California Calls is an alliance of 30 dynamic local community-based organizations across the state working to achieve real, lasting policy change that strikes at the root causes of poverty, inequality and oppression. We are a pioneer in “Integrated Voter Engagement,” which combines statewide on-going voter engagement, state-of-the-art technology, and neighborhood-based community organizing to make sure who votes in California reflects who lives in California. By organizing the power of the people locked out of decision-making, building strategic alliances, and waging structural policy battles, we are shaping a new future for California based on justice and equality.

We Are:

  • Strategic, bold and innovative. We set ambitious goals and consistently experiment to shape a new blueprint to achieve justice.
  • Democratic from the bottom up – our mission centers building the power of poor and working people and the leadership of our local partners.
  • Rigorous and disciplined to evaluate our progress and scale our power.
  • Fiercely committed to social, economic and racial justice.

California Calls is an Equal Opportunity Employer

People of Color, Women and LGBTQI encouraged to apply. We are an affirmative action employer and encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or disability.  We work to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforce zero tolerance policies against discrimination and sexual harassment. Please submit cover letter and resume to Melinda Ealy,

Advancement Director

We are hiring an Advancement Director to lead the creation and implementation of fundraising strategies for California Calls. Working with the Senior Management Team, the Advancement Director will oversee and manage fundraising efforts, cultivate relationships with foundations and individual donors, prepare grant proposals and reports, and communicate our strategic vision, program areas and impact through both written materials and verbal presentations. The projected California Calls Education Fund 2022 budget is estimated at $7 Million.  The Development Director reports to the Chief Executive Officer and supervises the Development Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Fundraising Systems Management 

  • Develop and implement annual and long-term, innovative fundraising plans
  • Coordinate with Senior Management Team to develop annual budget and revenue projections
  • Coordinate with Chief Financial Officer to comply with all reporting obligations, including lobbying expenditures and political disclosure 
  • Work with Development Manager in implementing overall fundraising systems to achieve required results
  • Track grant deliverables and coordinate with programs to assure timely completion 
  • Manage the implementation of the Raisers Edge donor database, and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing


  • Prepare written grant proposals, interim and final reports to foundations 
  • Maintain and update basic organizational documents needed for grant proposal submissions, including organizational and project budgets
  • Work with all programs to gather relevant information on program deliverables in order to prepare accurate grant reports
  • In coordination with program and finance staff, prepare and request expenditure and grant modifications as necessary
  • Conduct prospect research on foundations and other sources
  • Coordinate and supervise foundation site visits
  • Oversee filing and tracking systems to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal and reports

Individual Donor Cultivation and Management 

  • In coordination with Senior Management Team, initiate, cultivate, and maintain relationships with individual donors 
  • Create and supervise regular donor updates and fundraising appeals
  • Create and supervise donor outreach, communication and renewal campaigns
  • Conduct individual prospect research and outreach
  • Create and execute a strategy for a large, sustained basis of small donors

Skills and Qualities

  • Demonstrated interest, understanding and commitment to California Calls’ mission and ability to work with diverse groups of people
  • At least 5 years’ experience in development with strong background in grant writing
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational and managerial skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong interpersonal skills
  • Independent thinker and self-starter with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively manage a workload with competing priorities and deadlines and produce high quality work in a flexible and fast-paced environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and G-Suite programs
  • Knowledge of Raisers’ Edge donor software

Salary: $85,000 – $100,000 per year Generous benefits including medical, dental, flexible saving accounts, 401k plan, paid vacation, flexible work schedule. This position is full-time and based in California. No later than the first day of employment must provide acceptable documents for proof of identity and employment authorization in the United States for Form I-9.     

Status: Full-Time position

Reports to: CEO