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Director of Development

About the Organization

Celebrating 65 years as a vibrant, service-oriented, independent nonprofit organization, the Pasadena Senior Center (PSC) exists to enhance and enrich the lives of older adults by providing opportunities for social interaction, improving health and fitness, and by offering basic needs services, education, volunteerism, and community activism.  At the core of its mission is a commitment to optimize the aging process for the more than 35,000 people it serves annually.  Recognized as the first independent senior center in the U.S., PSC is a national leader in addressing issues of aging by engaging these individuals in innovative, creative, and well-regarded programs and initiatives.  PSC is governed by a committed Board of Directors and administered by a dedicated staff led by Executive Director, Akila Gibbs.

The Position

The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and fulfills a critical leadership position, establishing and sustaining a culture of generosity among PSC’s wide and varied constituencies.  The Director will articulate a compelling case for support of PSC, which will be the basis for the Center’s communication with current and prospective donors, as well as its wider community.  Collaborating with the Executive Director and the Board Development Committee, they will shape and guide fulfillment of strategies for all fundraising and planned giving. 

The Director is responsible for all necessary components of dynamic development program, including but not limited to an annual giving campaign; major gift prospecting, stewardship and fundraising; planned giving; special events and any other programs necessary for raising funds for the organization. Their responsibilities include leading and overseeing all fundraising administration including financial reporting and analysis, systems, and compliance. The Director will be the main interface with the Board Development Committee and will work closely with the Board Chair, the Development Committee Chair and the Executive Director to ensure a successful development program based on measurable dollars raised.

The Director supervises the Senior Associate Director of Development, as well as a grant writer and a data entry professional.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated and experienced development professional who is strongly committed to the mission of the Pasadena Senior Center.  They will demonstrate a strong sense of dedication to the needs and aspirations of older adults, growing financial support for PSC’s flourishing programs that so effectively serve this population.  Excellent communication skills are critically important, as is the ability to work collaboratively and strategically.  The Director of Development will be entrepreneurial, innovative, focused, and eagerly cultivate a culture of generosity.  The ideal candidate will be someone who wants to devote the time, energy and commitment to create an exceptional development program creating a legacy of ongoing financial support for the Pasadena Senior Center.


The Pasadena Senior Center is an equal opportunity employer, encouraging applications from people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.  A competitive compensation package will be offered. 

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and current CV to PSC Executive Director, Akila Gibbs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).   More information about Pasadena Senior Center is available on our website (

Applications are requested by June 30, 2024.