Development Director

Redwood Shores, CA

Job Description

The Peninsula College Fund makes college graduation a reality for low-income, first-generation college students from the mid-Peninsula. Our comprehensive program includes four-year college scholarships, one-to-one adult mentors, college and career success training, and summer internship support.

Our mission is to empower low-income, first generation college students to graduate and obtain a job that aligns with their career goals.

Key Responsibilities

Working closely with the CEO, the Founder and Board members, administer the full scope of development outreach required to meet the fundraising goal, including Annual Giving, 4-Year Scholarship Circle Donor Campaign, Special Events, Grant Writing and Marketing Communications. The Peninsula College Fund has an annual budget of $1,050,000, of which has increased significantly within the last two years.

Specific Duties

Special Events:

  • Working with a committee of volunteers, manage all aspects of the fundraising events throughout the calendar year
  • Managing the expenses and revenue projections, communications and event logistics such as the catering contract, program, AV, reservation process, & sponsorship details

Annual Giving: 

  • Develop a year-round strategy to encourage annual donations from existing donors and generate new donors from among non-donor community members
  • Manage a calendar year-end mailing and fiscal year-end solicitation

 Prospect Cultivation & Donor Stewardship:

  • Work closely with CEO, Founder and Board members to create a plan to solicit and secure new four-year pledges for all incoming PCF scholars. 
  • Track all prospects and calendar solicitations and follow-up
  • Coordinate bi-annual communications with PCF Scholars and their donors
  • Plan an annual stewardship event to recognize major donors

 Grant Writing:

  • Create, document and gather necessary items for submission and renewal dates for all grant proposals and grant reports during the fiscal year
  • Assess new grant possibilities through research and any personal introductions
  • Write grants and required reports on a timely basis

 Marketing Communications:

  • Generate content for quarterly newsletters
  • Document financial results at the close of the fiscal year in an annual report, including donor listing generated from database
  • Work with a volunteer team to develop press releases for PCF milestones to provide greater exposure to our mission and results
  • Update materials used in our marketing kits for prospective donor presentations
  • Work with CEO and PCF volunteer to make timely updates to website and on social media, including posting calendar dates, new photos, and student quotes to keep the website timely
  • Generate thank you notes for all donors

 Development Committee Support:

  • Work closely with the CEO and development committee chair to document the FY’17 fundraising plan 
  • With the assistance of PCF’s bookkeeper, generate monthly reports of ongoing results against the plan,  including renewals and new Scholarship Circle donor updates, grant results, annual giving results and projections, and event results 
  • Coordinate with the development committee chair to prepare meeting agendas and minutes to run effective meetings and motivate committee members to be engaged in fundraising efforts
  • Gather material to provide current status of development committee activity and fundraising highlights to keep the Board of Directors informed at high level

 Database Administration:

  • Generate reports for donor prospecting, targeted event invitation lists, and all key fundraising results
  • Routinely add in specific donor information as gathered through volunteer engagement, event participation, mentor or internship interests 

Required Qualifications

The Development Director must be adaptive and entrepreneurial, with a problem-solving and positive approach to his/her work. Given the small size of our staff, the ability to plan and multitask is critical. Specific qualifications include:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Four or more years in nonprofit development/fundraising experience with a proven track record of achieving results
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) particularly experience using spreadsheets
  • Strong database management skills ideally including proficiency with Blackbaud's eTapestry (or other fundraising software)
  • Highly efficient, excellent communication skills (written and verbal), superior organizational and time management skills, proven ability to manage multiple priorities with competing deadlines, strong interpersonal skills, project and event management experience, outstanding attention to detail and follow through
  • Comfort with using social media to communicate
  • Team player
  • Creative and adaptable
  • Highly motivated, responsible and able to work independently
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor
  • Ability to work in a resource-constrained environment

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.

Work Environment and Location

We work in a modern and well-equipped office space within a center with other nonprofits, creating a positive and engaging work environment for a mission-driven individual.  

Sobrato Center for Nonprofits – Redwood Shores
330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 131
Redwood City, CA  94065


Salary commensurate with experience. We offer a generous leave policy, health and dental insurance. This is a full-time, 40 hour a week exempt position.

How to Apply

The Peninsula College Fund is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to C. Phillip Powell, CEO at, with the subject line “Development Director:  [Your name].” Include where you learned of this opportunity. No phone calls, please. In state applicants only.

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