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Development Officer

MiraCosta College

Last Updated: 5/27/23

Job Description

Development Officer
MiraCosta College

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Type of Assignment: Full Time
Assignment Category: Regular Position

Position Details:
One regular, full-time position, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year on the Oceanside campus. The work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, with evenings and weekends as needed for projects and events. The Vice President, Institutional Advancement has approved the option for the person selected to work remotely up to 20 percent of the workweek during the probationary period and then up to 40 percent of the workweek once the probationary period is over. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation.

Remote Work:
MiraCosta College believes that flexible work enables employees to achieve a more successful balance between work responsibilities and family life. The District offers the opportunity to telework (remote work) for certain positions, depending on the operational needs of the District and the provisions of the telework policy. Probationary and temporary employees are not eligible to telework unless approved by the appropriate vice president. No employee is guaranteed the right to telework. No employee shall be authorized to telework 100% of the time; regular, on-campus presence is expected for all District employees on a weekly basis.

IMPORTANT: MiraCosta College requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to promote a safe and healthful workplace for employees and to promote the health and safety of our campus community. Unvaccinated employees are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe disease. This causes greater risk to their personal health and unnecessary disruption to the college community that depends on college programs and services. As of August 23, 2021, all employees must submit proof of vaccination or request and receive approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. For more information, please visit

Salary Range: 23
Compensation: Starting at $69,713 – $73,515 per year, salary range 23, step 1 or 2 on the 2022-2023 classified salary schedule. Initial step placement will be determined based on directly related experience, with annual salary step increases up to step 5. In addition, after five years of district service, employees earn a longevity stipend that increases over time.

Employees must make arrangements for the direct deposit of paychecks into the financial institution of their choice, via electronic fund transfer.

MiraCosta College offers an array of benefits to eligible employees.

  • The district pays 100% of the cost of medical, dental and vision insurance for eligible employees and dependents
  • $100,000 life insurance policy
  • Up to $250 of benefit credits per month to help pay for a variety of voluntary benefit options, such as supplemental life insurance, disability coverage, and health care/dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Vacation, sick leave, and up to 18 paid holidays
  • State pension system retirement benefits (CalPERS)
  • Free and confidential employee assistance program
  • Wellness Program
  • Participation in the District’s Early Retirement Program
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Tuition fee reimbursement
  • Childcare Facility (Oceanside Campus)

Position Term in Months: 12

Application Procedure:
In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the first screening date in order to be given first consideration.

1. Application on which you list all relevant experience.

2. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and experience.

3. A cover letter addressed to the “Screening and Interview Committee” specifically describing how your experience aligns with the Essential Duties, Other Duties, and Desirable Qualifications.

4. Transcripts of college coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications as stated in this job posting. Unofficial or legible photocopies are acceptable. If a degree(s) was earned, the transcripts must state that the degree was awarded. Any degree/coursework used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.

If your degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. To view a list of agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, go to Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials for up to three to four weeks following the closing/first screening date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.

Offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) proof of being fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 or requesting and receiving approval for a medical or religious exemption; 2) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 3) submission of a current tuberculosis test clearance; 4) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; 5) fingerprint clearance; and 6) approval by the Board of Trustees.

*Individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson and Johnson [J&J/Janssen]).

Retired STRS members are not eligible for this position.

Basic Function:
Under general supervision, perform a wide variety of highly confidential, responsible and complex administrative support coordination, develop systems solutions in the areas of database and prospect management, prospect research and special events management; manage annual fund and employee solicitations, assist in the development of effective solicitation strategies that inte-grate and enhance the development office’s major gifts functions; and perform related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

1. Participate in selecting, training and providing day-to-day lead work direction to other development support staff and volunteers; assign and monitor work for completeness, accuracy and conformance with district, department and legal/regulatory requirements and standards; monitor work flow to ensure that mandated deadlines are being met in an optimal manner; provide information, instruction and training on work procedures and technical/legal/regulatory requirements; provide input to supervisor on employee work performance and behaviors; assist in ensuring a fair and open work environment in accordance with the district’s mission goals and values.

2. Implement fundraising and donor development programs for the college including direct mail, Annual Fund renewals and upgrades, campaigns and telemarketing; develop and implement Year-end Giving campaign including interviewing students for story development, developing appeal content and coordinating bulk mailings.

3. Proactively identify new prospective donors by using prospect research tools and analyzing pertinent information to assess a prospective donor’s interests and giving capacity; identify from an existing database prospects with the greatest likelihood of making a major gift, considered to be $10,000+; conduct highly confidential research on prospective donors and prepare that information for use by other fundraisers and the college president.

4. Oversee donor tracking database and ensure database integrity and maximize automatic processes to reduce manual data entry and increase communicate with constituents. Coordinate the development of mailing lists, donor lists, reports, documents and materials for targeted solicitations and donor recognition.

