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Organization Name:
Westside Food Bank
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Santa Monica, California
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
High School or equivalent

Development Coordinator

Development Coordinator

Are you ready to apply your talent and skills to an organization with a 30+ year history and a great reputation that is also innovative and devoted to improving the well being of local people in need? Do you want to team up with a close knit group of committed staff who work collaboratively to make a significant impact? Do you want to feel engaged at work and further your skills with new challenges and opportunities for professional development? Do you get a thrill when you bring in a new funder or write a fantastic proposal?

Westside Food Bank is seeking a highly efficient full-time Development Coordinator to work in a small shop environment. As a small organization of just 7.5 full time staff, job openings don’t come up very often so we are looking to find someone with a passion for our cause and who truly loves fundraising and development work.

The Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Chief Development Officer on all aspects of fund development with a focus on grant writing and special event planning. We are looking for a strong candidate that can take the lead on multiple projects so that the CDO can devote more attention to donor stewardship, bringing in new donors and major gifts.

About Westside Food Bank:

Westside Food Bank is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides food to over 70 social service agencies on the Westside of Los Angeles County.  We do not provide direct service to clients except for a weekly distribution to veterans on the West LA VA campus. WSFB focuses on providing personalized service to our member agencies, and ensuring that our food distribution includes a wide range of nutritious foods. Through WSFB, close to five million pounds of food reaches 105,000 local people each year, nearly half of whom are children. After more than three decades focusing mainly on increasing our distribution of food to our member agencies, WSFB is now engaged in new initiatives to end food insecurity among local veterans and college students, a new strategic planning process, upgrading our technology and equipment, and looking ahead to succession planning and a possible capital campaign.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Research, identify, and evaluate private & corporate funding opportunities that match program, operational, and capital needs using Foundation Search software and other means. Keep track of prospects and potential connections for WSFB.
  • Write appropriate and compelling narrative to be included in grant proposals, applications, letters of inquiry, reports, fact sheets and other revenue raising materials.
  • Create and submit grant applications and reports to foundations and maintain a portfolio of grant funders & calendar of grant proposal submissions, reports and deadlines.
  • Identify and solicit prospects for business sponsorships for our annual Walk-A-Thon.
  • Promote participation in annual Walk-A-Thon via email outreach, visits to schools, businesses & congregations and outreach to press and community calendars. Facilitate annual Walk-A-Thon registration and peer to peer fundraising, assist in event planning & logistics.
  • Update donor information in eTapestry database; create queries and reports as needed. 

Other Responsibilities:

  • Assist with other fundraising projects as necessary.
  • Write copy for website, press releases and other publicity materials as necessary.
  • Assist with social media strategy & implementation.


Qualifications desired:


  • 2+ years relevant development or highly sophisticated grant writing experience preferred.
  • Passion for the cause and a desire to excel in fundraising and development work.
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals.
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong computer skills – Microsoft Office, internet & social media savvy, Adobe & design skills a plus.
  • Working knowledge of basic database functions, creating queries & reports,  eTapestry experience a plus.  
  • Self starter – someone who can take initiative, work independently and is also unafraid to ask questions as needed.
  • High emotional intelligence, friendly personality and strong social and networking skills.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work within deadlines.



  • This is a full-time position with paid sick and vacation time, health and dental insurance and a 401k retirement plan with Safe Harbor match.
  • Access to Aflac benefits plans  
  • Salary: $45k-$54k DOE


How to Apply:

Please e-mail resume, cover letter and professional writing sample (previously submitted proposal, press release, letter of inquiry, fact sheet, etc.) to [email protected] in Word or PDF format.

Hiring Process and Timeline

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • We will begin scheduling phone interviews in mid to late May.
  • We will schedule in-person interviews in the first two weeks of June.
  • We would like to have the selected candidate start in late June or early July.

Westside Food Bank is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women, persons of varying ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and persons over the age of 55.


Our office is located within walking distance of the Metro Expo Line 26th Street/Bergamot Station

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