Santa Clara Development Officer

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Covenant House California
Santa Clara, CA

Covenant House California

Published 28 days ago

December 1, 2020
November 30, 2020

Development Officer

Santa Clara Office

Covenant House CA (CHC) is excited to announce the launch of its new transitional housing site in Santa Clara, CA, for youth experiencing homelessness. Made possible by a unique public/private partnership, Covenant House will open the site in mid-November 2020, marking CHC’s fifth site in CA (with Anaheim and a second LA site to open later this year).  The staff at CHC Santa Clara will be part of a unique experience of being the first staff to ever work at the site, not only becoming a critical part of CHC’s history, but helping to develop a program that most effectively meets the needs of youth experiencing homelessness in the Santa Clara Valley. The staff will draw upon CHC’s 30+ years of experience serving youth, ages 18-24, while developing unique programming and services to meet the unique needs of youth in the SC Valley. CHC is committed to meeting young people where they are, accepting them for who they are, relentlessly engaging them, so that they can fulfill their dreams.  This is a once in a lifetime career opportunity to help launch a new program, that will change the lives of young people forever!


The CHC Development Officer (DO) will be responsible for leading fundraising activities in Santa Clara County, including but not limited to soliciting, closing and stewarding major gifts (in the range of $1,000 - $100,000+), corporate support, foundation grants, and special event revenue generation and support. The position reports to the Chief Development Officer, and is a vital member of the statewide Covenant House California development team, of more than 15 individuals, who charged with meeting critical development objectives, including fundraising for the agency’s more than $20 million budget. The Development Officer serves as a passionate, enthusiastic and visible spokesperson for the organization, and the youth it serves.


  1. As a representative of CHC in the Santa Clara County philanthropic community, the DO must cultivate and promote positive relationships with key corporations and foundations, as well as help secure private grants and corporate support.
  2. The DO is responsible for an active major gifts portfolio, maintaining a high volume of personal contacts and involvement activities for current and prospective major donors who give in the range of $1,000 - $100,000+.
  3. Helps support the CEO & CDO with stewardship and engagement of a 7-figure corporate donor in Santa Clara County
  4. Meets an agreed-upon annual revenue goal and quarterly benchmarks. This plan will include monthly, quarterly and yearly goals for donor contacts (personal, print, and electronic), personal visits (virtual is ok) with major gift donors and prospects, and monthly and yearly fundraising monetary targets.
  5. Meticulous attention to donor database and record keeping. All prospect/donor contacts, visits and gifts will be annotated in the Raiser’s Edge database within two days of each activity or occurrence. A bi-weekly report of activities will be sent to the CDO every other Friday.
  6. Supports all key CHC fundraising events by means of contribution with strategic planning, donor outreach and communication
  7. Works to promote program objectives (as determined by CHC Executive Staff) and overall mission of the agency, providing ongoing communication and support to the SDO in all matters related to development/fundraising.
  8. As needed, meets with the CEO and CDO to discuss fundraising strategies, outcomes, and best practices.
  9. Also, must join the Development & Communications weekly team meeting by video conference, and on occasion in-person to report and be part of the team’s activities and planning
  10. In addition to the primary duties and responsibilities listed above, performs other duties and projects as assigned by the CDO/CEO. 


EDUCATION: BA degree is required. Masters or CFRE, preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Three years of progressively responsible fundraising experience, most especially in Corporate Philanthropy & Major Gift programs in Santa Clara County. Experience in managing a substantial portfolio of five and six-figure prospects is necessary. An expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in philanthropy and major gifts is absolutely necessary.

Confidentiality, strong personal and professional integrity, team-building skills, tactfulness and good judgment are critical. The ideal candidate would have a self-motivated, entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to work independently to set and achieve benchmarks. They will be highly organized, be able to multitask and have a demonstrated track record of achieving ambitious fundraising goals. Strong writing and communication skills is use often in this role and critical. Experience with capital or comprehensive campaigns is preferred.

Pre-existing professional relationships with corporations, foundations, community and government agencies in Santa Clara as well as major donors is sought. A knowledge of and deep empathy for homelessness and youth development issues is a plus.

SKILLS: Strong management capabilities and communication skills. Excellent computer skills, strong knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, or comparable fundraising/donor database software programs. Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.

TRANSPORTATION: Must have a valid CA driver license, reliable transportation and a good driving record.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  General business/office environment and visits to donors as needed. Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. on occasion, bend, sit and stand for prolonged periods of time. Some weekend/holiday work may be required.

SUPERVISION:  Supervises volunteers for special events/programs and contracted positions as necessary for special projects.

EQUIPMENT USED:   Computers, telephone and other equipment as required.


Covenant House California does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Covenant House California is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. 

Development Officer

Santa Clara Office

Covenant House CA (CHC) is excited to announce the launch of its new transitional housing site in Santa Clara, CA, for youth experiencing homelessness. Made possible by a unique public/private…

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  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional


Santa Clara, CA

How to Apply

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