About the Law Center
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (Law Center) is the country’s only organization devoted exclusively to providing legal assistance in support of gun violence prevention. The Law Center grew out of the July 1, 1993, assault weapon massacre at 101 California Street in San Francisco. Within days of the shooting, Bay Area lawyers formed the Law Center and mobilized the Bay Area legal community to support smart gun regulations that save lives. For the past twenty-two years, the Law Center has provided legal assistance to advocates and community leaders seeking local and statewide regulatory solutions to prevent gun violence. With a dedicated 30-member Board of Directors, a committed staff of 12, the Law Center concentrates its efforts on state and local policy reform, working with governmental entities and advocacy organizations in California and across the country.

Position Overview
The Director of Development will provide leadership and management of the Law Center’s growing development program. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director will create and implement fundraising strategies that will advance the Law Center’s work, with particular emphasis on major donors. This position is ideal for a talented professional who has the ability to move between the big picture and the day-to-day details, insists on the highest professional standards, and is skilled at working with high-level volunteers. The Development Director will supervise the Development Associate, and any other support staff as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the planning and implementation of the overall development program of individual and corporate donors. Create the annual fundraising plan for major gifts, membership program, anniversary dinner and other activities.
  • Develop strategies and tactics to significantly increase giving by individuals, law firms and other businesses, and broaden support outside the Bay Area, including identifying, cultivating, soliciting, stewarding and maintaining relationships with a portfolio of major donors. Substantial emphasis on major individual donors is vital to diversify the Law Center’s funding sources.
  • Meet or exceed annual campaign fundraising goals.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Board of Directors Development Committee and work closely with the Committee Chair and members to mobilize volunteers and achieve development goals.
  • Work collaboratively with the Legal Director, Finance Director, Communications Director and Executive Director to meet the organization’s strategic goals.
  • Produce and supervise production of all development materials.
  • Prepare and present development reports to the Development Committee, Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Supervise the Development Associate and other support staff.
  • Work with Legal Team and Communications Team in to produce MCLE events and educational materials.
  • Manage the development department in a fiscally sound manner.       Ensure that systems and procedures are in place. Prepare the development expense budget and closely monitor financial progress.       Hire, supervise and motivate development staff as required.


  • Minimum of four years of development experience, including two years in a supervisory capacity.
  • Proven track record of success in implementing successful individual/major gifts programs.
  • Experience managing and motivating high-level volunteers.
  • Excellent writing, verbal, analytical, and computer skills.
  • Superb management and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Entrepreneurial approach to working in an environment with limited resources, flexibility and a sense of humor.
  • Experience in the legal community and/or marketing is a plus.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Reports to: Executive Director

Compensation: Salary is competitive and based on experience. Benefits include health, dental and life insurance, and three weeks of paid vacation (four weeks after three years of employment) and thirteen paid holidays. Section 403(b) retirement plan and Flexible Spending Account available.

How to Apply: The Law Center is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Position is open until filled – early application is encouraged. Interested candidates should email résumé with a cover letter and salary requirements to:

Ellen French
Law Center Development Director Search
[email protected]