Director of Fund Development

City of Palm Springs


The Division of Fund Development is responsible for a wide range of innovative fund development programs that support the operations of the City and the community through grant funding, donations, fundraising, and sponsorship opportunities.  The Department coordinates and administers delivery of all City fund development programs and projects including development, organization, and administration.

The Division is critical in the support of the community, businesses, and visitors to the City.  The Division maintains a proactive and collaborative approach to working with the City to maintain the City’s reputation of a marque destination “like no place else” furthering the cultural diversity and vitality in the City.  The Division is staffed by the Director of Fund Development and works in coordination and support of all City Departments.


The Director of Fund Development will provide strong visionary and collaborative leadership with a hands-on proactive approach to public sector fund development. The ideal candidate will be a fair, ethical, and decisive leader whose guidance and decisions will enhance innovative fund development opportunities for the City and the community.  An individual with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, a track record of successful grant, donation, fundraising, and sponsorship management, along with a team oriented approach will excel in this position.  The ideal candidate will have the technical fund raising savvy and strategic leadership which includes:

Innovation - Capable of identifying, defining, and implementing industry best practices in grant writing, donations, fundraising, and sponsorships;

Project Management - Mastery of complex and strategic projects involving multidisciplinary team of internal and external resources to effectively manage multiple forms of fund raising activities;

Leadership - Proven management of diverse internal and external sourcing; technical and transactional focus on development and impactful solutions, engagement and quality customer service;

Organization Communication - Effective communicator with ability to clearly present and summarize complex information across all levels with a high degree of tact and diplomacy;

Financial Management - Effective development and delivery of operational expenses and budget, and managing, tracking, and negotiating of contracts and documents.

Candidates must possess a minimum of five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in identifying, writing, coordinating, managing, and preparing grants and grant reports.  Experience with professional donation, fundraising, and/or sponsorship programs is preferred.

In addition, candidates must have the equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, business management, or a related field.  A Master’s degree is desired.


Serving at the pleasure of the City Manager and under the general direction of the City Manager, the Director of Fund Development will be expected to lead the City’s efforts to leverage comprehensive fund development strategies and opportunities and develop best practices to achieve innovative solutions in fund development throughout the City. The Director will be the direct point of accountability for effective operations of the City’s fund development program including: citywide grant, donation, fundraising, and sponsorship programs; grant writing, reporting, and coordination; developing mutually beneficial business arrangements between the City, organizations, and the public to generate revenue; and establishing new resources to assist with funding City events and capital projects. The Director will establish a shared City vision and work collaboratively and cooperatively with other all City departments. An individual that demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit and forward-thinking philosophy will excel in this position.


The salary range for the Director of Fund Development is $78,828 - $106,008, placement in this range is dependent upon qualifications and education. The City also offers a full benefit package including:

Retirement – Classic Members – 2% @ 60 with a 7% pre-tax employee contribution, New Members – 2% @ 62, with a 6.75% (or ½ the normal cost as determined by CalPERS) pre-tax employee contribution.

Healthcare – The City provides a flexible-benefit dollar amount to be used on plans and services that best fit your needs; a range of healthcare options are available for medical, dental, and vision coverage.

Annual Leave – Accrual begins at 16 hours per month; increase after 5 years of service.

Holiday Leave – 11 days per calendar year plus 1 floating holiday.

Life Insurance – City paid life insurance at $50,000.

Disability Insurance – City-paid Long-Term Disability plan; employee paid Short-Term Disability plan in lieu of the State-mandated plan.

Worklife – An Employee Assistance Program and a range of additional programs are also available.


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