Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7146142 (Ref.No. REQ11142)
Posted: May 19, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Job Category:

Classified Administrators and Managers

Job Opening Date:

May 19, 2023

Job Closing Date:

June 27, 2023


Saddleback College

Work Location:

Mission Viejo, CA



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Work Days:

Monday - Friday

Work Hours:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Schedule and shift are subject to change in accordance with department needs)

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Starting salary at $127,668 to $179,664 per year

Required Documents:

Resume and Cover Letter

Job Description:

District Management Team Salary Schedule - RANGE 15

Application materials must be received by 11:59 pm on June 26, 2023.

This position is categorically funded.Employment in this position is contingent upon Foundation general funds.


Under direction of the appropriate level administrator, the Director of Development and Alumni Relations plans, organizes, and executes comprehensive giving (annual, major, and legacy) and alumni outreach programs. Initiates and participates in fundraising activities. Coordinates with campus and community partners to develop and implement fundraising activities and partnerships.


Receives direction from the Executive Director of College Foundation or President’s designee.

May exercise supervision of support personnel assigned to fundraising and alumni relations programs.


The Director of Development and Alumni Relations is a mid-level management position. The incumbent implements strategies, systems, campaigns, and other fundraising program plans for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, and soliciting current and prospective donors. Manages a portfolio of prospects and donors (individuals and corporations). Manages direct mail to prospects. Makes cold calls to solicit gifts to the College. Interacts and communicates with donors on a regular basis. Develops positive relationships and proactively conducts follow-up, as appropriate, with prospective donors with an end-goal of obtaining future or increasing current giving.


The following duties and responsibilities are typical for this position. Incumbents may not perform all the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Formulates and executes short-term and long-term strategic plans for Foundation giving programs (annual, major, and legacy gifts); to include specific and measurable targets regarding definite fundraising goals, prospect management, personal contacts, stewardship activities, and solicitations (including personal contacts made per month, quarter, and year; solicitations made per quarter, and gifts closed per year to achieve Foundation fundraising goals).

Develops and provides briefings and presentations that communicate progress toward goal achievement to a variety of audiences.

Formulates and executes communications supporting giving to the College. Focus on solicitation activities in specific constituencies identified as growth opportunities. Develops ongoing Foundation messaging including, but not limited to, letters, proposals, newsletters, publications, website content, and donor exchanges.

Manages and develops the President’s Circle and other giving societies. Develops detailed program budgets. Develops and maintains up-to-date collateral materials, including but not limited to, a President’s Circle webpage. Compiles an annual evaluation of program effectiveness and recommends improvements.

Oversees and organizes special events with little to no supervision. Ensures that events build relationships with current and prospective donors and emphasizes the value of the College. Devises creative solutions with limited resources using a combination of industry best practices and individual innovation. Assumes full responsibility of event results and makes recommendations to supervisor for improvements.

Coordinates closely with deans, administrators, and others in the College community to develop strategic partnerships. Inspires a culture of campus philanthropy. Designs fundraising initiatives/campaigns to increase employee giving at the College.

Works with administration, management, faculty, and staff to identify college programs that will benefit from private support. Coordinates with appropriate individuals so that specific college programs are presented to donors in a manner most appealing to the targeted funders. Develops plans with specified outcomes for campus events, identifying target individuals, scheduling campus tours, and coordinating participants from academic, administration, and/or support staff areas.

Engages with Foundation board members and community leaders. Participates in the recruitment and onboarding of new board members. Demonstrates community involvement by participating in a variety of community organizations and attending professional meetings.

Works with local and regional businesses to develop partnerships between the College to develop and/or enhance academic programs, provide underwriting, and support.

Utilizes prospect research tools for gathering data on current and prospective donors. Develops strategies and future action plans for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Maintains donor confidentiality and privacy as appropriate.

Manages volunteers in a way that is inclusive, flexible, fair, and engaging. Leads fundraising meetings to maximize efforts.

Maintains currency on new trends and advances in the field of fundraising and development.

Perform other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position and the District's mission and philosophy.

Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.



Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Bachelor’s degree or above from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, communications, public relations, marketing, philanthropic management or related field.


