Fighting for Women's Equality

Development Manager

Position: Development Manager
Reports to: Director of Development
Classification: Full-Time; Exempt

About ERA

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), founded in 1974, protects and expands economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls, using a three-pronged advocacy approach consisting of impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and direct services. Join our passionate and vibrant team of gender justice champions as we work to transform our communities into places where all of us can lead. Learn more about ERA and our work at

Position Overview

Equal Rights Advocates is seeking a creative and detail-oriented Development Manager to join our growing and dynamic Development team. The Manager plays an extremely important role by 1) supporting overall departmental fundraising strategy and implementation, 2) creating and implementing mid-level individual and institutional donor programs, 3) managing and producing meaningful budget reports for the leadership team. This role will collaborate with the Development Director on select department projects, most notably working cross departmentally and with external stakeholders to help produce the organization’s gala annual spring luncheon.

Essential Functions

Fundraising Program Implementation

  • Assist in the execution of the annual fundraising plan in collaboration with the Director of Development and the Executive Director.
  • Develop/oversee the direct mail campaign including list segmentation, communication with mail house and coordination with ERA staff around content and messaging. Work closely with the Communications team to create a cohesive online and social media campaign.
  • Create and implement strategies for retaining and upgrading current donors at the mid-range through a well-defined moves management process, outreach and communication, and engagement. Draft written materials for renewals, donor proposals and other correspondence. Implements sustainer strategy, donor circles, and other plans for engaging donors.
  • Ensure the highest quality donor stewardship. Respond quickly and effectively to all donor/ potential donor requests; create and implement stewardship strategies and maintain yearly stewardship calendar. Participate in face-to-face meetings with institutional prospects and individual donors as needed.
  • Assist with institutional and individual donor prospect research, qualification and solicitation. Ensure that active and effective cultivation strategies are in place for all assigned prospects including a system for contact reports, next steps, etc.
  • Leads management of timelines, research and identification of new institutional funding opportunities. Includes management and tracking of all current grant agreements, new funding opportunities and corporate partnerships to ensure timely reports and proposals in coordination with other departments as needed.
  • Assists with writing on proposals and reports as needed.

Events Operations

  • Create, implement and manage ERA’s cultivation and stewardship events throughout the year in collaboration with other Development staff.
  • Actively participate in the planning of timelines, execution of logistics and solicitation of ticket sales and sponsorships of ERA’s major annual events; including ERA’s Annual Luncheon, Fall Event and Holiday Party.

Management and Administration

  • Supervise the accurate gift processing, categorization, reporting, and acknowledgment system in ERA’s donor database.
  • Serve as primary liaison with Operations staff to support working interdepartmental relationships, especially in regards to tracking revenue.
  • Oversee/report monthly status of annual fund budget to Director of Development.
  • Assists with Development Committee management and correspondence
  • Supports overall CRM database strategy, management, and creates strategies for optimization of systems, including: donor experience/integration with CRM platform, moves management tools in Neon, triggered donor communications, Communications integrations, etc.
  • Works closely with other support team colleagues, and serves as organizational backup as needed.



  • Exceptional administrative and organizational skills and an ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • 3+ years of cumulative experience working in a professional office setting with Development experience preferred
  • Progressively responsible experience providing office support in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent user of office technology and information systems
  • Take pleasure in working with data and ensuring data is clean, consistent, and useable
  • Experience with CRMs and/or customer/donor data management required; familiarity with nonprofit donor tracking systems, best practices, and reporting preferred
  • Previous project management experience preferred
  • Superior organizational, administrative, and time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including grammar, spelling and editing
  • Must be comfortable with prioritization in a fast-paced environment with close attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness
  • An excellent sense of humor and willingness to work with a team of feisty, no-nonsense civil rights badasses.



ERA offers salaries that are competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area public interest/non-profit legal community and are based on degrees and years of experience. Salary range is $60,000 – $65,000 depending on experience. ERA offers a benefits package including medical and dental coverage, a generous vacation and sick leave policy, and paid holidays.


How to apply

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in this particular position, connection to ERA’s mission, where you found the job posting, and attach your current résumé to with “Development Manager” in the subject line. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with the deadline to apply by August 16th, 2019. The position will be filled as soon as a well-qualified person is identified. We look forward to hearing from you!


An Equal Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that is dedicated to the diversity of our staff. We will consider applicants equally without regard to sex, gender, race, age, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, medical condition, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We reasonably accommodate staff members and applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job. Individuals who need assistance or accommodation due to a disability may contact us at


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