Los Angeles Community College District

Foundation Development Officer (#2206)

$48.09-$59.58 hourly / $8,335.94-$10,326.76 monthly / $100,031.28-$123,921.12 annual


Identifies and solicits funds from private individuals, corporations, and foundations, fosters donor relations, and provides assistance in the management of the business affairs of the Foundation at a college or the District Office.

Typical Duties

Identifies and solicits sources of funding including private individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Plans and coordinates activities and events aimed at donor prospects including alumni, retired staff and special target groups.

Fosters positive and enduring relationships among donors and alumni.

Assists in the preparation and monitoring of the annual budget for Foundation operations.

Prepares written proposals and reports with recommendations and analyses for the Foundation.

Assures compliance with all federal, state and local laws, relevant contractual obligations, and recognized accounting and reporting standards applicable to fundraising.

Develops and implements strategies for volunteer leadership and enhanced community involvement in fund raising activities.

Designs and writes fund development informational literature.

Confers with administrators, Foundation Board of Directors and other key individuals in planning and managing specific campaign activities.

Fully utilizes the capabilities of common and specialized donor management computer software applications in the preparation of donor information and reports for the foundation.

Develops and maintains systems of prospect management and research, and donor relations.

Recruits, organizes, and directs the efforts of volunteers in fund-raising activities.

Attends and participates in various administrative and committee meetings, workshops, and conferences to gather information and identify Foundation goals.

Makes oral presentations as requested.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Foundation Development Officer identifies and solicits funds from private individuals, corporations, and foundations, fosters donor relations, and provides assistance in the management of the business affairs of the Foundation at a college or the District Office.

A Director of Foundation plans, organizes, implements and directs a comprehensive fund-raising program at a college or the District Office by identifying and soliciting funds from private individuals, corporations, and foundations and managing the business affairs of the Foundation.


General supervision is received from the Director of Foundation or a classified administrator. Immediate supervision may be exercised over assigned technical and clerical staff.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of effective fund development strategies including gift policies, solicitations, and donor recognition

Professional ethical standards and practices as identified and agreed to by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP), and the Council on Resource Development (CRD)

Community relations and community outreach

Federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations related to Foundations and gift receipts

Capabilities of common and specialized donor management computer applications

District organization, operations, policies and procedures

Los Angeles County community and business resources available to the college

Communication media sources and their most effective uses, including print, broadcast, web, and social media

Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration

Principles of supervision and training

Organization and management of records

Skill in:

Interpersonal relationships

Presenting concepts verbally and in writing

Achieving the understanding and support of individuals or groups with indifferent or opposing points of view

Ability to:

Organize campus-wide departmental oriented fundraising efforts

Obtain, organize, and develop fund-raising material for audiences of varied interests

Interpret and apply federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations related to Foundations and gift giving

Prepare reports including complex financial statements and Foundation reports

Recognize critical elements of problem areas, develop and evaluate data, determine solutions, and make recommendations

Foster trust and confidence; earn support from internal and external constituents

Independently plan and organize work projects

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrators, faculty, students, and the community

Plan ahead, establish priorities, and meet schedules

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff

Travel to off-site events and meetings

Learn specialized computer applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and experience:

A bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university preferably with a major in fundraising management, non-profit management, philanthropic leadership, or a related field AND three years of full-time, paid or unpaid professional-level experience in fund development or related field with a public or private agency. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. Experience in an institution of higher learning is desirable.


A valid Class "C" California driver's license must be obtained within 10 days of establishing residency in the State of California. Travel throughout the District is required.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 2206; REV: 11/4/2020;