Managing Director

Job Type

Part Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $75,000




1360 43rd Avenue
San Francisco

United States


The Children’s Book Project seeks a part-time Managing Director to provide day-to-day oversight and direction for the organization’s fund development, systems, and operations.

Since 1992, the Children’s Book Project has been dedicated to its mission to support childhood literacy by collecting and redistributing new and gently used books to children in need throughout the Bay Area and beyond. We are a lean organization with three part-time staff, a volunteer board, and a number of regular volunteers who keep our operations running smoothly. This year, as we prepare to relocate our book site in June 2019, we are at a key transitional point that requires the support of a managing director to provide oversight and direction for all the moving parts, especially our development efforts.

The Managing Director position is a part-time, salaried position of approximately 30 hours a week, and reports to CBP’s Board President.


Development (50%)

  • Manage active grants and funder relationships, including reporting, deadlines, and budget allocations; and alert board president at key points that require strategic decision-making and/or course changes.
  • Identify new prospective funders and determine fit and viability based on grant requirements and grant amounts.
  • Write persuasive grant proposals and letters of intent.
  • Coordinate two annual fundraising campaigns (via direct mail and email) to activate and sustain our existing individual donor base.
  • Track and manage online donations, including monthly monitoring of online donation portals, maintaining cash donor logs in the shared drive, and maintaining a database to track donors and donation amount.
  • Send prompt acknowledgement receipts to individual donors.

Systems/Operations (40%)

Serve as the point person for the search for new office space, in close collaboration with CBP’s Board President. This includes maintaining relationships with some of our key contacts at SFUSD (our current landlord) and the City of San Francisco.

  • Collaborate with staff to identify areas where there is duplication of efforts and opportunities to streamline, such as grant tracking systems, book collection/distribution tracking, donor tracking, etc.
  • Conceptualize and develop systems for more streamlined systems and tracking.

Administration (10%)

  • Provide direction for Site Manager and Read Aloud Manager, as needed.
  • Coordinate monthly staff meetings with the Site Manager, Read Aloud Program Manager, and Board President.
  • Conduct biweekly 1:1 check-ins with the Board President to identify challenges and opportunities, and provide recommendations for moving forward.


  • Willingness and availability to work from our office in the Outer Sunset.
  • At least 3 years of experience in a director-level position at a nonprofit organization.
  • At least 2 years of experience in development, including both institutional and individual fundraising.
  • Experience with communications and publicity.
  • A working understanding of small nonprofit culture, and a willingness to toggle between big picture strategy and smaller-scale tasks.
  • Experience working in education, early childhood, literacy or social services is highly desired.
  • Previous experience managing an office relocation is a plus.
  • A working knowledge of the Bay Area’s education and literacy funders is desired, but not required.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and a sense of collaboration at all times.
  • Willingness and availability to travel around the city to explore prospective office space and meet with key partners.
  • Experience with the typical technical resources to manage a non-profit organization, e.g., donor, client, and grant database management, statistical analysis, Excel, document and data collection management, social media management (e.g., Facebook, Twitter), website management.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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