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Development Director

To develop and implement overall fundraising efforts and solicitations for annual support, business partnerships, major gifts, and legacy gifts.

The Development Director is a flexible managerial position reporting to the Presidents and Executive Committee of the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF). The Development Director works in coordination with select committee chairs, supervises the day-to-day activities of the Administrative Coordinator, and may supervise the effort of volunteers.

Strategies and Tactics – together with the Board and key committees, conceive and implement a broad range of fundraising programs designed to increase funds available to support the Foundation’s grant-making, administration and program goals. These include but are not limited to:

  • Annual Support - Identify, solicit and steward annual donors of $365+ contributions
  • Major Gifts - Build long-term relationships and manage a portfolio of engaged, high net-worth donors capable of making gifts of $2,500 and up, through qualification, cultivation, communication plans, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Legacy Gifts - Solicit major financial donations (IRAs, DAFs, etc.) and legacy giving plans (bequests, beneficiary designations, etc.) to CEF from targeted donors
  • Business Partners Program – secure new and returning support from local businesses and professionals
  • Key Events – Assist committee chairs to plan and execute fundraising and community awareness events including the 30th Anniversary Gala in Spring 2022. Seek out and secure sponsorships for events.

Office Systems and Procedures – supervises the general activities of the Foundation’s office, including:

  • Gifts – manage systems and practices to ensure that donations are properly recorded, acknowledged and stewarded.
  • Organizational Communications – oversee staff roles in the processes related to communications such as telephone, email, print mail, website and social media.
  • Finances – in coordination with the Foundation’s Finance Committee, supervise the Administrative Coordinator’s work with financial matters such as making deposits, accounts receivable and account payable activity, as well as supporting annual tax filing requirements.

Other Development Duties

  • Letter Appeals – As needed, assist the Administrative Coordinator and Fundraising and Communications Committees to write, design and mail our direct appeals in fall and spring
  • Car Raffle – Provide support to the car raffle committee to help ensure a successful event each spring
  • Additional Funding - Seek out sources of additional funding, including shared revenue events and external grants
  • Document pertinent information (meetings, correspondence, notes, research) for the purpose of enhancing and developing donor profiles for CEF’s donor database
  • Oversee the collection and reporting of meaningful metrics and KPIs
  • Stay up-to-date on current fundraising techniques and methods used in the nonprofit sector
  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Three years of experience with nonprofit fundraising and frontline direct solicitations
  • Existing personal and/or professional networks in the Claremont community
  • Introductory knowledge of legacy giving and basic planned giving options
  • Proven track record of building donor relationships and closing significant gifts
  • Exceptional persuasive and explanatory written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a wide variety of internal and external constituencies Proven project management, strategic thinking, and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and maintain strict confidentiality at all times
  • Commitment to the objectives of CEF and the ability to represent and articulate CEF’s mission
  • Ability to attend meetings and events in-person
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid U.S. driver's license, a minimum of three years of driving experience, and a satisfactory driving record
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs
  • This position requires proof of the COVID-19 full vaccination

Remote, with in-person meetings in Claremont

This position is hourly and may be full-time or part-time, depending upon selection of the final candidate. This position is open until filled. Pay starts at $25+ per hour, commensurate on experience.

Please send a cover letter and resume indicating your interest in and qualifications for the position along with three references to: CEF is an equal-opportunity employer.

Founded in 1991 “to protect and enrich quality public education in Claremont,” Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF) is a local non-profit educational foundation devoted to raising money for all Claremont Unified School District (CUSD) schools.

CEF is the school district’s primary partner in providing support and enrichment opportunities that help every student at every school receive an impactful and achievement-filled education from CUSD. We grant funds to each school throughout the district, as well as educators and community partners, with a focus on art, music and technology, totaling more than $3.5 million dollars since 1991.

In 2020-21, CEF awarded $6,879 in Teacher Innovation Grants, $4,000 in Community Partnership Grants, and $165,415 in total block grants for ten school sites benefitting nearly 7,000 CUSD students.

Calling All Volunteers (Ongoing)!

Are you looking for opportunities to be of service to your community? Claremont Educational Foundation is looking for community members to join our Volunteer Committee and Student Volunteer Committee! We are looking for high school and college students, parents, seniors, community members, and service groups who are interested in volunteering up to two hours per month, helping with our many events and programs. Student volunteers may be able to receive volunteer service hours, as needed.

Volunteer Opportunities Include:

  • Assist in activities and pass out flyers at the CEF table/booth at community events like Claremont Pie Festival, 4th of July at Memorial Park, Claremont Village Venture, and more!
  • Be a guide at our Chocolate Walk
  • Help with social media awarness campaigns for our events
  • Assist in activities at our annual Family Coding Night
  • Help with set up or clean up at any of our events and programs
  • Deliver flyers, yard signs, or other items to businesses in Claremont
  • Help with administrative tasks and mailings at CEF office
  • Serve at our annual Chocolate Walk and Brews & Bros Craft Beer Festival
  • Check-in registrants at our events and programs
  • And more!

To join the Claremont Educational Foundation Volunteer Committee, please send an email with your name, contact number, and the area(s) in which you would like to help to

Seeking Board Members (Ongoing)!

Are you passionate about public education? Do you enjoy being of service to your community in a meaningful way? Do you want to be part of an organization that positively impacts the educational experiences of thousands of children each year? CEF is currently looking for volunteer board members with specific skills to fill key positions. Please contact for details.

Skills we are currently looking for:

  • Running fundraising events/galas or planning great parties
  • WordPress programming and design
  • Non-profit Development
  • Marketing
  • Non-profit Leadership
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • More!

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