Hospice of Santa Cruz County
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Scotts Valley, CA, USA
  • 84000.00-130000.00 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

For Full Time Employees: employer pays 100% of employee premiums for medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability

Organizational Vision

Hospice of Santa Cruz County (HSCC) envisions a community where all people live and die with dignity. Since 1978, HSCC has honored the choices of individuals and families by providing exemplary end-of-life care and grief support services. As the county's leading nonprofit provider of end-of-life care, the hospice program is enriched by community grief support, a children's bereavement camp, transitional and palliative care services, pet companion and music therapy programs, hospice care for veterans, and end-of-life education and outreach. HSCC serves approximately 3,500 Santa Cruz County residents annually.

HSCC donors are key partners who share our vision of dignity at all stages of life. Their investments in our community programs are what enable us to enrich quality compassionate hospice care with transformative holistic support for patients, families, and the entire community.

Director of Fund Development Job Summary

Reporting to and supported by the Chief Mission Officer, the Director of Fund Development designs and executes a comprehensive fund development strategy to raise more than $1.2 million annually. This role leads and supervises a team of two that includes a Fund Development Program Manager, and Development Assistant. The Director works closely with the Board of Directors to identify their individual gifts and talents in order to engage them in raising funds.

We seek a dynamic, motivated, and highly skilled Director of Fund Development who understands the heart and science behind fundraising. Leading meaningful donor engagement is central to attracting and retaining donors and foundation partners. We're looking for someone who is fearless in reaching out, making connections, and securing the resources needed to carry out our mission. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker and an equally skilled implementer.

Fundraising Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide visionary leadership for HSCC's fundraising and donor engagement strategies.
  • Sustain and grow existing relationships, with emphasis on upgrading gifts from current donors. Develop strategies to build a pipeline of new donors.
  • Create, refine, strengthen, and expand annual fundraising plan. Deliver results on outcomes as expressed.
  • Create departmental budget and manage expenses for all fundraising activities.
  • Lead and/or work closely with the Director of Marketing to develop and distribute compelling fundraising materials and collateral.
  • Oversee the coordination of all grant proposals. Support coordinating timelines, sourcing support materials, application submittal, and reporting for all grants.
  • Engage board members in fundraising activities specifically to attract new donors.
  • Engage senior leadership, as appropriate, in funder visits and face-to-face solicitations. Work closely with CEO and Chief Mission Officer to develop presentations, speeches, and messaging to donor audiences.
  • Directly manage a portfolio of donors and lead major donor, foundation partner, and legacy giving programs.
  • Manage a meaningful stewardship process for all donors.
  • Build a culture of philanthropy, supporting fundraising as a team effort. Work with CEO, Board Chair, Chief Mission Officer, and Development Committee to energize directors, staff, and volunteers as partners in fundraising.
  • Develop relationships with HSCC program managers in order to be able to communicate program outcomes and stories of care, and to engage them in donor cultivation gatherings.

Skills Required

  • Demonstrated track record of success in fundraising. A strategic thinker about how diverse forms of engagement, cultivation, and stewardship work together.
  • Comfort and experience with creating, leading, and implementing many types of fundraising strategies, including annual giving, donor gatherings, membership programs, major gift programs, direct mail appeals, and planned giving.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership style that motivates the team to do their best and highest work.
  • Excellent communicator. Comfortable speaking in public, talking with strangers, engaging with groups, and involving board members in fundraising activities.
  • Fearless, tactful, and intuitive in the art of asking.
  • Confident and collaborative approach to the work with a willingness to help the team to achieve goals.
  • A big picture, strategic thinker who can also dive in and get tasks done. A self-directed coordinator, planner, and executor of projects.
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills. Able to creatively, accurately, and effectively present HSCC's mission and the impact of its community programs.
  • Familiarity with Raiser's Edge and other donor management programs.
  • The highest standards of professional and personal behavior; excellent judgment and the ability to treat confidential information with discretion



Ensure compliance with all State/Federal Laws HIPAA Privacy and Security Regulations, Medicare Conditions of Participation, and all other regulatory/compliance requirements


  • Bachelor's degree with five or more years of experience in nonprofit fundraising
  • Proven track record of managing and delivering multiple projects under deadline and an understanding of the steps involved in administering gifts and grants
  • Experience and success in securing individual major gifts, grants, planned gifts and corporate gifts - from identifying prospects to soliciting, reporting, and stewarding
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations

  • Pass OIG/GSA review and all required background checks

Work Environment/Environmental Condition

  • Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer
  • Must be available for occasional night and weekend events
  • Must have a valid CA driver's license and car available
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