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FT Development Officer

Location: Oakland, CA

Development Officer:

POSITION SUMMARY: CHC is looking for a (junior level) Development Officer responsible for fundraising activities in the Bay Area, including but not limited to soliciting, closing and stewarding major gifts (in the range of $1,000 - $5,000+), corporate engagement, and special event revenue generation and management. The position reports to the Chief Development Officer, and is a vital member of the statewide Covenant House California development team charged with meeting critical development objectives. Serves as an articulate, enthusiastic and visible spokesperson for the organization.



  1. As a representative of CHC in the Southern California philanthropic community, the DO must cultivate and promote positive relationships with key corporations and foundations, as well as help secure private grants and corporate support.
  1. The DO must have strong project management skills and be excited about supporting CHCís Community Engagement Director in coordinating prospective and current donor/volunteer activities and corporate emersions.
  1. The DO is responsible for an active major gifts portfolio, maintaining a high volume of personal contacts and involvement activities for current and prospective major donors who give in the range of $1,000 - $5,000+.
  1. Meets an agreed-upon annual revenue goal and quarterly benchmarks. This plan will include monthly, quarterly and yearly goals for donor contacts (personal, print, and electronic), personal visits with major gift donors and prospects, and monthly and yearly fundraising monetary targets.      


  1. Meticulous attention to donor database and record keeping. All prospect/donor contacts, visits and gifts will be annotated in the Raiserís Edge database within two days of each activity or occurrence. A bi-weekly report of activities will be sent to the CDO every other Friday.
  1. Willing to learn a broad range of fundraising techniques and ethics.

6. Participates in the Development teamís strategic planning processes, and supports all key CHC fundraising events.

  1. Works to promote program objectives (as determined by CHC Executive Staff) and overall mission of the agency, providing ongoing communication and support to the CDO in all matters related to development/fundraising.
  1. As needed, meets with the CDO and CEO to discuss fundraising strategies, outcomes, and best practices. Also, must join the Development & Communications weekly team meeting by phone, and on occasion in-person to report and be part of the teamís activities and planning.
  1. In addition to the primary duties and responsibilities listed above, performs other duties and projects as assigned by the CDO/CEO.



EDUCATION:              BA degree is required. Masters or CFRE, preferred.

EXPERIENCE:            1-2 years of fundraising experience in managing a substantial portfolio volunteers and/or donors.

                                         Confidentiality, strong personal and professional integrity, team-building skills, tactfulness and good judgment are critical. The ideal candidate would have a self-motivated, entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to work independently to set and achieve benchmarks. He/she will be highly organized and possess astute financial management skills, be able to multitask and have a demonstrated track record of achieving ambitious fundraising goals. Experience with capital or comprehensive campaigns is preferred.

                                         Preexisting professional relationships with corporations, foundations, community and government agencies and well as major donors is sought. Knowledge of homelessness and youth development issues is a plus.

SKILLS:                         Strong project management capabilities and communication skills. Excellent computer skills, some knowledge of Raiserís Edge, or comparable fundraising/donor database software programs. Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.  


TRANSPORTATION: Must have a valid CA driver license, reliable transportation and a good driving record.


CONDITIONS:             General business/office environment and visits to donors as needed. Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. on occasion, bend, sit and stand for prolonged periods of time. Some weekend/holiday work may be required.

SUPERVISION:            Supervises volunteers for special events/programs and contracted positions as necessary for special projects.


EQUIPMENT USED:   Computers, calculators, fax machines, telephone and other equipment as required.

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