Development Officer

Poudre River Public Library District

Webster House Administration Center

Application Deadline

Apply By Jun 10th, 2022


$27,400.00 to $34,250.00 per Year   Calculate


Fort Collins, CO




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Minimum Education

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Library Experience

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Supervisory Experience

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Type of Library


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Job Description

Job Title:                      Development Officer

Reports To:                 Communications and Development Manager

Department:              Communications

Location:                      Webster House Administration Center

FLSA Status:                Exempt

Job Classification:    Part-time, 20 hours per week, Contractual

Contract Term:          One year from date of hire

Benefits Eligibility:  Contractual Benefits

Salary Range:             $27,400 - $34,250 annual


This position is responsible for overall development and implementation of the Library District’s fundraising efforts in collaboration with key stakeholders including the Poudre River Library Trust and the Poudre River Friends of the Library. Under the supervision of the Communications and Development Manager, the Development Officer plans, organizes, and directs activities including donor relationships, new donor cultivation, grant applications, sponsorships, development-related marketing, and special events.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities. Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following tasks:

  • Create a welcoming environment for all patrons, partners and staff that fosters equity, diversity and inclusion by seeking to understand, respect and value individual differences.
  • Create and implement a donor development and fundraising plan including goals, strategies, evaluation, and budget in coordination with the Communications and Development Manager, Executive Director, and key stakeholders.
  • Support the day-to-day operations and administration of Poudre River Library Trust and Poudre River Friends of the Library.
  • Oversee the organization’s donor development database, track contributions, and research prospect information.
  • Work collaboratively with library staff and managers to identify District programs and services that can be enhanced by outside funding sources.
  • Identify grant opportunities to support identified Library projects and programs; write and submit applications in partnership with applicable Library staff; and submit grant reports and documentation, in coordination with Communications and Development Manager, as required.
  • Identify sponsorship opportunities within the Library for programming, capital needs, and other projects; coordinate with applicable staff to determine funding needs; work with Communications Department to secure sponsorships; communicate impact of sponsorship with sponsors.
  • Coordinate with Finance Manager to generate fundraising reports and the timely processing and acknowledgement of all gifts.
  • Collaborate with Communications Department to develop promotional and campaign support materials and contribute to the ongoing communications efforts of the library.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of trends in donor development and fundraising, and a working, knowledge of strategies related to nonprofit / library fundraising.
  • Review and recommend library policy related to gifts and sponsorships.
  • Build and sustain relationships with current and potential corporate, foundation, and individual donors.
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization and educate staff on fundraising goals and practices.
  • Perform other duties as needed.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position.

  • Understanding of the ethics, values, and foundational principles of the library profession.
  • Understanding of the fundamental values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of planning, organizing, and implementing nonprofit fundraising programs.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products (including Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and/or Microsoft 365), Internet navigation, Zoom webinar and digital meeting platforms, and other relevant development or relational databases.
  • Knowledge of finances and fiscal management procedures and practices.
  • Ability to operate with minimum supervision and work independently as well as cooperatively in a team environment. Strong organizational skills and ability to follow through with short, medium, and long-term projects.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to achieve goals by providing clear direction, setting realistic deadlines, effectively managing work, and allocating resources efficiently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective, cooperative working relationships with coworkers, officials, contractors, volunteers, community organizations, and the general public.


  • Four (4) or more years fundraising or similar work with demonstrated success in planning and executing campaigns and managing donor relations
  • Proven experience working with a diverse group of stakeholders and funding sources
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is desirable
  • Combination of equivalent experience, education and skills

Language Abilities

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret information, including financial data and reports. Ability to write reports and other business correspondence. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, including making public presentations.

Fluency in English is required. Spanish language skills are desirable.

Reasoning Abilities

Ability to gather, interpret, and analyze data to inform decisions and to prepare accurate and reliable reports containing findings, recommendations, and conclusions. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements

Must successfully pass a background check, including a credit check.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed and/or required to:

  • Work a varied schedule at various locations, including weekends and evenings as needed.
  • Work in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings including libraries and community locations.
  • Work from home may be required at times and optional at others at supervisor’s discretion.
  • Regularly sit, stand, walk, lift, talk, and hear.
  • Regularly reach, lift and move arms above shoulder level.
  • Occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, or balance.
  • Regularly operate a variety of standard office equipment.
  • Work in areas with moderate to loud noise levels.
  • Travel to/from meetings, programs, events and various locations.

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Posted May 12, 2022