Development Officer - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Are you this amazing leader? Here’s what we have to offer you:  

  • A committed Executive Director and Development Director who will partner with you to establish and grow the organization. 
  • A team of talented employees who are passionate about working together to create an extraordinary organization. 
  • Respect for work-life balance. You’ll work hard, and we expect you to recharge your batteries.  
  • A comprehensive benefit package. 
  • A strong, cohesive National team committed to innovation and high standards. 
  • Most of all, you get to lead an exceptional organization that helps children facing incredible odds change their life story every day. At Friends of the Children – Los Angeles you get to think globally and act locally. We are a new chapter within a growing, established national network.  

Position Objective:

Our Development Officer will be instrumental in accomplishing the fundraising goals of the chapter. They will work alongside our Development Director (DD), Executive Director (ED) and Board of Directors with support from our Friends and in coordination with the rest of the Friends National network, to actualize the organization’s fiscal goals and values.

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not intended as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.  

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Passion for serving youth facing the most challenging situations  
  • Work effectively – with DD, ED, Board of Directors, and independently -- to identify and cultivate donors including individuals, corporations and foundations
  • Perform prospect research on individuals, corporations, and foundations evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants
  • Manage grants calendar
  • Grant writing: draft grant applications as per donor guidelines
  • Grant reports: draft grant reports as per donor guidelines with input from ED, DD, and Program Directors
  • Develop and launch a basic communications plan that will focus on educating and raising visibility for donors and prospects. This should include social media channels, newsletters, annual reports, and mass e-mail correspondence.
  • Manage basic website updates
  • Manage eTapestry database inputs and esports as required
  • Strive to ensure that organization’s commitment to equity is reflected in all decisions, communications, and processes  

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent organization, time management, delegation and follow-up skills  
  • Be willing and able to attend and actively participate in team meetings, staff functions, and development events
  • Possess commitment to extreme attention to detail, including but not limited to ability to implement self-checking procedures for data entry, produce accurate correspondence and reports, and produce and edit written materials accurately and consistently
  • Have excellent project management and organizational skills to routinely manage and prioritize daily work
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Have a passion for serving youth facing the most challenging situations
  • Be a self-starter with high level of initiative and willingness to learn
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be social media savvy

Required Education, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of experience or 7 years equivalent experience required.  
  • Two to three years of professional experience in sales and/or fundraising desired.

Friends of the Children – Los Angeles is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. Friends of the Children – Los Angeles hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

Friends of the Children is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12 ½ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne

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