Director of Donor Engagement

Humboldt Area Foundation

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017

This is an exempt, full time position based in Bayside, CA.  Compensation is $70,000-$90,000, DOE and includes health benefits, retirement benefits, and paid holiday and sick time. Occasional evening/weekend work hours expected.


The Director of Donor Engagement is responsible for direction and oversight of all HAF donor services, including planned giving, facilitating donor generosity, new fund creation, connecting donors to HAF work in the community, and to effectively communicate HAF’s efforts overall. Job duties include, but are not limited to, providing technical assistance for individuals and their advisors to develop planned gifts; identifying and building relationships with key people in communities; integrating efforts with HAF’s community initiatives, grantmaking, programs, and affiliates; assisting in the creation of outreach and communications materials; and supporting the establishment of the Opportunity Fund.  In conjunction with the HAF Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Senior Management team, this position has specific responsibility for related policy and procedure development, plus supervision of Donor Engagement personnel.


Minimum qualifications for this position include ten years of work experience in developing long-term customer/client/donor relationships; commitment to promoting and encouraging generosity, leadership, and inclusion; ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population, establish and maintain working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and demonstrates respect for cross-cultural perspectives and experiences; experience in leadership and management with demonstrated commitment to teamwork and intra-team cooperation and collaborative problem solving; ability to provide sound judgment and offer solutions operating with the highest levels of personal integrity and ethical standards; is willing and able to grow in understanding of local cultures and regional characteristics, and uses a goal of diversity and equity to inspire collaboration and communications; experience in providing excellent customer service and handles interactions with creativity and diplomacy; excellent listening skills and emotional intelligence; experience in the leadership development of others, mentoring staff, and building relationships; organizes time wisely and prioritizes workloads to meet deadlines; performs work with a high level of accuracy and is able to identify and correct mistakes in own work; illustrates strong written communication skills; proficiency executing intermediate to advanced-level functions with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.); experience with and comfort learning new software such as donor management or constituent relationship management systems; and possesses a valid California driver’s license and current auto insurance and has the ability to travel and attend events outside the office, which may require occasional use of a motor vehicle.


Please visit our website for application procedures and the complete job announcement, including preferred qualifications. For more information, contact Patrick Cleary at (707)442-2993.


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Deadline to Apply: January 26, 2018


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