We’re Hiring! Learn About the Development Officer Position

Published: May 11, 2021 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

Applications are being accepted by the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation for the position of Development Officer.


Title:                               Development Officer

Hours:                            Full-time, Exempt

Reports to:                    Senior Vice President of Development

Position Summary:  The Development Officer is responsible for developing and strengthening long- term relationships on behalf of the Community Foundation with current fund holders as assigned.  The Development Officer will cultivate relationships with a portfolio of individual, nonprofit and/or affiliate fund holders.  The Development Officer will provide prospect management by identifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts, leading one-on-one consultations and advising on best practices in philanthropic giving.


Principal Responsibilities:

Donor Development

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and provide stewardship for fund holders and prospects encouraging their giving to/through the Community Foundation.
  • Respond to inquiries and meet with fund holders, prospects, and community members, and their advisors in one-on-one or group settings.  May involve research and public presentations.
  • Consider diversity and inclusion when looking for new prospects and donor engagement.
  • Help donors clarify their philanthropic goals and find ways to realize those goals.
  • Provide stewardship to the William Quarton Society and maintain contact with Quarton Society Members.
  • Analyze assigned portfolio and develop segmented cultivation strategy.
  • Manage portfolio-specific projects, as assigned.
  • Be an advocate for donor development within the community and the profession.

Donor Stewardship

Provides timely response and support for fund holders.  Specific tasks include:

  • Prepare new fund agreements for prospective funds; gather appropriate donor and/or organization information to open new funds in iPhi database.
  • Handle verbal and written inquiries from fund holders requesting assistance with fund management. Often involves cross-team collaboration.
  • Prepare materials for meetings with fund holders and prospective donors.
  • Utilize CRM module in the iPhi database.
  • Utilize and maintain Donor Development Cycle management and coding in iPhi database.
  • Assist with database maintenance, reports and mailing/email lists.
  • Provide back-up support for Development Team operations functions including gift processing.
  • Participate in and support Community Foundation events.
  • Participate in and support the Development Committee as needed.


General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Comply with all Community Foundation
  • Maintain confidentiality as defined in the Community Foundation Confidentiality Policy.
  • Ensure compliance with IRS, ICoF and COF National Standards.
  • Follow emergency plan in crisis situations.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and professional manner, both in appearance and actions in carrying out job responsibilities.
  • Attend and participate in Community Foundation meetings as directed.
  • Promotes a team concept by being courteous, helpful and supportive to other employees and all Community Foundation
  • Maintains scheduled work hours and notifies supervisor personally of absences.
  • Works flexible hours, including evening and weekend hours, if needed.
  • Complete/submit forms related to payroll and human resources accurately and on time to supervisor.
  • Maintains the cleanliness of the work environment.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required.  Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) preferred.
  • Minimum five years of experience with and knowledge of nonprofit development. Foundation and fund management experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of how to build a major donor pipeline and implement best practices of donor stewardship.
  • Record of securing gifts and commitments from major donors.
  • Experience meeting the needs of stakeholders, both internal and external, and responding to them proactively.
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, flexible, collegial and goal-oriented environment.
  • Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills to work effectively with Community Foundation staff, Board, donors, professional advisors, volunteers and nonprofits.
  • Must possess strong organizational skills with the ability to work independently, set priorities, schedule and produce work in a timely manner.
  • Must possess high analytical and problem-solving skills to effectively utilize the Stellar iPhi database. Experience in iPhi database software helpful but not required.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office.


To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and four references to: hiring@gcrcf.org

Application deadline is Monday, May 31, 2021.

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