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 15 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  

At SHE-CAN you’ll find mentors, allies, and friends who are committed to our mission. We are all about community-it takes a community to build community for our scholars, and we understand that it takes a community for our team to be successful.

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 and invoicing of pledges which is handled by the Financial
    Specialist who reports directly to the CFO, with a dotted line to the DoD.
  • Oversee preparation of financial projections and evaluating fundraising performance with
    the Development Coordinator and CFO.


Top Priorities

  • Fundraising Expert: Proven fundraiser including successful track records in securing donations, grants, and sponsorships.
  • Strategic Planner: Successful at developing and implementing long-term fundraising plans and campaigns, setting fundraising goals, developing strategies, and measuring performance.
  • 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.
  • Innovator: Proven track record of bringing innovation: identifying new fundraising opportunities and diversifying revenue sources.
  • Communicator: Excellent written and verbal communication skills for grant writing, donor communications, and public relations.
  • Exceptional Manager: Experience guiding and inspiring teams to achieve their best and advance goals.


  • 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. 
  • 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 role requires 40 hours per week, based in our Mill Valley office from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. We believe in the power of collaboration and community, fostering a culture where regular in-person interactions enhance team dynamics and shared experiences.

Onsite: Candidates should reside within a reasonable commute time of our office in the San Francisco Bay Area. The in-person aspect of this role is essential for effective collaboration. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required, but we strive to keep this to a minimum.

Compensation: The salary for this position ranges from $100,000 to $135,000 annually, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Benefits: SHE-CAN values the well-being and individual choices of its employees. Our benefits package includes free parking, 20 days of annual paid time off, flexible days and recovery days after significant events to ensure employees return fully recharged. We offer Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) where SHE-CAN provides a monthly healthcare tax-free reimbursement of $200 and an IRA savings plan through Icon Savings Plan. Additionally, employees receive a phone stipend, along with access to professional development opportunities to support their growth and career advancement.

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.