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$75,000 to $95,000 Annually

Benefits Offered

401K, Dental, Medical, Vision

Employment Type


Why Work Here?

“If you enjoy working with a highly-respected, community-focused organization, this may be an exciting opportunity for you.”


Rancho Santa Fe Foundation (RSFF) is implementing an enhanced culture of donor engagement designed to encourage deeper analysis and reflection among ourselves and our donors. This enhanced culture must also be grounded in strategic, efficient, service-oriented operations, designed to make giving with RSFF as seamless as possible. A newly created position, the Donor Engagement Director (DED) is responsible for providing high quality, efficient, and consistently responsive and engaging donor services, educational and thought-provoking experiences designed to move engaged donors along a continuum of learning regarding transformative philanthropic strategies. The Director will promote charitable giving, to and through RSFF, encouraging donors to leverage their assets to transform the lives of people locally, nationally and globally. The new Director, along with the CEO, will lead and implement this enhanced culture of strategically-aligned donor service, by supporting and expanding strategic donor relationships primarily with nonprofit organizations but also with individuals and families. As a significant individual contributor to the overall growth and reputation of the Foundation, the position requires polish, data analytics experience, strong communications skills, and events oversight expertise, with the flexibility to pivot from highly strategic decision making to execution of tasks.


The Foundation values high-touch donor services in order to attract, retain, and steward community-minded donors, providing the highest level of service to those with the greatest potential for charitable impact. This position provides a unique opportunity to connect with the best aspects of San Diego County by working with donors, RSFF Board Members, and community leaders to support purposeful philanthropy for our region and beyond.

  • Donor Engagement: Enhance the value proposition of RSFF to our regional agency fundholders, with a particular focus on Rancho Santa Fe nonprofits.
  • Donor Segmentation: Implement a donor segmentation strategy using existing and new research to identify, and develop specific strategies to support donor segments, effective donor communications and maximize staff time and attention.

  • Donor Focused Events: Use donor segmentation tools to create infrequent but regular donor centered events that focus on their areas of grantmaking and also highlight the missions of our agency fundholders.

  • CEO Support: provide support and assistance to the CEO in her relationships with current fundholders and strategic initiatives.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES: Strategic thinker, Servant-Leader, Collaborative (encourages a respectful, ethical and collaborative work environment), Community-Minded, Analytical and above all Donor Centered.


  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business or related field
  • Ten+ years of nonprofit fundraising experience
  • Three+ years’ experience working with executive-level volunteers and Boards
  • Demonstrated experience with Moves Management or similar fundraising approaches to individual giving
  • Strong interpersonal style with exceptional listening, verbal and written communication skills; ability to represent RSFF with professional, business and community organizations
  • Success in handling many priorities in a growing organization; ability to handle ambiguity and nuances; well-organized with strong follow-up and follow-through; and ability to leverage limited resources
  • Highly motivated with a strong work ethic; proven track record of exceeding goals and objectives
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office package and experience working with CRM systems
  • Valid California Driver’s License and acceptable driving record; must be able to utilize own transportation for fieldwork (with expense reimbursement)
  • Proven track record of achieving short and long-term organizational fundraising
  • Demonstrated passion for the nonprofit sector and the mission of the Foundation


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 of the job.

  • Extensive use of the computer; this position requires the employee must be able to remain in a stationary position more than 60% of their time
  • Employee must see, talk and hear
  • Hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls
  • Frequent walking, standing is required
  • Utilization of personal transportation for visits around the San Diego community up to 20-40% of the time
  • Weights of up to 20 pounds occasionally lifted (carrying devices provided)

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Position will remain open until filled.



At Rancho Santa Fe Foundation it is our vision to be a comprehensive center for impactful philanthropy that inspires the joy of purposeful giving. Our mission is to connect donors with regional and global needs through visionary community leadership, personalized service and effective grantmaking. As a community foundation, RSFF provides a stable tax advantaged financial structure for donors that serves people and nonprofit organizations by encouraging greater philanthropy; by directing resources to compelling issues from the arts and education to hunger and homelessness; and by convening policymakers, service providers, and constituents to create solutions to the most pressing community needs.

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Company address: 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite B-30, Encinitas, CA 92024

Posted date: 17 days ago