Development Manager, Institutional Partnerships

Position Summary

In this vital role, the Development Manager will support the Women’s Foundation California team to continue to grow a powerful field of feminist philanthropists to advance gender justice in California. With a commitment to increasing the amount of money flowing directly to racial, economic, and gender justice movements, the Development Manager will focus on managing our institutional funder program and supporting the creation of funder education and connection opportunities aimed at transforming and democratizing the field of philanthropy.


Remote based anywhere in California

Reports to:

Director of Institutional Partnerships


Non-exempt Full-Time

Essential Duties

The Development Manager will plan, coordinate, and implement the institutional giving program to meet fundraising goals and expand our base of foundation and corporate partners. They will also provide key support for WFC’s donor and funder education and advocacy strategies and programs.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Oversee all grant deliverables (proposals, reports, others) including writing, editing and setting the tone for and maintaining WFC’s standards of excellence in writing, copyediting and presentation.
  • With the Director of Institutional Partnerships, work closely with the program team to craft proposals and reports and track progress and completion of grant commitments to ensure fulfillment of grant objectives.
  • Liaise with the Foundation’s finance team to track grant revenue, cash and release of temporarily restricted grant funds.
  • Identify, research, and qualify prospective institutional funders.
  • In WFC’s database (Raiser’s Edge), track and manage grants being sought and received, including multi-year grants, and provide timely and accurate reporting of progress toward revenue goals.
    • Create and maintain constituent records and assist with cleaning up records and assisting with larger data hygiene projects as needed.
    • Maintain grant tracking and grants calendar within RENXT.
  • Together with the Director of Institutional Partnerships, support the Funders Policy Institute and California Gender Justice Funders Network – and other WFC funder and donor organizing and education efforts that arise.
  • Provide logistical and other support to create and execute engagement opportunities for funders and donors including funder briefings and other events (virtual and in-person).

Skills + Experience

  • 3 to 5 years development experience, specifically grant writing and research.
  • Strong understanding of best practices related to cultural competence of gender, racial and economic justice issues.
  • Ability to produce excellent quality materials needing minimal editing.
  • Proven project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks to meet multiple, simultaneous deadlines and motivate others to do so, using diplomacy, motivation tactics, clear communication and effective systems and processes to ensure that all team members follow through on assignments and tasks on time.
  • Outstanding listening, oral and written communication and meeting facilitation skills with a demonstrated ability to relate to and communicate with diverse communities.
  • Ability to articulate current trends, strategies and solutions that will contribute to equity and justice for all Californians in powerful, interesting and compelling ways.
  • Ability to build collegial relationships with foundation/corporate program officers.
  • Mastery of MS Outlook and Office Suite (especially Word and Excel), Internet communication and web navigation and search; Raiser’s Edge experience a plus.


  • Must possess a strong commitment to the mission, policies, goals and philosophy of the Women’s Foundation California.
  • Must be able to multitask with a high degree of project and time-management capacity to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment with multiple interruptions.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to create positive, long-term working relationships by demonstrating a commitment to teamwork and customer service, tact, dependability, diplomacy and flexibility.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to meetings and other Foundation events.
  • Positive approach, can-do attitude and sense of humor.

Compensation, Work Hours and Benefits

  • Development Manager is a full-time non-exempt position with a salary range of $70,000-$80,000 annually. Salary offer will be dependent on experience.
  • We provide 15 days paid vacation to start, which increases over time (20 days after 2 years, and 25 days after 6 years); 12 paid sick days, 15 paid holidays, paid winter break, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule.
  • WFC offers generous benefits including paid parental leave, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, and AD&D insurance with the Foundation covering 100% of the costs of the insurance package for employees and minor-aged dependents and a portion of premiums for adult spouses.
  • Additional benefits include: flexible spending account, telephone/internet stipend, health and wellness stipend, and 401(k) retirement plan contributions match.
  • The Foundation operates with a remote workforce across California using Slack, email, and Zoom to coordinate our work across the state.
  • The Foundation operates on a four-day workweek – Monday through Thursday.


About the Women’s Foundation California

The Women’s Foundation California has a more than 40-year track record working to advance gender, economic, and racial justice. Our core strategies are: investing in community organizations, training community leaders, and connecting community partners. We support movements led by cisgender and transgender women, gender-variant, genderqueer, and non-binary individuals–especially those who are formerly incarcerated, immigrants, people of color, low-income, and/or queer.

We’re a dynamic, smart, collaborative group of people who are passionate about our work and committed to making good things happen for all Californians.

Our Values and Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

We value a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, transgendered people, gender non-conforming individuals, and formerly incarcerated people to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit and hire with the understanding of systemic oppression and of the lived reality of people with marginalized identities.

Applications & Deadline

To apply, please visit our website to upload a cover letter highlighting your interest in the position and what makes you a strong candidate, and your resume. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. However, we prefer to receive applications by March 29th.

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