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Executive Director of Financial Development

Company: YMCA of Greater Whittier
Date Posted: May 14, 2018


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


1. Develops organizational goals and strategic plans for major gifts fundraising, balancing long-term direction and short-term requirements. Develops systems and manages resources, including the financial development budget, needed to carry out the fundraising plans. Develops appropriate fundraising policies and procedures for the association.

2. Develops processes and is actively involved in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects. Maintains database resource file in reference to top community leaders.

3. Directs and coordinates association capital development, Chairman’s Round Table annual campaign, grants and endowment programs.

4. Researches, prepares, coordinates and submits all proposals for grants from government sources and private foundations.

5. Actively engages the volunteer board in challenging conversations and decision making to advance the Y's impact. Develops strategies to increase volunteer involvement at all levels of financial development.

6. Serves as the primary staff liaison to the Fundraising Task Force, Events Committee and any other groups, as assigned.

7. Tracks all gifts and pledges by source and purpose and provides reports as needed.

8. Provides training in fundraising to the volunteer board. Educates, motivates and provides feedback to individuals related to best practices in major gifts fundraising process.

9. Creates and implements effective communication strategies with compelling messages that inspire others to accomplish the mission and cause with maximum impact. Develops communication plans to ensure members, participants, and the community understand the case for support.  

10. Represents the YMCA of Greater Whittier in the community, as needed.

11. Fingerprints will be taken prior to commencement of employment and results will be submitted to theAssociation Administration Office.


 • Philanthropy           • Communication & Influence           • Fiscal Management         • Program/Project Management


• Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent; Master’s degree preferred.

• YMCA Organizational Leader certification preferred.

• CFRE or equivalent preferred; Eight or more years of professional experience with a background in fundraising in the YMCA or another non-profit preferred.

• Child Abuse Prevention, Blood Borne Pathogens, WorkForce Link, CCC trainings and CPR, First Aid, AED certifications required within 30 days of employment.

• Ability to relate to top community leaders and diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.

• Working knowledge of giving and charitable vehicles.

• Ability to create interpretive materials to enable potential donors to understand the YMCA and how they contribute to the achievement of its mission.

• Knowledge of the media and its use in gaining exposure for YMCA events and programs.

• Successful track record in applying proven practices related to developing successful grant proposals, working with institutional donors, and the management of all related grant compliance and reporting practices.

 • Knowledge/clear understanding of fundraising techniques and strategies.

• Excellent verbal and written communications skills, particularly the ability to read, analyze, write, and edit reports according to prescribed style/format and correspond with external businesses and community members. Foundation and government grant writing expertise

• Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, peers, volunteers, customers and the general public. 

• Ability to meet deadlines, as well as the ability to collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, reason and solve problems. 

• Ability to develop and use spreadsheets and standard business software systems.


• The physical demands 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.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer for extended periods of time and be able to communicate using a computer and phone/smart device.  

• The employee frequently is required to sit and reach, and must be able to move around the work environment. 

• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.  

• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.

• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 


YMCA of Greater Whittier offers a generous compensation package which includes 12 % Y retirement contribution upon vesting, medical, dental, vision, life, LTD and FSA . Car and Mobile phone reimbursement.

Submit Cover letter, Resume and dollars raised to:

Penny Lopez,