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The California Budget & Policy Center (Budget Center) seeks to hire a Director of Development to oversee the Budget Center’s development and fundraising efforts, including philanthropic and individual donor fundraising strategies, stewardship activities, Board of Directors engagement, and supporting specific partnership efforts with fundraising support. The Director of Development supervises and provides professional development support to a development team of 1-2 staff.

The Budget Center expects that development efforts should be overseen with a public policy-focused, community-centric, anti-racist lens and center investments with funders who share the same values on improving conditions for people from low- and middle-income households, women, immigrants, American Indians, Asian, Black, Latinx, and Pacific Islander Californians, as well as other Californians of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ Californians.

About the California Budget & Policy Center

The team at the Budget Center works every day to build a more inclusive California where everyone has the opportunity to participate fully in the state’s economic, social, and political life. This requires our state to make smart policy choices and public investments. By examining the most pressing budget and policy issues and making them accessible and more understandable, we aim to broaden participation in state policy debates and help foster outcomes that work for all Californians, especially those individuals and communities who have not yet shared in our state’s economic prosperity.

How This Position Advances the Organization’s Work

The Director of Development is a highly valued member of the Budget Center’s growing team with responsibility to lead a development team in crafting strategies across institutional and individual giving. They are responsible for developing and stewarding relationships through regular communications, updates/newsletters, in-person and virtual engagement, and hosting funder-oriented events.

For institutional giving, this includes coordinating with the development team and Executive Director on prospecting plans, management of proposals, grant reporting, deliverable tracking, and general retention of funders.

For individual giving, this includes coordinating with the development team and Executive Director on retaining and growing individual donors through stewardship efforts, work with the Board of Directors and staff, the Year End Appeal, as well as other direct mail and email appeals.

The position supervises a development team of 1-2 staff and works closely with the Executive Director on development and fundraising strategies. 

The Budget Center is committed to advancing equity and inclusion and seeks to create an environment and culture that embraces employee differences. We value the lived experiences and diverse perspectives that staff bring to their work. 

Skills and Qualifications

Skills and abilities required to perform this job include:

  • Commitment to social, economic, and racial equity
  • Strong project management capacity and ability to manage several significant projects simultaneously
  • Supervisory/management skills/experience
  • Strong communication skills, including an ability to write and talk about complex subjects in a way that is understandable to non-expert audiences
  • Ability to understand and communicate the relevance of Budget Center work within a changing state and national context
  • Ability to digest complex policy issues and translate them into multiple products and for multiple audiences
  • Able to collaborate with other staff to coordinate and contribute to projects and relationships that connect to broader organizational efforts
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently and collaboratively as needed
  • Partner effectively across Budget Center functions and capacities with the ability to lead and work as part of a team
  • Maintain a working knowledge of all other Budget Center efforts

Qualifications for this position include:

  • High school diploma required; bachelor’s degree and graduate degree highly desirable.
  • Five years of directly related experience.
  • Strong technology skills, including proficiency with the Microsoft and Google Suite, organizational/customer relations management (CRM) software (currently using Salesforce), and in-person/online event platforms (such as Eventbrite, Go-to-Webinar)

Salary and Benefits

This position is full-time. The salary range for the position is $130,000 – $180,000 based on experience and skill set. Benefits include:

  • Excellent health insurance and dental and vision coverage (100% coverage of premiums for the employee; 90% coverage of premiums for dependents); 
  • Retirement benefits including a 403b plan, an annual SEP-IRA retirement contribution of at least 5% of salary (most recently set at 10% of salary) beginning after one year of service; 
  • 12 paid vacation days, 10 paid holidays, and 4 paid personal days annually; 
  • Paid sick leave and family leave; 
  • FSAs for health, child care, and transportation costs; 
  • Annual stipends to cover home office, transportation, and well-being expenses; and,
  • Annual allocations for professional development. 

In-person, hybrid, or remote work arrangements are available. Budget Center staff are required to be located in California regardless of hybrid and remote work arrangements. 


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications that are received by June 30. To apply, send the materials listed below to or by direct mail to the address below. No calls please:  

Director of Development
California Budget & Policy Center
1107 9th Street, Suite 310
Sacramento, CA 95814 

The Budget Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, and any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.