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LADF Director, Development

Organization Summary

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) is tackling the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos. Bigger than baseball, LADF envisions a city where everyone regardless of ZIP code has the opportunity to thrive. LADF was reimagined in 2013 and has since raised over $81 million and is on track to raising $100 million in 2023. In the last decade, LADF has invested more than $53 million in our programs and grants to local organizations and impacted more than 9.8 million youth. LADF is the proud recipient of ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year, Robert Wood Johnson Sports Award, Beyond Sport's Sport for Reduced Racial Inequalities Collective Impact Award, and the Aspen Institute Project Play Champion.

LADF is in the midst of an exciting period of growth and seeks a Director of Development to lead all aspects of the Foundation’s fundraising. Working closely with the CEO, the Director of Development is responsible for leading the development team and driving the fundraising function of the foundation across grant-based giving, individual giving, in-stadium giving, and events.

Title: Director, Development

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Pay Rate: $115,000 - $140,000

(Compensation rates vary based on job-related factors, including experience, job skills, education, and training)


  • Working in collaboration with the CEO, set the annual development strategy and priorities for LADF, which includes identifying approaches for dividing and handling donor outreach and cultivation across all fundraising activity.
  • Serve as the primary driver of LADF’s fundraising and management of corporate, foundation and individual gifts, including donor identification/research, asks, reporting, and stewardship.
  • Lead all fundraising events in partnership with consultants (i.e. Blue Diamond Gala, LADF 5K/10K run, board fundraisers, fan-based events, campaigns, etc.).
  • Establish day-to-day expectations and priorities for the Development Team, engaging cross-functionally with other leaders in the organization and overseeing three full time staff members - Manager, Development (sponsor/donor/prospect management), Supervisor, Development (in-stadium fundraising) and Senior Coordinator, Development (development operations).
  • Oversee the Manager, Development to manage the deliverables of all LADF sponsors, donors and prospects.
  • Oversee the Supervisor, Development to coordinate and execute in-stadium fundraising (50/50 raffle, ribbon boards, online auction, silent auction, sweepstakes, message boards, retail and customer service), in addition to 40-50 part-time Game Day staff, 5-7 part time Associates and consultants assigned annually.
  • Supervise the Senior Coordinator, Development, to provide administrative and logistical support for all aspects of the Development department, including data and event support.
  • Ensure that accurate and timely data and records are maintained in Salesforce. Identify, craft, and maintain effective systems for the organization’s management of Development activities.
  • Provide regular reporting on the Development function’s activities.
  • Serve on LADF’s Functional Leadership Team, which includes the CEO, COO, CPO and other Director-level team members across the organization.

Qualifications and Experience Needed

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Mission driven: strong passion for and dedication to LADF’s mission, programs, and values.
  • Proven experience directly raising significant funds in a nonprofit and/or foundation setting (minimum $2 million budget).
  • Demonstrated experience leading a multi-pronged development operation, including large-scale fundraising events, major gifts, sponsorships, and foundation giving.
  • Demonstrated experience leading a team preferably consisting of 3-5 direct reports.
  • Experience navigating the Los Angeles philanthropic community, including relationships with donors, partners, or sponsors.
  • Ability to work in partnership with a CEO, COO and/or CPO to manage donor relationships collaboratively.
  • Ability to develop and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience using data to drive development efforts and using systems to ensure effective communication and accessibility to the cross-functional team that contributes to the development effort.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills.
  • Ability to work a non-traditional schedule, which includes nights, weekends, and some home games

LADF is firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for all qualified applicants from every background. The Foundation is also firmly committed to complying with all applicable laws and governmental regulations at the federal, state and local levels which prohibit discrimination, and which provide for reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

LADF considers all applicants without regard to national origin, ancestry-ethnicity, race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy or related medical conditions, genetic information, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that the Foundation obtain documentation from every individual who is employed which verifies identity and authorizes their right to work in the United States.

LADF Values

Our core values are the fundamental beliefs upon which our foundation and its people operate.

We look for hardworking team members who share our passion.

Opportunity – We know that talent is evenly distributed, but opportunity is not.

Access – No recreational, education or health resource should be out of reach for any child.

Equity – We aim to level the playing field and make sure that every kid has a fair shot.

Collaboration – We believe that working well with others is the secret sauce to success.

Impact – The work we do must create meaningful progress that is measurable. We want to support proven programs.

Excellence – We hold ourselves to the highest standards across all of our work, striving for quality and credibility.

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Job Details
Date Posted
13 Sept 2023
🇺🇸 Los Angeles, CA, USA
Full Time
Required Experience
5+ years
US$115,000 – US$140,000 per year