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25 May

Development Manager

  HARC, Inc.

About Organization

HARC, Inc. (Health Assessment and Research for Communities) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, founded in 2006, located in Palm Desert, CA. Visit www.HARCdata.org to learn more about us, our team, and what we do.

HARC provides research and evaluation services that relate to health, wellness, and quality of life. HARC conducts community-based research.

Our research and evaluation is focused on improving lives where people live, work, learn, and play. To HARC, “health” includes all the social determinants of health, like education, housing, safety, economic stability, employment, and equity.

HARC provides the information that organizations need to do their best work and improve lives. Our clients and data users are other organizations—including nonprofits, educational institutions, businesses, cities, and county departments. We help them to better understand the needs in their community and to measure the impact their work is having.

We have two major lines of work:
1. The Coachella Valley Community Health Survey
2. Customized research and evaluation consulting for clients (primarily nonprofits)

Job Details


  • Work is typically performed between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, but there is flexibility; outside of calendared meetings, work can be done when it is convenient for the employee.
  • Flextime/flexplace is allowed and encouraged to support work-life balance:
  • Currently, staff work from home due to the pandemic.
  • In fall 2021, we may return to working in the office one to two days per week, pending on public health recommendations.
  • Occasional weekend, early morning, or evening work may be required.


Working Conditions (currently):

  • Work from home, via personal computers and remote desktops.
  • Zoom meetings, conference calls, etc.
  • Occasional visits to the office (to check the mail, deposit checks, mail out items, etc.).
  • Little travel.


Working Conditions (post-pandemic, hopefully resuming in Fall 2021):

  • Shared office environment (open cubicle design)
  • Work-from-home 2 to 3 days per week, in office 2 to 3 days per week.
  • Noise level is moderate (e.g., computers, printers, phone conversations, etc.).
  • Travel 1 to 2 times per week to meet with potential funders/partners in Southern California.



  • This position is salaried; annual pay ranges from $60,000 to $65,000, depending on experience and fit. Pay will be at the lower end if the candidate meets most of the “must-haves”; pay will be on the higher end if the candidate meets all of the “must-haves” and some of the “would like to haves”.
  • Mileage is reimbursed at the federal rate.
  • Reimbursement for health insurance, dental insurance, and life insurance (for self and dependents), up to $800 per month.
  • Cell phone/home internet allotment of $100/month.
  • 401K plan available; employer matching up to $100/paycheck.
  • 11 paid holidays per year.
  • 18 days of paid time off (PTO) per year (PTO benefits begin on the first day of employment and are accrued monthly), increases with tenure.

Other Important Factors

  • This is a new position within HARC’s organizational structure. As such, the new hire will be expected to build an infrastructure of the position’s Primary Responsibilities and educate the rest of the staff about development overall. The new hire will need to provide counsel and direction regarding fundraising activities while educating staff on development and its activities fostering a healthy and collaborative fundraising culture across the organization.
  • HARC does not currently have any donor management software, nor does HARC have an extensive list of individual donors. The new hire will be starting these from the ground up.
  • All positions at HARC begin with a three-month probation period. During this period, the new hire will have regular meetings with the CEO to discuss performance and progress. Should performance not be deemed sufficient, employment will be terminated during the probation period.
  • Employees at HARC, Inc. are employed on an at-will basis. This means that the employment relationship may be terminated at any time with or without reason or advance notice by either the employee or the Company.


General Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Fundraising and Donor Engagement:
    • Identify and cultivate relationships with donors (individual and organizational), create customized solicitation strategies and steward gifts appropriately. This includes maintaining donor databases, developing relationships with donors, timely and accurate processing of gifts, acknowledgments and reporting on fundraising results, and generates donor communications.
    • Creating and implementing annual fundraising campaigns including developing/sending mass mailings.
    • Developing effective working relationships with donors and volunteers to nurture their connection to the organization and instilling a culture of philanthropy.
  • Grants:
    • Apply for relevant grants to support HARC’s work. This includes researching grant opportunities; gathering information from researchers to coordinate/write grant proposals for government, corporate, and foundation funds.
    • Develop/maintain effective, long-term working relationships with grantors to facilitate approvals of grants; and following up with grantors to determine/monitor grant status.
    • Lead the grant reporting process (supported by other staff).
  • Events:
    • Develops and coordinates the Workplace Wellness Event each year to generate funds, recognition, and clients for the organization. This includes planning the budget, locating and booking facilities, food, entertainment, and equipment; soliciting donations and participation; planning and organizing ticket sales; attending the event to coordinate activities and ensure the event runs smoothly; oversees promotion and marketing of the event. Conducting follow-up after the event (thank you’s to speakers, etc.). Conducts an appraisal after the event to determine its success and improvements needed the next time the event occurs. Develops and maintains sponsor and participant databases.
    • Explore the possibilities of other events, such as friend-raising fundraising private gatherings hosted by donors or Board Members; make recommendations as to whether HARC should engage in these types of events, and if so, lead the event planning and implementation.
  • Communications:
    • Works with the Research Assistant to maintain regular posts on all of HARC’s social media channels. The Research Assistant will be responsible for posting content related to client services and research projects; the Development Manager will be responsible for posting content related to events, contributions, and grants.
    • Creation and production of fundraising materials, including brochures, press releases, advertisements, newsletters articles, proposals, annual reports, collateral, etc.)

Potential other duties as assigned to achieve HARC’s fundraising goals.  

Job Benefits

PTO, insurance reimbursement (up to $800/month), 401k, flextime, flexplace, etc.

Salary/Pay Rate

$60,000 to $65,000

Contact Information or to Apply



  • Coachella Valley/Palm Desert