Arlington Garden in Pasadena,

Development Manager

12 days ago
Employment type
Closing date

About this organization

Arlington Garden is a climate-appropriate, habitat garden offering learning, inspiration, and enjoyment for all.

About this job

The Development Associate supports the management and board to work with donors, members, volunteers, vendors, and partners to expand Arlington Garden’s fundraising initiatives and promote Arlington Garden’s mission as a climate-appropriate, habitat garden offering learning, inspiration, and enjoyment for all.

Roles & responsibilities

Donor Stewardship:

  • Identifying, sustaining and cultivating prospective and current donors
  • Working closely with the organization’s executive team and management to develop donor cultivation plans, including through mailing, phone calls, and in-person meetings with individual donors
  • Writing fundraising appeals and acknowledgment letters
  • Working with other team members to identify donor stewardship opportunities

Event Planning and Management:

  • Participating in all aspects of organizing fundraising events and initiatives, including crowdfunding campaigns
  • Maintaining guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials and other duties as assigned for fundraising events including Autumn in the Garden, and the Garden Bazaar
  • Assisting in the booking of events including micro-ceremonies, gatherings and facility rentals, including responding to enquiries and promoting these offerings to vendors


  • Processing donations
  • Managing calendar, setting goals, and creating a weekly work plan
  • Providing accurate and timely fundraising reports and data
  • Overseeing donor database
  • Working with team to increase garden memberships through communication and events
  • Engaging visitors by communicating garden’s mission, vision, and history
  • Providing assistance during and after events as requested
  • Supporting marketing campaigns via social media posts
  • Notifying management of safety concerns at events
  • Performing other duties as assigned or as the organization’s needs determine


  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication and presentation skills
  • Can articulate and compellingly engage donors, community members, vendors and partners toward the Garden’s mission and vision
  • Proficiency with office technology and information systems (including Google Suite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Canva) and donor databases
  • Must be available for some weekend and evening responsibilities
  • Stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Can lift up to 50 pounds
  • Self-starter and ability to take initiative in a small team setting
  • Detail-oriented and strong organization skills
  • Ability to ask for donations and build fundraising programs
  • Experience working with Little Green Light or similar fundraising software programs
  • Experience working in public gardens a plus
  • Previous experience in fundraising or event planning a plus
  • Essential physical functions
  • This position frequently stands and walks, occasionally sits, may bend, stoop or reach, and works outside or at a desk. This position frequently interacts with the public and requires a high level of verbal communication.

Work Environment

  • This role frequently works indoors and outdoors with the general public. This position may work remotely in a home office setting.

To apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter and references to