Development Director – Jamestown Community Center – San Francisco, CA

Hours: Full-Time (40 hours per week)

Salary: $68,000-$70,000 (DOE) plus benefits

Start Date: Immediately

About the Jamestown Community Center

The mission of the Jamestown Community Center is to mobilize the resources of families, neighborhood residents, and other community members to help young people realize their full potential as empowered and productive members of society. Jamestown fulfills this mission by annually providing over 1,000 low-income Mission District youth with a full range of educational enrichment, academic support, leadership training, employment, sports, and guidance programs. Throughout these programs, Jamestown aims to provide all participants with the highest-quality youth development experience. This approach builds young people’s resiliency as they face their daily challenges and supports their natural inclination to pursue their own growth into healthy, productive young adults.

Unlike many organizations that serve large numbers of youth through short-term programs, Jamestown’s strategy is to serve a core group of neighborhood youth with multiple, high-impact programs year after year as they grow. This focus on depth and longevity has created a bond between Jamestown and the youth and families it serves. As a result, Jamestown is able to remain continuously responsive to new and emerging needs of young people in the community, and to strengthen and expand its programs accordingly.

The Position

Jamestown is seeking an enthusiastic Development Director capable of reaching fundraising goals in support of a $1.9 million annual operating budget. The Development Director will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and will manage all aspects of resource development. The Development Director is also a member of Jamestown’s Leadership Team (senior staff), and will work collaboratively with his/her colleagues to ensure the effective operation of the organization.



Provide strategic direction and detailed management of Jamestown’s resource development activities, including creating an annual development plan.
Research and write all grant proposals to private foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
Maintain relationships with Jamestown’s funders, including providing reports and other requested information in a timely manner.
Develop and implement Jamestown’s annual appeal to individual donors.
Develop and manage the production of Jamestown’s online and paper newsletters.
Develop and maintain Jamestown’s communications, including social media and donor materials.
Work with the Executive Director to support the Jamestown Council—the organization’s volunteer fundraising leadership corps—in organizing and implementing an annual fundraising event and other major donor activities.
Represent Jamestown with funders and other community constituencies, including speaking passionately and knowledgeably about Jamestown’s mission and programs.
Maintain Jamestown’s donor database, as well as other systems to track existing and potential sources of support.
Actively participate in Leadership Team activities and other organizational projects as needed.
Attends other program-related meetings and participates on at least one internal committee.


Complies with Jamestown policies and procedures, and laws pertaining to the operation of Jamestown.
Ensures that program staff understand and comply with Jamestown policies and procedures.
Maintains professional attitude and work ethic.


A passion for Jamestown’s mission.
Experience raising funds from individual donors and an interest in growing Jamestown’s individual donor base.
Excellent grant-writing skills.
Demonstrated success securing funding from foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
Ability to effectively communicate Jamestown’s mission and programs to external stakeholders, both in writing and in person.
Ability to work with a diverse array of individuals, including staff, board members, Council members, donors, volunteers, and the community.
Ability to take initiative and a leadership role in the organization.
An understanding of youth development theory and practice is strongly preferred.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher is required. Experience with Salesforce is preferred.
Five years of development experience required.
Fluency in Spanish desired.

Position open until filled. We encourage women and people of color to apply.

Application Procedure

Please e-mail your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample with “Development Director” plus your name in the subject line to:

Myrna Melgar, Executive Director
Telephone: (415) 647-4709 x112

Jamestown Community Center
3382 26th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110