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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



Marketing Communications Manager

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is an organization committed to ending hunger and transforming the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition. To help our team achieve this, we are looking for a dynamic Marketing Communications Manager.

JOB TITLE          Marketing Communication Manager
Reports to:        Chief Development Officer
Location:            Santa Barbara, Foodbank Education Center
Exempt, occasional weekends and after hour events; full health and wellness program benefits

JOB FUNCTION- The Marketing Communication Manager is responsible for all marketing efforts to position the organization as an identified leader in supporting the nutritional health of Santa Barbara County.


  1. Develop, manage and execute an annual strategic marketing and communications plan to span across all platforms and reach appropriate target audiences; support individual giving (online, monthly, tickets sales and whitemail); evaluate the success of various strategies and provide and implement recommendations for improvement.
  2. Ensure ongoing media coverage during quarterly campaigns, press release production, op ed pieces and campaign talking points serving as Foodbank media liaison in concert with PR & brand consultant(s).
  3. Develop and produce collateral materials to create a cohesive brand image and messaging for print and digital platforms, i.e. annual report, website updates, events materials (invitations, postcards, sponsorship deck), ads and monthly mailchimp e-news communication.
  4. Manage direct mail vendor to execute monthly mailings and acquisition.
  5. Utilize social platforms to engage, educate, increase awareness and build resources for the Foodbank; generate content and incorporate local 3rd party events and cause marketing and national campaigns.
  6. Create and utilize marketing intern team to broaden reach and impact of the Foodbank.
  7. Provide departmental support and other duties as assigned or delegated.


  • Bachelor’s in marketing, advertising & communications or equivalent experience;
  • 2– 4 years of experience in marketing role involving strategic planning, marketing, communication and media relations;
  • Demonstrated understanding of non-profit fundraising landscape and trends.


  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe/InDesign graphic design suites, WordPress, Mailchimp, Squarespace and web programming capacity;
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills; results-orientated and a passion for creativity and good nutrition for all;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment with multifaceted demands; proven ability to successfully handle multiple projects and meet critical deadlines.

 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 send a cover letter and resume to for consideration. 

Backyard Bounty Coordinator

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is ending hunger and transforming the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition. We serve the community as a leader and expert in improving the nutritional health of our county through increased food security.

Position: Backyard Bounty Coordinator
Time Commitment: 25 Hours/week 

Overview of Responsibilities: The Backyard Bounty Coordinator oversees logistics and communications for the program, rescuing local produce across the county for the benefit of those in need in our community.

 Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage produce donation requests from first donor inquiry through scout, harvest, and warehouse intake, including pickups of already gleaned produce and at farmers markets
  • Oversee harvest schedule and assist community members in organizing gleans, partnering with other local gleaning organizations
  • Maintain donation records for Backyard Bounty using inventory database
  • Schedule, supervise, and help with recruiting, retention, and appreciation of Backyard Bounty volunteers
  • Maintain ongoing marketing and public relations for Backyard Bounty, including networking events, social media, and newsletters to increase community awareness and involvement
  • Conduct outreach among existing and prospective donor base
  • Work with warehouse staff to coordinate pickup, storage, and distribution of gleaned produce that is efficient, timely, and esures the integrity and quality of the food
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience and education
  • Experience with event planning and volunteer coordination
  • Expereince or interest in farming, gardening, and working outside
  • Experience in a non-profit setting

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to interact, communicate, and network with a variety of people including donors and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds
  • Must have excellent computer skills and experience using software, web-based tools, and social media platforms
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Great written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to become a certified forklift operator
  • California Drivers License and ability to drive a pick-up truck

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to
No calls please.