Parks California

Director of Development—Corporations and Foundations

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Parks California seeks Director of Development—Corporations and Foundations

Parks California is an ambitious and creative young organization working to ensure thriving parks across the largest and most diverse park system in the world—from redwood groves and desert springs to lighthouses, urban parks, and profound sites of cultural history. Formed three years ago as California State Parks’ official statutory partner after extensive consultation with hundreds of stakeholders, park executives, and philanthropic leaders, Parks California stimulates and supports innovative public-private partnerships. These partnerships raise the visibility of California state parks and their partners, inspire passionate support for public lands, and set trends for the future of parks. Parks California also attracts new public and private funding and provides expertise and entrepreneurial approaches to high-priority projects and programs.

The Director of Development—Corporations and Foundations will lead strategy and execution to drive deep corporate and foundation investment in creating excellence in programs and facilities for California state parks. This new position, designed to dramatically increase the organization’s development capacity, will extend the recently launched Parks for Everyone campaign. The Director of Development—Corporations and Foundations will lead the organization’s advancement program aimed at corporations and foundations. The successful candidate will be responsible for meeting an annual revenue target by working with an assigned portfolio of donors and prospecting new donors to advance the mission of Parks California.

Parks California is committed to supporting and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.


A competitive compensation package, including a comprehensive benefits package, will be offered based on experience. The expected annual salary range for this position is $120,000–130,000.


The Director of Development—Corporations and Foundations is a remote position based in Northern California, with frequent time at Parks California’s San Francisco and Sacramento offices.

Start Date

Early 2022.

To Apply

Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a cover letter describing their qualifications that match the position criteria and what they will bring to the role, along with a resume, to with the subject line “Parks California, Director of Development Search.”

Please submit your application by November 1, 2021 for priority consideration.

More Information

For more information on this search, or to nominate a candidate please contact Andrew Leider, Managing Director, Potrero Group: 

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