Development Officer

Position Title: Development Officer
Department: Resource Development
Position Class: Full Time
FLSA Status: Salaried, Exempt
Location: Washington, DC
Prepared: January 2020


Founded in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) is a non-profit organization focused on eliminating disparities within the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public.  Our primary focus areas are Education, Public Health, Economic Empowerment and the Environment.

We aim to impact the black community and expand the reach of the organization beyond the Washington DC corridor. Applicants may visit the web site at, to view more information on CBCF programs and initiatives.


The CBCF is a dynamic organization with a proven history of developing future leaders and advancing the lives we serve and represent.  We are recruiting an additional Development Officer to join our committed and hardworking Resource Development team.  The successful candidate will be a true fundraiser with proven experience in administering fundraising strategies, activities and research, and managing stakeholder relationships to meet fundraising goals and objectives.

Reporting to the Senior Development Manager, the Development Officer builds and manages a portfolio of donors and prospects through cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and ongoing communication and engagement.  The candidate must be knowledgeable of fundraising practices and strategies necessary to increase financial gift support from public, private and foundation contributors, and individual donors. The individual will collaborate with the team to support all donor related fundraising activities including preparing presentations, conducting research, and assisting with grants and events.  The ideal candidate has successful experience in major gift fundraising with understanding of trends in the business and non-profit setting.  He/she must be confident, reliable, and enjoy working in a fast paced environment where each day can bring a new set of priorities and demands.


  1. Reports to: Senior Development Manager
  2. Directly Supervises: none
  3. Indirectly Supervises: none
  4. Type of Supervision Received: Direct to minimal supervision
  5. External Relationships: Existing and prospective CBCF Donors and Supporters, occasional contact with offices of Members of Congress, grant making foundation staff and administrative staff of key organizations with whom CBCF partners and other stakeholders as defined by CBCF priorities and as directed by Senior Development Manager.
  6. Internal Relationships: Close coordination with the Resource Development team, specifically with the Senior Development Manager and CBCF staff to maximize donor support and stakeholder engagement.


Essential Functions

Resource Development

  1. Develop short and long-range goals/objectives to direct and enlist funding support from public/private grant agencies, foundations, corporations and individuals.
  2. Develop and cultivate relationships with corporations, foundations and individuals to gain long-range support for core programs, operation needs and strategic priorities.
  3. Prepare periodic management reports, presentations and other relevant material for meetings/briefings, cultivation events, solicitations and stewardship.
  4. Conduct research of nonprofit foundations, corporate sponsors, government programs and individual donors to collect and compile extensive data for funding opportunities.
  5. Prepare and submit accurate and timely grant applications, formal proposals, and letters of inquiry to funding sources. Assist with grant writing for the Foundation’s programs; and process on-line grant opportunities for the conference, tournament and other initiatives.
  6. Solicit funding for in-kind opportunities; and increase advertisements and marketing revenue for events and conferences.
  7. Ensure effective stewardship practices for funders including regular communication and promotion of CBCF’s programs, events and accomplishments.


  1. Provide support and assist with completion and execution of grant and fundraising proposal development including research of potential new funding opportunities, execution of grant application process; and ensure timely reporting to existing grant funders.
  2. Conduct extensive research of nonprofit foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors to collect data and identify funding.
  3. Assist the team to ensure that pledges, gifts, grants and other revenues are properly recorded in the organization’s financial records, forecasts, and budgets and that grant budgets and grant reports align.
  4. Work with other staff on special projects or efforts that contribute to the organization’s larger development goals.
  5. Keep supervisor/team abreast of any unanticipated donor issues/concerns and recommended solutions.

Operations and Special Event Support

  1. Lead/manage onsite event management and stakeholder services including project management, registration, appropriate donor/sponsor recognition and signage verification;
  2. Assist with database management to include creating and tracking spreadsheets, data collection and research, interdepartmental and external donor services requests such as answering gift inquiries and assisting with gift-related issues and preparation of reports and other documents as requested.
  3. Assist with onsite event management and stakeholder services including registration, and advertising and signage verification.
  4. Collaborate with staff and consultants in connection with large scale events and projects.

Additional Functions

  1. Represent CBCF at related events and activities.
  2. Collaborate with staff and consultants in connection with large scale events and projects.
  3. Balance administrative responsibilities with capacity to deliver against organization goals and objectives.
  4. Responsible for other duties and projects as assigned.

Required Special Skills:

  1. Dedication to and understanding of CBCF’s mission.
  2. Thorough knowledge of fundraising functions including managing, reporting and securing donors.
  3. Track record of building donor relationships and closing 5-7 figure gifts.
  4. Entrepreneurial approach to fundraising, and finding/creating new opportunities.
  5. Superb oral and written communication; and excellent interpersonal and follow-up skills.


Incumbent must communicate with stakeholders on a national and local level to positively influence the effectiveness of CBCF in achieving its objectives.  The Development Officer must follow and adhere to federal, state and local ethics and compliance laws, as well as CBCF business conduct policies.  Failure to comply can result in penalties for the organization and the incumbent. Incorrect financial errors may result in additional time required to correct errors, missed opportunities and/or cost overruns.


  1. Knowledge: A Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years’ experience in fundraising including securing revenue from individuals, corporations or foundations required. Professional with excellent judgment.  Must be articulate and confident in dealings with internal staff and external stakeholders. Highly intelligent, innovative and resourceful, able to assimilate and integrate large amounts of information and find creative solutions.  Knowledge of public policy, federal legislative process, and political environment is preferred.  Certification in fundraising management and knowledge of the non-profit industry is ideal.
  2. Skills and Abilities: Excellent written and oral communication skills; excellent time management, planning and organizational skills and attention to detail is required. Must be able to prioritize and meet conflicting deadlines while working independently and as part of a team. Public speaking and presentation delivery is required. Solid interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with others and complete assignments. Position requires a high aptitude for databases, data management, and attention to detail. Creative problem solver; and results oriented with excellent customer care essential. In particular, strong candidates will possess the gravitas and strategic skills required to collaborate with high profile donors; the ability to meet goals in a fast-paced, highly entrepreneurial environment, and demonstrate genuine interest in helping to build support for eliminating disparities in the global black community.
  3. Computer and Technical Proficiencies: Highly proficient skills in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and overall aptitude for technology and cloud-based software are required. Proficiency with telecommunications devices such as Blackberry, iPhone and/or Androids preferred. Experience with Raisers’ Edge 7 or donor tracking/fundraising software preferred. Familiarity with email marketing tools (i.e. Constant Contact). Familiarity with basic accounting principles and practices ideal.
  4. Physical Requirements: Ability to work in a fast paced environment with strict deadlines.  Must work well managing simultaneous priorities.  Work levels tend to fluctuate with mailings, fundraising events and or quarterly Board and Corporate Advisory Council Meetings. The Development Officer may carry light items, such as: reports, exhibit materials, data products, and notebooks.

CBCF is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision, 403(b), paid vacation and sick time. Qualified applicants only must forward a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three professional references, until position is filled, using CBCF’s online employment portal. No phone calls accepted.