5. Maintain campaign financial reports, incorporating community volunteers and college staff into campaigns as needed; solicit, track and report endowment funds for various scholarships.

6. Develop content and implement employee payroll giving campaign; solicit giving incentives, develop and implement donor solicitation and donor recognition programs.

7. Manage logistics of off and on-campus donor events, including liaison with vendors, event hosts and sponsors; negotiate prices and serve as lead event coordinator both in preparation and during the event; creatively troubleshoot onsite, proactively resolving issues; assist in identifying and recruiting honorees and speakers; prepare presentations and develop and produce invitations, programs and publications; provide staff support to volunteer committees.

8. Develop content and manage student group fundraising activities; train students on campaign development and management including use of events, social media and campaign tracking tools; track and report student fundraising results.

9. Develop content and maintain Foundation website.

Other Duties:
1. Assemble requested data and prepare reports related to the college development’s fundraising performance, participating in state-wide and national benchmarking surveys.

2. Assist with developing and monitoring the budget for the department and Foundation; process purchase requisitions, budget transfers and expense reimbursements.

3. Assist Foundation board committees or college committees as appropriate.

4. Participate in community civic efforts and service clubs to enhance the college’s presence in the external community.

5. Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:
1. Principles and practices of fund development including campaign development, prospect management systems and event fundraising.

2. Principles, practices and methods of budget development and management and donor tracking and monitoring.

3. Professional ethical standards and practices as identified and agreed to by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) or similar body.

4. Community relations and community outreach.

5. Principles and practices of public administration, including compliance, purchasing, contracting and maintaining public records.

6. Applicable sections of the state education code, Title V and other state and federal laws governing foundations.

7. Federal, state, corporate, private and non-profit funding sources to meet high-priority college funding needs.

8. Research, statistical and forecasting methods used in donor analysis and management.

9. Federal, state and local laws, ordinances, codes, regulations and policies affecting Foundation accounting and financial systems.

10. Principles and practices of sound business communication.

11. Principles and practices of effective supervision.

12. District human resources policies and labor contract provisions.

Ability To:
1. Implement computerized donor prospect and tracking systems including database management, tracking code system management and developing automated systems for small gift campaign management.

2. Perform public speaking; plan and attend events.

3. Manage and coordinate the work of volunteers and student workers.

4. Develop fundraising materials and social media messaging.

5. Build strong and mutually beneficial relationships between faculty, staff and external audiences.

6. Organize, set priorities and exercise expert, independent judgment within areas of responsibility.

7. Read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures including appropriate sections of the state education code and other applicable laws.

8. Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, reports, studies and other written materials.

9. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

10. Represent the district effectively in dealings with donors, the community and a variety of not- for-profit organizations.

11. Present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively.

12. Operate a computer and standard business software; maintain a complex donor management system.

13. Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and disability issues.

14. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

Education & Experience:
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

Graduation from an associate degree program with course work in business administration or a related field, and three (3) years of related professional fund development experience that includes use of a donor management system; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in an educational setting is preferred. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university is highly desirable.

NOTE: For work experience, one “year” is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months, or at least 2,080 hours.

Desirable Qualifications:
Experience with Workday preferred.

Experience with annual fund giving and events preferred.

Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred.

Licenses & Other Requirements:
A valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance program.

Certified Fundraising Executive or similar certification is strongly preferred.

Physical Effort:
The physical efforts described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Primarily sedentary with intermittent standing, walking, bending and stooping; occasional light lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; ability to travel to a variety of locations on and off campus as needed to conduct district business.

Emotional Effort:
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships involving interactions and com-munications personally, by phone and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups from diverse backgrounds on a regular, ongoing basis; ability to work effectively under pressure on a variety of tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.

Working Conditions:
Primarily business office environment; subject to frequent public contact and interruption; inter-mittent exposure to individuals acting in a disagreeable fashion; may work at any district location or authorized facility with occasional evenings and/or weekends on an as-needed basis. Occa-sional local travel may be requested.

Posting Number: S22/23033P
Human Resources Contact Information: or [Register to View]
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
First Screening Date: Applications received by the first screening date, Monday, January 09, 2022 will be given first consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
MiraCosta College is committed to creating a racially just campus climate. Individuals and their diverse cultures and identities are welcomed, nurtured, and validated. MiraCosta College takes institutional responsibility for closing the equity gap for disproportionately impacted populations including Latinx and Chicanx communities, Black and African American communities, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, Native American communities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities, veteran communities, former foster youth, adult students, and students from low socioeconomic statuses. MiraCosta will continue to serve all constituents with values rooted in equity, diversity, inclusion, and community.MiraCosta College’s Mission, Vision, Commitment, and Institutional Values & Goals –

About MiraCosta College
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help one another. MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more details, please visit our website at

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Oceanside, California, United States
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help...