Job Opening – VP of Development & External Relations

Communities on the margins of opportunity deserve a trusted partner on their journey towards financial growth and stability. As a locally invested, collaborative partner in social justice and financial equity, Community Vision (Community Vision) provides nonprofits, small businesses, and social enterprises with strategic investment and guidance deepening work, scaling impact, and strengthening our communities.

We realize that the impact of discriminatory policy, institutionalized financial neglect, and systemic racism have resulted in a deep sense of distrust felt among communities on the margins of opportunity, including people of color, folks of various abilities, genders and sexualities, and communities with low financial wealth. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities. Community Visions is an equal opportunity employer; people of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

VP of Development & External Relations

San Francisco, California

The VP of Development & External Relations, a senior management position, is responsible for leading Community Vision’s capital-raising efforts for operating support and lending capital. Reporting directly to Community Vision’s President, and supervising four staff, the VP of Development & External Relations will plan, develop, and implement comprehensive strategies to raise individual and institutional donations and investments that support Community Vision’s core lending and consulting services. They will also coordinate external marketing and communications to increase public awareness of Community Vision, its programs, and initiatives.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced and resourceful professional who is well-organized, highly motivated, people-oriented, and excited about working in an expanding nonprofit in the community development and opportunity finance field. Expertise in grant-writing and individual donor development is especially desirable, along with knowledge of and contacts within local, regional, and national foundations. The ideal candidate will be an articulate and persuasive writer, an accomplished story teller, and an engaging public speaker. This is a very high touch position. The ideal candidate must demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills capable of building and maintaining productive relationships with our investors, donors, staff, and community partners.

The VP of Development & External Relations will be responsible for developing and leading implementation of Community Vision’s annual fund development and communications plan, including a fundraising campaign to individuals, corporations and foundations, growth of a robust individual investor portfolio, and the organization’s marketing and communications strategies and activities. A major initial priority of this position will be to obtain new, diverse sources of operating support for Community Vision’s steady growth, as called for in our recently completed strategic plan. Another important priority will be to expand the pool of individual and corporate investment capital for Community Vision’s revolving loan fund.


  • Create and manage an annual Development Plan that guides activities and achieves goals
  • Develop and implement a major gifts programCreate annual individual giving campaign
  • Oversee all institutional giving relationships including coordinating grant and reporting
  • Plan and implement events such as Community Vision’s large (250+ attendees) annual event
  • Increase sponsorship of Community Vision’s annual event
  • Work with program managers and other staff to develop fundraising strategies for new initiatives and programs
  • Work with Community Vision’s volunteer board members to create a culture of philanthropy at Community Vision and strengthen the Board’s ability to raise operating and capital resources
  • Provide stewardship to the Board Development Committee, ensuring that Board members have meaningful roles in Community Vision’s fundraising planning and activities


  • Expand Community Vision’s total lending capital by securing new investments and grants into its revolving loan fund from individuals, banks, corporations, religious organizations, government agencies, and foundations
  • Build and maintain existing relationships with funders and investors
  • Create engagement opportunities for new investors and recognition opportunities for existing investors
  • Oversee annual Securities Permit application, end-of-year interest payment coordination, and other deadline-specific activities
  • Create and maintain partnerships that open Community Vision to new areas of investment

Communications & Marketing 

  • Create and implement marketing and communications strategies, social media campaigns, and materials both for business development and to increase public awareness of Community Vision’s work
  • Oversee all communication, marketing, and brand standards including message discipline, use of brand elements, etc.
  • Oversee the production of funder and investor reports, monthly e-newsletter, annual report, and other marketing materials, and the maintenance of websites and social media platforms
  • Create engaging content that promotes Community Vision’s staff expertise and thought leadership
  • Create presentations, pitch decks, and other visual materials in support of staff
  • Coordinate video production, webinars, and other multi-media activities
  • Work closely with Community Vision’s President to plan and support her external relationships and public communications within the communities Community Vision works with
  • Work cooperatively across departments to maintain Community Vision’s communication and brand ID standards

Management/Supervisory Responsibilities 

  • This position directly supervises a team of four, including a Senior Communications Officer; Senior Development Associate, Investment Relations Associate, and Content Developer
  • Manage, recruit, hire, train, and retain the operations staff
  • Ensure a high level of customer service in support of internal customers and external stakeholders in Community Vision’s growing organization
  • Interact effectively with employees in order to direct workflow, assess performance, and assign duties
  • Actively model Community Vision’s established professional practices in support of the organization’s strategic priorities of building racial and economic equity


  • The VP of Development & External Relations reports to the President, and serves as a member of Community Vision’s senior management team
  • Lead and manage Development and Communications staff
  • Report to the Board of Directors and staff board committees as appropriate
  • Cultivate and maintain numerous external relationships with investors, funders, clients, vendors, partners and other aligned organizations
  • Work across departments and with regional teams

Minimum Requirements  

  • High level of integrity and commitment to Community Vision’s mission, vision, and core values
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field or equivalent experience
  • At least five years of executive/senior level experience as a Development Director, Communications Director, Marketing Director, or similar
  • Experience in guiding organizational growth and change management
  • Strong problem solving and group work leadership skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills including proper use of communication tools and technologies
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks and requests and meet deadlines in a professional manner
  • Strategic, able to recognize opportunities and move on them quickly
  • Ability to artfully build consensus and bring people together
  • Experience effectively motivating Board Members
  • Commitment to fostering collaboration and teamwork; ability to inspire and lead cross-functional teams
  • Ability to maintain flexibility; balance between the creative and constraining aspects of this department

Desired Qualifications, Skills & Experience

  • Experience or expertise on issues of racial and economic equity and the intersection of social justice and community economic development highly preferred
  • Understanding of impact investing, community capital and/or socially responsible investments
  • Experience living, working, or organizing in the communities we serve – especially areas outside of the Bay Area; Central Valley knowledge is especially desirable
  • Experience or expertise in managing staff & teams
  • Sense of humor

Hours & Location

  • Full-time position
  • Work hours will be predominantly during regular business hours, although occasional evenings and weekends will be required
  • A flexible schedule may be accommodated
  • Worksite will be at the offices of Community Vision in San Francisco and Oakland
  • Occasional travel outside the Bay Area for site visits, conferences, etc.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary begins at $160,000. We offer an excellent benefits package including health, dental, retirement plan and three weeks of vacation. Community Vision has a strong commitment to a work-life balance.

 Email resumé and cover letter to: with “VP of Development & External Relations” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.