Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community. Each year over 10,000 former gang members from across Los Angeles come through Homeboy Industries’ doors in an effort to make a positive change. They are welcomed into a community of mutual kinship, love, and a wide variety of services ranging from tattoo removal to anger management and parenting classes. Full-time employment is offered for more than 200 men and women at a time through an 18-month program that helps them re-identify who they are in the world, offers job training so they can move on from Homeboy Industries and become contributing members of the community – knowing they count!
In the 1980s, the city of Los Angeles was struggling to deal with escalating gang violence and gang membership. At that time, Boyle Heights had more gang members per capita than any other place in the country with as many as 2,000 people who could be killed in a given year. Around that time, Father Greg realized, with the help of many people in his parish, that he needed to provide jobs and education as alternatives to the gangs and the senseless violence they create. So, they started a small job program, “Jobs for a Future,” as part of Dolores Mission in 1988. They became Homeboy Industries in 2001, and have grown to become one of the largest, most comprehensive and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry programs in the country.
Homeboy hasn’t been without its struggles especially during the recession when many had to be laid off and the offices went dark. It was the gang members that consoled Father Greg and, with the community and board of Directors In 2013 they embarked on a bold turnaround. Homeboy’s board of directors raised $10 million in two years through individual donors and foundations and even managed to build up a reserve. In 2015 Homeboy, purchased a two-story office building in Chinatown to better serve the community.
Today, Homeboy has annual revenues of $18 million of which approximately $10.5 million is philanthropy, $6 million social enterprise revenue and $1.5 million public funding and, boasts $12 million in assets. In 2017, CCS, a national campaign consulting company, was retained to test the organization’s capacity and readiness to embark on a special 30th anniversary campaign. With this assessment complete Homeboy Industries has put forward an ambitious vision to reach key aspirations, calling on the organization in a five-year period to raise over $100 million in the form of a comprehensive campaign.
The CEO is seeking a Chief Development Officer who will lead a team and program ready for executing significant growth in revenue. With lofty yet doable goals, the new Chief Development Officer will be an innovative and accomplished visionary leader who will inspire staff, board and volunteers. He/she will have a demonstrated track record of successfully growing a fund development program with a heavy emphasis on major gifts and capital campaigns. The Chief Development Officer will oversee a staff of 10, with direct reports in development and marketing.
Homeboy has an impressive board of directors, committed to 100% giving, a passionate and accomplished CEO and staff and, the outstanding Founder, Father Greg, a national recognizable and inspirational leader in this field.
The Chief Development Officer is a rare nonprofit leadership and career-making opportunity to make such a profound difference for those seeking hope and transformation through Homeboy’s doors today and, for its future.
Reporting to the CEO, the Chief Development Officer will be responsible for increasing Homeboy’s development capacity through a strengthened culture of philanthropy. The Chief Development Officer needs to possess intellectual horsepower, and have the natural ability to be persuasive, fair, and accountable. He/she will lead based upon a sense of core ethics of collaboration, self- improvement and the drive of excellence.
- Participate with the CEO, staff, and Board of Directors to lead the organization’s development strategies and continue to chart the organization’s course in fund development.
- Oversee the launch and execution, with the CEO & Board of Directors, of the $100 million campaign.
- Lead, manage and direct the funding/revenue base while focusing on a comprehensive fund development plan to enhance the short- and long-term diversified funding base.
- Aid in the development and cultivation of a strong Board of Directors, together with the CEO and staff.
- Ensure that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision and plans.
- Develop a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the organization that will enable it to attract, retain and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.
- Assess the development staff to ensure that the organization is effectively structured and staffed with competent employees.
- Oversee performance measures, monitor results and help the CEO and Board of Directors evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s fund development program.
- Broaden and develop a robust major and planned giving programs.
- Provide general oversight of all of the organization’s fund development activities, and monitor adequacy of such activities through coordination with the CEO, staff and appropriate committees.
- Assist the board of directors to determine accountabilities for board members and fundraising volunteers and help evaluate performance regularly.
- Develop agendas for fund development meetings; develop an annual calendar to cover all crucial development issues in a timely fashion.
- Team with the finance department to assure sound fiscal operation of the development function including timely, accurate and comprehensive development of charitable contributions income and expense budgets, reporting, monitoring and implementation.
- Oversee and manage development and writing of proposals and solicitation materials.
- Assure design and maintenance of donor and prospect records, gift management systems, and informational reports.
- Assure appropriate prospect research.
- Assure design and implementation of acknowledgment, stewardship and recognition programs with feedback and necessary check off systems.
- Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintain accountability standards to donors, and ensure compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives.
- Execute all other reasonable duties as assigned by the CEO.
We are seeking candidates offering the following qualifications:
- Passion, imagination, vision, leadership, and integrity
- Strong management experience
- A demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically, to build public support, to develop and strengthen fundraising infrastructure, to inspire staff, to develop strong working relationships with the Board of Directors and its Committees and to develop effective fundraising programs
- Strong organizational skills and accountability toward goals
- A minimum of seven years of fundraising experience with a preference for experience in capital campaigns
- Significant experience in and a successful track record of major gift and annual fund fundraising
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Commitment to the mission and work of the agency with the credibility and persuasiveness to secure support from others
- A manager who leads by example and exemplifies the values and ethics of the organization
- An organized individual with strong creative and conceptual skills
- A doer who functions effectively without being autocratic or political; must be a team player who is inclusive, flexible, creative, energetic and fair minded
- A decisive and resourceful individual who will accept responsibility and take charge of results, as well as work successfully with limited resources
- A self-starter who is confident enough to express opinions, to forge ahead when appropriate and hold back when necessary, with a sensitivity to the feelings and opinions of others
- An energetic person who is emotionally mature and dependable; a collegial individual with a sense of humor.
To be confidentially considered for the opportunity, or to make a recommendation, please contact:
Julie Lugo 714-433-7042 or Sarah Agee 714-433-7040 or email us at
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