County of Alameda

Foundation Director (#1418)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - General Mgmt (U15)
$47.83-$58.11 Hourly / $3,826.40-$4,648.80 BiWeekly /
$8,290.53-$10,072.40 Monthly / $99,486.40-$120,868.80 Yearly

Under direction of the County Librarian, responsible for the planning, development, organization, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive program to raise funds to support the operation and growth of the Alameda County Library; and to do related work as required.


The class of Foundation Director is a single position classification located in the Alameda County Library. The incumbent reports directly to the County Librarian and is responsible for planning and preparing all development related activities and materials, including annual fund drives, endowment campaigns, corporate grants, planned giving, special events, and capital campaigns. The Foundation Director works closely with Administration and other staff to identify funding needs and assumes strong financial reporting and accountability. The incumbent works closely with the Board of Directors of the Library Foundation by providing direction. In addition, the incumbent may supervise a small support staff.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Provide direction and support for the Board of Directors of the Library Foundation.
2. Research and review Library Foundation policy; develop Annual Fund Plan for the Library Foundation Board of Directors; provide support to the Board in the form of reports, agendas, training and record maintenance; develop and maintain a proposed budget and maintain insurance and non-profit status for the Foundation.
3. Plan, develop and implement a variety of development campaigns; supervise development and maintenance of a database of major donors and systems of recording pledges and payments; cultivate and maintain donor relationships; assist Library staff with solicitations.
4. Supervise, design, maintenance and updating of web page content; creation of publicity campaign and development of direct mail program; design of publicity materials and direct mail pieces.
5. Research, identify and evaluate individual prospects, foundations, and corporations as potential donors; assist the County Librarian and the Library Foundation Board of Directors with soliciting prospective individual and corporate donors; participate in professional activities to keep informed of current developments in the field.
6. Oversee the development and production of Foundation newsletters and other communication tools; oversee gift acknowledgment and donor correspondence.
7. Supervise and train support staff.


Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Marketing, Resource Development, Communications, Business Administration or a closely related field. (Additional professional or paraprofessional administrative services experience may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.)


The equivalent of five years full time successful management experience in fundraising and resource development, preferably for a non-profit organization.

Desirable: Accreditation as Certified Fund Raising Executive by CFRE International.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of resource development including planned giving, annual giving, capital campaigns, donor solicitation and recognition, grant proposals, events management.
• Public relations techniques and methods.
• Budget development and monitoring.
• Database management and the application of computer technology to resource development.
• Personnel management.
• Program management.

Ability to:

• Raise funds through a variety of strategies.
• Communicate superbly in writing and verbally.
• Work effectively with a variety of people, including donors, staff and volunteers.
• Positively represent and promote the Library.
• Organize and implement complex events and campaigns.
• Manage a variety of projects at one time.
• Effectively lead Board members, staff and volunteers.

JC:pf 1/23/02
Newspecs: 1418.doc
CSC Date: 3/13/02
SA:pf 9/13/05 Revise/Retitle
[old title: Library Development Specialist]
CSC Date: 10/12/2005
NE:po Revised 8/4/06
CSC Date: 8/30/2006