The San Diego Seniors Community Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) working to ensure every local senior has someone they can turn to and trust. We believe all seniors deserve access to the resources to thrive, and envision a world where the senior population of San Diego is nurtured into a healthy, dynamic way of life.

We are working to increase philanthropy to programs and projects that help seniors age in place and maintain their independence, and to create age-friendly communities where seniors are no longer vulnerable but vibrant.

If you are a relationship builder and creative thinker with a passion for healthy aging, then we want to hear from you! Interested candidates are invited to send a resume and cover letter to

Open Positions

Development Consultant

SDSCF is seeking a seasoned fundraising professional to serve as a campaign manager and development strategist on a temporary, part-time basis. There is potential for this to turn into a permanent, full-time position depending on performance and availability of funding.

Scope of Work

The campaign manager and development strategist consultant will assist management in planning and implementing a development strategy to cultivate relationships, identify and engage donor prospects, secure gifts from individuals, public and private foundations, and corporations, and develop a long-term deferred giving program. Additionally, the consultant will actively assist management in raising $500,000 as a dollar-to-dollar match with a $500,000 grant commitment from a private foundation.

Principal Consulting Duties

Philanthropic Strategy and Donor Cultivation:

• Primary initial focus on raising $500,000 matching grant funding.

• In partnership with the Founder/CEO and team members, develop strategies to cultivate, grow and solicit a portfolio of donors and prospects with a focus on major gifts and planned giving. Assist in identifying new opportunities for fundraising at both the individual (major donor) and institutional levels. Partner with and guide the Founder/CEO’s engagement with donors; ensuring that time spent is highly productive.

• Review and strengthen messaging and communication tools for donor appeals.

• Participate in the gift cycle. Initiate and/or participate in contacts with potential major gift donors, moving potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward donations and fund creation.

• Provide advice and leadership to build a strategic, cohesive, and systematic fundraising program designed to broaden and strengthen development and donor relations and engagement activities, ensuring that development strategies are focused on the Foundation’s mission and vision.

• Develop a strategy to cultivate key relationships with professional advisors (attorneys, wealth advisors, accountants, and trust officers) designed to cultivate and expand current commitments from planned gift donors; help to build a robust pipeline of deferred giving.

• Assist in managing the development database to ensure quality prospecting, segmenting, trend identification and relationship and communication management.

• Meet regularly with team to plan, execute, and evaluate development strategies.

Qualification Requirements

• High level of proficiency in major gifts, estate planning, planned giving vehicles, and project fundraising

• Demonstrated ability to identify opportunities, relationships, and partnerships for new revenue generation; must be able to work collaboratively throughout the organization to successfully bring those opportunities to fruition

• A builder with a demonstrated ability to bring organizations to new levels of philanthropic success

• Track record of obtaining significant funding from a range of sources, including major donors and foundations

• Strategic thinker with capacity to see both the big picture and the detailed steps needed to achieve organizational goals

• Proficiency in both written and verbal presentations, as well as the ability to interact with management, board of directors, donors, and community influencers

Education and Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in relevant major with seven to ten years demonstrated professional leadership in the field of fundraising

• Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation preferred


• $6,000/month for a five-month contract. Potential to grow into a permanent, full-time position depending on performance and availability of funding.

How to Apply

• Submit a cover letter and resume to