Sage Institute is hiring a Development Director!

WHO WE ARE: Sage Institute is a non-profit that provides high-quality training, accessible psychedelic therapy at our sliding-scale clinic, and innovative research, fostering effective and culturally-responsive mental health treatment for underserved communities in Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area. We imagine a world where people from all backgrounds have access to cutting-edge, affordable, and holistic health care that supports healing of the body, mind, spirit, community and environment.

The resurgence of research on psychedelic medicines in the last decade has provided unprecedented support for the effectiveness of psychedelic psychotherapy. Sage Institute offers therapy services in this burgeoning field, integrating psychedelic-assisted therapies into our offerings as they become legal. We train practitioners in a cutting edge model of ketamine assisted therapy from a depth psychological, trauma-informed, and social justice approach.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Development Director holds all matters related to strategic fund development in alignment with the mission, values, and vision of the organization. Under the direction of the Executive Director and in collaboration with the Fund Development Committee of the Board of Directors, the Development Director will be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of Sage Institute’s fundraising including the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, grants and contracts, special events, and capital campaigns.



  1. Develop & implement fundraising strategy
  2. Work with ED & Board of Directors to develop agency fundraising strategy
  3. Implement fundraising plan
  4. Grow major gifts program
  5. Identify, solicit, and cultivate major donors
  6. Maintain relationships with donors on a continual basis
  7. Develop and maintain donor database
  8. Ensure that all entries are up-to-date and regular contact with donors is made
  9. Maintain donor relations
  10. Serve as primary contact with donors
  11. Outreach to new potential donors
  12. Send regular newsletters & other ongoing communications
  13. Develop & update fundraising materials as needed
  14. Create solicitation materials for fundraising efforts
  15. Support with creation of publications to support fundraising activities
  16. Develop & implement corporate sponsorship program
  17. Develop sponsorship program
  18. Outreach to potential corporate sponsors
  19. Cultivate and maintain relationships with sponsors
  20. Plan & implement fundraising events and initiatives
  21. Organize and manage small and large-scale fundraising events
  22. Recruit and train fundraising staff and volunteers as needed
  23. Plan, implement, and evaluate fundraising campaigns and activities
  24. Manage our annual fund, including mailings and annual fundraising drives

Ongoing Responsibilities

  • Stay informed on top fundraising trends and strategies in the nonprofit sector
  • Present at Board of Directors meetings when requested by the Board
  • Other special projects as assigned by the leadership team
  • Create and develop goals and metrics for reporting

Long Term focus:

  • Build planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectations
  • Develop grants program:
  • Oversee grant-seeking including research, proposal writing and reporting for government, corporate and foundation grants
  • Maintain a grant writing “plan of action” that outlines upcoming potential funding sources and deadlines,
  • Maintain a grant database outlining awarded, pending and denied grants & contracts


  • Create and implement a fundraising plan within 30 days of start date.
  • Raise a minimum of $500,000 per year.
  • Generate and maintain relationships with at least 25 different core individual donors, and 5 corporate and or foundation donors within the first year
  • Send a monthly newsletter keeping donors up to date
  • Coordinate at least 1 major annual fundraising event, and 4 smaller events for key donors


  • Excellent influencing/negotiating skills and oral and written communication
  • Strong networking skills
  • Promotes integrity and accountability for self and others
  • Collaborative approach and attitude
  • Embraces diversity
  • Strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Strategic thinker and visionary
  • Possesses awareness and motivation towards mission, values, and vision of agency
  • Adaptable and open to change as needed, and adjusts rapidly to new situations
  • Strong writing skills


  • Bachelor Degree
  • 2-4 years minimum of progressive fund development related experience
  • Proficiency in google suite related web applications


  • Part-time employee or contractor
  • $3600/month retainer, negotiable based on experience and qualifications
  • Potential for timely salary re-evaluation based on performance

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The position requires occasional sitting, standing, walking and driving. Frequent use of computer and phone. Lifting is required occasionally, of no more than 20 lbs. at a time. The position requires the ability to see, hear and speak.

ENVIRONMENTAL/WORKING CONDITIONS: The work is performed in an office environment or remotely in the community. Travel may be required as assigned by leadership. Adherence to any specific safety policies regarding COVID-19 is required.

EQUIPMENT USED: Computer, keyboard, telephone, printers, copy machines.

TO APPLY: Send resume, cover letter, and 2 references to noah(at)

Job Types: Part-time, Contract

Pay: From $3,600.00 per month


  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Development: 3 years (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Hours per week:

  • 20-24

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Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

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