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Development Manager

Company: Kids & Families Together
Date Posted: April 11, 2018

Position:  Development Manager

Type:   Full time, Exempt

Salary:   $58,000-$64,000DOE Benefits include: Dental, vision, medical (after 90 days), 403(b) retirement plan, AFLAC supplemental insurance, paid sick time and vacation.

About Us

Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a non-profit, Ventura County organization providing counseling, education and support services to families that have come together through foster care, kinship care (primarily grandparents raising grandchildren) and adoption.  We often refer to the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” yet modify it to, “It takes a loving village to raise a child,” because we know that all children, and families for that matter, need a loving, nurturing village of support, with both formal and informal connections to thrive.  K&FT celebrates diversity and camaraderie in the workplace and places high value on maintaining a warm, supportive and open environment.   Attention, care, thoughtful listening and valuing other's opinions are important to us in maintaining our clients' well-being as well as our staff.  We care about those we serve and who we work with.

About You

You are:  Mission-driven with both heart and mind engaged in your work.  Sensitive to your environment and able to maneuver with patience and fortitude at the same time. A self-starter able to work independently, yet savvy enough to know when to enlist help or guidance and willing and able to be a team player and pitch in when needed.  Excited to see projects through from top to bottom.  Able to maintain grace under pressure.  Creative, innovative and dedicated, a thoughtful and effective communicator and relationship-builder.  Success-driven and ambitious with that rare quality of also being an active listener.  You know how to juggle priorities, follow up, follow through and solve problems.   You value self care and work/life balance and respect it in others.  Bonus points if you've worked with a Founder before.  A sense of humor is much appreciated!

About the Opportunity

Although Kids & Families Together has been around for 18 years, we have never had an internal development staff member.  This is an opportunity to create, grow and manage a fund development program from the ground up.  You will be integral to your organization's evolution and future.   Currently, we have a small and loyal donor base and use Salesforce for data management.  We need to grow our donor base, help take our donors to their next level, steward and strengthen our relationships with them.  We would also like grow K&FT's awareness in the community -- Ambassadorship -- is an important part of this position.  You will work directly with the Founder/CEO and also an 8-10 member fund development committee made up of board and staff members. 


  • Strategize, develop and implement a comprehensive fund development plan including short and long-term fundraising planning and goals with a primary focus on individual and corporate giving
  • Create and maintain donor protocols including cultivation, stewardship and solicitation
  • Utilize best practices for donor cultivation and stewardship with a goal towards relationship-building
  • Create and manage production of all fundraising materials
  • Create and oversee donor-related recognition across all electronic media platforms
  • Develop presentation materials, as needed
  • Deliver presentations and speak publicly on K&FT's behalf
  • Take charge of events with a fundraising backbone, including conceptualizing and managing events, securing sponsors, in-kind donations and auctions items, timelines and staff/volunteer management
  • Assist with other special events throughout the year as needed
  • Manage donor data and system in Salesforce, including documenting processes and instructions for other staff members on 'clean' data practices
  • Produce fundraising reports as needed for budgeting, analysis and goal-setting
  • Possible assistance to Founder/CEO with foundation relations and government contracts
  • Chair and manage fundraising committee meetings, create agendas, follow up on action items and assignments
  • Maintain public outreach and education presence in the community, working as an ambassador for organization, promoting its mission and increasing awareness in the community
  • Maintain own continuing education and knowledge of philanthropic trends, needs and best practices
  • Ensure that fundraising policies, procedures and practices are implemented within the organization to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and ethical standards are met for all transactions

 Your Qualifications

  • Three year’s experience in fundraising and development for nonprofit and mission-driven organization preferred
  • Exceptional communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills (social and emotional intelligence) with the ability to tailor both  to serve the needs of the Founder/CEO as well as donors
  • Exceptional skill at building and maintaining relationships
  • Comfortable in a sensitive client and services setting desire
  • Maturity, integrity, and discretion with attention to the confidentiality needs of our client-base
  • Attention to detail and ability to maintain deadlines and manage multiple complex tasks and/or projects simultaneously while addressing the needs of the office
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (a tech assessment will be given)
  • Knowledge of Salesforce or other CRM system with some system-wide management
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed
  • A valid driver's license and insurance
  • You may not fill every requirement in this job description but you are confident enough that in addition to your experience, your eagerness and willingness to acquire new skills and learn new things will increase your ability to be successful in this position

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • Sit and work at a computer with keyboard for a minimum of 20 minutes
  • Ability to drive a minimum of 30 minutes
  • Ability to stand for a minimum of 15 minutes

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume and work samples in Word or PDF format only to:  Please use the subject line:  Development Manager:  Your Name.    No calls, please.

Work Samples:

1. work sample - provide 2 writing samples, one in 'your' voice and one in your organization/client/donor's voice

2. provide calendar/timeline or planning document that you have created showing how you organize and/or manage tasks or priorities