• Director of Philanthropy

    Job ID 2019-1486
    Job Locations
    Management & Corporate
    Salaried - 80
    Day, Evening
  • Who We Are

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    Elder Care Alliance (ECA) is a California nonprofit that supports and invests in the well-being of older adults and those who care for them – in senior living communities and in our local cities and towns. ECA was founded in the 1990s, building on the legacy of organizations that have committed over 100 years of effort to bring about positive change and promoting social justice in California. The organization has a long track record of building philanthropic partnerships with some of the most committed philanthropists and foundations as well as families and individual donors in the East Bay.  ECA is now ready to expand the footprint of this effort to all parts of California. ECA seeks a Director of Philanthropy who will steward long standing donors with care, while bringing an entrepreneurial hustle to the identification and cultivation of new supporters. The person in this role will be most successful when they fully leverage ECA's strengths, including a committed board, a visionary CEO and Leadership Team, and a cause that is a top priority for many of the nation's most generous philanthropists.


    We have a passionate, inclusive, bold, accountable and connected culture where employees at all levels have the opportunity to grow and contribute. Please visit our website at www.eldercarealliance.org to learn more about ECA and our values.


    Mission & Organizational Profile


    Expressing our faith heritage, Elder Care Alliance is an integrated system committed to serving and enriching the holistic wellness of older adults and those who care for them. ECA is distinguished regionally and locally for delivering excellent care for our residents, creating a supportive work environment for our 450 employees, and advocating for the well being of seniors through our community outreach efforts. ECA owns and operates three Senior Living Communities: Alma Via of San Rafael, AlmaVia of San Francisco, and AlmaVia of Camarillo; one Continuing Care Retirement Community: Mercy Retirement & Care Center; and the Villa at San Mateo, an Independent Senior Living Community.

    About This Career Opportunity

    Primary Purpose


    The Director of Philanthropy for Elder Care Alliance (ECA) is responsible and accountable for the overall management of all ECA fundraising initiatives, including formulating and managing the implementation of long-term and short-term fundraising strategies to advance the organization’s mission. Under the direction of the VP of Business Development & Strategy, this position designs, develops, delivers, and administers fundraising programs across all of the ECA communities (except for the Mercy Retirement & Care Center). The position identifies new donor prospects through researching background information on potential donors and develops materials, marketing plans, and organizes fundraising related programs/events. This position also cultivates, stewards, and solicits donor prospects. The scope of the position includes:


    • Planned giving
    • Major campaigns
    • Grants/foundation funding
    • Support for ECA’s macro strategies

    The Director of Philanthropy works in collaboration with the Dementia Inclusive Communities Initiative Director, the Experiential Researcher-In-Residence, the Mercy Retirement & Care Center Development Director and the Executive Director of the Mercy Brown Bag Program to align fundraising activities, focusing on stewardship, identification, cultivation, and solicitation of principal gifts. The Director of Philanthropy will lead and support the strategic planning process and day-to-day execution of each of these individual program areas.


    Duty to Support the Mission, Vision, & Values

    The Director of Philanthropy will at all times uphold the best interest of Elder Care Alliance by adhering to the highest standards of ethical and moral conduct and committing to the values inherent in Elder Care Alliance’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.

    Are You Qualified?



    Knowledge and Skills

    • Excellent knowledge of all aspects of fundraising (Planned Giving, donor cultivation, volunteer programs, direct response programs and healthcare fundraising principles) and public relations including advanced knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies.
    • Must be skilled at large scale event planning from the ground up.
    • Must also have marketing communications skills as demonstrated by showcased examples of effective communications pieces (including blog posts, newsletters, videos.)
    • Self-starter with ability to function autonomously and as a member of a team, with a high regard for accountability and outcomes.
    • Effective oral communications, including conducting presentations to small and large groups. Effective written communications, including business writing, clear and concise narrative reports, and evaluations.
    • Highly organized with excellent time management skills to successfully balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
    • Fundraising professional certification a plus.
    • Bilingual a plus.


    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required. Masters degree in Communications highly desirable
    • Stays up to date on literature on philanthropy in the United States, including topics related to giving in healthcare, aging and senior living.        
    • Must possess or be able to attain CFRE status within 180 days of start date. ACFRE certification desirable.


    • Minimum 5 years subject matter expertise in Fundraising/Development required.
    • Demonstrated experience as a fundraiser and event producer - a focus on older adults is a plus.
    • Proven results in individual/team fundraising, peer to peer campaign management, corporate engagement or sales and event planning. Proven track record of achieving fundraising revenue goals and demonstrated success in relationship development and stewardship. Professional customer service skills with visitors, callers, donors and volunteers. Previous experience with digital marketing and distance learning desirable.
    • Strong analytical, project management and presentation skills.


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