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Development Specialist 

Category Development  

The Position:

The Development Specialist is an integral part of the Development team, providing skilled support for Family Service Agency’s fundraising program.  The Development Specialist is responsible for gifts processing and database management, assisting the Grants Manager with grant reporting and writing, and carrying out other development support functions as outlined below. This position offers the opportunity for career growth.

The Development Specialist can be based out of any of FSA’s offices in Santa Maria, Lompoc, or Santa Barbara, and will work out of the Santa Barbara office at least 1-2 times per week.

Sample Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Gift Processing/Database Management
    • Database entry of contributions, prepare acknowledgement letters, file documents
    • Database Management—maintain an accurate and up-to-date donor database, generate lists and reports
  2. Grants Assistance
    • Data collection and report preparation
    • Writing grant applications
    • Writing grant thank you letters
  3. Development and Event Support
    • Assist with production of mailings, donor communications, and other outreach campaigns
    • Assist with events planning, coordination, and implementation, including tracking of event participants and contributions
    • Provides administrative support for the Development Team
  4. Develop effective working relationships with volunteers, vendors, and donors
Position Requirements

Employment Standards:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  2. Requires ­­­two years’ experience with donor database management, grants, and/or administration. 
  3. Excellent computer, written, and verbal communication skills are required.
  4. Experience with development/fundraising software, such as Donor Perfect, is preferred.
  5. Professional conduct and handling of confidential information a must.
  6. Background check required.
  7. Valid California Driver’s License and proof of insurance required.
  8. Reliable transportation is necessary to travel throughout Santa Barbara County.

Classification, Hours and Pay Rate:

  • This position is flexible and can accommodate part-time or full-time schedules!
    • Benefits are available for those who work at least 30.0 hours per week: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts and 403(b) retirement plan. Generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave also offered.
    • Limited benefits will be available for those working fewer than 30.0 hours per week.
  • Pay is dependent on experience.
Full-Time/Part-Time -unspecified-  
Shift -not applicable-  
Position Development Specialist  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Req Number DEV-21-00006  
Location Santa Barbara (Administration)  
About the Organization Family Service Agency (FSA) has long been regarded as one of Santa Barbara County's most reliable and effective nonprofit human service organizations. Our mission is to strengthen and advocate for families and individuals of all ages and diversities, helping to create and preserve a healthy community. We are committed to providing services where they are needed most: in the community. Eighty percent of our services are delivered on school campuses, at community centers and in clients' homes. Our programs, which serve more than 25,000 people annually, combine clinical expertise, bilingual and bicultural staff, and close collaboration with other agencies. At FSA, all services are provided free or on a sliding fee/donation scale and no one is denied assistance because of an inability to pay.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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