May 10, 2022

Director of Development - Salvation Army Del Oro Division

  • Sacramento, CA, USA (Hybrid onsite /remote)
Full time Nonprofit

Job Description

KEES has been exclusively retained by The Salvation Army Del Oro Division, headquartered in Sacramento, California, in its search for a Director of Development.

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, clothing and shelter for people in need, and camp and recreational programming for community, the Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country.

As an integral member of the senior management team, the Director of Development will provide vital leadership via the administration of fundraising and external relations activities including annual giving, corporate giving, grants, direct marketing, digital fundraising, special events, major gifts and planned giving, marketing, volunteer and Board engagement, social media, public relations, and other communications. 

The DOD, a passionate, experienced fundraising professional who is motivated by a faith-based mission, will guide a productive and results-oriented team of 12, emphasizing and encouraging collaboration, accountability and donor-centric activities in direct support of family services, senior housing/meal delivery, youth programs, shelters, disaster response, and holiday programs, including its world-renowned Red Kettle campaign, among other programs. It is crucial that the individual who assumes this important and essential role fully embraces, supports, and always reflects well on The Salvation Army’s mission and values through their professional responsibilities and behavior.

To learn about other development positions at The Salvation Army Del Oro Division, including two Donor Relations Director roles, please visit the KEES website at 

Specific Requirements Include:

  • Passion for The Salvation Army’s mission, coupled with a strong commitment to know and understand the Army’s history, mission and structure, as well as its services, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work in a distinctively Christian environment.
  • A minimum of seven years of successful development experience and a minimum of five years executive-level management experience in all aspects of fundraising including direct mail, grant writing, online giving, major gifts, planned giving, special events, capital campaigns and public relations.
  • Demonstrated ability to set, achieve or exceed goals and meet deadlines with a natural capability of juggling and managing multiple projects and people.
  • Willingness and ability to travel on a regular basis throughout the Del Oro Division with a focus in Sacramento County. Valid Driver’s License and a clean driving record required.
  • Live within commutable distance to the Divisional Headquarters in Sacramento. Approximately 40% of the month will be spent in the field with non-Sacramento locations.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Advanced degree and/or CFRE credential preferred.

This position offers a competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package, including a car, and coverage of gas and all maintenance/repairs, etc. Relocation can be negotiated.

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to providing a respectful environment for all applicants and employees that is free from unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by law. Such equal opportunity for employment will apply to recruitment and hiring, training, promotion, salaries and other compensation, transfers and layoffs or termination.


To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email. ALL INQUIRIES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

About KEES

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams and dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public entity sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit

About the Del Oro Division

The Del Oro Division is part of the Western USA Territory (THQ), one of the Army’s four U.S. geographic service areas. Divisional Headquarters for the Del Oro Division is located in Sacramento and is comprised of portions of Northern California and Northern Nevada. The division is further divided into geographic areas where services and ministry are provided. These locations, often called Community Centers or Corps, are led by a local leader. Additional programs are conducted in outlying areas (more remote areas) by dedicated staff and volunteers. It is only through this highly complex structure that The Salvation Army can Do the Most Good and meet human needs in His name. Eighty-two cents of every dollar the Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide, and as a branch of the Christian Church, the ultimate goal of all programs is the spiritual regeneration of all people.  For more information please visit:   

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