Development Manager

Development Manager

Reports to: Senior Manager, Development


Oakland Promise

The mission of Oakland Promise is to engage the Oakland community to advance equity and economic mobility through cradle-to-career educational opportunities. Founded in 2016, Oakland Promise is a citywide movement with over 50 implementation partners working towards our common vision. Oakland Promise supports children and families from birth through college and career to ensure that postsecondary success is a reality for all Oaklanders. Oakland Promise includes four programs: Brilliant Baby, Kindergarten to College (K2C), Future Centers, and College Scholarships and Completion, that provide a cradle to career continuum of college-focused supports for students.  Our goal is to dramatically increase the number of college graduates from Oakland and ensure that all students hold a college-bound identity. We seek a hard working, highly detail oriented individual to join our community in undertaking this important work.  


Job Purpose

Oakland Promise seeks a detail-oriented development manager with excellent organizational, communication, and systems management skills and a passion for expanding opportunities for Oakland children and families to join its growing team.  The Development Manager will be a part of an innovative development team tasked with raising the annual budget of around $12 million as well as other ongoing fundraising campaigns. The team works across the organization to ensure that the organization is sustainable in the short- and long-term. 


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage individual giving strategy and stewardship, including creating impact reports, leading the End of Year Giving campaign and monitoring multi-year giving.
  • Monitor and manage restricted giving, working across programs.
  • Act as the primary manager for a comprehensive custom donor database, ensuring that records are accurately kept.
  • Serve as a primary liaison to institutional funders, especially during proposal development and reporting.
  • Support the OP’s portfolio of existing and prospective institutional funders, including foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
  • Identify new potential institutional funders through prospect research in target markets.
  • Assist the Director of Development, CEO, and other fundraising partners in creating and implementing overall institutional fundraising strategies.
  • Assist in the creation of marketing materials, including annual direct mail campaign and annual report as needed.
  • Plan and execute funder site visits as needed.
  • Manage the OP’s donor recognition, retention, and stewardship plan.
  • Support event planning and execution.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in fundraising
  • Exceptional organization and communications skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to details, and ability to manage multiple competing deadlines required
  • Deep commitment to and passion for the vision of the Oakland Promise: to engage the Oakland community to advance equity and economic mobility through cradle-to-career educational opportunities
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint 
  • Proficient with Salesforce Databases
  • Proficient with Google Suite tools
  • Strong self-motivation and ability to operate effectively with limited direct management
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and adapt to new situations
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the fields of education or college access
  • Knowledge of and connections to Oakland communities
  • Experience leading individual giving strategies 



  • Full-time exempt position 
  • Oakland Promise offers medical, dental, and vision benefits, vacation, and sick-time.
  • Some evening and weekend hours may be required


Application Process:

We are looking for candidates with availability to start immediately, and encourage you to apply if you are interested in and qualified for the position.


To apply: Send a single PDF (NOT a Microsoft Word document) of a resume and thoughtful cover letter to [email protected] with “OP Development Manager – [Your Name]” in the subject line. Please use your last name and first initial (ex: Doe_J) as the filename of your PDF containing your resume and cover letter.


Failure to follow these instructions may delay the review of your application. Applications will be reviewed immediately and candidates with the best fit will be contacted for interviews. Unfortunately, the volume of applications will prevent us from responding to all applications received.

Application Process:

Make a huge difference in the Oakland community! Join our team! Send applications to [email protected]