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Regional Development Director, Contra Costa

Equity and our Mission

10,000 Degrees is the leading, equity-focused scholarship provider and college success nonprofit in California. Since 1981, we’ve helped more than 20,000 students from low-income backgrounds achieve their college dreams, and today, we reach more than 12,000 students and families each year.

Our mission is to achieve educational equity and to support students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to realize their full potential and positively impact their communities and the world.

Never has this mission been more critical. The pandemic has multiplied the obstacles and uncertainty our students face. The opportunity gap has not narrowed but grown. Educational inequities and racial injustices continue to prevail. The demand for our support and resources has never been greater.

Through it all, our commitment to our students has never wavered. 10,000 Degrees won’t stop until all of our students get the support and resources they need to realize their full potential, and earn their degree.

Join us on our mission to achieve educational equity. Apply to work with our passionate team to make a difference and give back to your community.

You’re joining at an exciting time, as we just launched our five-year Strategic Plan, and we are growing our talented team!

Our Core Values

At 10,000 Degrees, our core values guide everything we do, from the way we deliver student support to how we structure our organizational systems to be mission-aligned.

We believe:

  • In the great potential of all students.
  • Every student should have equitable opportunities to a quality education and to graduate from college.
  • All our students and alumni are changemakers.
  • Students and their families, schools and communities each play a critical role in educating our youth and strengthening our communities’ economic and social health.
  • Educating all students to achieve their full potential is an urgent moral, social and economic imperative.
  • Education is the foundation of a just and equitable society.

The Opportunity & How You’ll Help Us Achieve Our Mission

The focus of the Regional Development Director, Contra Costa is to grow 10,000 Degrees’ resource base in Contra Costa from diversified funding sources including foundations, corporations, individuals and government to support the 10,000 Degrees college access and success programs, as well as scholarships for Contra Costa students.  In collaboration with and in support of 10,000 Degrees Development, External Affairs, Scholarship and Program teams, as well as the Contra Costa Advisory Board, the Regional Director is a integral position of the Development team and will help develop and support local and organization-wide initiatives in Contra Costa, with a particular focus on fundraising initiatives.

This position will allow flexibility to work from home or from San Rafael headquarters.  Attending in person team and organizational meetings at 10,000 Degrees offices is required.


  • Proactively identify and cultivate community, institutional and individual relationships to advance regional and organization-wide fund development opportunities and meet fundraising goals;
  • Manage a regional portfolio of donors and prospective donors through all aspects of moves management and fundraising best practices, including meeting prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications and building regional donor capacity;
  • Manage a regional portfolio of institutional funders, with a focus on corporations, through all aspects of moves management and support the Director of Institutional Advancement in developing and writing grant proposals for regional funding opportunities;
  • Recruit new advisory board members to grow the Contra Costa Regional Advisory Board with a goal of increasing regional visibility, network building, field influencing and resource generation capacities of the board;
  • Proactively support the Contra Costa Advisory Board, ensuring regular touch-points and engagement with each Advisory Board member;
  • In collaboration with the Chief Development Officer and the Contra Costa Advisory Board, develop a regional fundraising plan and targets in order to meet current and future programmatic and scholarship goals;
  • Represent 10,000 Degrees at regional advocacy, community, development and other events;
  • In partnership with the Director of Communications and Marketing, develop a local marketing and communications plan to increase visibility and support Contra Costa development efforts;
  • Identify and cultivate new scholarship resources for Contra Costa students;
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to inform and align regional strategies and opportunities with broader organizational goals and related initiatives.


The successful candidate will be an energetic, passionate leader who is committed to supporting equitable educational opportunities for all students.  A goal-oriented focus is essential, with in-depth knowledge of the East Bay fundraising, corporate, and community landscape. They will also have the skills necessary to cultivate and engage top donors and strategic partners in a way that is aligned with 10,000 Degrees overall mission, values, and goals. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and impeccable judgment are required.  In addition, the ability to work cohesively and collaboratively with other team members will be critical.

For this position, we believe that you will be the most successful if you have the following:

Professional Experience

  • BA/BS required
  • 5+ years of fundraising experience required

Skills & Characteristics

  • Demonstrated ability in relationship building and management across a diverse set of funders
  • Excellent internal and external communication and collaboration skills
  • Proven ability to cultivate and raise major gifts
  • Outstanding listener
  • Results-orientation
  • Experience with Salesforce preferred
  • Active community connector
  • An unrelenting commitment to social justice
  • Excellent presentation skills, including oral and written communication
  • Ability to think strategically with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Self-starter who can multitask in a fluid work environment


In-person attendance at San Rafael HQ and organization events required.

Our Culture and Investment in You

We want you to feel proud being a part of the 10,000 Degrees team, because of the work that you do and the community we strive to be.

At 10,000 Degrees we are creating a more equitable, inclusive, anti-racist organization and a community where everyone belongs. We provide a comprehensive and generous benefits package, work schedule flexibility and a culture of care to promote job satisfaction, professional growth, and wellbeing. We are a collaborative, team-oriented and transparent organization that listens to our employees. 10,000 Degrees also supports you on your career journey by providing ongoing professional development opportunities, and giving you a clear path toward leadership pathways and advancement.

Compensation Package

  • Excellent health, dental, and vision benefits
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Dependent Care Account
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Company-sponsored Life Insurance
  • 401(k) with employer contribution
  • Employee Assistance Program through Concern Health
  • 15 days paid vacation and generous paid sick leave
  • 11 Holidays, in addition 10,000 Degrees is closed between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
  • Professional development, including conferences, seminars, webinars, and trainings


For immediate consideration please complete this Regional Development Director, Contra Costa County, which requires you to submit a cover letter and resume.

Note: all applicants are required to submit a clear TB test and fingerprints as part of the background check, and Employment with 10,000 Degrees requires full vaccination and proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 before starting work. Exemptions to the mandatory vaccination policy may be available for a medical condition, disability, or sincerely held religious belief and must be approved before starting work.