Organization: Amnesty International

Location: Oakland, CA

Express Interest


Amnesty International (AI) is a global movement of seven million supporters, members, and activists who campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected, protected, and fulfilled. Its vision is for every person to enjoy all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Amnesty International’s iconic logo has been recognized world-wide for freeing prisoners of conscience, working against torture and the death penalty, speaking out for civilians in armed conflict, bringing human rights abusers to justice, influencing legislation and policy, protecting human rights defenders, strengthening the international human rights framework, and many other human rights concerns.

Operating as a democratic movement from its offices in 70 countries, including the US, Amnesty International is funded mainly by its membership and public donations. No funds are sought or accepted from government for its research or campaigning. AI is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest, or religion.

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is based in New York and is the largest section of the parent organization with nearly 200,000 members, including over 1,000 student and local groups. It raised $38M in 2015 and employs about 100 staff concentrated primarily in New York and Washington, DC with other staff around the country, including an in-house canvass currently based in five US cities. AIUSA’s Board of Directors is currently comprised of 18 people elected for up to two three-year terms by the members at large. AIUSA works on a broad range of human rights issues across the globe, with top priorities outlined in a new four-year Strategic Plan approved by the Board this spring after extensive consultation with AIUSA’s grassroots membership.

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Candidate Profile:

The Development Director for the Bay Area and NW (DD) oversees the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts of $10K+ from individuals within a specific region. Primary responsibilities include stewarding and increasing giving from major donors, reengaging lapsed donors, and identifying new prospects, both externally and from AIUSA’s sizable membership.


  • Establishes and meets annual revenue, prospecting, and meetings goals
  • Builds strong personal relationships with donors and prospects
  • Develops strategic plans for existing and prospective major donors for cultivation and stewardship based on their philanthropic interests, past giving, capacity, and organizational allegiance
  • Maintains and manages donor portfolio including all donor interaction, contact reports, giving history, etc. in existing donor database
  • Identifies opportunities for major donor cultivation and fundraising events while also establishing and executing an annual events calendar
  • Establishes and meets annual goals for personal contact with donors with a strong emphasis on face-to-face meetings
  • Supervises a gift officer based out of the Oakland AIUSA office
  • Presents a positive image of work group and AIUSA to others
  • Regularly represents organization with external coalitions and audiences
  • Participates in developing and managing program budgets with supervisor’s oversight
  • Demonstrates a thorough working knowledge of policies, procedures, and terminology of the department/field
  • Creates processes, procedures, forms, and/or rules necessary for work completion, efficient workflow, and/or service delivery
  • Exercises considerable latitude in making decisions in the application of a body of policies, precedents, and guidelines
  • Utilizes tact and discretion when resolving issues and/or non-routine matters within the organization
  • Participates in shared responsibility and collaboration with the volunteer and internal and external constituents
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor


Education and Experience

  • BA/BS and at least 10 years relevant experience (fundraising or sales preferred)
  • Substantial technical knowledge of area of work
  • Nonprofit experience preferred


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong team management skills
  • Strong diplomatic skills are used to influence others, resolve problems, manage projects, or achieve appropriate solutions
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, Board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Ability to handle a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Highly collaborative style
  • Ability to reliably manage a significant work load under pressure, including identifying and meeting annual revenue goals
  • Ability to think strategically, and to be creative and flexible
  • Highly-developed oral and written communication, phone, and grammar skills
  • Professional appearance and demeanor and good interpersonal skills, both in person and via phone
  • Familiarity with a variety of fundraising techniques, and a solid understanding of the infrastructure, resources, and tools necessary to implement fundraising programs

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to: with subject line: DD Bay Area.

AIUSA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.