Development Director



Software Engineering, Sales & Business Development
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023
Code2040 is a small (14-person) nonprofit organization working to achieve proportional representation for Black and Latinx people in the tech industry. Code2040 activates, connects, and mobilizes the largest racial equity community in tech to dismantle the structural barrier that prevents the full participation and leadership of Black and Latinx technologists in the innovation economy.
Through events, trainings, early-career programs, and knowledge sharing, Code2040 equips Black and Latinx technologists and their allies with the tools, connections, and care they need to advocate for and achieve racial equity in the tech industry.
“I joined Code2040 because I was committed to Black liberation--starting with my own--and extending to my family and community. I’m thrilled that we’re in a position to grow our team, and I hope we will find others seeking growth, liberation, and joy.” - Mimi Fox Melton, CEO
Code2040’s work environment is rooted in transparent leadership, collaboration, flexibility, and relationships that allow team members to show up authentically and work autonomously.
Code2040 is looking for a dynamic Development Director, energized by working at the intersection of technology and racial equity. Code2040 is at an incredible moment in its growth, attracting attention ranging from community-based allies and Black & Latinx technologists, to national foundations and international tech giants. The right candidate for this position will bring strong foundational competency and experience in fundraising, finance, communications, and data management. They will love building and maintaining fundraising programs on a variety of platforms to strategically meet ambitious revenue goals. They will also have experience and comfort with major gifts, moves management, public-private partnerships, and community engagement.
Code2040 is led by a visionary CEO who is a skilled and talented fundraiser committed to building and stewarding relationships with values-aligned funders and donors. The Development Director will collaborate with the CEO and Development team staff to create and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy with a focus on long-term sustainability. The Development Director will supervise a Development Associate and contractors.
Code2040 has an annual budget of $4.3M with half of that raised from contributed revenue sources, including institutional funders and individual supporters. The Development Director will be responsible for leading a cohesive fundraising program that seeks to grow Code2040’s revenue through ethical, values-aligned fundraising tactics. Additional goals include building and maintaining systems, structures and processes that support a healthy Development department, building a consistent Development communications practice, and helping take our organization to the next level.
Code2040’s work environment is rooted in transparent leadership, collaboration, flexibility, and relationships that allow team members to show up authentically and work autonomously.
Deadline to apply to this role is Friday, June 16th!


  • Racial Equity: Our focus is the full participation and leadership Black and Latinx people in the innovation economy and commitment to these communities is a must. Code2040 encourages candidates that have lived or adjacent experience to that of our served community to join our largely BIPOC leadership team.
  • Leadership, Collaboration & Team Management - 20%: During a time of heightened visibility, substantial growth and internal transition, this position will affirm healthy best practices and culture by utilizing an ethical approach to fundraising rooted in community-centric fundraising principles, and partner with the CEO and staff to foster a collaborative fundraising culture across the organization. Working closely with the CEO, the position will explore ways to engage Code2040’s Board of Directors to more effectively move resources to our work. Additionally, the role will provide leadership and mentorship to Development staff and guidance to contractors to ensure contributed revenue and other team goals are met. This person will be responsible for setting team priorities and project managing key projects toward desired outcomes.
  • Fundraising Strategy - 30%: The Director of Development will help shape and name a fundraising framework that amplifies Code2040’s vision and connect fundraising goals and tactics to the organization’s strategic priorities. This role will lead the process to co-create comprehensive annual fundraising plans for Code2040, including strategies for institutional funders and individual supporters. The right candidate will have a strong appetite for developing and implementing new and creative approaches to engage our donor and funder base, maintain and strengthen existing relationships, and expand our network, especially in the technology world. In partnership with the Development Associate and Fundraising Consultants, the Development Director will also be responsible for implementing fundraising strategy into an actionable work plan.
  • Major Gift Fundraising - 20%: The Development Director will be responsible for managing and growing an individual giving program to more effectively manage relationships with supporters who have the capacity to move significant resources to Code2040. This includes portfolio management, designing and managing solicitation strategy, utilizing the donor CRM to track engagement and outreach, providing regular coaching and staffing the CEO and other senior leadership staff in their relationship building efforts.
  • Development Communications - 10%: This position will contribute to the strategy behind development-related communications that support the organization in community engagement and supporter retention goals, with an emphasis on creating impact storytelling to help our community understand the “to what end” of our work. This will include strategic communications across multiple platforms and collaborating with our Communications function.
  • Institutional Funder Strategy - 10%: In collaboration with the CEO and grants contractor, the DD will provide thought partnership and strategic support to steward, cultivate, and deepen engagement with current and prospective funders.
  • Board Engagement - 10%: In collaboration with CEO and senior leadership staff, this leader will provide support to Code2040’s Board of Directors, helping ensure Board members have foundational understanding of the organization’s development strategy. The person will partner with the Board in co-creating ways that they can individually engage in and provide material support for our fundraising efforts.