Five years of increasingly responsible fundraising experience. Demonstrated track record for securing external resources at a college or university preferred. Experience managing budgets and effectively leading and developing support staff and volunteers.

Commitment to equity and diversity. All applicants must have demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff. The applicant must be able to demonstrate how these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices within an educational environment.

You will also be required to answer the following questions:

1. Please describe any experience you have that demonstrates success in raising funds from multiple channels, both internal and external.

2. Please describe any experience you have building and managing fundraising programs.

3. Please describe any experience you have (as well as your level of comfort) cultivating and stewarding (or how you would cultivate and steward) relationships with donors and corporate and community partners.

4. Please describe any experience you have planning and executing high-level fundraising events.


A valid California driver’s license.

Completion of fundraising certificate program and/or Association of Fundraising Professionals membership preferred.


Understanding and commitment to public higher education, in particular the unique role the community college system plays in access to higher education.

Experience in the management of administrative staff as well as the supervision of volunteers for fundraising purposes.

Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and aptitude for working with people of different ages and temperaments.

High energy level, self-motivated and self-directed to design and complete complex projects.

Extensive experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Demonstration of integrity, positivity, diplomacy, tact, courtesy, and a sense of humor.

A sophisticated understanding of donor retention strategies.

Extensive history of writing successful fundraising appeals to a diverse donor, alumni, and prospect population.

Successful track record of building and growing annual and major giving programs.

Successful track record of developing and executing creative, targeted donor/alumni/parent/friend engagement strategies.

Understanding of donor-centered fundraising and engagement philosophy.

Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or other advancement database technology.

Budget preparation and administration.

Correct English composition, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.

District and College organization, operations, objectives, policies, and procedures.

Knowledge of and adherence to highest professional, ethical standards and practices.

Knowledge of and adherence to state and federal laws such as nonprofit regulations, tax regulations, estate planning, and fiduciary responsibilities.


Possess the skills, experience, and personal qualities to garner support from internal and external constituents to successfully meet the Foundation’s annual fundraising goals.

Self-motivated and capable of working independently with minimum supervision.

Strong written and oral communications skills.

Creativity, energy, and enthusiasm.

Ability to work evenings, weekends, and travel locally as necessary.

Willingness and ability to represent the Foundation and the College at campus and community events.

Ability to analyze and interpret complex data sets.

Ability to clearly articulate the mission of the College.

Ability to analyze giving results and prepare reports for the Executive Director and volunteer leadership.

Superior ability to think creatively, motivate staff and volunteers, and bring fresh ideas and concepts.

Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, working both independently and as a team member.


The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those required by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:

Standard office and field setting. Duties are performed primarily in an office environment while sitting at a desk of computer workstation or in the community attending meetings. Incumbent is subject to contact with community leaders, frequent interruptions, noise from talking or office equipment, and demanding legal timelines. At least minimal environmental controls to assure health and comfort.

This position involves working some weekends and occasional evenings, as well as local travel, as required.

Physical Demands:

Incumbent regularly sits for long periods, walk short distances on a regular basis, travel to various locations to attend meetings and conduct work, use hands and arms, stoop or kneel or crouch to file, speak clearly and distinctly to answer telephones and to provide information; see to read fine print and operate computer; hear and understand voices over telephone and in person; and, lift, carry, and/or move objects weighing up to 10 pounds.


Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessary precautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside in California while employed with the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.

The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities it serves. More information can be found on our District website by visiting


The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country. SOCCCD will not sponsor any visa applications.


A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.

Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS


If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to


Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.


Information regarding campus crime and safety awareness can be found at or Paper copies are available in the District Human Resources office upon request.


The South Orange County Community College District is committed to creating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensures that students, faculty, management and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture of belonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique and special place for individuals of all backgrounds.

Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District’s mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Important: You must make sure that you have completed your application for a posting by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, on the posting's Job Close Date, along with any required documents, in order to be considered for the position.

Applicants must complete all fields/sections on the application. Do not type "See Resume" or leave any fields blank. Applicants must enter their work experience, education, etc. on the District application. Applications reflecting "See Resume" will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for recruitment.

At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.