator: Proven track record of bringing innovation: identifying new fundraising opportunities and diversifying revenue sources.
  5. Communicator: Excellent written and verbal communication skills for grant writing, donor communications, and public relations.


  • Minimum of 5+ years’ experience in fundraising, including a track record of leading successful fundraising efforts including foundations and grants. 
  • Knowledge of and connections within the Development Landscape: SF Bay Area experience preferred. 
  • Staff management experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills. 
  • Skilled project manager and able to juggle multiple tasks. 
  • Team Player: Collaborative, resourceful, adaptable, willing to go above and beyond to support the entire team. 
  • Tech Proficient: With essential tech skills, Salesforce or other CRM expertise is ideal.  

Benefits and Compensation

Hours: This is a 40-hour-a-week in-person, salaried position in our Mill Valley office, Monday-Friday, 9:30-5:30. 

Onsite: The in-person aspect of this job is non-negotiable. Candidates must live in the San Francisco Bay Area within a reasonable commute time of our office.

Compensation: $100-$135K annually. 

Benefits: Free parking, 20 days of annual PTO, a $50/month tech stipend, and a monthly healthcare reimbursement of $200 as described in the employee handbook. 


To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Stacy Nelson & Associates-Leadership Search Partners at or at [email protected].

SHE-CAN is an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.