Development Manager

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. We are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy and confident readers in school and in life. Our people are our heartbeat and our greatest resource; we are all passionately rallied around our mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join our stellar team leading the charge to deepen our impact and expand our service. Watch this video to learn more about Reading Partners.


The high level:

The Development Manager (DM) is part of a team of fundraisers and relationship builders working together to support Reading Partners’ strategic growth plan through fundraising. The Development Manager’s main roles are to support the achievement of the regional fundraising goal by managing a portfolio of relationships that s/he cultivates and stewards effectively, and to support internal development operations. Reporting directly to the Executive Director in Seattle, the Development Manager develops and implements the overarching regional development strategy in close partnership with the Executive Director, creatively drives fundraising in all funding stream(s), and supports all revenue activities. The Development Manager also manages development operations internally for events, donor written communication, and ensures excellent data management and operations. The Development Manager is a highly collaborative, goal-oriented, and driven relationship builder, who is excited by both higher-level strategy and on-the-ground operational work.

What you’ll do:

In close collaboration with the Executive Director, support all external revenue activities to meet or exceed annual fundraising goals for the entire region. In FY19, the private revenue goal is approximately $400,000 and growing each year.

  • Support a comprehensive strategy to engage and mobilize the Reading Partners Seattle community through regular events, friend-raisers, committees, and other activities.
  • Project manage all event logistics for fundraising events, especially annual spring fundraising event, our signature event, raising at least $80,000 and growing each year.
  • Draft all written communication for fundraising activities for the region including grants, proposals, and reports.

Drive regional development operations by:

  • Producing reports and data to drive streamlined communication internally and with board
  • Maintaining the Salesforce donor database to record and track deadlines, meeting notes, and funder information.
  • Assisting with invoicing, expense reporting, gift processing and petty cash reconciliation
  • Conducting prospect research to identify and recommend foundation, corporate, and major gift prospects.
  • Supporting all shared development team responsibilities including board and committee meetings, annual mailings, site visits, etc.

Support regional communications by developing comprehensive communications strategy to engage external stakeholders including social media plan, newsletters, blog posts, drafting meeting briefs, letters, follow-up correspondence, updates, and acknowledgements.

Other duties as needed.

How you’ll do it:

Strategic Thinking

  • Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with Executive Director to develop strategic fundraising plans, create action steps, and mobilize many stakeholders to achieve fundraising goals. In close collaboration, support the Executive Director to build sustainable plans to maximize market opportunities, meet goals, and significantly grow funding. Execute work in a highly organized, analytical, and data-informed manner.

Operations Management

  • Demonstrate a proficient ability to conduct research, to prospect, and to drive ongoing development efforts in rapidly growing organizations particularly in Seattle.
  • Demonstrate a strong detail orientation, accuracy, and ability to develop compelling reports and communications to be used internally and externally. Execute all work in a highly organized, analytical, and data driven manner.

New Revenue Generation

  • Demonstrate a proficient ability to conduct research, to prospect, and to drive ongoing external development efforts in rapidly growing organizations particularly in Seattle. Demonstrate excitement to steward and leverage relationships that result in meeting or exceeding target fundraising goals. Boast an entrepreneurial spirit and actively seek to deepen current donor relationships and forge new ones.


  • Effectively write high-quality donor communications that demonstrate deep knowledge of our program and promote our mission. Demonstrate the ability to write customized and compelling grant reports, proposals and letters of intent. Through exceptional writing, serve as an ambassador of Reading Partners.
  • Externally, serve as an ambassador of Reading Partners. Quickly establish credibility when promoting Reading Partners to external audiences. Demonstrate a high degree of comfort and poise with donors, corporations, and prospects.

Relationship Development:

  • Externally, demonstrate experience in external relations and relationships development. Regularly deliver convincing messaging and tailored experiences. Demonstrate a genuine joy in connecting with donors, and all external stakeholders.
  • Internally, establish highly collaborative relationships with all team members. Demonstrate a hunger to learn, grow, support, and add great value. Regularly seek to understand all aspects of our model to convey externally.

About you!

You’ll be successful in this role if you:

  • You have 3+ years of increasing responsibility in a development or related role
  • Are an exceptional and persuasive communicator in writing and verbally
  • Are achievement-oriented and have a demonstrated track record of achieving aggressive fundraising goals
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience
  • Can prove eligibility to work in the U.S. legally
  • Boast a deep belief in our mission
  • Root your work in our core values

Bonus Points if you:

  • Are an AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or other national service alum/alumna
  • Have a high degree of comfort with Salesforce or other fundraising database
  • Have experience working in launch or growth phases of organizations
  • Have experience working in education or literacy

What we offer:

Reading Partners offers the full package – great benefits, a great place to work and the opportunity to have a glowing and growing career.

  • We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position. 
  • We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, flex spending accounts, generous paid time off, commuter benefits, 403(b) option, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • We offer an exciting and dynamic culture, and we commit to investing in and supporting our amazing people to grow their careers with us.

The other things you need to know:

  • Travel: This position travels regularly throughout Seattle. This position may also involve occasional travel to Reading Partners’ National Headquarters in Oakland, CA.
  • Typical Physical & Mental Demands: Requires prolonged sitting with some bending, stooping and stretching, and eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, calculator and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with volunteers and staff. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

What’s Next?

If you’re interested in joining our Reading Partners team, please submit the following application materials to our online job posting:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in Reading Partners and how your past experience has prepared you for this role. Please include your salary needs.
  • Resume

At Reading Partners we respect and honor the diversity in our workforce, and we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.