Development Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Very competitive salary commensurate with experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



2407 Dana Street
United States


1951 Coffee Company (1951) is a non-profit organization seeking to promote the wellbeing of the refugee community by providing job training and employment to refugees while educating the surrounding community about refugee life and issues. 1951 Coffee’s name derives from the 1951 Refugee Convention where the United Nations (UN) defined and set forth its first guidelines for the protection of refugees. 1951 Coffee Company was founded in 2015 in the spirit of these conventions to give refugees assistance in starting their new lives through opportunities in the rapidly expanding coffee industry. This is accomplished through a barista training program that provides immediately marketable job skills for 100 refugees a year (75 in Oakland and 25 in San Diego) and through employment for 20+ refugees annually at 1951’s two brick and mortar cafes (with 2 more to come online in 2019).

1951 Coffee is looking for an enigmatic, experienced fundraising professional to support the organization in a .60 - .80 FTE development position. The Development Manager will be responsible for executing a portion of 1951’s annual fundraising plan that includes fundraising events, stewardship of existing donors, and recruiting new financial supporters to help 1951 accomplish its mission. This position will be responsible for sustaining current donation levels and growing our contributed income through these activities. This person will oversee one AmeriCorps VISTA member and will report to the Director of Operations. The person in this position will communicate with management on financial, operational, and communication matters and be an integral part of our strategic team as we grow. The Development Manager serves as a resource throughout the entire organization to help create a culture of fundraising.



Event Management (65%):

This position will be the driving force behind growing our fundraising events in both number and income. Includes annual benefit plus smaller programmatic and fundraising events throughout the year. With the support of a dedicated, full-time AmeriCorps VISTA that solely supports fundraising efforts, responsibilities include:

-      Produce effective, engaging events that further the organization’s mission, expand outreach, and advance our fundraising goals. Provide high-level management of donor relations and event production.

-      Increase the level of attendance and donations at events from its current level.

-      Coordinate all event logistics including venue, catering, publicity, speakers, staffing, vendors, program content, day of event (set up / program flow / breakdown)

-      Maintain organization systems for event production including timeline and task tracker, donor follow up and acknowledgement, list management, and coordination of pre and post event tasks.

-      Inspire, motivate, and coordinate fundraising team (lay and professional – including event committees, staff, volunteer, and BoD). Facilitate dynamic, action-oriented planning meetings and tasks.

-      Solicit financial and in-kind contributions as needed

-      Ensure timely, effective and professional communication (verbal and written) with donors and potential supporters

-      With support of the marketing team, create invitations, publicity and other design deliverables and ensure timely, accurate, high quality production of event materials (print and web)

-      Ensure website content for fundraising events is up to date and accurate fundraising campaigns

-      Ensure fundraising metrics and donors data is completed in a timely and organized manner

-      Passionately transmit 1951’s mission, values and integrity to donors and constituents

Individual Donor Cultivation and Solicitation (20%)


-      Working with leadership and the Board of Directors, develop and execute strategies for cultivation and solicitation of current and potential individual donors

-      Oversee and drive communication with all of 1951’s constituents (current and potential dnoros) via monthly e-newsletter, social media posts, in-café marketing efforts, and mailings

-      Oversee creation of mailed/online campaigns at least twice annually; Annual campaign in Novembers and online campaign in June.

-      Work with marketing team to promote fundraising activities and facilitate communication with donors, including promoting special events, keeping website current, and coordinating messaging

Fundraising/Institutional Support (10%)


-      Assist the Operations Director in hosting site visits and maintain relationships with current and new institutional funders throughout the year as needed (<5 times/yr)

-      Oversee entire fundraising calendar so that all fundraising activities, including grant proposals and reports are submitted on time. (Grantwriter and AmeriCorps VISTA to complete actual writing activities)

-      Work with Program Manager to ensure program outcomes are being tracked in a timely manner

General & Admin (5%)

·     Supervise AmeriCorp member in maintaining Neon CRM database records of contributors 

·     Provide regular detailed reports on progress toward fundraising goals

·     Communicate regularly with Finance Maanger to reconcile fundraising income information

Mindset & Values

  • Values champion. Motivated by the overall vision and values of the organization, and a champion of diversity, inclusiveness, innovation, compassion, patience, joy, and fun. Committed to working as a team and living out these values.
  • Team builder. Focused on health and satisfaction of every 1951 staff member, with a commitment toward providing supportive, patient, and on-going support. Has an exceptional capacity to connect with people from a wide range of backgrounds, treating team and community members with respect, regardless of level, background, or role.
  • Effective strategist and problem solver. Able to think critically in order to make excellent decisions through a combination of data analysis, judgment, and experience. Exercises initiative and proactively anticipates potential challenges to identify sound and creative solutions, and especially when facing ambiguity


·      At least 5 years of development experience required

·      Demonstrable experience in staff management a plus

·      Understanding of donor databases; Experience with Neon CRM a plus

·      Out-of-this-world communication skills, including individual relationship development, meeting facilitation, public speaking, and representing the agency at any and all opportunities.

·      Ability to work independently and meet the positions goals with creativity, a positive attitude, energy, and autonomy.

·      Ability to problem-solve, take initiative and to drive process improvements for efficiency

·      Commitment and understanding the needs of people with refugee experiences, including those who come through the refugee program, have asylum status, and/or special immigrant visas Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds

·      Flexibility and willingness to fit in as needed since we are a small office.

·      Strong general computer and technical skills; ability to work across platforms and to learn new technology quickly


24-30 hours/week to be completed during regular business hours M-F. Nights and weekends as events are scheduled. Ideal start date of Monday, December 3rd. (Don’t stress about the holidays – 1951’s office is closed 12/24 - 1/1)



Position will accrue pro-rated PTO of 10 paid vacation days (outside of and in addition to 1951’s office closure from Dec 24 – Jan 1 each year), federal holidays, and 48 hours of sick leave. Free parking on-site with an office that is in close proximity to public transportation and bike lanes. Free coffee beverage per workday at the 1951 Coffee Shop and employee discount on food and retail items. Casual work environment with management that understands and supports a healthy work/life balance. Staff working 30 hours/week or more are eligible for comprehensive medical benefits, 401k plan, and visions, dental, and life insurance. Merit-based wage increases at 6 and 12 months within the candidates first year as goals are met. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Email concise cover letter and resume to Please include relevant experience that shows your experience with executing and growing fundraising activities. No calls or questions about the position.