Development Officer


Reports to
Director of Development

FLSA Status

General Function:
Researches, writes, edits, formats and mails requests to institutions for funding according to an identified annual schedule. Solicits, educates and acknowledges individual donors in order to maintain and build annual giving program. Writes, edits and develops content for agency publications, website and social media. Provides support in the development and maintenance of ongoing relationships with individual, foundation, corporate and organization donors under the direction of the Development Director and Executive Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

A. Grantwriting

  • Writes and edits all funding requests, letters of intent, and reports, in accordance with established policies and procedures. Secures managerial authorization for transmittal and ensures mailing of all documents.
  • Manages and updates annual fundraising and reporting schedule.
  • Identifies new fund development opportunities in collaboration with the Director of Development and Executive Director.
  • Communicates with managers and Controller to produce proposal and budget documentation for inclusion in grant requests and reports that accurately and appropriately reflect agency work. After grant is approved, communicates expectations of the funder and provides analysis and recommendations to improve and maintain agency-donor relations.
  • Maintains accurate, up to date central files on all funding sources. Contributes to maintenance of agency donor database.

B. Donor Relations and Fundraising

  • Contacts and stewards individual donors of $1,000 or greater to acknowledge gifts and solicit information on fields of interest.
  • Provides agency tours to individual donors, introducing them to key programs and staff.
  • As appropriate, counsels individual donors on planned giving options.
  • Identifies opportunities to solicit individual donors with targeted strategies according to the agency calendar of events.
  • Recommends membership on Executive Council for committed donors.
  • Reviews key funding and news sources for changes in status of donors, recommending or implementing changes in requests for funding. Contacts individual donors about key life events to maintain ongoing relationship.

C. Development

  • Writes and edits agency documents including the annual report, appeal letters, newsletters, advocacy briefs, case statements, acknowledgements, brochures, website articles, social media, e-blasts, and human interest stories.
  • Provides development training to the agency and Hunger Task Force’s network members.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Design - Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles; Demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

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 accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
Fifth year college or university program certificate; or two to four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software; Internet software; Spreadsheet software; Word Processing software; and social media platforms.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Degree Emphasis/Certificate in Professional Writing.

Physical Demands
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 accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and depth perception.

Work Environment
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.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; outside weather conditions; extreme cold and extreme heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

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