Reading Partners,

Development Manager

15 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. We are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy and confident readers in school and in life. Our people are our heartbeat and our greatest resource; we are all passionately rallied around our mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join our stellar team leading the charge to deepen our impact and expand our service. Watch this video to learn more about Reading Partners.

About this job

The Development Manager (DM) is part of a team of fundraisers and relationship builders working together to support Reading Partners’ strategic growth plan through fundraising. The Development Manager’s main roles are to support the achievement of the regional fundraising goal in close partnership with the local development team by managing a portfolio of relationships that s/he cultivates and stewards effectively, and to support internal development operations. Reporting directly to the Executive Director in Los Angeles, the Development Manager develops and implements the overarching regional development strategy in close partnership with the Executive Director, creatively drives fundraising in a particular/all funding stream(s), and supports all revenue activities. The Development Manager also drives development operations internally for events, donor written communications, and manages a development associate to ensure excellent data management and operations. The Development Manager is a highly collaborative, goal-oriented, and driven relationship builder, who is excited by both higher-level strategy and on-the-ground operational work.

Roles & responsibilities

  • Oversee institutional grants management, writing, and reporting to help achieve a $2.06MM fundraising goal by June 30.
  • Represent Reading Partners in community events, networking functions, partnership events, public speaking opportunities, etc.
  • Maintain donor relationships and build new ones
  • Steward prospective and current corporate donors by maintaining relationships and engaging/hosting them in school and programmatic activities.
  • Help our donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with our organization
  • Identify strategies to generate prospects to support growth goals through 2024
  • By leading a small team, drive regional development operations by
  • Leading and managing board fundraising committee
  • Project manage all event logistics
  • Oversee development systems and track progress against goals in Salesforce
  • Produce reports and data to drive streamlined communication internally and with the board
  • In close collaboration with the development team/Executive Director, support all external revenue activities to meet or exceed annual fundraising goals for the entire region.
  • Participate in external meetings, engage with board members and donors
  • Draft and coordinate communication with institutional funders
  • Support development work with the regional board of directors


You’ll be successful in this role if you:

  • You have 3+ years of increasing responsibility in a development or related role
  • You have successfully lead a team for at least 1 year
  • Are an exceptional and persuasive communicator in writing and verbally
  • Are achievement-oriented and have a demonstrated track record of achieving aggressive fundraising goals
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience
  • Can prove eligibility to work in the U.S. legally
  • Boast a deep belief in our mission
  • Root your work in our core values
  • COVID-19 vaccination is required unless a medical or religious accommodation is requested and approved. Please review our Vaccination Policy.

Bonus Points if you:

  • Are an AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or other national service alum/alumna
  • Have a high degree of comfort with Salesforce or other fundraising database
  • Have experience working in launch or growth phases of organizations
  • Experience work in education or literacy

To apply

If you’re interested in joining our Reading Partners team, please submit the following application materials to our online job posting:

A cover letter describing your interest in Reading Partners and how your past experience has prepared you for this role. Please include your salary needs.


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