Director, Development Department
San Francisco, CA Development Department
Job Type

POSITION SUMMARY: Openhouse is seeking a Director of Development with experience and proven success crafting and implementing organizational development plans that are multi-dimensional and who understands how a fully funded organization can better serve and support LGBTQ seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age. 

The ideal candidate for the Director of Development is a proven fundraiser with demonstrated success at working with senior leadership, development committee, planning and executing a major gift program, planned giving, a deep understanding of donor relations, event planning, development analytics and strong verbal and written skills. The Director will also provide direct supervision of the Marketing Manager and will be integral in developing marketing campaigns for Openhouse. In addition, the ideal candidate has successfully managed and supported staff in skills and leadership development.

This position is part of the senior leadership management team and reports directly to the Executive Director. This position has direct impact on the organization’s reputation among partners and community members, as well as impacts the financial and operational performance of the department. 

ABOUT OPENHOUSE: Openhouse was founded in 1998 to enable lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age by providing LGBTQ-welcoming housing, resources, high-impact direct services, and innovative community programs. Our work reduces isolation and empowers LGBTQ seniors to improve their overall health, well-being, and economic security. We are a dynamic and entrepreneurial organization with a budget in excess of $5,500,000 and are on the leading edge of the growing field of aging services for LGBTQ elders at the local, state, and national levels. Openhouse believes in manifesting opportunities with, and not just for, LGBTQ+ seniors to build and reconnect with community by providing housing, direct services and community programs.

Openhouse actively seeks diversity in its staff, and we invite applications from people from a variety of backgrounds. We are searching for candidates of color, candidates in the LGBTQ community, and candidates who identify personally at any part of the incredibly rich gender spectrum. Systemic inequities in hiring have caused women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ folks, and others to apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Openhouse encourages you to break that statistic and apply, as no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. We look forward to your application.


COMPENSATION: Annual compensation range for this position is $110,000-120,000. Openhouse offers a dynamic, vibrant, collaborative and supportive work environment. Full-time employees are eligible for health insurance, including dental, vision, and LTD insurance. Openhouse also offers a wide range of additional benefits to employees including, but not limited to: EAP, PTO, 14 paid holidays, 401(k) with employer match and commuter benefit, legal name and gender change benefit. Some benefits are pro-rated based on employee Full Time Equivalent (FTE). 

TO APPLY: E-mail cover letter and resume detailing your qualifications and interest in the position to No phone calls please. 

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and the California Fair Chance Act, Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. Applicants do not need to disclose their criminal history or participate in a background check until a conditional job offer is made to the applicant. After making a conditional offer and running a background check, if Company is concerned about a conviction(s) that is directly related to the job, the applicant will be given the chance to explain the circumstances surrounding the conviction(s), provide mitigating evidence, or challenge the accuracy of the background report. More information about the Fair Chance Act can be found by visiting

Openhouse provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Women, people of color, transgender people, seniors and people with disabilities encouraged to apply. 


  • Collaborate in creation and implementation of organizational development plan that includes all aspect of the development portfolio.
  • Manage a personal portfolio of major donors and corporate partners.
  • Grow number of major gifts through development and implementation of individual major donor plan.
  • Create with the Executive Director and Mission Engagement Committee an Openhouse planned giving program, with realistic 12-month, three year and five-year goals.
  • Plan and execute donor events such as Spring Fling, et cetera
  • Enroll and support the board of directors and senior leadership in cultivation and stewardship of major gift donors and prospects. 
  • Work in collaboration with the Executive Director and Marketing Manager to coordinate communication priorities, themes, styles and goals for pipeline development.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A passion for the work of Openhouse and our mission to enable San Francisco Bay Area LGBTQ+ seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face. 
  • Demonstrated experience, success, and progressive responsibility in fundraising with a minimum of five-years of experience. 
  • High level of discretion and ethical approach to fundraising. 
  • Knowledge and experience of segmentation of donor lists, development of major gifts campaign, knowledge of planned giving programs and using development analytics to assess success, challenges and opportunities for growth.
  • Demonstrates required skills or experience on core competencies including excellent writing skills, experience in asking and securing five-figure donations and proven success at crafting and implementing a development plan. 
  • Proven ability to interact and influence philanthropic leaders. 
  • Experience working with and motivating Board of Directors and other high-level volunteers with donor cultivation and fundraising.
  • Proficiency in development software such as Donor Perfect, Microsoft Office Suite, and other computer skills, as required. 
  • Valid driver’s license & insurance and/or reliable transportation required for out of-office travel as required by the position. 
  • Fluency in English. Demonstrated excellence in writing and editing. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Full COVID vaccination required. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak on the phone and face-to-face as well as be able to hear average audible conversation and receive ordinary information. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit and reach with hands and arm, requiring finger dexterity for typing and frequently repetitive motions using wrists, hands, and fingers. The employee must occasionally perform medium work, which may require stooping and exerting up to 50 pounds of force lifting, carrying, and or packing resources. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.

Salary Description
Salary range is $110,000-$120,000 annually