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Development Officer, Foundation Relations

Catholic Charities
California, United States
$90,000.00 - $90,000.00
Closing date
Aug 29, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Social Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Catholic Charities is one of the largest, most comprehensive human services agencies in Northern California, reaching more than 32,000 individuals a year in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties. We tackle some of the most pressing challenges in our community – homelessness, generational poverty, inequality, aging in isolation, HIV-AIDS, and immigration to name a few – with determination, expertise, and collaborative problem-solving with those we serve. As an integral part of our communities, we work to keep our neighborhoods diverse, productive, safe, and healthy through our more than 30 programs, comprehensive services, and social justice advocacy. We bolster our neighbors – single mothers, adults and families experiencing homelessness, adults with disabilities, seniors, children and youth, people living with HIV/AIDS, and immigrants – when they need help, solutions, and hope. We are compassionate caregivers, ardent advocates, and champions of those in need. If you are eager to have a substantive impact on the lives of others and the health of our community, apply here. Join us as we change lives.

JOB SUMMARY: The position is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of Foundation prospects, including new prospective donors. The Foundation Relations Officer will develop and implement strategic moves for achieving specific goals. The position reports to the Chief Philanthropy Officer and works collaboratively with the CEO, Board Members, and other senior staff.


  • Solicits foundation gifts, contributing to the revenue generation for the organization (both restricted and unrestricted).
  • Develops and implements strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a significant portfolio of Foundation prospects and donors.
  • Manages a portfolio of a minimum of 70 prospects contributing toward meeting an annual team goal with anticipated growth and significant discovery.
  • Works closely with the Prospect Research and Management Director.
  • Uses our Raiser Edge database to fulfill reporting and database requirements.
  • Works collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, other Development staff, and agency leadership to cultivate and solicit donors for agency priorities.
  • Promotes a collegial atmosphere within the Development department, working cooperatively with all fundraising staff to help them and the department to meet their overall financial goals.
  • Experience working with fundraising metrics.
  • Works with the CEO and Board when appropriate to engage major Foundation prospects
  • Works and coordinates with Grants and Contracts team to build long-term relationships with our donors, conducts stewardship and reporting.
  • Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience:

  •  Bachelor's degree in business, communications, or related field required.
  • Minimum 10 years of development experience.
  • Preferred demonstrable experience working with Foundations and grants.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  •  Strong organizational, interpersonal, listening, writing and communication skills.
  • Personal intellectual skills to articulate organizational needs to various constituencies.
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and practices.
  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in cross-cultural situations.


Council on Accreditation (COA) roles

  •  Is responsible for accurate and timely data entry that aids Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) reporting and case record reviews.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequent bending, standing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, twisting, and walking.
  • Frequent lifting, pushing, and pulling.
  • Frequent repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and extensive reading.
  • Driving is required for this position.

If driving a car is required for the position, incumbent must have a valid California driver's license and be able to provide proof of DMV record and personal insurance (if required.)              


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  •   The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate in accordance with a typical office environment
  • Occasionally exposed to perfume or scents in personal care products used by employees and visitors  

DISCLAIMER:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

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