Chief Development Officer, Foundation

College of the Canyons
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jul 21, 2022

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College of the Canyons


Chief Development Officer, Foundation

A Classified Administrator (Management) Position

Review Date: July 18, 2022



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The Santa Clarita Community College District/College of the Canyons is seeking a fChief Development Officer, Foundation in the Instruction division. 


The Santa Clarita Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As presented in our District Strategic Plan, which focuses on Access, Engagement, and Success, “Equity, inclusion, and diversity are not goals in themselves, but ideologies embedded in all actions and planning across all departments and functions of our college and its two campuses.


College of the Canyons is part of the Santa Clarita Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 32,000 students each academic year. College of the Canyons has a diverse student population that reflects our focus on enhancing the educational attainment and economic well-being of the community we proudly serve.


We seek employees that value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, who are conscientious risk takers and transformational leaders guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.



Reporting to the Chancellor, and working in collaboration with the College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) provides leadership to all fundraising efforts of the Foundation and its advancement programs. The CDO serves as the senior fundraiser for the Santa Clarita Community College District, and oversees multiple programs to engage donors, alumni and the community. The CDO works collaboratively with both internal and external individuals and organizations and is expected to develop a comprehensive fundraising program that encompasses all of the District’s campuses and centers.


This position directs and supervises all Foundation fundraising efforts including: campaigns, annual giving, planned and deferred giving, corporate and foundation giving, the Foundation’s scholarship program, alumni and corporate relations, and special fundraising campaigns and events. In the execution of these responsibilities, the CDO also works closely to help support special Trusts and committees of the Foundation.


The CDO is an employee of the Santa Clarita Community College District. The CDO provides leadership and management of a comprehensive fundraising and advancement program for the District and administers an annual budget for all assigned activities.



Reporting to the Chancellor, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will develop and implement a comprehensive development program designed to meet fundraising goals and revenue growth of the Santa Clarita Community College District. This position is responsible for facilitating the identification, cultivation and solicitation of private financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations to enable the College to accomplish its goals and meet its mission. The CDO will be responsible for developing and implementing customized solicitation strategies based on the strategic objectives of the Foundation and interests of the donor. The CDO will develop, lead and implement methods and strategies to provide for individual giving, corporate giving, planned giving, estate gifts, annuities and trust funds and all other methods of support for the College. This position will primarily provide the leadership for all major gift fundraising and for the direct solicitation and stewardship efforts for the College.



• Responsible for, with the assistance of the Foundation Board to develop and execute a comprehensive strategic plan for generating revenue, including fundraising, to benefit the College of the Canyons. Develops and directs a comprehensive development program for the College, including the cultivation and stewardship of corporate, foundation, and individual donors, as well as the development and implementation of a variety of fundraising strategies which include major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation solicitations and annual fundraising efforts.

• Supports the Chancellor in engaging a portfolio of prospects and donors, including planned gift prospects; design and execute identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for each prospect and determine the best strategy for cultivation and solicitation, i.e. leadership, staff or volunteer involvement.

• Increases the number and dollar amount of major gifts to the Foundation based on a baseline target.

• Facilitates the development of the Foundation’s strategic plan with the Foundation Board to ensure the Foundation can successfully fulfill its Mission year after year.

• Provides leadership, coordinates strategies and works collaboratively with members of the campus community to engage administrators and faculty in prioritizing their fundraising needs and while engaging in creative fund development strategies.

• Works with the Chief Operational Officer to prepare Foundation Board and committee agendas, minutes, policies and reports in consultation with the Chancellor, Foundation Board Chair and Executive Committee.

• Communicates effectively with the Board and provides, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

• Represents the College and Foundation at various civic and business-related organizations for the purpose of building support for the college.

• Oversees relationships with alumni through various means, such as correspondence and periodic newsletters, to build and enhance campus support.

• Working with the Chief Operational Officer, oversees the fiscal integrity of the Foundation, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and bi-monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

• Accountable for the fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

• Supports the Foundation Board and assists with the recruitment and retention of Board members including cultivation of prominent members of the community and alumni to join the Board.

• Oversees the development of strategic and annual operating plans for the College Foundation and its fundraising programs and activities.

• Works closely with the Foundation Board Chair to coordinate the work of the Board and its committees.

• Perform other related duties as required.



Requirements 1 and 2 must be met in order to qualify for the position:

Education (Requirement #1):

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent job-related work experience which may be substituted on a year-for year basis.


Experience (Requirement #2):

Eight (8) years in a progressively responsible role in resource development; revenue generation; fundraising; marketing, and/or public and community relations; or the equivalent.



Knowledge of:

Methods, techniques, and procedures used to plan, develop, market, and deliver major fundraising and resource development program in higher education.

• Financial investment management techniques and regulations.

• Leadership techniques.

• Strategic planning, resources allocation, staffing, and supervision.

• Analysis and various complex methods for the presentation of data and ideas.

• Operation of a computer and related software including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and email.

• Financial record keeping practices and procedures.

• Methods to gather and present general, statistical, and technical data.

• Budget development, and expenditure tracking.


Ability to:

• Strengthen and implement the goals of a major comprehensive community college foundation program, including overseeing revenue generating campaigns and outreach to the business and philanthropic communities.

• Provide leadership and prioritize projects.

• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

• Develop a positive relationship with the media.

• Prepare and make effective presentations to Foundation, College and corporate boards, administrators, and business community groups.

• Develop effective partnerships between the College Foundation and community and industry leaders.

• Develop relationships of trust with internal and external constituents.

• Demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.


Application Process:

Application materials must be submitted by the end of the day on July 18, 2022.   


If you require assistance, please call the Human Resources office at (661) 362-3427 or email:  


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