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Leadership Gifts Officer


Alameda County Community Food Bank has achieved notable success in recent years — and is currently responding to an incredible increase in need in our community due to the pandemic and recession. Even with a passionate network of more than 300 agency partners serving more clients — and distributing more food than ever before, we’ve expanded our services even further to meet the growth in need… and we need your help!

With our new strategic plan, we are setting a bold trajectory for the long-term work required to dismantle the systems that perpetuate poverty, including racism. Our staff regularly engage in conversations about race, class, power and privilege as part of our organizational commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Are you a fearless solicitor?
  • Do you believe that food is a basic human right?
  • Are you a good listener? Do you enjoy getting to know new people and discovering what motivates them?
  • Do you love saying thank you?
  • Are you a deep thinker who sees the connection between racism, hunger and poverty?

If your wheels are turning, we encourage you to apply to become Alameda County Community Food Bank’s next Leadership Gifts Officer. The Leadership Gifts Officer is an experienced fundraiser and relationship builder responsible for managing a portfolio of major and mid-level donors and prospects. This position will focus on identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals with the capacity to make annual gifts of $5,000 or more. The person in this role has a proven ability to build community and increase donor engagement.

As a member of Alameda County Community Food Bank’s Development department, this position partners with the Leadership Gifts Manager and Director of Leadership Gifts to execute the major gifts strategy to meet the organization’s individual major gifts revenue goals. This position reports to the Leadership Gifts Manager and works closely with the Donor Relations Specialist and other members of the Development team. Importantly, this person is committed to the Food Bank’s mission and to building relationships in pursuit of a nourished, equitable and just Alameda County.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • At least two years in major gifts fundraising with an emphasis on, and successful track record of securing, 4- to 5-figure gifts from individual major donors. Experience could be as a member of a fundraising department or as a volunteer or board member with fundraising responsibilities.
  • Experience managing multiple prospects/donors utilizing a moves management approach.
  • Experience working with high level volunteers and volunteer solicitors.
  • Knowledge of principles of major giving.
  • Ability to independently drive projects and build effective, collaborative relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Strong planning, organizational and project/time management skills; ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects, remain flexible and work effectively under pressure.
  • Respect for confidentiality of donor/constituent information and a deep understanding of donor ethics.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to creatively engage others in the organization’s work.
  • Computer proficiency including MS Office and relational databases (Blackbaud CRM a plus) as well as prospect research tools.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to collaborate with colleagues and engage donors and community members in Food Bank’s initiatives.
  • Ability to attend work functions outside of normal work hours, on weekends and evenings, as needed. Advance notice would be provided.
  • Valid California Driver’s License, insurable driving record.
  • Strong knowledge of the Bay Area’s philanthropic and nonprofit community preferred.


Personal Attributes and Values

  • Passion, enthusiasm, focus, and creativity around Alameda County Community Food Bank’s vision, mission and values of community, leadership, transparency, innovation and diversity.
  • Excellent judgment, impeccable integrity and honesty, handles confidential information with discretion.
  • Intellectual curiosity, inquisitive nature, excellent listening and problem-solving skills.
  • A sense of humor deftly combined with a roll-up-your-sleeves can-do attitude.
  • Strong work ethic with an orientation toward action, innovation and process improvement.
  • Passion and drive towards an equitable society where people of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and economic circumstances can thrive.


Physical Requirements

Under usual circumstances, work is located in a shared office environment, in the community and at private homes. Physical activities necessary in the performance of this job include: Sitting for prolonged periods; mobility to move throughout the food bank in performance of duties; event set-up and break down; ability to read and write in English; ability to use a computer to accomplish the duties of the position, including typing and seeing.


Compensation & Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position working Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (37.5 hours per week, one-hour unpaid lunch). The non-negotiable starting salary for this position is $95,000 annually.


Alameda County Community Food Bank
Dana Poplin
Oakland, CA