Development Specialist

Civicorps | Oakland, California


Located in West Oakland, Civicorps is a dynamic non-profit that includes a charter school and two social enterprises. Civicorps' mission is to re-engage young adults, age 18-26, to earn a high-school diploma, gain job skills, pursue college, and embark on family sustaining careers.

Through our unique mix of personalized academics, paid job training, trauma-informed support services, and pathways to college and careers, Civicorps helps resilient youth overcome barriers, cultivate their talents, and unleash their potential.

Not only do we have a 72% graduation rate (one of the highest in Oakland), but also one year after graduation, 73% of our graduates are still enrolled in college and/or employed. This success ripples out into the community, creating a legacy of achievement for all of Oakland.

Job Summary

The Development Specialist will work to increase the number of individuals and corporations who are connected to Civicorps while also deepening the connections with existing donors and partners. They will have the opportunity to craft messaging and materials for the low-level to mid-level donors (up to $5,000) while also creating a corporate engagement plan and coordinating a high-impact annual fundraising event.

Reports To

Director of Development and Communications


The Development Specialist serves a critical role in a fast-paced, dynamic, and innovative organization. Under the supervision of Civicorps' Director of Development & Communications, the Development Specialist has four major responsibilities:

Individual Giving (45%)

  • Works with the Director of Development and Communications (DDC) to implement all donor cultivation and stewardship.
  • Oversees low-level and mid-level donor program (up to $5,000), including designing materials, crafting messaging, and other cultivation and stewardship activities.
  • Writes four print appeal letters and conducts all mailings.
  • Writes all online appeals and conducts all e-mail campaigns.
  • Writes and mails and all donor thank you letters.
  • Creates plan to reach new low-level and mid-level donors, including cultivation and stewardship.
  • Creates and administers monthly donor program.
  • Assists the DDC with the creation of the Annual Report, including writing copy and coordinating photos and design.
  • Facilitates site visits with donors.
  • In partnership with the Communication Specialist, the Development Specialist will create a plan for news-related e-blasts, blog posts, and social media posts aimed towards donors.

Corporate Donations (25%)

  • Works with the DDC to identify new corporate prospects and provide cultivation and stewardship.
  • Writes annual appeal to corporate partners and conducts mailing.
  • Facilitates Corporate Volunteer events, such as our Mock Interview Panel, and works with Program staff to identify additional new volunteer opportunities.
  • Writes corporate grant proposals (up to $20,000) in partnership with the DDC.
  • Creates and implements Corporate Sponsorship plan for annual fundraising event, including creating all needed materials, soliciting corporations, tracking revenue, and providing marketing opportunities to the corporations.

Events (25%)

  • Works with the DDC and the Board of Directors to design one annual fundraising event each year that incorporates corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, fund-the-need live auction, and other possible elements.
  • Oversees all sponsorship solicitation and ticket sales and tracks all event revenue.
  • Coordinates all aspects of the fundraising event, including catering, event rentals, activities, etc.
  • Conducts all donor-related activities for two graduation ceremonies, two Shakespeare play performances, and one other small donor friendraising event.
  • Creates all event invitations (print and e-mail) and online RSVP pages.

Database Administration (5%)

  • Salesforce data management, including gift entry and report creation.
  • Creates data dashboards to highlight donor trends and create new strategies.



  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 2 - 4 years fundraising experience required
  • Ability to speak in front of diverse audiences
  • Event planning and coordination skills and experience
  • Creative writer – ability to craft compelling themes and messages
  • Has an eye for graphic design – ability to work with a graphic designer to create beautiful, compelling materials that stay true to our brand
  • Positive and creative – willing to take risks to try innovative new ideas
  • Ability to work independently and strength in multi-tasking, goal-setting, and workload prioritization
  • Ability to meet deadlines, be detail-oriented, and plan ahead
  • Ability to use print and online tools to communicate with and engage donors and corporate partners
  • Experience with Salesforce, preferred not required
  • Fluency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat) or similar programs, preferred not required
  • Experience with HTML or other browser-based Web content management system (such as WordPress), preferred not required
  • Commitment to serving the resilient young adults of the East Bay and help to create opportunities for their success
  • Ability to work in harmony in a diverse community-based organization


  • Reference checks will be conducted. Employment is also contingent upon receipt of acceptable references.
  • Ability to pass state and federal criminal background checks and a TB test.


$50,000 - $60,000 annually (Based on Experience)


Civicorps has a culture of caring for each other, personally and professionally. We enjoy a working environment that includes on-going staff activities, numerous health and wellness programs, employee recognition programs, and much more.

Civicorps offers a competitive employee benefits package including:

  • Health Plan Options, including mental health care
  • Dental and Vision
  • Employer Paid Long Term Disability
  • Life, Accidental Death/Dismemberment Insurance
  • Health and Wellness Activities
  • Paid Time Off, with additional paid winter leave
  • 403(b) and ROTH retirement plans with generous company match
  • Flexible Spending Account for Health/Child Care
  • Professional Development
  • Free Parking (close to BART and Jack London Square)



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is primarily indoor environment; noise level is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit walk, and talk or hear. This position works out of Civicorps' West Oakland office with the option to work one day from home.

NOTICE: The statements herein are intended to give a broad description of this job function and should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Other duties and/or projects may be assigned as needed.

Civicorps is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity and expression, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, or any other unlawful consideration.

How to Apply

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