Deputy Director (Development Focus)

Alternatives In Action - Oakland, CA - Full time

We Are Seeking a Deputy Director!

Alternatives in Action is a leader in the youth development field committed to inspiring and preparing the next generation of leaders to transform their lives and the communities around them. Each year we prepare over 1,300 youth for success in college, career, and community through four key strategies: youth leadership development through a cascading leadership model; comprehensive extended day programs at three OUSD high schools; the operation of a charter high school focused on high risk youth; career and college readiness development, including operating an Early Childhood Education Center that serves as a learning lab for youth pursuing careers in education. We are a fast-paced learning organization that works to balance innovation with programmatic depth. Our staff of 70 and the youth and family population we serve are diverse and committed to social equity, quality youth programs and community-building. We are actively seeking candidates with diverse backgrounds who hold a deep orientation and commitment to cultural fluency to apply.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Alternatives in Action is seeking an experienced leader to work closely with the Executive Director to provide strategic direction and management of our fund development department and key programmatic initiatives as we grow our 5 million dollar budget over the next few years. The Deputy Director will be a mission-focused, strategic and process-minded leader with experience leading a high performance staff team.


Brings 4+ years of experience as a senior organizational leader including staff management, strategic planning and Board interface in a non-profit or educational setting

Will have extensive fund development experience with an emphasis on expanding individual and corporate giving in an education/youth development non-profit setting along with foundation and governmental funding knowledge

Brings leadership experience in marketing and communication

Has leadership experience in complex, multi-site organizations

Understands the youth development and education landscape

Is flexible and enjoys working in a diverse, entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment with passionate, talented and committed people

Has demonstrated experience and cultural fluency working with the key communities we serve (African-American and Latino); bilingual (Spanish-English) preferred

Values education and learning and holds a Masters in a related field (preferred)

Has the ability to take initiative, work independently and collaboratively as needed


Fund Development (75%): Management of a fund development team to develop and achieve fund development goals including growth of individual, corporate, government, and foundation giving strategies

oIn collaboration with the Executive Director, develop and implement a comprehensive, strategic fundraising plan with specific measurable goals that will enable Alternatives in Action to meet its future goals.

oInitiate, cultivate, manage, and steward relationships with the organization’s portfolio of individual, foundation and corporate supporters.

oIdentify, research, and investigate new opportunities for funding from a wide variety of philanthropic and individual sources to expand Alternatives in Action’s donor base.

oBuild and refine operational and technological infrastructure to maximize the potential of the development department, with a particular focus on leveraging Salesforce for pipeline management and donor cultivation.

Organizational Leadership (10%): Partner with Executive Director on institutional priorities, culture development, and long-range planning; provide staff support to the Board of Directors

oLead a collaborative process with the Executive Director, Board of Directors and its committees; support the board to perform and lead with confidence, execute decisions effectively and ensure that the Executive Director, Board and its committees are informed of critical developments in a timely and effective manner.

oAdvance deep understanding of Alternatives in Action’s vision and programs among staff, Board of Directors and key volunteers, and work collaboratively with them to integrate fund development strategies throughout the organization; enhance board members’ ability to identify fundraising opportunities and encourage and support their ongoing participation as donors and solicitors.

oGenerate, analyze and present regular updates to the Executive Director and to the Board of Directors on fundraising progress and create special reports as needed.

oStaff the Board of Director’s Development Committee and other ad-hoc committees as needed

oSupport organization’s strategic and annual planning efforts; serve on the organization’s leadership team and build cross-organizational relationships and support for development efforts.

Special Initiatives (15%): Strategic and tactical leadership in the development of key programmatic areas to further organizational priorities

oManage development of key strategic and capital initiatives including the launch in 2017 of the Early Childcare Education Center.


A collaborative and resourceful leader who can deliver measurable results and is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment

A strategic thinker committed to continual learning, growth and innovation

In search of a professional home with long-term leadership growth opportunities

A passionate advocate for education and youth development as a key social justice strategy for Oakland youth

Compensation: $95,000 - $110,000 Depending on Qualifications; health and dental benefits; generous vacation.

For more information about Alternatives in Action, please visit our website

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter by email to:, attention Human Resources.

Thank you for applying. Due to the volume of candidates, we will be unable to contact each candidate individually. If you are being considered for the position, you will be contacted. We are unable to accept phone calls or walk-ins.

Alternatives in Action is an equal opportunity employer.

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Experience Level

3 or more years

Alternatives In Action

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