College Possible Leadership Team
  • 19-Aug-2022 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Development Manager- Washington
  • USA
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

Development Manager

College Possible, Seattle

About College Possible

As one of the largest and most successful college access and success programs in the country, since 2000 College Possible has helped more than 80,000 students from under-represented communities get into and through college through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Its pioneering model matches students with a near-peer coach and an evidence-based curriculum designed to help students overcome the most common barriers to getting into college and completing their degree - all at no cost to students or their families. Nationwide, College Possible students are three times more likely to earn a bachelor's degree within six years than their peers from similar backgrounds.

College Possible is a proud AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps is a federal agency that brings people together to tackle the country's most pressing challenges through national service. Our AmeriCorps members commit to a year of service as a College Possible coach in communities throughout the country. Many coaches represent the identities of the students they serve, and each brings a commitment to social justice and closing the college equity divide.

Our near-peer coaching model has earned national recognition: the inaugural Evergreen National Education Award recognized our leadership in increasing access to and success in college for students from low-income backgrounds. It also earns top-of-field results: a Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student's chance of enrolling in a four-year college, and our students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers. College Possible has an annual operating budget of $33 million, more than 200 full-time employees and more than 300 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2021-2022 school year, we reached an estimated 24,000 students nationwide. During the 2021-2022 school year, we reached an estimated 24,000 students nationwide.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

College Possible is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to create impact in partnership with the communities we serve. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants. For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves our students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education. To learn more, read our Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, College Possible operates: regional sites in Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA; College Forward in Austin, TX; and Catalyze partnerships in California, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. Learn more at

Equal Opportunity Employer

College Possible is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals and conduct all possible activities in fully accessible settings.

Your Role as Development Manager

We're seeking a creative, committed, and energetic Development Manager who will function as a key member of the Washington Office external relations team working closely with the Sr. Development Director and Executive Director to achieve annual revenue goals. Their primary focus will be on creating and executing the annual giving plan, with a special focus on new donor acquisition and donor retention. This position will play a crucial role in the implementation of the strategic fundraising plan for individual, corporations and foundations including prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. These responsibilities include managing and tracking donor solicitations, organizing fundraising and donor stewardship events, managing the donor stewardship program, participating in donor marketing and communications planning, and running direct mail campaigns. The Development Manager may supervise the external relations AmeriCorps VISTA member and serve as back up to the Sr. Development Director and coordinate development operations for the Washington office development program, including generation of reports, database management, conducting analysis of donor giving, and help with grant writing when there are multiple competing deadlines for corporate and foundation grants.

Relationship Management & Stewardship: Create and manage a portfolio of annual donors who give up to $2,000 annually with the goal of deepening engagement, renewing annual gifts, and increasing affinity and giving.

Direct Mail Campaigns: Lead on all direct mail fundraising campaigns targeting individuals. Develop the strategy, preparation, and execution of current and prospective donors as well as significant end-of-year campaign. Collaborate with the Communications staff to write appeal letters and donor communications. Create a more robust online giving campaign to coordinate with the direct mail to increase donor retention and acquisition.

Prospecting and Cultivation: Lead prospecting and donor research for individuals. Strategize and implement cultivation techniques to inspire prospective supporters to become donors. Place a strong focus on engaging individuals in meaningful ways that encourage increased giving.

Fundraising Events: Generate, manage and support community partner events and activities by working with the Sr. Development Director and Executive Director to leverage relationships with current individual donors including board members, to significantly increase the number of individuals supporting the organization. Build an annual calenda of events and lead all event preparation through post-event follow-up.

Strategic Planning & Analysis: Help build the annual strategic plan for fundraising and both lead and support strategy implementation. Provide analysis and reports to site on progress toward goals with use of fundraising management tools.

Development Operations: Supervise the ongoing donor stewardship program and the acknowledgement of donations from individuals, including monetary, services, and in-kind. Assist Development Director, as needed, with donor stewardship, policy development, database management and updating, internal reports, and filing as related to Washington Office development operations.

AmeriCorps Supervision: Potentially supervise an External Relations AmeriCorps VISTA member.

Other Duties as Apparent or Assigned: Work with the Sr. Development Director on various projects as assigned.

What You Bring


• Bachelor's degree required.

Related Work Experience:
• Minimum of 3 years fundraising experience.
• Experience in developing, implementing and managing a robust annual fund and/or fundraising campaigns through print, electronic and social media.
• Previous experience implementing and managing a high-touch donor stewardship program with a focus on Community Centric Fundraising.
• A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing multiple projects and deadlines concurrently.
• Experience in creating processes and tools for effective donor prospecting, research and solicitation that leads to new donor acquisition.
• Familiarity with engaging existing donors resulting in increased gifts and donors feeling connected to the organization.
• History of using data analysis and reporting to inform decisions as they relate to donor communications, improve annual fund and donor stewardship program.
• Relationship management experience, demonstrating the ability to work one-on-one with new and existing donors through site visits, donor stewardship calls and in person meetings.
• Prefer previous experience developing and organizing fundraising events and activities.
• Experience creating social media posts and developing newsletter content preferred.
• Institutional grant writing experience preferred.

Computer/Software Skills:
• Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and donor database software.
• Raiser's Edge or Salesforce experience preferred.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
• Highly organized and detail-oriented.
• High energy, enthusiastic, strong commitment to public service and social justice.
• Relationship builder with the flexibility and sensitivity to balance the perspectives of others.
• Strategic thinker and problem-solver, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial.
• Enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
• Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously

• Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, volunteers, donors, program participants and other supporters.
• Desire to work in a growing nonprofit organization, ability to adapt, creativity, and commitment to excellence highly valued.
• Attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through.

Physical Requirements:
• Ability to lift up to 15 pounds when needed.
• Office environment with limited travel.
• Ability to stand and/or sit for a minimum of 7 hours a day.
• Hybrid office environment (min 2 days in the office) with limited travel.

What We Offer
In addition to joining a committed, diverse, values-based organization, we offer:
• An opportunity for you to have a tremendous impact both internally and in the broader country.
• A competitive salary commensurate with experience at starting at $67,000 annual salary.
• Excellent benefits including complete health, dental, life, short-term and long-term insurance.
• 401(k) retirement plan.
• Encouraged sustainability through a generous paid time off program.
• Personalized professional development and growth opportunities.

To Join Our Growing College Possible Team
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