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Director of Philanthropy
Pacific Vision Foundation in San Francisco, California
Date Posted 06/26/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Job Information
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California, 94102, United States
  • Job ID:
  • Posted:
    March 23, 2020
  • Position Title:
    Director of Philanthropy
  • Company Name:
    Pacific Vision Foundation
  • Job Function:
  • Entry Level:
  • Job Type:
  • Job Duration:
  • Min Education:
  • Min Experience:
    7-10 Years
  • Required Travel:


ABOUT PACIFIC VISION FOUNDATION Pacific Vision Eye Institute is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive eye care to all regardless of income. Headquartered in the heart of San Francisco near Civic Center, the Eye Institute is much greater than the walls that encompass the building at 711 Van Ness. The Eye Institute is a comprehensive eye center, providing the highest level of patient care, medical education and community service led by world renowned ophthalmologists. Pacific Vision Foundation is the funding body behind the Pacific Vision Eye Institute. Inspired by the Aravind Eye Care System in India, known for its groundbreaking business model providing high volume, high quality and affordable eye care, Pacific Vision Foundation is one of the only organizations in North America implementing a nearly sustainable business model to provide eye care for all. For over 40 years, Pacific Vision Foundation has supported eye care for the less fortunate among us. Most vision loss is preventable or curable, yet even in our prosperous community here in the Bay Area, eye care is unattainable for many. And, the need is growing due to our aging population and the diabetes epidemic. Pacific Vision Foundation’s goal is to deliver excellent eye care to all, regardless of ability to pay. To accomplish this, PVF launched the Pacific Vision Eye Institute, headquartered in the Civic Center area of San Francisco, with outreach throughout Northern California. Building upon existing programs supporting charity care and education, the Eye Institute is establishing a network of leading practitioners to deliver the highest level of eye care to all members of our community. For more information, please visit

The Director will oversee PVF’s donor relations programs, activities and all fundraising initiatives. The successful candidate will
be responsible for developing PVF’s fundraising campaigns, prospect research, donor stewardship, communicating with current
and prospective donors, meeting with prospective and current donors, soliciting and securing contributions and building a
stronger development team, all of which aim to build PVF’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. In addition, this position
will serve as a key external relations representative of the organization and will work closely with the Board of Directors as they
take on a more active fundraising role. The Director will join PVF at a critical juncture in its organizational history, as it works to
grow its operations and fundraising efforts with the addition of a new ambulatory surgery center and renewed alumni network
of ophthalmology residents, fellows and faculty.

The Director of Philanthropy and Marketing reports to the Chief Executive Officer and manages one direct report as well as
contracted resources.


  • Design and execute a development plan across fundraising strategies that meets funding goals as set by the CEO and
the PVF Board.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of major donor and individual giving cultivation programs and create
and implement a plan designed to increase annual giving support to the organization by fifty percent.
  • Maintain and oversee institutional giving contractors (foundations and corporations), including reviewing and editing
grant proposals and reports. Work with grant writer to create a grant forecast and pipeline reviewed regularly with
senior leadership.
  • Manage a portfolio of ten to twenty-five institutional giving prospects and a portfolio of 100 individual major gift
prospects and donors.
  • Identify new revenue opportunities.
  • Oversee and manage major fundraising events, and plan and implement small donor-centric events.
Cook Silverman Search Pacific Vision Foundation Director of Philanthropy and Marketing
  • Create and maintain tools and systems that support development goals (PVF currently utilizes Windfall, Salesforce,
  • Manage and mentor Philanthropy Officer and oversee fundraising and public relations/communications consultants.
  • Lead, develop and implement the organization’s communications strategy including media, social media, web and
print communications.
  • Other duties as assigned by the CEO.

  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree, CFRE or other advanced fundraising certification considered valuable
  • Seven or more years of progressively challenging direct fundraising experience with proven results in annual fund,
donor prospecting and cultivation, major gifts, capital campaign, planned giving, grant writing and restricted gift
  • Strong staff management skills
  • Exceptional networker with strong ability to listen and interpret information, build rapport quickly, establish
connections across people and industries
  • Experience in health care fundraising a plus
  • High level of comfort with donor outreach and solicitation
  • Experience developing and tracking budgets
  • Experience with grant prospecting, writing, submission and reporting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication relevant to the needs of a nonprofit organization communicating with
donors and the general public
  • Strong proficiency with fundraising software; Salesforce experience preferred
  • Proficiency with various wealth screening tools, mobile and text to give platforms
  • Proven organizational and prioritization skills necessary to manage a small development office to achieve optimal
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral
  • Demonstrated ability to function well as an independent worker and self-starter, team builder, problem-solver and
strategic thinker
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about PVF’s mission and values


To apply for this position, or for additional information on the opportunity, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to Victoria Silverman at All applications and inquiries will receive a response and be kept strictly confidential. Pacific Vision Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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