Phoenix House Senior Director of Development in Lake View Terrace, California

At Phoenix House, change is something we embrace every day as part of our values to deliver exceptional care. Phoenix House provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment, with a legacy spanning nearly 50 years. We are passionate about healing individuals, families and communities challenged by substance use disorders and related mental health conditions. Phoenix House supports the mission through a holistic approach that focuses on the distinct mental, physical, and social needs of every person; innovation of best-in-class and evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs; and, the promotion of greater understanding of addiction. Our devoted staff are committed to treating the whole person—and come from all fields.

We operate personalized, strength-based, gender-responsive programs while living the values and being accountable for our commitments. Being introspective and becoming part of the solution is integral to every interaction and person we touch. As ‘One Phoenix House’ we believe in having fun along the way – embracing ‘progress not perfection’ as our journey continues.

Phoenix House of California seeks a strategic and innovative development professional to become its Senior Director of Development. The successful candidate will be committed to Phoenix House’s mission and serve as a frontline fundraiser and strategist. S/he will evaluate and build upon Phoenix House of California’s existing program, formulate strategies to increase philanthropic support, and engage existing board members and recruit new board members to expand contributed income.


The Senior Director of Development will be a generalist, capable of major gift solicitation, as well as other aspects of fundraising. S/he will serve as a strategic partner to the SVP and Executive Director of the California Region and to the board and will actively engage all board members in fundraising activities.

The Senior Director of Development will report to both the SVP and Executive Director of the California region and SVP and Chief Development Officer of Phoenix House Foundation and will work closely with Board members. S/he will work with the program/clinical teams to articulate compelling messaging and cases for philanthropic support, manage a portfolio of donor prospects, support the SVP and Executive Director on tactics and strategies for specific development activities, implement annual appeal efforts, and create and manage a pipeline of prospects.



  • Bachelor's degree required, Master’s degree preferred


  • Minimum 3-5 years of directly related experience, preferably in a development department of a non-profit


  • An accomplished front-line major gift solicitor

  • General knowledge of best practices in all areas of fundraising, including special events, annual campaign, planned giving, and e-philanthropy

  • Knowledge of California area communities

  • Demonstrated ability to strategize set and meet goals

  • Experience with board engagement, cultivation, and development

  • Commitment to collaborative, team-driven work

  • Ability to articulate a clear vision that promotes Phoenix House’s efforts and inspires both internal and external audiences

  • Energy, drive, and “can do” spirit

Phoenix House conducts as needed, job-related background checks, fingerprints, drug testing, physical exams, medical exams, TB testing, verification of employment history and/or reference checks prior to employment.

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