Development Manager, Bay Area

Job Type

Full Time




1111 Broadway
United States


About iMentor

iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. Students work with their mentors one-on-one, in-person and online, to develop strong personal relationships, nurture a college aspiration, navigate the college application process, and build critical skills that lead to college success. In New York City, Chicago, and the Bay Area, iMentor partners with public schools to ensure every student in the schools receives a mentor. iMentor also provides its curriculum, technology, and best practices to help nonprofits run effective programs in the iMentor model.

This year, iMentor is serving over 800 mentor-mentee pairs in the Bay Area and 7,100 more nationwide. In 2016, the San Francisco Bay Area became iMentor’s first region on the West Coast. We are currently serving schools in Oakland and San Jose with a goal to expand in the upcoming years.

iMentor has been recognized through funding from many of the leading education funders in the country, including the Ballmer Group, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, the Bezos Family Foundation, New Profit Inc., and the Kresge Foundation. As a team, we are collaborative, fun, bring passion and joy to our work, and deeply believe in human potential. iMentor was recently named one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For by Opportunity Knocks and The Nonprofit Times. Read more about our work and values at:


Position Overview

iMentor Bay Area is seeking its inaugural Development Manager (DM) to join our Development team! Reporting directly to the Director of Development, the DM will join iMentor Bay Area’s growing development function to serve as our resident grant manager to lead the identification, prospecting, proposal drafting, and ongoing renewal processes each year. This person will help secure funding across all revenue sources by managing the annual development and grant calendar and prepare internal memos and resources for our Director of Development and Executive Director. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in helping drive system-wide improvements in education and to broaden their philanthropic connections in the Bay Area. This role will be critical to iMentor's ability to raise essential support that will sustain the organization and expand its impact over the long-term. The ideal candidate is a strong researcher, writer and story teller who is excited to tell the stories of our pairs and help expand the impact of iMentor Bay Area. This person will bring at least three years of working experience, keen written and verbal communication, project management and database savviness to our team.



Grants Management

  • Prospect, identity and propose potential grant opportunities to the Director of Development and Executive Director
  • Write exceptional grant proposals and reports for institutional funders, letters of inquiry, internal briefing documents and memos, and other communications and materials, as needed, effectively and succinctly capturing iMentor’s work and impact
  • Research new prospects to strengthen iMentor Bay Area’s pipeline across revenue streams: foundations, corporations and individual funders
  • Work closely with national development managers to leverage grant templates, report on and renew existing grants and prepare for five-figure grant proposals
  • Manage internal grants calendar and schedule to ensure proposals and renewals are submitted on time
  • Build relationships with key departments within iMentor – e.g., program, finance, and research and evaluation – to aggregate data and information that will help inform and tailor grant requests to strongly align with the grant-making priorities of each foundation

Project & Systems Management

  • Provide administrative, systems and project support to plan, coordinator and execute events to convene funders
  • Update and maintain iMentor’s Salesforce database of foundation funders and prospects
  • Write and develop content for donor communication, print collateral and social media post in collaboration with national communications

Donor Communication & Stewardship

  • In partnership with the Director of Development, devise a stewardship and communications plan that engages supporters with the stories of mentor-mentee pairs, iMentor national impact, and the broader organizational development of iMentor
  • Collaborate with special event committee(s) to support event coordination and execution
  • Create mailing list(s), draft End of Year (EOY) appeal letters and work with mail house venders to execute EOY Giving plan
  • Support organization-wide and development team initiatives and events. Includes some weeknight evenings.
  • Some travel required: 15-20% within Bay Area; transportation not provided



  • At least three (3) years of working experience in a relevant field, including journalism, marketing, member/constituent services and the non-profit sector
  • Strong writing skills with ability to demonstrate persuasive writing and articulate clear and concise thoughts
  • Sharp analytical skills to figure out the inputs that lead to desired outputs, figure out what’s missing, what’s superfluous, and how to do it better with a strong focus on systems and process
  • Strong contributor in team environments to help strengthen internal communications, collaborations
  • Understanding of Bay Area fundraising landscape and how to articulate iMentor’s role in the nonprofit sector
  • Proven track record of relationship development with ability to balance mutually beneficial relationships and work collaboratively toward outcomes
  • Exceptional project management skills and ability to balance multiple, complex projects in a highly deadline-driven environment
  • Resiliency and realistic optimism when articulating challenges in their work and ability to use a solutions-based, collaborative approach to drive change
  • Tech savvy curiosity to learn all aspects of a system, serve as a superuser and help other’s navigate their inner workings
  • Seeks constructive feedback and leverages input to move work forward
  • Quick learner who demonstrates an eagerness to continually strengthen their understanding of iMentor’s work, impact, successes, and challenges
  • Flexible and adaptive to effectively manage changing priorities and new opportunities
  • Aligned in thought and action with iMentor's values (
  • Views differences between individuals (race, gender, age, cultural heritage, physical ability, education and lifestyle) as an asset and demonstrates an appreciation of the diversity within iMentor
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory fingerprinting and criminal background check


Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Up to 100% employer funded comprehensive medical and dental coverage
  • 18 days paid annual vacation and 13 paid holidays + most iMentor functions closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • 401K match up to 4%
  • Significant opportunities for professional development and growth


How to Apply

Visit to submit a resume and detailed cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so it is in candidates’ best interest to apply as soon as possible. No phone, email, mail, or fax inquiries will receive a response.

iMentor is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Up to 100% employer funded comprehensive medical and dental coverage
  • 18 days paid annual vacation and 13 paid holidays + most iMentor functions closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • 401K match up to 4%
  • Significant opportunities for professional development and growth

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement