Director of Development

North Santa Barbara County, Mid Santa Barbara County, South Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara, CA / Hybrid
Full Time, Part Time
The Freedom to Choose Project

Title: Director of Development

Organization: Freedom to Choose Project

Location: Santa Barbara, CA / Hybrid

Position Type: Full Time

Who Are We?

Since 2004 we have offered world-class, (r)evolutionary educational programs to those affected by the criminal justice system both inside prisons and in the community. We focus on person-centered transformation, educating people to improve their lives on all dimensions of human experience: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

FTC’s Mission Is?

To transform the lives of individuals impacted by incarceration through compassionate experiential education. This includes both inside prisons and society as a whole.

Who Are You?

You are someone who comes to work every day inspired to express your creativity and talents in ways that truly make a difference in our world. Leading and working with a conscious, inclusive, heart-centered team lights you up.

Job Description:

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Director of Development to lead our fundraising initiatives. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive development strategy to support the growth and sustainability of Freedom to Choose Project.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Development Planning: Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy, including annual giving, broad appeals, major gifts, grants, planned giving, donor membership, and all other fundraising strategies.
  • Donor Relationship Management: Cultivate and maintain relationships with existing donors and stakeholders, while also identifying and engaging new potential donors.
  • Grant Writing and Management: Oversee the grant application process, including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Planned Giving: Oversee the administrative of Planned Giving.
  • Fundraising Events: Plan and execute fundraising events and campaigns to meet annual revenue goals.
  • Marketing and Communication: Collaborate with the marketing team to create compelling fundraising materials and communicate the impact of donations.
  • Team Leadership: Lead and mentor the development team, fostering an environment of growth and collaboration.
  • Financial Oversight: Develop and manage the development budget, ensuring effective use of resources and alignment with organizational goals.
  • Fundraising Software: Oversee and manage fundraising software and donor databases.


Preferred: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or comparable work experience) in business or nonprofit management, social impact, public administration, or related.

Minimum of 7 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, with a proven track record of success in donor cultivation and major gift solicitation.

  • Clearly aligned with the Freedom to Choose Project’s mission.
  • Excellent ability to work effectively with a diverse range of people and personalities while exhibiting grace and flexibility under pressure.
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills, both verbal and written.
  • Occasional travel required.
  • The Freedom to Choose Project is a drug-free workplace, including medical marijuana.
  • Criminal background check and prison security clearance required.
  • A growth mindset with a strong commitment to personal transformation
  • Strong computer skills are required, including competency in Office and online research
  • Self-starter with demonstrated efficiency and ability to handle details. Initiative coupled with willingness to take direction from the Executive Director.


To be considered, please send a cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference. Be sure to include a personalized cover letter with your resume that summarizes how your experience will meet the needs of this position. Please submit your materials to:

Thank you for your interest in the life-transforming work that we provide!

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