Development Manager (full-time)

The Development Manager for California Forward (CA FWD) will assist the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and the Associate Director of Development in securing resources to support the mission and efforts of the organization. The individual reports directly to the Associate Director of Development. The successful candidate may be based anywhere in California with the ability to work remotely. This is an exempt position.

CA FWD is a nonpartisan cross-sector civic leadership group committed to ensuring the California Dream for everyone in all of the state’s regions and to improving government performance and accountability to the people. Our staff reflects the diversity of California’s population and works from a variety of locations throughout the state.

We seek team members who are excited by the mission of CA FWD and are thorough, articulate, responsive, and knowledgeable. Individuals should enjoy working as part of a group, have excellent time-management skills, and the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.

The Development Manager is responsible for identifying funding opportunities in regions around the state, developing strategies for involving potential funding partners in relevant CA FWD projects, and building the trust which results in financial commitments to sustain CA FWD’s mission.

Specifically, the Development Manager will:

  1. Support a range of development efforts that will generate revenue for general operating expenses as well as funding for specific initiatives. Funding focus areas include individual giving, planned giving, grant writing, and other areas as assigned
  2. Lead digital fundraising and donor communications efforts, including social media initiatives, advertising and marketing, appeals, and giving campaigns
  3. Assist with the creation and implementation of stewardship initiatives positioned to deepen engagement and relationships with stakeholders
  4. Engage in outreach and relationship management with donors and funders
  5. Conduct prospect research and assist in building the organization’s funding pipeline
  6. Assist in managing data collection methods, tools, and measures for preparing and submitting reports and evaluating relationship-building activities to assist in strategic decision making
  7. Commit to maintaining a cohesive, positive, and results-oriented internal team and advancing the organization’s public reputation as a trustworthy, forward-thinking, public-interest political movement
  8. Evaluate the success of efforts to inform continuous improvement
  9. Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum two years of fundraising experience; preferred three to four years of fundraising experience
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with proven ability to write persuasively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with diverse audiences
  • Ability to work remotely
  • Ability to work on multiple projects with changing priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as a team using good judgment and initiative


  • Up to $85,000 dependent on experience.

Additional Requirements:

  • Please submit a writing sample related to fundraising (no more than two pages) that demonstrates your writing style and ability to write persuasively. Examples include but are not limited to a donor appeal, an excerpt from a grant proposal narrative, or a grant letter of intent.
  • Please include in your cover letter the amount of the largest grant award or contribution that you have secured either individually or as part of a team.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to