Job ID: 17936

Location: San Jose California

Development Manager


Are you passionate about helping foster children and families? Now is an excellent opportunity to join an ethnically and culturally diverse team of multidisciplinary professionals. Unity Care Group (UCG) has many rewarding positions serving underserved foster youth and families in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Placer Counties. 


UCG is a community-based, non-profit youth and family development agency. Founded to develop educational and social programs to enrich the lives of at-risk youth, our mission is to provide quality youth and family programs to create healthier communities through lifelong partnerships.


As the Development Manager, you will raise funds to support Unity Care’s mission and programs by planning, executing, and managing fundraising activities. You will play a vital role in the sustainability and growth of nonprofit organizations by securing the necessary resources to support the organization’s programs and initiatives, ultimately contributing to its mission and impact.


As with all UC staff, you will be responsible for adhering to the performance standards set forth in the UC Staff Employee and UC policies and procedures.


To be successful, you should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree,
  • 3 years experience in a development office environment, non-profit setting, volunteer program management, or an equivalent combination of experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that facilitate work with varied constituencies, including volunteers, program staff, clients, and donors, are required.
  • Ability to oversee all volunteer and community relations aspects for Unity Care. 
  • Experience in all aspects of philanthropic fund development.
  • Extensive experience and increasing responsibility in fundraising, with demonstrated success in prospecting, cultivating, asking, and closing corporate, foundation, workplace, individual, major gifts, and new business revenue
  • Strong demonstrated experience with PCs and Microsoft Office suite. 
  • Excellent organization and planning abilities, and to prioritize work and multi-task.
  • Works well under pressure in a demanding and fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent, well-rounded written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and maintain confidentiality.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills to deal with diverse volunteer experience using tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.
  • Strong organizational skills and relentless attention to detail.
  • Outstanding project management skills.
  • Working knowledge of Salesforce software systems preferred.


Your responsibilities as the Development Manager will include the following:

  • Work with the director to establish a diversified development program to maximize support to meet the operating budget, endowment, and capital needs.
  • Manage project workflow and oversee day-to-day milestones for fundraising projects.
  • Build and maintain relationships with donors, corporate partners, sponsors, and organization supporters. This involves coordinating all communications with donors, acknowledging their contributions, and keeping them updated on the organization’s activities and impact and other activities determined by management. 
  • Maintain the Boomerang donor database, including gift entry, ensuring that all donor information is accurate, acknowledging all gifts promptly with a letter, and reconciling with Finance each month. Generating reports and giving trends and other needs as determined by management.
  • Plan, organize, and execute fundraising campaigns and events, such as annual appeals, auctions, galas, crowdfunding efforts, etc. These campaigns may target individual donors, corporate partners, or grant-making foundations.
  • Collaborate with a contract grant writer to maintain the cadence of outbound grant applications. This may involve research, coordinating financial and other documents accompanying grant requests, and monitoring the grant calendar for reports and other deliverables.
  • Prepare monthly financial reports and fundraising progress updates for the organization’s leadership and board of directors. These reports provide insights into the effectiveness of fundraising strategies.
  • Coordinate with other staff to manage fundraising events, including logistics, volunteer recruitment, and promotion. Ensure that events run smoothly and meet their fundraising objectives and partnership goals.
  • Coordinate the production and distribution of materials and messages that promote fundraising efforts and engage the community. This will require exceptional writing skills, email marketing tools, and interfacing with vendors to design, print, and mail materials. 
  • Implement donor stewardship practices according to the annual Development Plan to ensure donors feel appreciated and engaged with the organization. This may involve sending thank-you notes, organizing donor recognition events, and providing updates on the impact of their contributions.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant fundraising regulations and ethical standards, such as tax and donor privacy laws.
  • Stay informed about fundraising trends, best practices, and potential funding sources to improve the organization’s fundraising efforts continuously.
  • Ensure that project plans and schedules are followed, keeping close tabs on deliverable progress, flagging blockers as needed, and keeping the “trains running on time.” 
  • Maintain project plans in the database and ensure all deliverables are assigned an owner and on track for timely completion. Connect with project team members when needed to keep plans moving along. Lead and calendar strategic plan team meetings. Prepare project overviews and provide quarterly updates to management on performance and progress.


Best-in-Class Benefits and Perks:

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by a competitive compensation of $ 84K-87K annually, depending on experience, and an extensive benefits package including:

  • Comprehensive health coverage: Medical, dental, and vision insurance provided
  • Robust retirement planning: 401(k) plan available with employer matching
  • Financial security: Life and disability insurance for added protection
  • Flexible financial options: Health savings and flexible spending accounts offered
  • Well-being and work-life balance: Paid time off and holidays and a flexible schedule


Plus, we work to maintain the best environment for our employees, where people can learn and grow with the company. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where everyone feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning, and culture.


Ready to transform lives and shape a brighter future for our youth! Apply today! 

If you are a dedicated and compassionate individual passionate about helping young people succeed, we want to hear from you!


Unity Care Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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