Now Hiring a Director of Development & Community Outreach

The Director of Development & Community Outreach is charged with primary responsibilities for managing and implementing the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association’s (SCNA’s) first professional development plan, generated as part of a broader strategic plan. Position is responsible for planning, budgeting, executing, and managing all fundraising functions of the organization, including direct marketing, targeted public relations and community outreach, special events, grants, corporate sponsorship, planned giving, and capital campaigns. The Development Director works closely with the Executive Director, the Board, the Development Committee, and fundraising volunteers to enhance and support the overall mission of the organization, and to assure that ample unrestricted and programs funds are generated. The Development Director will, in conjunction with senior staff and the Development and Executive Committees of the Board, envision, design, and supervise a team structure in support of the Development and Community Outreach plans.

The Development Director is responsible for fund development for these purposes:

  • Operating support
  • Major projects, including new programs, collaborative ventures, and community engagement opportunities
  • Future capital campaigns including, expansion, remodeling, asset procurement, and major equipment
  • Planned giving and legacy programs
  • REPORTS TO: Executive Director
  • STATUS: Full Time, Exempt
  • BENEFITS: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance; 403(b) retirement plan with matching; Paid holidays; FTO (vacation).


  • Develop, prioritize and implement annual and multi-year development strategies for SCNA in conjunction with the Executive Director, the Board of
  • Directors, and the Development Committee, including corporate sponsorships, special events, program development, and planned giving.
  • Assist in creating a budget for development activities that supports the activities of the department as well as the financial needs of the organization.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors across the constituency; manage development staff to those standards.
  • In the first year, envision, design, and implement a team structure to support the development strategies identified in the SCNA strategic plan including a daily work flow; select, develop and supervise staff to that structure.
  • Provide inspirational leadership and instill a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.
  • Support the SCNA Development Committee.
  • Present professionally at all times, acting with integrity in words and actions, speaking positively, and displaying high levels of enthusiasm.
  • Maintain accurate, complete and meticulous records in the donor database in compliance with Association Fundraising Professionals best practices, legal requirements, and expectations of confidentiality.
  • Create and implement marketing and outreach strategies; assist with messaging, branding and other aspects of the promoting the organization’s image in the community.
  • Develop a written plan for major donors and planned giving prospects.


  • Knowledge of principles and techniques used in organizing, coordinating, and maintaining files and filing systems.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques used in screening, soliciting, and cultivating donors and relationships.
  • Demonstrated success creating and managing planned giving programs, corporate sponsorships, and special events.
  • Extensive experience with donor relations, prospecting, and membership management.
  • Demonstrated success planning and managing capital campaigns.
  • Extensive event management/project-based experience.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques used in supervising, directing, evaluating, and disciplining employees, including employer compliance and labor law requirements.
  • Superior computer skills including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google suite and Donor databases such as Raiser’s Edge are required; working knowledge of one or more additional programs including WordPress, Constant Contact, social media tools is a plus.
  • Experience handling financial transactions using a variety of monetary instruments, including cash, checks, credit/debit cards, and ecommerce payment solutions.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; training and/or facilitation experience; and public speaking skills are required.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills required.
  • Working knowledge of and passion for Sierra 2 Center and SCNA’s mission and community impact.
  • Must have regular/daily access to reliable automobile transportation with a valid California driver’s license and proof of insurance. The position will require travel throughout the Sacramento region and occasionally throughout California.
  • Offer of employment may be contingent on satisfactory results of a criminal history background check and employees must be legally permitted to work in the United States.


  • Read and write at a high proficiency level.
  • Operate office equipment, open and close filing cabinets, communicate messages and tone by telephone, sit or stand for extended periods, move objects up to 25 pounds, ascend/descend stairs.
  • Record, organize, and file relevant information and data.
  • Print, copy and coordinate distribution of documents, including various types of correspondence.
  • Prioritize workloads and tasks, adhering to task schedule requirements while being faced with interruptions and distractions.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with supervisors, employees, directors, and the general public.
  • Schedule, coordinate, and provide direction to staff.
  • Follow written and oral instructions.
  • On occasion and as required, work long hours and irregular shifts, including weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Identify and anticipate problems and take appropriate and effective remedial action.
  • Work in a busy public environment with distractions.
  • Work under time pressure.


Experience: Three years prior experience as a Development Director, Major Gifts Director, or Capital Campaign Director experience with a nonprofit organization or foundation, OR five or more years as a senior staff person in these areas.

Education: Relevant four-year degree from accredited college or university is required. Additional education, certifications, and fundraising professional qualifications are a plus. Five years of related experience (see above) may be substituted for formal education.

Special Qualifications: Must be skilled with computers and common software used in business environments. CFRE credential is a plus. Ability to speak/read/write/translate in languages other than English is a plus.

Submit cover letter and resume of qualifications to [email protected], subject: Development Director position OR mail same to Sierra 2 Center for the Arts & Community, Attn: Terri Shettle, 2791 24th St., Sacramento, CA 95818

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