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 Development Director

Full-Time Position


The Ahimsa Collective works to address harm in ways that foster wholeness for everyone. Our north star goals are to replace systems of punishment with paradigms grounded in healing, relationship, and love. To get there we engage with deep trauma healing and restorative justice approaches while being grounded in anti-oppression. We work in deep community with people who have committed an act of violence, survivors of violence, and families impacted by harm. In all of our work, we center agency, liberation, dignity, and transformation.

Position Overview

The Director of Development will lead a creative, comprehensive and diversified funding strategy to sustain and grow the revenue base of The Ahimsa Collective. They will work closely with the Co-Executive Directors and also with program directors to develop and implement this strategy.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan that can include giving, corporate sponsorships, grants, events, and planned giving programs.

  • Cultivate relationships with donors, sponsors, and other key stakeholders to ensure ongoing support for the organization’s mission and goals.

  • Identify and apply for grants from foundations, corporations, and government agencies to secure funding for the organization

  • Create, plan, and execute fundraising events, to raise funds and increase awareness of the organization’s mission.

  • Develop and implement donor stewardship strategies to maintain and strengthen relationships with current and potential donors.

  • Manage donor databases and track donations, pledges, and other contributions.

  • Develop marketing and communication materials that promote the organization’s fundraising activities and impact with other staff member.

  • Attend community events and conferences to network with potential donors and sponsors and increase visibility of the organization.


  • 6-8 years experience leading fundraising efforts – cultivating new donor relationships, using creativity and connections to create new funding streams. Must provide a proven track record in raising funds.

  • 6-8 years experience writing grant proposals, reports, and tracking grant applications.

  • Technical experience with fundraising software and donor management databases.

  • Knowledge of best practices in non-profit fundraising and development.

  • Outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills: a) Is skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communication for fundraising. b) Has the ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials c) Experience and credibility when presenting materials to external audiences

  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of The Ahimsa Collective. 

  • Strong grasp of restorative justice, transformative justice, healing justice, reentry from incarceration, gender-based violence.

  • Ability to manage, track, and complete workload independently. Self motivated, self paced, and self driven. This is a highly self motivated job. Applicants should have a strong work ethic.

  • A strong understanding of the many environmental, social, and historical conditions that impact communities of color, and a commitment to support communities of color in their own agency and leadership. And a solid understanding of racial justice and patriarchy in specific and social justice in general, and how it impacts our work and our communities.

  • Strong organizational skills and a strong ability to track multiple projects at once.

  • Capacity to self reflect, grow, forgive oneself, work with a team, and work through conflict. Strong communication skills are a must.

  • Ability to track one’s own feelings and needs, recognize vicarious trauma that can come from the work, and ask for help when needed. 

  • Ability to attend conferences or events.

  • Willingness to communicate through many media platforms in a timely way, and depending on needs of participants: email, phone, text, etc.

  • The Development Director will work in our Oakland office three days a week from Tuesday to Thursday in an office setting during regular business hours, and can work the rest of the hours from home. They may be required to work evenings and weekends to attend events or meet with donors. Travel may be required to attend conferences, events, or meet with donors.

  • Additional tasks as assigned.


Compensation & Benefits

  • This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position.

  • Starting salary is $120,000 to $160,000 depending on experience.

  • Benefits include health coverage, paid sick leave, vacation and holidays

How to Apply

Apply immediately by emailing your resume and cover letter to Write your full name and  “Development Director” on the subject line. Application deadline is rolling. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 


The Ahimsa Collective is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a culturally diverse work environment that reflects the make-up of the communities we serve. People with diverse personal experiences are urged to apply, especially people of color, bilingual English-Spanish speakers, LGBTQIA+, women-identified, and those that have been formerly incarcerated or impacted by incarceration.

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