  • 5+ years of non-profit development experience, including previous experience as a Development Director
  • Intellectually curious and interested in utilizing an ethical approach to fundraising
  • Solid foundational understanding of development department functions and operations including donor CRMs, online giving and communications platforms (ex: GiveButter, MailChimp, YAMM), gift processing procedures, and gift acceptance policies
  • Experience with annual revenue goal setting, managing budgets, and tracking outcomes for success
  • Experience in developing, implementing, and managing a robust annual giving program
  • Experience in developing, implementing, and managing a major gifts program, including demonstrated experience and comfort soliciting five-figure and higher gifts
  • Excellent analytic and strategic thinking skills, with comfort using data to analyze fundraising metrics and outcomes
  • Highly organized with attention to process and follow-through
  • Experience with a multicultural workforce – people who are diverse in age, race, disability, gender and gender expression – is required
  • A commitment to social justice and sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural differences is required
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, staff, and counsel from a diverse range of communities
  • Clear interpersonal communication skills including the ability to communicate deadlines and boundaries
  • Proficient knowledge of Google products


  • This is a full-time position with an anticipated salary range of between $110,000 and $128,000, depending on experience.
  • Code2040 offers a generous employer-paid benefits package, including excellent health, vision and dental plans.
  • Access to free medical, dental, and vision insurance100% medical deductible coverage
  • Free annual access to: One Medical with PPO, Kindbody with PPO, and Talkspace
  • $200 per month wellness stipend because sometimes the things you need most for your care aren’t covered by traditional insurance plans
  • Free life insurance policy with $50,000 coverage with the option to invest in additional coverage
  • Access to 401K with end-of-year match (dependent on the financial health of the organization)
  • An unlimited vacation policy contingent on manager and team negotiation. Staff averages 5-8 weeks of vacation per year – not including sick time, personal time, and mental health days
  • 2+ weeks off during the holiday season (dependent on organizational health) because we deserve to end and start the year with rest
  • $1500 work-from-home office setup stipend upon starting your position, $500 every year after that
  • $1500/year for professional development because we’re constantly growing and evolving and that takes investment in our collective learning
  • $1500/year for a work for anywhere stipend so you can get out of your house and see and be somewhere different. Take that trip you’ve been thinking about and take your meetings from a beach somewhere. Or wherever else you wanna be!
  • $150/month phone and internet stipend because you can’t do this job without reliable, consistent internet
  • $75/month snack and food stipend to keep you fueled throughout your day. We’d buy you snacks in the office so why not remotely? :)
  • Code2040’s operations are 100% remote and its team is located across the United States, primarily in California and on the East Coast. We gather once per year as a team with options for individuals and teams to travel to gather in-person. This is contingent on following COVID protocols because we’re still in this pandemic and we’re invested in keeping each other as safe as possible.
Commitment to Diversity: Code2040 strongly encourages applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx or other People of Color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, people who are gender expansive, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds. Code2040 is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a staff, board and volunteer base reflective of the communities we serve and that enhances our vision to develop an equitable distribution of power in the work that we do.
Code2040 does not discriminate on the basis of class, race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability.
Working conditions: This role requires long periods of time spent at a computer.
Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please reach out to the contact above to request assistance.
The Selection Process: In an effort to be as transparent as possible in our selection process as well as to help expedite bringing new staff on board, our selection process typically spans 12-15 weeks across up to 7 interview stages (screening interview → competency deep dive interview → take-home demo of work assignment → final-round panel interview → references → a CEO chat and final convo → extend offer).
How to Apply: Our organization values relationships, feedback and celebration. As an organization, we sit in monthly practice centered around relationship building and ritual. We also practice active celebration of ourselves and others. You will thrive in this organization if you are:
*Able and willing to engage in both receiving and giving direct feedback and celebration.*
*Grounded in a growth mindset for yourself and others.*
*Able to sit in discomfort, curiosity and vulnerability during hard to growing your communication, conflict resolution, and advocacy skills for the sake of building strong relationships both internally and externally.*
If this resonates with you, please submit a cover letter with your resume or simply answer the application questions on Lever when submitting your resume/CV.
A few tips for responding to our cover letter questions: Don’t just repeat your resume; we’ll read that too. Your cover letter is your chance to shine and connect your past experience with what we’re looking for. Tell us:
*The unique mix of skills and experience you will bring to the role and our team.*
*How will you thrive in the role; what have you done in the past that demonstrates you can be successful?What about Code2040’s mission excites you?*
*Why do you want to work with a passionate team committed to mobilizing the largest racial equity community in tech?*
*What experience do you have in working with or volunteering for an organization that does racial equity work?*
We encourage all applicants to review our values and history to learn more who we are and what drives us.