About Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley advances the rights of historically excluded individuals and families across Santa Clara County through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. Every day, our attorneys, social workers and advocates craft inventive solutions to the life-changing legal issues facing low-income people in Silicon Valley.

Now with almost 100 employees, the Law Foundation is the largest provider of free legal services in the South Bay. Located in downtown San Jose, the Law Foundation is a dynamic and interesting place to work. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. We are working towards a Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-centered, community and movement lawyering-based legal services practice.

Due to COVID-19, the Law Foundation is primarily working remotely through the end of 2021.  The team is currently exploring ways to support continuing flexibility for remote work and expects that most staff will have the opportunity to work remotely for some of their work week.

We serve over 10,000 individuals and families each year with a focus on housing, health, and children and youth.  Highlights of our work includes finding stable homes for foster youth, connecting people with chronic illnesses to the benefits they need to remain healthy and self-sufficient, providing tenants access to safe and affordable housing and policy advocacy and litigation in areas including disability rights, health equity, affordable housing,  immigration, education, and child welfare. For more details about our innovative programs, please visit our website at www.lawfoundation.org and on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The Opportunity

Working passionately towards access to justice since 1974, the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley (“LF”) is seeking a strategic, mission-driven fundraising leader to be its next Director of Development & Communications (“Director”). This is a unique opportunity for a development leader who is passionate about social justice and the civil rights space to develop and implement a fundraising strategy that ensures the sustainability of LF’s impactful programming.

The Director will have oversight of all aspects of the Development and Communications function and will deepen the organization’s culture of philanthropy. Reporting to the CEO and working closely with a highly effective fundraising Board, the Director will have the opportunity to build on a strong foundation of donor support with untapped potential. The Director will work in partnership with an engaged leadership staff eager to act as ambassadors in support of fundraising efforts.

As LF looks to deepen and expand its impact, an innovative development leader can diversify and expand revenue to enable the organization to reach the next level of its trajectory. This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly regarded legal aid organization, and a vibrant and growing community of individuals dedicated to social justice.

Position Summary

Working closely with the CEO, Board, and senior management, the Director will lead LF’s Development and Communications function like fundraising, donor/foundation relations and management, including data tracking, events, and marketing/communications. This individual will manage an annual fundraising program of almost $5 million, with $2 million in corporate sponsorships, primarily from Silicon Valley law firms and the corporate legal community. Additional funds are raised from grant solicitations, individual donors, and event fundraising.  The Director will supervise, develop, and mentor a small team who handle communications and social media, events, and donor management.

The Director will design the strategy for and oversee direct fundraising efforts, including cultivating, soliciting, and closing gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporate partners, as well as plan and execute a range of successful fundraising events. Committed to race equity and inclusion principles, this leader will design a framework for grounding all fundraising and communications practices in race equity.

Candidate Profile

The Director will be a bold and experienced fundraising leader with a measurable track record of success in institutional, individual, and corporate giving.  The Director will utilize sound judgment and discretion in all activities and will display the highest degree of integrity in the role.

In addition, the Director will possess the following attributes and competencies:

Fundraising Leadership Expertise

The Director will maintain and find new funding opportunities to diversify revenue streams and secure flexible funding to meet changing community needs as well as ensure long-term organizational sustainability. The Director will be a confident and self-motivated thought partner, who will work with the CEO, Board and staff in identifying, devising and implementing a fundraising strategy for LF. The Director will plan and manage several major events each year.  A big picture and innovative thinker, the Director will also be eager to roll up their sleeves to get the job done.

Donor Cultivation and Stewardship

The Director will excel at developing and stewarding relationships with donors, foundations, the Board and other funding partners. An exceptional writer, the Director will utilize their considerable persuasive writing and grant writing experience to cultivate potential supporters. A charismatic fundraiser, the Director will bring a demonstrated track record of inspiring a wide array of donors and funders with evidence of closing major gifts in previous roles. The Director will also ensure that LF’s race equity and inclusion work is both centered and reflected in how donors and funders are engaged with the organization.  The Director will also ensure the function of the development team complies with all regulations and the highest standard of ethics.

Relationship Building

An excellent interpersonal communicator, the Director will foster strong relationships with the CEO and a highly effective fundraising Board comprised of community leaders and experts in the legal field. This individual will have the confidence and expertise needed to make recommendations to the CEO and Board regarding fundraising strategies. Highly collaborative, inclusive and open-minded, the Director will work closely with program leadership to understand their work and empower them to act as ambassadors for LF’s fundraising endeavors. The Director will be a natural relationship-builder with the ability to nurture and support LF’s broad network of committed partners.

Communications Knowledge

The Director will have oversight of LF’s communications functions like the creation of annual reports, newsletters, event materials, website content, social media updates, and program content, including video production, and media campaigns and relations, to raise awareness and funds for LF as well as to move policy efforts forward. The Director will be able to effectively communicate the work of LF to a diverse group of stakeholders, including funders, policy makers, community leaders and peer organizations. The Director will work with program staff to authentically tell the stories of LF’s clients in ways that are compelling, uplifting, empowering and inclusive.

Passion for Mission & Race Equity and Inclusion Commitment

The Director will have a passion for the mission of LF, a clear understanding of its work and an abiding respect for the communities it serves. Bringing an authentic commitment to social justice, the Director will be an active participant in race equity and inclusion work at LF and incorporate these principles into all development operations.

Compensation & Benefits

The annual base salary for this role will be competitive and commensurate with successful candidate skills and experiences. The salary will be approximately $150,000 with a generous benefits package.


Michelle Bonoan and Maleka Pensky of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials https://talent-profile.diversifiedsearchgroup.com/search/0EAE9EBD-F2B7-4759-9C22-E443BD85F916 or email Maleka directly at mpensky@koyapartners.com.  All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Law Foundation of Silicon Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Law Foundation of Silicon Valley strongly encourages people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, persons with disabilities, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

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