Development Manager

Californians for Justice | Flexible (San Jose, Fresno, Oakland, Long Beach), California


Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and LGBTQ communities. Led by students, we organize to advance educational justice and improve our social, economic, and political conditions.

CFJ is a unique and exciting organization. We are the only grassroots organization in California that organizes youth to have a voice in both local and statewide education policy. Our campaign and policy reform goals at the local and statewide levels include adequate and equitable school funding, increased access and success in K-12 and higher education, and ending the “school-to-prison pipeline.” We lead the Student Voice Campaign, a statewide alliance of organizations working to ensure the voices of students are heard, valued, and reflected in decisions that affect them. Our recent statewide victories include a requirement for districts to include student input in school budgeting in 2014, and the passage of the historic Local Control Funding Formula in 2013. Our local offices have won several key changes in their school districts, from expanding a “Race and Social Justice” ethnic studies course to the elimination of discriminatory discipline policies and securing more college preparatory classes. CFJ currently has four regional offices in Fresno, Long Beach, San Jose and Oakland, 18 full-time equivalent staff and a budget of $1.7 million.

Job Summary

The Development Manager works with CFJ’s three-person Development Team and our Executive Director to lead CFJ's foundation fundraising activities. This position reports to the Development and Project Director and works closely with the Development Associate. The position is full-time and exempt. In all duties and responsibilities, this position exercises discretion and independent judgment.

Reports To

Development and Project Director


1. Foundation Fundraising (75%)

  • Write and submit all foundation grant proposals and reports, currently approximately 50 per year, and expected to grow. Individualize each proposal/report to that particular funder.
  • Lead efforts to develop overall foundation fundraising strategies.
  • Manage current and prospective foundation portfolios and deadlines
  • Work with program staff to track our grant deliverables and hold staff accountable to meeting them.
  • Communicate with current and prospective funders to schedule visits, share information, and respond to requests.
  • Conduct research to identify prospective funders.  
  • Work with administrative and finance staff to reconcile grant and donation records with financial records, and maintain accurate and up-to-date funder and donor files                  

2.  Grassroots Fundraising (20%)

CFJ’s Development Associate coordinates CFJ’s grassroots (individual) fundraising efforts. The Development Manager’s role is to:

  • Work with the Development Associate to identify strategies and coordinate planning for 3-4 organization-wide grassroots fundraising campaigns that involve staff, board and members
  • Support the Development Associate to manage individual and organizational donor relationships, including reviewing donor materials and responding to donor requests
  • Establish and manage relationships with select individual and major donors
  • Develop and coordinate grassroots fundraising trainings for staff, board and members


3. Organizational Responsibilities (5%)

  • Model leadership and participation in all grassroots fundraising campaigns and maintain a portfolio of individual and organizational prospects for solicitation
  • Participate in cross-department committees and teams.
  • Provide support and participation for organization-wide and some regional campaign events.


Essential Qualifications

  • Experience in at least ONE of these two areas:
    • Experience with or knowledge of education policy or community organizing
    • Significant experience in grant-writing, foundation fundraising, and/or grassroots fundraising
  • Exemplary writing and editing skills, with experience simplifying complex information for different audiences. Must enjoy writing!
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and projects
  • Ability and satisfaction working independently; ability to drive your own work
  • Good judgment and decision-making, particularly in your interactions with foundations
  • Interpersonal skills to develop relationships with staff to foster collaboration and mutual accountability.
  • Strong commitment to social justice, racial justice, and youth empowerment

Preferred Qualifications

  • “Good ear” - ability to continually listen for relevant program information and integrate it into CFJ’s fundraising strategies and grant proposals/reports


$47,500-$57,000, depending on experience and qualifications. CFJ provides a generous benefits package including substantial vacation and full medical, vision, and dental coverage.


Work Environment

The position will be located in one of CFJ’s four regional offices in Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, or San Jose.

Physical Demands

  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time. Able to read a computer screen. Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to speak clearly in English on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

How to Apply

Send a brief writing sample (if available, a grant application or report), your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and qualifications, and at least three references to with the subject line “Development Manager – Your Name.”

Californians for Justice