Director of Philanthropic Partnerships – Southern California

Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
Regular Full-Time


POSITION TITLE:  Director of Philanthropic Partnerships – Southern California
REPORTS TO: Director of Development, Los Angeles Region
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Supervise other development professionals and support staff
LOCATION: Los Angeles

Grade/Class: Grade I, Exempt, PSA-eligible


The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight antisemitism and all forms of hate using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no individual or community suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.   


ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt—an accomplished leader and entrepreneur in the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors—was recruited to the organization in July 2015. He has injected new energy and brought a bold vision to the agency. Under Jonathan’s leadership, ADL is transforming itself, upgrading its capabilities and pioneering new horizons.   



Develop strategies and implement activities to identify, personally cultivate and personally solicit strategic philanthropic partnerships, major gifts and planned gifts throughout the Southern California business and philanthropic communities, including Los Angeles, Orange County and Santa Barbara.



  • Identify and cultivate strategic philanthropic partnerships in the greater Los Angeles business community, including arts and entertainment, real estate, finance, technology, and legal industries.
  • Identify and cultivate major gift and planned giving donors throughout the Los Angeles region, including participating in strategic planning with senior staff.
  • Develop partnership and major gifts proposals for the Los Angeles region by targeting donors based on potential for giving and substantive interests.
  • Work with existing philanthropic and business partners in the Los Angeles region to identify new prospects for solicitation and cultivating relationships.
  • Coordinate with the regional director and development staff to provide expertise to the Santa Barbara and Orange County/Long Beach regions in identifying and cultivating strategic fundraising opportunities and partnerships.
  • Select and help to develop written materials on the agency and its mission for prospective donors.
  • Work closely with key thought leaders and top donors to identify new opportunities for strategic philanthropic partnerships.
  • Assist Development staff with major Los Angeles events, including ArtWorks, Entertainment, Sports and Media Event, and Annual Gala by identifying and obtaining key sponsorships, identifying potential honorees, and creating opportunities for connections with key LA industries.
  • Cultivate relationships with major donors by networking, connecting them with the cause through volunteer opportunities.
  • Scheduling individual and social opportunities and coordinating special events and donor recognition events.
  • Work with the Grants Writer to initiate and write proposals soliciting major gifts from family foundations and corporation. 


  • Identify and cultivate strategic philanthropic partnerships, major gift and planned giving donors in Riverside, San Bernardino and Kern counties.
  • philanthropic partnerships, major gift and planned giving donors.
  • Any other duties deemed important for this position.
  • Assist as part of a team of regional development and programmatic staff on regional Development events and Regional Operations events.



  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, Computer literacy including word processing, database management and presentation programs (e.g. PowerPoint). 

Work Experience:

  • 8-10 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience.
  • Personal experience directly soliciting and obtaining six and seven figure gifts.
  • Experience working in the entertainment industry preferred.
  • Experience working with high tech, fashion, art, law, and financial industry leaders a plus.
  • Experience working with, and detailed knowledge of, the greater Los Angeles philanthropic and business communities.


  • BA degree or equivalent experience. 
  • Graduate degree in business, social work or public administration preferred.

 Work Environment:

  • Additional hours are required to attend meetings, fundraising and programmatic events.
  • ADL COVID-19 Protocol (updated periodically)ADL is adhering to CDC, State, local, and Federal orders regarding COVID-19. ADL will require that all employees are vaccinated with exceptions for medical and religious accommodations. ADL may require proof of vaccination. This role will start as a remote position but may transition to a hybrid environment when offices reopen.   


  • This position is a Grade I2, which has an average salary range of $116,200 - $146,600. This salary range is reflective of a position in Los Angeles, California. Please note that salaries are commensurate with experience, and since ADL has a location-based compensation structure, there may be a different range for candidates in other locations.  

ADL values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. ADL is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, promotions and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment shall be maintained in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or military status, or in violation of any applicable Federal, state or local laws.  


ADL will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation to support the interview process, please contact Talent & Knowledge at 


ADL will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other applicable State, Local, and Federal laws. 


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