Donor Relations Officer – Northwest Region Florida


The Donor Relations Officer has direct responsibility for promoting the Youth Ranches interests and for fund-raising efforts within a geographical region.  In fulfilling the responsibilities of the position, the Donor Relations Officer is expected to work closely with other Youth Ranches Development professionals.

The Donor Relations Officer reports to the Director of Development or their designee and is fully expected to work within the goals, aims, operating procedures, and philosophy of the Youth Ranches.

This position is exempt from overtime pay.


The following duties and responsibilities are given as examples of the various types of work performed in this position.  Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned.

  1. Cultivates relationships with donors/prospects to secure documented philanthropic support with a focus on current major and/or planned gifts through the identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects/donors with this capability.  This includes presenting proposals, bringing gifts to conclusion and providing stewardship to the donors after the gift is made.
  2. Provides recognition to donors by presenting plaques, stars, certificates, pins or other awards; facilitates donor recognition event(s) as directed and answers any questions they may have about the Youth Ranches, our services, policies, etc.
  3. Brings donors to Youth Ranch campuses, including but not limited to, Open Houses, Awards Banquets or for individual/group tours.
  4. Present the Youth Ranches story to individuals and groups during speaking engagements and other public events.
  5. Develops general expertise in all aspects of giving, especially major gifts and planned giving.  Keeps abreast of new developments and trends in financial development, public relations, and related areas.
  6. Cultivates and maintains positive relationship with local Sheriffs and planned giving professionals such as attorneys and trust officers for donor relations purposes.
  7. Records donor contacts in the donor record database on a regular basis and handles administrative/office duties including but not limited to timesheets, vehicle logs, expense vouchers, etc. in a timely manner.


A Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university in management, marketing, public relations, communications, or a related field and a minimum of five years job-related experience are required.  An equivalent combination of education/experience may be accepted.  At least three years of proven experience with the Youth Ranches may also be considered.  Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is preferred.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each area of responsibility satisfactorily.  The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

  1. Must possess accepted financial development techniques and be knowledgeable in the various modes of cultivating and delivering of current, major and planned giving.
  2. Must possess a working knowledge of all phases of donor relations.
  3. Must have the ability to speak, write, and communicate in a clear, effective manner in individual and group presentations and create interest and enthusiasm for the Youth Ranches programs to a diverse constituency.
  4. Must possess a working knowledge of audio-visual equipment typically used in individual and group presentations.
  5. Must have the capacity to create interest and enthusiasm for Youth Ranches programs to a diverse constituency.
  6. Must have a working practical knowledge of management theory and accepted office practices.
  7. Must be an active learner in development and other related areas.
  8. Must have general orientation to and basic understanding of the use of computers, including basic knowledge in the use of word processing, database, spreadsheet, and other PC software applications.
  9. Must have the ability to listen to, tolerate, and communicate in a warm, effective way with persons of all ages, temperaments, and abilities.
  10. Must have the initiative and analytical skills to achieve expected outcomes.
  11. Must have a valid Florida Driver License and be able to maintain a safe driving record consistent with agency policy as it relates to driving an agency assigned vehicle.


The physical requirements described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, talk, hear and reach with hands and arms.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception and the ability to focus.


Employee is required to travel within the region extensively.  Work is generally performed within prospective donors, homes, offices, etc.


$60,000 Annually.


Open until filled.


For more information, please contact:

Wayne Witczak, Director of Development – Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc.,

Main Office, P.O. Box 2000, Boys Ranch, FL 32064, 

Job Category: Donor Relations Officer
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Main Office - Live Oak

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