Senior Development Manager

Sr Development Manager

Reports to: Director of Development

About 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, entrepreneurial, relationships-driven Senior Manager, Development 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 Corporate Partnerships Senior Manager will be a part of an innovative development team tasked with raising the annual budget of around $12-14 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. The Senior Manager will also work closely with the CEO, Communications team, and programs to expand and deepen our corporate partnerships.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage OP’s portfolio of existing and prospective corporate partners.
  • Serve as a primary liaison to corporate partners for the organization, working with them individually to develop and build strategies to achieve shared goals.
  • Expand current corporate engagement strategy, innovating to meet the needs of our diverse stakeholders.
  • Build pipeline of additional corporate partners.
  • Manage and expand the comprehensive Corporate Circle program
  • Work in partnership with the Communications Team to publicize corporate partnerships.
  • Explore new models for corporate engagement, developing and executing the plans and strategies. 
  • Support event planning, including the Annual Party for the Promise, Awards Ceremony and other events to highlight corporate partnerships. 
  • Support Outreach Team in recruiting 400+ mentors on an annual basis. 
  • Be a conduit between Advising, Mentor, Outreach and Development teams to build workforce development opportunities for our scholars.
  • Assist the Director of Development, CEO, and other fundraising partners in creating and implementing overall corporate engagement strategies.
  • Assist in the creation of print and digital marketing materials as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 6-8 years of experience in fundraising and/or communications 
  • Previous fundraising and/or events experience
  • 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 
  • 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 field of education 
  • Knowledge of and connections to Oakland communities
  • Experience leading corporate engagement strategies 
  • Experience building a program or organization from scratch
  • Comfort working with ambiguity


  • 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 Senior Manager, Development [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.

*Your application will not be reviewed without a 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.

Oakland Promise is an equal opportunity employer. Oakland Promise is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespectful or other unprofessional conduct based on sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sex stereotype, race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, gender (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military, and veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. It also prohibits discrimination, harassment, disrespectful or unprofessional conduct based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.


Application Process:

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