Development Officer

Admin · Milpitas, California
Department Admin
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

POSITION:                    Development Officer

PROGRAM/LOCATION:     Administration Office located at Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, Milpitas

SUPERVISOR:                Chief Development Officer (CDO)





The Development Officer (DO) will be responsible for leading fundraising activities, including but not limited to soliciting, closing and stewarding major gifts (in the range of $1,000 - $100,000+), corporate support, and special event revenue generation and support. The position reports to the Chief Development Officer, and is a vital member of the development team, including two development associates and four community engagement staff. The Development Officer serves as a passionate, enthusiastic and visible spokesperson for the organization, and has a collaborative spirit. The development team raises $2,000,000 annually, contributing to the larger part of a $40,000,000 agency.


  • Our CEO is a great cheerleader for our fundraisng efforts, and is an adept fundraising partner skilled and eager to help us succeed.
  • Our Board of Directors and Advosory Council recognize the importance of fundraising and we have a strong Fund Development Committee with four board members.
  • Our one major fundraising event occurs in the Nov/Dec time frame and we have an active volunteer event committee that plays a vital role in all aspects in the planning and execution of that event.
  • We have strong data management and quality control/compliance resources in house for reports and proposal writing needs. (If you have grant writing experience, that is a plus, though it need not be a regular part of your job responsibilities.)

You, our new Development Officer, will be a superstar with strengths in donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.  We will work together as a team.  Among the tools at your disposal are a marketing and communications team who assist with newsletters, crafting branded messages, social media and webiste content. Along with a bevy of individuals within the agency to help tell the story and cheer you on!

We use Donor Perfect as a donor management and payment processing tool.



Education and Experience


  • BA/BS degree, or equivalent experience. CFRE preferred.
  • AFP membership (paid by HomeFirst)
  • Demonstrated success in raising at least $1M a year from individual (at all levels), foundations, corporations and service organizations
  • Knowledge of and commitment to fundraising principles, best practices, and ethics
  • Exemplary oral, written communication, interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working in/with social service nonprofit organizations
  • Knowledge of Santa Clara County donors and funders preferred
  • A positive and optimistic personality with a sense of humor.
  • Ability to multi-task and demonstrate flexibility with changing priorities.
  • Able to work both independently, as well as within a strong team.
  • Strong planning and implementation skills: ability to prioritize own workload, meet deadlines and plan effectively to meet realistic fundraising goals.
  • Able to work flexible hours as needed.



  • Valid CA Driver’s License
  • Reliable personal vehicle




We envision a community in which everyone has a home.  Our Mission is to confront homelessness by cultivating people’s potential to get housed and stay house.


HomeFirst Services is the leading service provider of temporary and permanent housing solutions for Santa Clara County’s at risk and currently homeless people.


We serve nearly 7,000 individuals, families and veterans annually at various locations including our Boccardo Reception Center in west San Jose.  Our continuum of care includes emergency shelters, Bridge Housing Communities, Emergency Interim Housing, Veterans services, and support services to transitional and permanent housing.


Our singular focus is to provide our clients with the best secure and safe housing possible to help them lead productive, healthy and happy lives – starting with a home first!     


With 40 years of experience we know that everyone has the potential to get housed and stay housed.  


COMPENSATION:  $75.000 - $80,000 DOE

Competitive benefits.

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