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Director of Development, San Francisco Bay Area
Facing History and Ourselves
Development and Fundraising

Organization Overview

With over four decades of experience, Facing History equips teachers and students with the tools to have meaningful conversations on racism, prejudice, and antisemitism so classrooms can be models of civil society.  Through rigorous study of history’s fractures and fault lines, students in a Facing History class explore the complexities of history and human behavior. They learn that history isn’t inevitable, but is the result of both individual and collective decision-making.  With a focus on the role of the individual in society, Facing History’s curriculum teaches students how each person’s choices can make a positive impact on the world.

As a renowned international organization, Facing History reaches 4.8 million students yearly with a network of more than 48,000 educators.  We have educational partnerships around the world as well as staff based in 10 U.S. locations, Canada and the United Kingdom.  Embarking on a new 5 year strategic plan, Facing History will quadruple the number of teachers trained to 200,000 at one-third of the current cost.  We will also expand our current reputation by developing new marketing and business initiatives including launching a major gifts program and a corporate engagement program.  To learn more about our work, please visit

Position Summary 

To expand the work of Facing History in the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) office, we are seeking a Director of Development. Working in close partnership with the SFBA Executive Director, this position will strategically build the Bay Area development effort to meet and exceed our ambitious fundraising goals, currently set at $2M. The Director of Development will focus primarily on major gifts work, with responsibility for managing a portfolio of donors with the capacity to give gifts of $10,000 and above. In addition, the Director will work with both local and national development teams to grow and support our pipeline of donors, of all types and at all levels, and advance Facing History’s visibility and profile in the region. 

The Director of Development will benefit from sharing and support through Facing History’s national development team, with the opportunity to work alongside colleagues from other geographies in order to ensure the effective local implementation of Facing History’s national development strategies. With access to both a nimble and highly dedicated local team, as well as the broader resources of the national Facing History network, the Director of Development will benefit from a highly collaborative and mission-driven team. The Director of Development will report to the Senior Director of Regional Development, with a matrixed reporting line to the SFBA Executive Director, and will supervise the SFBA Development Specialist. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary manager for a portfolio of current and potential individual major donors
  • Participate as part of a local and national/international team to carry out Facing History’s fundraising strategy and achieve revenue goals for the SFBA region
  • Engage targeted constituencies through the creation and management of additional programs and activities that deepen donor engagement and revenue growth, including new private individual and corporate events and Community Conversation lectures
  • In coordination with the Executive Director and Development Specialist, oversee the fundraising component of the spring benefit dinner
  • Work with the Senior Director of Leadership Gifts Programs to implement and support Facing History’s new donor giving circles
  • Assist the SFBA Executive Director with stewardship and support to the local Advisory Board and committees
  • Act as liaison to Facing History Associates' network of young professionals
  • Supervise and coach the SFBA Development Specialist
  • Support other aspects of fundraising as needed


  • At least 5 years of nonprofit development experience, with demonstrated success in major gifts work, including closing gifts at the 5-figure level and knowledge of moves-management fundraising  
  • Engaging relationship-builder with excellent interpersonal skills and strong oral and written communication skills; experience building relationships with Board members preferred
  • Creative and flexible self-starter able to work both individually and as a member of consensus-seeking teams 
  • Organized and effective project manager, with the ability to manage multiple needs and assignments in a fast-paced nonprofit setting
  • Genuine commitment to the mission of Facing History and Ourselves and ability to articulate the importance of the organization’s work to a variety of audiences 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite; experience with Salesforce or other fundraising databases required
  • Experience in staff management preferred
  • BA/BS degree or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with Bay Area philanthropic and educational communities considered a plus

To Apply  

Using the link below, please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to Eli Ingraham. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, Facing History provides an excellent and competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life & long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) program with a discretionary organizational contribution, generous paid time off, an employee assistance plan & a travel assistance plan, pre-tax Transit-pass program, flexible spending health care and dependent care accounts, 4 voluntary Aflac plans, and a friendly work environment.

Facing History proudly values diversity and is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

About Commongood Careers

Facing History has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Director of Development, San Francisco Bay Area. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 800 searches at 300 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.


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