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Director of Development and Communications


The Director of Development & Communications plays a leading role in the overall sustainability and development of resources for Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) programs. Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Director will design and execute a comprehensive development & communications strategy that positions BayLegal for continued and future fundraising success from a range of sources within the legal community, as well as individuals dedicated to the elimination of poverty in the Bay Area. In addition, the Director supports the management team and the Board of Directors as they continue to take on a more active fundraising role. It is expected that the amount raised from private donors will increase in future years as the Director forges new relationships to build BayLegal's visibility, impact, capacity, and financial resources.

  • Development/Fundraising: Proven success in development for a medium to large nonprofit organization. Experience running successful fundraising campaigns from multiple donor channels and expanding and cultivating donor relationships over time.
  • Relationship Building: Takes initiative and actively seeks to deepen current donor relationships and to forge new ones. Ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships. Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers, across different levels of the organization and with externally partners.
  • Communications: Skilled in crafting powerful, compelling written and oral messages to achieve organization goals. Ability to master complex ideas and convey information clearly and effectively for varied audiences. Experience and credibility when presenting materials to key stakeholders as well as external audiences.
  • Project Leadership and Collaboration: Possesses a flexible and adaptable leadership style with excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple priorities and projects. Experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to management team and board of directors. 
To Apply: 

Bay Area Legal Aid thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Please send cover letter, diversity statement (see below), resume, references, and writing sample to Human Resources at Please reference Director of Development & Communications in your application.

In a separate page from your cover letter, please address the following:

BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively  in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences. 


Submission Deadline: 
February 28, 2018
Organization Information: 
Bay Area Legal Aid
1735 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
Phone: (510)250-5225