- Development & Partnerships Manager
Applications accepted starting January 09, 2023
Full-Time, Salary, Exempt
Some nights or weekends may be required in support of
key Ed Fund events.
The salary range for this position is $92,000.00 - $110,000.00
(dependent upon experience and qualifications)
Average of 13-15 Paid Holidays, plus a winter
100% Employer Paid Health Insurance (employee only)
Medical/Vision/ Dental/ Life
EAP, Travel Assistance, and Health Advocate
Sponsored 401K Plan (non-matched)
Generous Vacation and Sick time accrual
Professional Development Budget for all staff
Please read the following in order to avoid
ABOUT THE ED FUND:
Founded in 2003, the Oakland Public Education Fund
leads the investment of community resources in Oakland public
schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive. We do
this by helping Oakland communities build and manage resources,
partnerships, and public engagement essential to improving public
The Oakland Public Education Fund is the only
organization raising money for all Oakland public schools. Since
2003, we have helped raise over $200 million for schools and
programs that help students thrive. We put the right tools in
students’ hands to give all kids the excellent education they
deserve. We support all Oakland public schools with a focus on
those furthest from opportunity, because kids who come to school
with less need more. For more information, visit https://www.oaklandedfund.org/
WORK LIFE AT THE ED FUND:
Opportunities for both personal development and
Flexible work schedule;
Hybrid office and work from home environment;
Staff outings, team-building activities, staff
celebrations, and happy hours;
The opportunity to make a direct, positive impact on
Oakland public schools and programs serving our youth; and,
Amazing networking opportunities with local leaders
The opportunity to make a direct, positive impact on
Oakland public schools and programs serving our youth.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
The Oakland Public Education Fund seeks a passionate
and entrepreneurial Manager of Development & Partnerships to
support fundraising efforts, raising critical resources toward our
mission. Under the leadership of an engaged and fundraising-savvy
Executive Director and reporting to the Director of Development,
the Manager of Development & Partnerships will play a leading
role in achieving the fundraising goals of the Ed Fund by helping
to maintain and grow sustainable and long-term support from new and
existing major donors. We’re looking for someone who’s dynamic and
will strategically identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a
portfolio of funders including corporations, foundations, and
individuals. The ideal candidate is strategic, organized,
proactive, and able to build trust and relationships to create
meaningful partnerships that drive impact.
We are looking for someone who cares deeply about
educational equity and is enthusiastic about joining a collegial,
fun, successful, and growing team. Embarking on our 20th
anniversary, the Oakland Public Education Fund is poised to
increase and diversify the resources raised and broaden its thought
leadership around innovative public/private partnerships that help
students thrive. The Manager of Development & Partnerships will
play a key role in growing our donor support, leading to equitable
outcomes across Oakland’s public schools.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
70% Major Gifts Fundraising:
Develop and maintain a portfolio of 75-100 major gift
prospects and donors (high net worth individuals, corporations, and
foundations) focusing on raising gifts for OPEF’s core programs,
key priorities, and discretionary funding.
Raise major gifts at the $10,000+ level with a goal of
raising $500,000+ annually.
Create thoughtful engagement plans to move prospects
through the donor engagement process and to retain and upgrade
current donors. Participate in each step of the donor engagement
process including research, identification, qualification,
cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
Build relationships through customized correspondence,
in-person and virtual meetings, phone calls, and by attending OPEF
and community events.
Proactively seek and create opportunities for the Ed
Fund to be visible among local business leaders, corporations, and
with professional, civic, and private organizations.
Build trust with a variety of colleagues across OPEF’s
ecosystem including within our team, board, advisory board, and
Understand and be able to effectively communicate our
theory of change, key programs and initiatives, funding needs, and
the impact of giving. Develop pitch decks, proposals, one-pagers,
and other materials to support the fundraising process.
Be an integral part of the Ed Fund’s planning and
execution of annual fundraising events, including but not limited
to our annual Gala.
20% Reports, Stewardship, and Donor Database
In partnership with the Development Operations Manager
and Gift Processor, take on the shared responsibility of ensuring
the integrity of our donor database (Salesforce) including adding
timely contact reports, updating data points including biographical
details and contact information, maintaining a robust and accurate
opportunity pipeline, tracking grant deliverables, etc.
Prepare written proposals, gift agreements, funder
pitches, grant applications, and other materials to define,
solicit, secure, and document major gifts.
Conduct research to target appropriate donors and
analyze donor data to track and evaluate the effectiveness of donor
Support on the development and distribution of our
annual report and other donor stewardship materials.
10% Other Duties:
Manage development staff, helping to ensure all
development functions are running smoothly.
In partnership with the development and communications
team, contribute on strategy and planning for annual giving
solicitations and communications to increase our donor pool, build
a pipeline of major gift donors, and increase donor retention.
Contribute to regular brainstorming on innovative
donor communications, development process improvements, and new
In addition, the role will serve as a core employee,
supporting key Ed Fund events and contributing to our culture and
structure, as well as our mission.
Bachelor’s degree required (e.g. communications,
business, law, education, public administration, etc.)
5+ years working in a development role in the
nonprofit or corporate sector.
Thorough working knowledge and understanding of
fundraising and donor relations concepts, principles, techniques,
procedures, and practices.
Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication
skills, including the ability to establish and maintain good
working relationships throughout the organization and with outside
Demonstrates confidentiality when working with
A passion for and belief in the power of education in
helping young people succeed.
Must be located in the Bay Area, hybrid schedule is
Ability to pass a criminal background check and TB
Possession of or ability to get a valid California
driver’s license and willingness to travel locally to attend donor
visits and events.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required, or willingness
to get vaccinated.
Ability to pass a criminal background check and
Ability to lift 20 lbs.
Ability to work nights and weekends (as needed).
Ability to work a hybrid schedule.
CFRE Fundraising Credential
Knowledge of and working relationships with the Bay
Area funding community.
Fundraising experience in education or similar
An in-depth knowledge of the landscape of Oakland
public schools and access to a robust network of school
Experience using Salesforce CRM, Google Suite, and
other tools to collect data and management communications.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Oakland Public Education Fund is committed to
creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal
opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual
orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran
We also know that great candidates can bring skills to
The Ed Fund that we haven't thought of just yet, and who won't fit
everything we've described above. If this is you, don't hesitate to
apply. Tell us what unique contributions you can offer.
We are dedicated to improving our organization and
know that part of it means to better reflect the people we serve.
We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment
for people of all backgrounds and ages and we especially encourage
members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply,
including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with