Development Officer


Development Officer FT

Living Classrooms Foundation is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of Development Officer. The Development Officer reports to the Vice President of Development and will have strong interpersonal, writing/communication, and organizational skills. 


Proposal Writing/Prospect Research

-        Write proposals, solicitation letters, and reports

-        Continually research and seek new sources of funding including government, corporate, and foundation grants

-        Work cohesively with other grant writers and members of the Development Team

-        Work cohesively with program directors to stay up to date on programming and needs

 Fundraising and Special Events

-        Assist in planning and staffing special events

-        Secure sponsorships / table sales

-        Secure food donations and other vendor donations including, but not limited to lighting, sound, stages, music, and other donated goods and services as needed

-        Secure silent auction items; assist with on-site auctions at Foundation special events

-        Attend and assist at fundraisers and networking opportunities

Tomorrow’s Promise Campaign

-        Secure major gifts as part of Living Classrooms $70m capital and endowment campaign

-        Help organize committees

-        Write and deliver high-impact presentations and proposals

 Fleet Week Sponsorship

 Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore (September 7 - 13, 2022) brings thousands of people to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry, Fells Point, Martin State Airport, and other areas around the city to visit US Navy Ships, witness an amazing airshow, and enjoy the festive atmosphere created by this family-friendly event. It also serves to raise the profile of the Foundation’s Historic Ships in Baltimore program featuring USS Constellation, USS Torsk, USCGC WHEC-37, Lightship 116 Chesapeake, and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. This incredible event raises the public profile of both Living Classrooms and Historic Ships and generates critical unrestricted funds which support all of the Foundation’s programs and initiatives.  

This position works directly with the LCF President of Heritage Programs. This position requires strong verbal and written communication, time management, organizational, computer skills as well as the ability to work cohesively as a member of the Living Classrooms and Historic Ships Teams to produce quality results.  

Primary Responsibilities for Fleet Week include but are not limited to: 

·        Meeting the sponsorship sales goal of $300,000.00 in support of Maryland Fleet Week and Airshow Baltimore as outlined by the LCF Vice President, Heritage Programs.  

·        Researching potential sponsorship prospects.  

·        Making direct contact with potential sponsorship prospects. 

·        Development of customized sponsorship benefit packages. 

·        Securing sponsors and negotiation of sponsorship agreements.  

·        Overseeing sponsorship fulfillment before, during, and post event. 

 Coordinated Responsibilities for Fleet Week include but are not limited to: 

·        Attending working Fleet Week Team meetings and reporting on progress towards goal. 

·        Working with the LCF Development Team to develop and review prospect list. 

·        Working with the Event Hotel and Hospitality Manager to ensure sponsor fulfillment requirements are met.  

·        Working with the Festival Manager to ensure sponsor fulfillment requirements are met.  

·        Working with the Marketing and Communications Manager to ensure sponsor fulfillment requirements are met.  

·        Working with the Education Manager to ensure sponsor fulfillment requirements are met. 

·        Working with the entire Fleet Week Team to help produce a high quality, family-friendly event.  

 Job Qualifications 

·        Strong organizational, time management, and communication skills. 

·        2 or more years prior experience in sponsorship sales and grant writing.

·        4-year, bachelor’s degree. 

·        Must have reliable transportation and be able to arrive on time to work full days. 

·        Must work well as part of a team. 

·        Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite/Office 365. 


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