San Rafael, CA

Development Director, Prison University Project

The Organization
The mission of the Prison University Project is to provide excellent higher education programs to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison; to create a replicable model for such programs; and to stimulate public awareness and meaningful dialogue about higher education and criminal justice in California.  The organization’s central project is the College Program at San Quentin, which provides both a College Preparatory and an Associate of Arts degree program to over 350 men at the prison. The organization currently has 11 paid staff, including the Development Director position, and nearly 150 volunteers, most of whom are graduate students and faculty from local Bay Area colleges and universities.  The organization has a roughly $1.3M annual budget, plus roughly $500K worth of volunteered instructional hours.

Position Overview
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director is responsible for growing the philanthropic base required to successfully implement our mission. The Development Director will develop and manage a strategy to increase the annual operating funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other funding partners. The Development Director is responsible for supervising the Development Associate/Grant-writer.

This is a full-time, exempt, salaried, position with benefits. Job Duties include:

  • Fundraising (70%)Create and manage a multi-year strategic fundraising plan for the Prison University Project.
  • Create and execute PUP’s annual fundraising plan, including donor cultivation and stewardship, annual fund/direct appeals, development events, and planned giving.
  • Oversee submission of all funding proposals, applications, and reports, and supervise the work of the Development Associate on such projects.
  • Support and work closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Board Fundraising Committee in cultivation, solicitation and recognition of major individual and institutional donors.
  • Manage and oversee the organization’s revenue status; work closely with the finance and gift processing staff.
  • Work with the PUP program staff to coordinate site visits for potential and existing donors.
  • Maintain and oversee all philanthropic databases.

Communications (15%)

  • Oversee production of communications materials, including Annual Report, Newsletter, holiday cards, and general marketing materials.
  • Support Executive Director in public relations and media outreach, and in hiring and supervision of communications consultants as needed.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization.

Operations (15%)

  • Work with Program staff and consultants to ensure full, accurate data collection and reporting necessary to support programs, communications and evaluation work.
  • Assist Executive Director with the creation of the organization budget, as needed. Create and manage annual Development budget.
  • Create and present regular Development reports to the Board of Directors at Board meetings.
  • Participate in senior management team meetings and other organization-wide meetings as appropriate.

Key Success Factors

  • 5+ years professional experience in fundraisingSignificant experience working with foundation, corporate and individual donors; track record of cultivating major donors at the five-figure+, ideally six-figure+ level.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, with consistent attention to detail, clarity, and organization.
  • Capacity to work effectively, diplomatically, and sensitively with a wide range of constituents, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Strong staff management skills and experience.
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends and best practices in philanthropy.
  • Strong time management and multi-tasking skillsA passionate commitment to the mission of the Prison University Project.
  • Astute financial management skillsCompetence with Apple MAC-based computers and expertise in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Experience with fundraising and finance software; knowledge of Salesforce a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree desirable.
  • Available to work some nights and weekends as required for program implementation.
  • A valid California driver’s license, and a safe driving record

Position requires lifting up to 15 pounds for 1/4 of the time.


  • PUP provides a competitive base salary plus benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Vacation and holiday pay.
  • Employees may also participate in a retirement plan.

Statement of Non-Discrimination:
In keeping with our beliefs and goals, no employee or applicant will face discrimination/ harassment based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/ domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status.

How To Apply
Application and Deadlines:
To apply for this position, please submit a resume and detailed cover letter, highlighting past experience and qualifications to with “Development Director” in the subject heading.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, until the position is filled.

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