Development Director

LIFT, Inc.

About the organization

LIFT is a national nonprofit on a mission to invest in families to break the cycle of poverty. We believe that racial and gender wealth gaps stem from structural inequities that keep them trapped in a cycle where poverty, like wealth, is passed from generation to generation. At LIFT, we interrupt the generational transmission of poverty by partnering with parents of young children to build well-being, financial strength, and social connections – or as we like to put it, Hope, Money, and Love. LIFT’s one-on-one coaching program empowers parents to set and achieve goals that put families on the path toward economic mobility – such as going back to school, improving credit, eliminating debt, or securing a living wage. In addition to coaching, LIFT parents also receive direct cash infusions to reinvest in their families and goals.


Reporting to the regional Executive Director, the Development Director is responsible for the management, coordination, and execution of the region’s fundraising efforts to meet the year’s budgetary targets with sight to long term financial growth and sustainability. The Development Director will serve as a thought partner to the regional Executive Director and will co-lead on regional revenue strategy and will be his/her/their right-hand for implementation. This role will oversee institutional fundraising with the Development team and manage a development portfolio that includes individual and institutional donors and major campaigns like events. Success for the Director looks like our members and program having the support and resources they need to succeed.

Travel requirement, in addition to local travel and connection to the LA office, is once a year for approximately 3-4 days for LIFT’s annual All Staff Retreat in one of its regional cities.


Serve as a thought partner with the region’s Executive Director and will co-lead in developing the region’s overall development strategy, with a special focus on ensuring that the Executive Director is effectively leveraged with existing and potential funders.
Lead the annual revenue planning process in collaboration with Executive Director and the National Development Team
Manage fundraising pipeline including overall stewardship and cultivation strategy.


6-10 years of nonprofit fundraising experience with front-line gift experience required, with proven track record of successfully closing individual gifts
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution required; relevant advanced degree preferred
Knowledge of Los Angeles’s fundraising landscape, with the ability to network and collaborate with a wide array of stakeholders
Detail oriented, results oriented, and strong attention to follow-through
Ability to effectively identify, cultivate, and steward new prospects
Strong strategic thinking skills with an ability to use data to make decisions and to translate strategy to action
Superior verbal and written communication skills with an ability to articulate a clear and compelling vision and lead others to implement it
Sound judgment, excellent customer service, and solid organization skills
Salesforce experience preferred
A team player with a proven ability to motivate, engage and work collaboratively at all levels with prospect donors, volunteers, staff, colleagues, and similar constituencies
Ability to coach and mentor peers and executives on effective fundraising practice
Must be able to attend evening events and work some weekends
You take responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work and achieve results with appropriate levels of oversight. You receive feedback in a constructive manner.


$110,000 - $125,000

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