Development Manager



Development Manager

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA


Salary range is $52,000 – $58,000 DOE

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Job Description:

The Development Manager will work closely with the CEO, development teammates, staff across the organization, and board members to implement a broad suite of fundraising activities and events. The position serves as the front line of the development department, interfacing broadly with donors, board members, vendors, and other external constituencies. The Development Manager plays a key role in development team efforts to build philanthropic support of our mission, expand our donor base, and position the organization for future growth, success and long-term sustainability as we build out our initiatives and fortify our impact in Washington State.

Position Type
Full time (some evening and weekends, as needed). Exempt.

President & CEO


Fundraising Leadership & Management
  • Bring creativity, innovation and drive to the development team; bring fundraising expertise to cross-functional planning to ensure that fundraising activities advance organizational goals.
  • Develop comprehensive plans, timelines and budgets for annual giving programs and fundraising events.
  • Monitor monthly revenue and expense projections and outcomes for areas of responsibility. Monitor and track progress against annual and multi-year goals and benchmarks. Analyze data and evaluate the return on investment to inform strategy and make recommendations for continuous improvement of annual giving programs.
  • Manage internal development staff including Event and Communications Coordinator and external vendors.
  • Staff the board of directors’ fund development committee by coordinating all aspects of the committee including meeting schedule, agenda, packets, and meeting minutes.

Individual Giving – Annual Fund, Workplace and Online Giving
  • Design and implement an annual plan of action with goals, strategies, timelines and benchmarks to acquire, renew, upgrade, and retain donors who give under $1,000 annually. Motivate donors and prospects to make “stretch” gifts to WFA.
  • Actively manage the individual donor pipeline through the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship process. Conduct research on individual donor prospects. Use “moves management” to manage and track donors and prospects. Identify base level donors who have the capacity and interest to upgrade to major level donors.
  • Drive the development and implementation of base level solicitation materials including letters, emails and phone scripts and manage the mail and email distribution process.
  • Drive the development and implementation of online giving campaigns, including peer-to-peer, crowdfunding, online giving days, and acquisition appeals.
  • Engage and support current donors to activate their networks to bring new donors to Women’s Funding Alliance. Develop a toolkit to support peer fundraising engagement.
  • Develop and implement effective strategies to improve retention and re-engage lapsed donors.
  • Maintain a small number of current workplace giving campaign efforts.

  • Build and sustain a monthly stewardship program to deepen loyalty to Women’s Funding Alliance.
  • Develop and maintain stewardship calendar to align with event and communications plans.
  • Along with the Events and Communications Coordinator, draft communications, deliver messaging, and market fundraising activities that extend across multiple channels such as email, mail, and social media.

Donor Relations
  • Maintain accurate and current information on donors and ensure the confidentiality and security of proprietary and donor information in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Produce timely, consistent, coordinated, accurate and engaging donor acknowledgment letters for all gifts. Collaborate with the Operations and Data Manager.
  • Manage pledge program by tracking pledge installment due dates and stewarding donors through pledge reminder and payment process on a regular basis. Follow up with donors as needed. Collaborate with Operations and Data Manager.
  • Serve as back-up for gift entry in Raiser’s Edge.

Events – Fundraising and Cultivation/Stewardship
  • Design and implement annual event fundraising plans with goals, strategies, timelines, and benchmarks for fundraising events (such as The Art of Dining, Women Stars of Food and Wine) and cultivation/stewardship events (Jeffersonian Dinners, VIP receptions at mission-driven town halls).
  • Drive the audience development strategy for events, including table captain outreach, solicitation and relationship management. Conduct guest research and supportive prospecting documents for the development team.
  • Collaborate with staff and board members to develop comprehensive giving strategies and opportunities at fundraising events. Produce corresponding messaging and materials.
  • Manage staff and vendors to coordinate timelines, budgets, collateral, auction support, décor, general logistics, and the participation of staff, volunteers and board members.
  • Drive Art of Dining auction success, working with staff and board to procure mission-focused and high-value auction items.
  • Work with development team to create a post-event donor stewardship plan that aims to engage table captains and event donors year-round in other ways that can support our organization.
  • Serve as back-up for event registration and item entry in Raiser’s Edge and AuctionMaestro.


Women’s Funding Alliance seeks an innovative and skilled fundraiser who can quickly step into this role and continue the momentum of our work. The ideal candidate will have:
  • 5 years of development or external relations experience in a nonprofit, education or public service environment.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented self-starter who can work as well with a team as independently, in a complex and fast-paced environment.
  • A strong implementer who can prioritize and manage multiple work streams simultaneously.
  • A successful track record of achieving, or assisting in achieving, tangible fundraising outcomes and the ability to respond effectively to changing organizational fundraising priorities.
  • Excellent project management skills, including exceptional organizational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple projects with clear deadlines.
  • Solid analytical skills—data analysis, creating and monitoring projections, analyzing return on investment.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to synthesize information from diverse sources.
  • The confidence, warmth and professionalism required to work effectively with board members, donors, and other funders.
  • Demonstrated collaboration and teamwork in a complex and fast-paced environment, and who can manage up, down and laterally.
  • Strong supervisory and management skills with consultants.
  • Commitment to women’s issues and experience in fundraising, philanthropy and donor education.
  • Experience with donor databases and event management software, preferably Raiser’s Edge.
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends during Women’s Funding Alliance events.
  • At least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

Salary and Benefits
This position offers vacation and sick leave, employer 403(b) participation and health benefits. Salary range is $52,000 – $58,000 DOE.

To Apply
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through November 30. Please send cover letter, resume and three references in an email with the subject line “Development Manager Application” to

Women’s Funding Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the Women’s Funding Alliance to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds, who are committed to the mission and vision of the organization. Women of color are highly encouraged to apply. Women’s Funding Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Women's Funding Alliance
2101 4th Ave, Suite 1330
Seattle, WA, United States
Phone: 206-467-6733

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