Position Description

Position Description


(Pasadena, CA)

Title: Director of Development

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Established in 1969 by a small group of dedicated men and women, Impact Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center (Impact) was founded with the simple, but powerful, principle of one addict helping another overcome the powerful force of addiction. The Impact treatment philosophy recognizes addiction as a multidimensional disease that requires medical, psychological, and behavioral treatment. Identifying and assessing the nature and intensity of those conditions is critical in the development of effective treatment strategies. With the right combination of interventions, therapies, and social support, anyone with addiction can abstain from drug and alcohol use for the rest of their life.

Impact is licensed by the State of California (DHCS-Department of Health Care Services), nationally accredited by the Joint Commission, and its clinical staff is certified or registered with the state and trained in the most up-to-date therapeutic techniques. A number of specialized, evidence-based individual and group counseling therapies are offered. The continuum of care includes a residential treatment program, extensive family services, longer term treatment utilizing outpatient and aftercare programs and transitional housing to those seeking to remain in a supportive living environment while they return to work and/or school.

Impact employs 175 highly professional, intensively trained, and culturally diverse clinical and administrative staff members who serve approximately 500 men and women on any given day throughout the Impact continuum of care. Many of the employees are graduates of the Impact program and have multiple years in recovery. Impact has an operating budget of $19 million. They are contracted with the Los Angeles County Public Health Department’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Control and accept individuals with Drug Medi-Cal, as well as in-network with several health insurance providers. 

For more information about Impact and its programs, visit www.impacthouse.com.

Impact Mission Statement:

Impact’s mission is to provide comprehensive and integrated evidence-based treatment services, centered in 12-Step Recovery, that will affect the lives of persons suffering from addiction. In pursuit of that mission, Impact addresses individual needs through exhaustive assessment and individualized treatment plans, focusing on changing and challenging attitude, consciousness and behavior. Impact strives to provide the highest quality of care through a continuum of short and long range residential and outpatient treatment that encompasses quality recovery principles; evidence-based practices, and responsive treatment planning. Impact’s goal is to redirect the patient from a dysfunctional lifestyle to a productive and responsible member of the community.


Entering its 55th year of helping people with addiction get clean and sober at a low cost, Impact is poised to welcome an entrepreneurial and compassionate relationship builder as its first ever professional fundraiser. In this newly created position, the Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and will be charged with building, implementing and leading all aspects of fundraising and comprehensive development initiatives for Impact. This individual will play a critical role in developing and implementing a strategic fundraising plan that assures revenues are generated to supplement government funding that constitutes the majority of the organization’s revenue. While current fundraising represents only a minor portion of overall revenue, the goal is to create a comprehensive development operation over the next few years. This would include major gifts, corporate donations, annual giving, capital campaigns, individual gifts, institutional giving, planned giving, special events, alumni and family giving (individuals who have been through treatment and families who have supported them), and in-kind resources. The Director of Development will assist the Board in developing donor strategies and provide ongoing education to the Board regarding fundraising best practices. The Director of Development will build a two-person staff in year one and expand the development staff over the next three to four years.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and Executive Director to implement a long term and annual fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic objectives of the organization.
  • Oversee a fundraising portfolio and lead by example in exemplary major gift fundraising, providing expertise in soliciting, cultivating and stewarding donors with the highest degree of professionalism.
  • Lead a targeted strategy that enhances private philanthropy from individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Develop annual goals and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the fund development program each year.
  • Develop policies and procedures that reflect ethical fundraising practices to ensure all fundraising goals are being achieved in a timely manner.
  • Ensure grant applications are prepared and submitted.
  • Research, identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects for the organization's fundraising priorities while ensuring that proper recognition is provided to all donors.
  • Develop and implement a metric-based, donor-centric advancement system that increases unrestricted funding and cultivates lifelong donors.
  • Build infrastructure to support efficient and effective fund development, review year-over-year trends, create compelling donor communications and conduct market analysis.
  • Foster an understanding of and respect for philanthropy within the organization.
  • Recruit, interview and select well-qualified fund development staff and identify strategies for staff retention.
  • Engage volunteers for special fund development projects.
  • Develop, gain approval for, and monitor an annual income and expenditure budget for the fund development program.
  • Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditures related to fundraising and the management of the fund development activities.


The successful candidate will be a strategic, highly motivated, hands-on professional with exceptional organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. The Director of Development will be both a skilled fundraiser and an individual contributor who works and thinks independently. The ability to think strategically, generate new ideas, plan, and set goals and objectives, as well as implement and follow-through on these goals is essential and expected. Collaborative, resourceful and results-oriented with an entrepreneurial spirit, the Director of Development will have the ability to connect with, inspire and motivate individuals of varying degrees of involvement with Impact House and its work with enthusiasm, creativity and energy. The successful candidate will be a strong relationship builder with empathy and compassion who gains deep personal satisfaction from building and growing programs. A commitment to providing social services and the ability to passionately communicate Impact’s mission, accomplishments and the benefits of its work are essential.  


The Director of Development will be an experienced fundraising professional with documented success in creating and managing a comprehensive development program. A strong record of personal achievement in cultivating donors, motivating volunteers, building strong relationships and raising major gifts is essential. The Director of Development should be a creative and entrepreneurial professional with a successful record of fundraising, including building and executing a development plan. The ideal candidate will have experience in all areas of fundraising including annual giving, major gifts, grants and events, as well as a fluency in technology that supports fundraising. Previous experience working with Board members and volunteers would be ideal. A background working in healthcare, human services or mental health would be a plus. 


The salary range is $140,000 to $160,000 based on experience. A comprehensive benefits package will be provided.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Impact is committed to equal employment opportunity and will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis including, but not limited to: race (including hair texture and protective hairstyles, such as braids, locks and twists), ancestry, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, marital status, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability (physical or mental including HIV/AIDS diagnosis), pregnancy (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), age (40 or over), military and veteran status, or exercising the right to any legally provided leave of absence in the application of any policy, practice, rule or regulation.


To apply for this position, visit www.morrisberger.com/searches.php

Morris & Berger
500 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 2150
Glendale, CA 91203-1923

1 (818) 507-1234