Development Officer

Company Name: 

Sutter County (Museum and Library)


1160 Civic Center Blvd.
Yuba City, CA 95993

Contact Name: 

Molly Bloom




Job Description: 

Salary: $56,585.98 - $77,578.38 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time Regular

This position will support both the Sutter County Museum and the Sutter County Library. 
Under administrative direction, develops, plans, and implements fundraising activities for the County including the Sutter County Museum and Sutter County Library; creates and implements short- and long-range fundraising plans; implements strategies to secure funding including public and private grants, corporate and foundation support, planned giving, annual fund campaigns, small gift programs, and capital campaigns; plans and implements fundraising events; and performs other related duties as assigned.  

The following duties are normal for this position and are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other related duties may be required and assigned.
  1. Administers membership programs including processing all membership gifts and tributes; manages the database of donor records; produces statistical reports and other tracking methods; writes letters/emails to prospective, new, and current members; and identifies and implements progressive and innovative strategies for membership retention and growth.
  2. Works closely with the staff, volunteers, and support non-profits to identify funding needs, and creates and implements short- and long-range fundraising plans that accomplish strategic plan goals and objectives.
  3. Identifies, recommends, develops, and implements strategies to secure existing and new funding including public and private grants, corporate and foundation support, planned giving, annual fund campaigns, small gift programs, and capital campaigns.
  4. Coordinates all aspects of grants submissions; prepares grant budgets and justification; and ensures proposal compliance with County and grantor policies and procedures.
  5. Ensures gift and grant acknowledgements are prepared and provided in a timely manner; implements programs for donor recognition.
  6. Plans, supervises, and implements fundraising events in collaboration with public and private support groups.
  7. Prepares and recommends annual fundraising budget, monitors expenses, and prepares written reports including regular funding forecasts.
  8.  Represents the department at various community functions, meetings, and events.
  9. Speaks at workshops, panel discussions, and other events regarding County programs and fundraising activities. 
  10. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with a wide variety of  individuals from varied backgrounds, including existing and prospective individual and  corporate donors, media contacts, officials and employees of local government agencies    and other public and private agencies, and members of the local community.
  11. Develops the capacity of non-profit groups and staff members to participate in fundraising.
  12. Participates in professional organizations and conferences that enhance the County and/or department's profile and cultivates resources as appropriate.
  13. May supervise department staff, contractors, and/or volunteers.


The following are the minimum qualifications for this position. Possession of these qualifications does not ensure that an applicant will be interviewed. Applications will be reviewed in comparison with all other applications received.

Knowledge of:  Standards and best practices for fundraising and accounting methods in government and non-profit organizations; best practices and procedures related to grants and contracts; grant application processes; goal-setting; program development, implementation and management; donor management software systems including Donor Perfect, Raiser’s Edge, or comparable donor management system; techniques for presenting public information and giving effective presentations; standard office procedures, methods, and practices; and operation of standard office equipment including personal computers.
Ability to: Communicate effectively, both in writing and orally, including speaking publicly; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of individuals from varied backgrounds, including existing and prospective individual and corporate donors, and officials and employees of local government agencies, other public and private agencies and members of the local community; exercise creativity and produce innovative and original ideas; prepare comprehensive, clear and concise reports; organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and manage work assignments with a minimum of direction; write successful grants; plan and manage complex special events; prepare copy and direct designers and printers of publications; use computer and peripheral equipment utilizing a variety of common software; and work irregular hours including evenings and weekends, when required.   
Education and Experience: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and two years of directly related experience that would demonstrate the possession of the above knowledge and abilities; or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities. Prior experience in museum, library, and/or cultural arts non-profit fundraising is preferred.

Special Requirements: 
Essential duties require the following physical skills and work requirements:
Requires the ability to maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of exercising sound judgment and rational thinking under varied circumstances; exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area of the office to another; hear and communicate orally; sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements, such as using a computer, typing, filing, data entry, and/or use of other office equipment or supplies; ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Other Requirements: This position requires the individual selected to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends as needed.
License or Certificate:  Must possess and maintain an appropriate, valid California driver's license.

NOTE: Sutter County utilizes E-Verify to confirm the eligibility of employees to work in the United States.

The County of Sutter is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.  Sutter County encourages both incumbents and individuals who have been offered employment to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.  


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