Development Manager

Job Type

Full Time






San Francisco
United States


Iridescent is a global engineering and technology education nonprofit that supports low-income communities across the United States and worldwide (especially girls and mothers) to solve problems in their community using engineering and technology tools. It has been running for the past 13 years and has engaged more than 100,000 underserved children and parents across 115+ countries.

Iridescent is seeking a self-motivated individual with community & volunteer management experience to assist with connecting with, engaging and recruiting volunteers for Iridescent programs. A large part of our fundraising success has been through corporate employee engagement in our programs where volunteers have a meaningful volunteer experience but also gain important skills that benefit them professionally. We want to grow these engagement opportunities.

●    Are you passionate about creating opportunities for youth in science, engineering, technology and entrepreneurship?

●    Do you want to make a difference in the lives of youth, the mentors that help them and the impact they are making in their societies?

●    Do you love building motivated, purpose-driven communities?

Then we want to hear from you!

Development Manager Job Description

Prospect Identification

●    Research prospective foundations, corporations and government initiatives that align with Iridescent’s programs

●    Outreach to target prospects, crafting creative pieces including emails, concept notes and other forms of communication to convey alignment and result in pitch meetings

Grant Writing and Reports

●    The Development Manager will write grants and be responsible for writing creative pieces, putting together pitch decks and reports.

●    Impact Dissemination: This includes data collection from engagement endeavors, report compilation, and dissemination to prospective partners, highlighting our work and impact together. This is a crucial step, ensuring consistent communication throughout the relationship building process.

Development Projects

●    Support for development department events and projects such as AI Education Panels, Blogs profiling funding partnerships and success stories, thought leadership events

Required Qualifications and Abilities:

Key characteristics of a team member who thrives at Iridescent are:

●    Organized, detail oriented, and dependable, with a customer service orientation

●    Analytical; comfort with managing data

●    Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously

●    Ability to work with diverse people, organizations, communities, and cultures

●    Strong communication and writing skills

●    Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with a small and virtual team

●    Willingness to learn and adapt

●    Innovative thinker and self-motivated team player

●    Passion for improving educational experiences and outcomes for youth around the world

Minimum Requirements

●    Bachelor’s Degree

●    4 years grant writing experience

●    Demonstrated ability to secure $100,000+ grants

●    Preferably based in San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York

●    Experience with Individual Donors, Marketing (blogs, impact reports) a plus

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send an email to: that includes:

●    A cover letter expressing your interest, your relevant qualifications and experience

●    Your resume

●    A link to your LinkedIn profile (if you have one)

●    Screening Task

○    Identify a potential funder for the AI Family Challenge and write a proposal (~1 page). Defend your selection of the potential funder in a separate document. Couple of other points to note:

●    For the proposal, this funder is initially not interested in AI, and you need to convince them through your case statement to fund the program.

●    Examples of negative perceptions prior to AI programming and education:

○    “I feel like AI may not be able to understand young kids, and reading their emotions. It will be biased towards relating to adults."

○    “AI is too dangerous to be used around children - you don’t know what could happen.”