Director of Development
St. Vincent de Paul Society
San Francisco, CA
Salary Range: $115,000.00 – 130,000.00
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We are thrilled to announce that our client, St. Vincent de Paul Society – San Francisco is seeking a Director of Development!


The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco (SVDP-SF) is dedicated to providing hope and direct person-to-person assistance to break the cycles of homelessness and domestic violence. Established in 1860, SVDP-SF offers residential and comprehensive support services to help individuals stabilize their lives, overcome crisis, and achieve self-sufficiency. Our organization serves as a beacon of hope and refuge for adults and children impacted by poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence in the San Francisco community.

At SVDP-SF, our most valuable asset is our dedicated team of nearly 200 employees working in four locations in San Francisco. Our operating budget is $17 million, sourced from various channels, including government contracts, foundations, corporations, individual donors, events, and earned revenue from investments. While we have established partnerships with entities like the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH), the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women (DOSW), and the California Office of Emergency Services (CALOES), there is untapped potential for expansion, particularly in fundraising efforts targeting individuals, foundations, corporations, and legacy gifting.


SVDP-SF serves hundreds of individuals experiencing poverty, homelessness, or domestic violence daily. Our programs and services encompass two main areas: Homeless Services and Domestic Violence Services. Homeless Services include emergency shelters, transitional housing, access to mental health resources, and essential supplies. Domestic Violence Services are provided through the Riley Center, offering comprehensive support for survivors from crisis intervention to achieving self-sufficiency.



As a 501(c)(3) organization, SVDP-SF is governed by a dedicated 14-member Board of Directors and managed by its Executive Director. The executive leadership team includes experienced leaders responsible for finance, program operations, homeless services, domestic violence, human resources, and development.


The Development Director is a key leadership team member who attends occasional Board meetings and participates in strategic agency decisions. This position is exempt, salaried, and non-union.  

The Development Director is responsible for developing and successfully executing an annual plan to raise $1.2 million through a combination of foundation and corporate grants, major gifts, individual donors, and event fundraisers. The Development Director supervises a team of 3-4 staff members, including a Donor Database Manager, Events and Social Media Coordinator, a Development Manager, and soon, a new Volunteer Engagement Coordinator. 

Strategic Planning and Leadership:

  • Execute an annual fund development strategy that grows and maximizes contributed revenue from all sources and incorporates external communications into all aspects of the fundraising plan. 
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to create and implement long-term development strategies.
  • Lead and inspire the development team, providing mentorship and professional development opportunities. 


Fundraising and Donor Relations:

  • Work with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director, and the Development team to cultivate, solicit, and steward individual donors and secure new major gifts. Work with Program Directors to ensure that all fundraising activities and communications align with program activities.  
  • Work with the Development Manager to further build relationships with Institutional Giving (foundation and corporate) donors. Research, identify, and cultivate new foundation prospects.
  • Help manage the grants calendar and ensure timely reporting. 
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with current and prospective donors.
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of major gift prospects, creating personalized engagement and solicitation strategies.
  • Annual Fund Campaign: Oversee the fund appeal program, including direct mail, e-appeals, and social media solicitations.  Work with the Development Manager to develop and execute strategies for increasing annual fund revenue.  
  • Oversee Special Events: Oversee the work of event committees and development staff for the annual major event (the Brennan Dinner), working with the team to secure event sponsorships.  Integrate follow-up donor cultivation strategies into all aspects of events and manage consultants related to Special Events. 
  • Oversee the planning and execution of fundraising events, campaigns, and initiatives.
  • Develop and implement a formal planned giving program.  
  • Support the volunteer program and ensure its effectiveness for relationship building, community engagement, and donor prospect cultivation.  


Grant Writing and Management:

  • Research and identify grant opportunities that align with the organization’s mission and programs.
  • Oversee grant proposals and reports with the Development Manager. 
  • Maintain relationships with grantors and ensure compliance. 


Communications and Marketing:

  • Develop and implement marketing and public relations strategies to enhance the organization’s visibility and increase donor engagement.
  • Oversee the creation of fundraising materials, including annual reports.
  • Oversee staff who use digital platforms and social media to support fundraising efforts and donor communications.


Data Management and Reporting:

  • Oversee Donor Database Manager and ensure accurate and timely recording of all fundraising activities and donor information in the donor database.
  • Analyze fundraising data and prepare regular reports for the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Monitor and report on the progress of fundraising campaigns and initiatives.


Budgeting and Financial Management:

  • Develop and manage the development department’s budget.
  • Ensure that fundraising activities are cost-effective and aligned with the organization’s financial goals.



The salary range is $115,000 to $130,000 annually based upon experience. St. Vincent de Paul of San Francisco offers a robust benefit package that includes two medical care options, a voluntary dental, life, and vision insurance, a 403b retirement plan with employer-paid match after one year of employment and has an Employee Assistance Program available.


The successful candidate will be a kind, fun, and creative leader committed to the organization’s mission and rooted in the San Francisco community. We are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit to come in with energy and enthusiasm for SVDP’s much-needed programs.  We need someone with an outstanding record in fund development who has demonstrated experience working with nonprofit Boards, donors (both big & small), and community and government leaders. This candidate will also have the skills to craft and execute a compelling fundraising strategy and ensure excellence in external communications.  

Specific qualifications include:

  • BA/BS or equivalent experience.
  • 5-7 years of successful fundraising experience in a senior management role, preferably in major gifts.
  • Expertise in annual giving strategy, institutional giving, major gifts, and events.
  • Ability to communicate, work effectively, and build trust with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to think strategically, problem solve, innovate, exercise initiative, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks/projects and sensitive information. 
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge as a tool to improve fund operations.
  • Experience incorporating communications and marketing strategies. 
  • Ability to lead, motivate, and inspire staff.
  • Passion and commitment for helping those in need in S.F.,  especially the unhoused and victims of domestic violence.  
  • Excellent presentation skills, oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with and the proven ability to work with diverse populations. 


Exempt/Full Time
Salary Range: $115,000.00 – 130,000.00 Annually DOE
Location: San Francisco 
Reports to: Executive Director


Please send your resume and cover letter to Stacy Nelson & Associates at [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

A COVID-19 vaccine and booster and a negative TB test are required. Upon accepting the job offer, a background check is completed.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco celebrates diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Under the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction for employment.