Fund Development Manager

  • Full Time
  • Oakland, CA
  • $79,500 to $85,800 USD / Year
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Website Common Future


Founded in 2001, Common Future works to close the racial wealth gap. We are building a future where all people—no matter their race and class—have power, choice, and ownership over the economy. Our current economic system does not work for everyone. Generations of Black and Indigenous communities and other communities of color have been and are currently intentionally locked out of wealth and power. Centuries of policies that systematically favor a select few cause persistent economic inequities that hold us all back.

With a multiracial, women-led co-CEO team we are reimagining leadership, prioritizing sustainability, shared leadership and clarified decision making, and reflecting the communities we serve. We are audacious, expansive, and unapologetic thinkers and doers who bring lived experience to the problems we tackle. Our diverse team of strategists, community organizers, financial activists, and policy enthusiasts provides capital, operational support, and strategic partnership to budding solutions addressing racial and economic injustice.

Our culture values include centering equity, being the communities we serve, embracing experimentation, reimagining what’s broken, collectively solving problems, and modeling a new way of working. We strive to be an innovator that prioritizes the well-being of our employees. Read more about us on our Medium page.

Job Posted on June 5, 2024


The Fund Development Manager supports and influences strategy development for the Revenue Team, strengthens funder engagement initiatives, and contributes to growing a diverse waterway of funders. A core function of their role is planning and leading grant proposals and reports from start to finish with guidance from the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships. They are also pivotal in funder prospecting, specifically in building new funder engagement strategies that increase unrestricted, flexible funding.


Position Responsibilities

  • Funding and Grant Development (50%)
  • Develop compelling and persuasive proposals and pitches that align with current organizational needs in partnership with the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships
  • Create external materials that support fundraising efforts, including 2-pagers, quarterly impact summaries, case stories, and profiles for funders
  • Collaborate cross-departmentally to integrate quantitative and qualitative impact data into proposals and reports that shows our unique value proposition to funders
  • Participate in funder meetings, as needed; take notes and be able to distill information that helps inform next steps and further engagement
  • Develop reports for current funders, as requested
  • Provide guidance to Revenue Associate in maintaining Revenue systems and the funder waterway, including grant files, proposal submission and reporting deadlines


Funder Waterway Management (20%)

  • Manage the funder waterway in Salesforce of mid-range (likely 6 figure) institutional funders with support from the Revenue Associate
  • Research and identify new potential revenue sources, including but not limited to new philanthropic organizations, national donor circles, and Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs); evaluate opportunities with the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships to ensure alignment with the organization’s future directions and program initiatives
  • Develop cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for current and prospective funders; help develop new and creative ideas for funder engagement
  • Participate in the Revenue Team’s funder waterway review process, and support the Revenue Associate in maintaining an organized funder cultivation and stewardship system in the waterway (Salesforce) database
  • In partnership with the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, explore emerging strategies–such as corporate match programs, legacy gifts, and other planned giving strategies–for building the waterway that supports flexible unrestricted funding


Supervision (20%) 

  • Supervise Revenue Associate, who is responsible for administration of the Revenue project management systems and operations


Revenue Strategy (10%)

  • Review progress toward annual Rev OKRs with Director of Philanthropic Partnerships on a quarterly basis
  • Support the development and implementation of Revenue Team policies and procedures
  • Keep abreast of funding and other nonprofit trends through publications, professional networks, and educational events; distill and share relevant information with Rev, the co-CEOs, and cross-teams, as appropriate
  • Maintain a deep understanding of the organization’s initiatives and activities


Desired Qualifications

  • Specific to this Role
  • 3-5 years of grant writing and/or fundraising experience
  • Interest in alternative and/or emerging economic solutions and structures that uplift Black and Indigenous communities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills: can analyze data and articulate information for multiple funder audiences; present complex ideas and initiatives in a pragmatic, compelling manner
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and aptitude for learning autonomously; has the enthusiasm and energy to implement new strategies and meet ambitious goals
  • Strong interpersonal skills: attentive listening and observation, transparency, emotional intelligence, collaboration, and clear communication
  • Strategic, forward-thinking self-starter with the ability to productively provide and receive feedback
  • Attention to detail and excellent problem-solving, project management, analytical and creative-thinking skills


Competencies for all Common Future team members

  • Understands the Work and Organization
  • Project Management/Planning
  • Relationship Building
  • Strong Communication
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Practices Emotional Intelligence



  • This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary range is $79,500 to $85,800 USD and commensurate with competence and experience.


Our Commitment

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Common Future does not discriminate against applicants or employees due to their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, physical ability, hairstyle, previous incarceration, or length of time spent unemployed. As an organization, we are committed to reflecting the diverse communities we serve.

Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary folks, and BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s okay. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.



Common Future offers a work environment that is committed to the wellbeing and support of our employees. We embrace a human-centered approach to our practices and policies. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes:

•Ongoing 4 day work week, Monday – Thursday, 32-hour workweek, 80% time at 100% pay
•Remote and flexible work options
•20 days of PTO
•18 paid holidays*, including a week off in the Spring and Winter
•Fully paid medical, dental, vision for employees. Dependents covered at 75%
•Access to a flexible spending account (FSA) for medical and dependent expenses
•Paid long-term disability and life insurance
•16-week paid parental leave
•$500 annual professional development stipend
•$500 monthly caregiver stipend in 2024
•Immediately vested 4% 403b retirement plan contribution after 90 days
•$800 one-time home office set up stipend for new employees
•$150 per month coworking, home office, and cell phone stipend
•Annual in-person retreat, and more!



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