Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager is
responsible for researching donor prospects, preparing proposals,
managing donor portfolio and other development tasks as
needed. Finalists will be asked to submit writing
At this time SELF is a fully virtual office but may open a
physical office in the Washington, DC area in the future. Continued
virtual work will be an option.
The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) delivers sustainable
solar power and wireless connectivity to rural villages in
developing countries. Operating at the cutting edge of solar
technology, SELF provides clean energy for water pumps, health
clinics, schools, homes, Internet kiosks, micro-enterprise centers
and irrigation systems. The goal is to improve health,
education and economic opportunity for the nearly one billion
people who live without electricity.
Duties and Responsibilities
Source, grow, and manage a strong portfolio of individual,
foundation, corporate, government, and international aid agency
funders in ways that expand our grant pipeline and drive
collaboration and impact. The Development Manager will be
expected to work closely with the Executive Director as well as
SELF’s Communications Manager.
Manage the full lifecycle of grants and institutional funders,
including but not limited to: stewarding funders and keeping them
informed, tracking submission and reporting deadlines, writing and
submitting letters of intent, proposals, and reports, and pulling
data for reporting purposes.
Look for opportunities for SELF to improve our individual donor
and foundation management and engagement systems, processes, and
Closely track donor data and funder analytics and leverage data
to drive fundraising and development strategy.
Work collaboratively across the organization to strengthen our
partnership and grant strategy, including researching and writing
grant proposals including:
- Proactively identify new funding opportunities and match to the
- Manage annual appeals and other impact reports.
- Design and prepare compelling concept notes, proposals, and
reports for funders;
- Create content to support the cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship strategies to build and strengthen funder
- Prepare contact reports of relevant funder/prospect
conversations, meetings, and events.
- Coordinate fundraising events and donor cultivation
- Manage fundraising operations, including database
functionality, record maintenance, data analysis, and gift
- Develop both personalized and public-facing communications
materials in collaboration with our Communications Manager;
- Maintain familiarity with program content, goals, and
objectives, as well as organization-wide goals.
- Manage coordination with Program, Finance, and
Communications teams to track progress against grant
activities/outcomes, review grant awards, and report on grant
expenses for assigned programs.
- Support other development activities as they arise.
Ideal candidate will have:
Passion for renewable energy and addressing climate change in a
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) context
Proven experience in managing individual donor stewardship &
Ability to roll out strategies to maximize the donor life cycle
by ensuring that touchpoints with the organization are strategic,
intentional, and designed to maximize engagement and retention
Excellent writing skills
Ability to communication our mission effectively and create
excitement about our work
Ability to organize, set priorities and manage multiple
Ability to do basic research and to stay abreast of latest
Ability to manage and synthesize donor data
Ability to work well with a team
Strong functional knowledge of Microsoft 360
Experience with CRM platforms, preferably Salesforce
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover
letter, and salary range requirements to: DevSearch@self.org.
Submissions without cover letters will not be considered. No