Monthly Archives: April 2017

Chief Development Officer

JOB TITLE           Chief Development Officer
Reports to:         Chief Executive Officer
Exempt, Full Health and Wellness program benefits

The Organization

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is a dynamic organization with a visionary yet achievable goal to end hunger and transform the health of our communities through good nutrition.

 Our view of this work is that:

– A food bank can break free of the physical limitation of its warehouse space and leverage food sourcing, storage and distribution to help people in new ways;

– A food bank can exercise leadership over its network of member agencies to solve problems that cannot be solved by one organization alone.

– A food bank can utilize innovative programs and education to empower people to take responsibility for their health through good nutrition;

– A food bank can be a powerful tool for the community leadership where we can help each other and our county to be food secure.

– A food bank can advocate for systemic change to alleviate the underlying pressures that cause poverty and the increased dependence on our services.

– A food bank can become a preventative healthcare organization which moves people out of crisis and in to sustainable health.

There is now an opportunity for a Chief Development Officer (CDO) who will coordinate the expansion of our resource acquisition at the local, State and national levels. This will be to adequately provide sustainable funds and community support to position the Foodbank as the leader in the provision of nutrition-based health education and food access support in Santa Barbara County.

We are looking for a seasoned, strategic, and process minded leader, experienced in developing an innovation and performance culture among a group of fundraising professionals and community volunteers.  The CDO must be a leader who takes responsibility for meeting fundraising targets and fostering an environment of philanthropy within the organization.


  1. Manages countywide fund development staff; the selection, integration and growth of department to ensure employee productivity and satisfaction.
  2. Designs, implements and evaluates fund development budgets (income and expense) and activities which support organizational growth and fiscal soundness; combines development resources to achieve the greatest return on investment.
  3. Crafts and implements fund development plan to attract, retain and motivate resources for the organizational, including passive income sources.
  4. Solicits contributions on behalf of the organization through corporate relationships and a major gift portfolio 50+/-; supports development of foundation and corporate proposals and solicitation materials.
  5. Oversees design, development and maintenance of Constituent Relationship Management system (Salesforce) to deploy communication strategies, cultivation movement and acknowledgment programs.
  6. Develops, oversees and evaluates organizational marketing strategy in partnership with either an internal marketing manager or an outside Public Relations company; creates a balanced mix of solicitation methods tailored to the needs of the organization, including campaigns, events, direct mail, online giving and planned giving.
  7. Provides vital input around strategic and operational planning to leadership team and Board; serves as liaison between the organization and Feeding America on fundraising activities.
  8. Assures accountability with fundraising standards and practices for organizational resources.
  9. Other duties as assigned or delegated.


Bachelors’ degree or higher;

5 years+ experience with personal success in raising $4 million+ through a fund development plan encompassing diverse fundraising channels; major gifts from individuals and annual giving campaigns, businesses, foundations and corporations; comfort and experience in a technology-driven fundraising environment;

Broad-based knowledge of various development campaign activities including: internet, direct mail, proposal and grant development, annual fund and planned giving, event planning and management, direct solicitations and leveraging fundraising databases; ability to think creatively about how to effectively engage new donor audiences and deliver results;

Experience with coordination and preparation of budgets; hands-on experience with one or more donor databases/software, such as Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge, DonorPerfect, as well as Microsoft Office suite proficiency;

A track record as an exceptional communicator, in writing as well as verbally; adept at writing solicitation letters, donor correspondence, proposals and other kinds of material for publication; experience preparing and making effective presentations to diverse groups large and small;

Demonstrated skills in motivating, coordinating and supporting the fundraising activities of a 5+ team of fundraising professional and direct experience working with nonprofit boards preferred;

The successful candidate should be:

A mission-driven individual with an understanding of, belief in and commitment to organizational mission to provide food access and good nutrition to all;

A good listener and strategist; comfortable receiving input from many sources, and able to act on information to develop increased support;

A hard worker; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of development and advancement activities.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County embraces a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity.  Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to


Noozhawk: Hungry Crowd Shows Up For Lompoc Empty Bowls Fundraiser

A rainy day provided the perfect setting Wednesday for soup-seeking attendees at the Lompoc Empty Bowls event. The 13th annual benefit for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County drew hundreds of people to the Dick DeWees Community & Senior Center on West Ocean Avenue. Assorted restaurants and other organizations provided gourmet soups served in hand-painted bowls, with bread and water making up the remainder of the simple meal.

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