Development Manager

Job Type

Full Time




711 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
United States



Founded in 1889, Felton Institute is the oldest nonsectarian, nonprofit charitable social-services provider in the City and County of San Francisco. Our mission is to respond to human needs with cutting-edge social services and treatments that combine the best social science research with cultural sensitivity, a deep respect for the consumer, and a commitment to social justice.


As part of Felton’s Administration Division, the small, but highly flexible Fund Development Department is responsible for stewarding the creation and implementation of the agency’s long-term development plan. The agency currently operates with an annual budget of $24 million, with a goal to increase that figure over the coming years. At this time Felton is predominantly funded through public contracts in behavioral health and other social services.


The Department supports the securing of public and private funding, the fund raising and relationship-building efforts of Felton’s Board of Directors, and the development of partnerships and collaborations that support the short and long-term strategic goals of the agency. These functions help ensure that Felton has the resources it needs to continue advancing its mission through the agency’s 50 programs across several divisions. Felton’s divisions include: Adult, Children, Youth, Family and Transitional Age Youth (CYFT), Early Psychosis, Senior, and Training and Research.


The Development Manager will be comfortable working with a wide range of program content in order to support programs that service children, TAY, families and individuals across the life-span, including in the realms of behavioral health, justice and street behavior, and senior services.



The Development Manager is responsible for the day-to-day organization, management, and functioning of Felton’s Fund Development team. Services of the department include: overseeing and supporting the response process for public and private program-specific funding; collaborating with Felton program leadership to make strategic decisions to pursue funding and develop program designs; and working with Felton’s Board of Directors to support and encourage Director fund development and relationship-building efforts on behalf of Felton.



The Development Manager will supervise a team of grant writers to achieve the goals and objectives of the department, growing the team as needed to address the agency’s fund development needs. The Development Manager will work with Felton’s Executive Leadership Team to develop and support the agency’s growth and strategic directions. The Manager will play an essential role in expanding Felton’s relationships within institutional funders, including with corporate, public and private charitable organizations, as well as individuals.


Day-to-day management of the fund development team will include supporting the selection of notices of funding to which Felton will respond, ensuring the implementation of the policies and procedures required to keep the department running smoothly, developing the skills of team members, and working with Division Directors and other staff to complete proposal packages. The Development Manager will serve as the staff member participant for the Board of Directors Development Committee, and work closely with the Chair of that committee. In addition, the Manager will collaborate with the Director of Communications to develop activities, materials, and events, as per the Fund Development plan.



·        A minimum of 5 years of experience in fund development, or related field; minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience

·        Grant writing experience required – focused on securing public contracts (City/County, State, Federal) in behavioral health and other social services

·        Desire to manage and support a grants writing/management team working in a fast-paced, mission-driven organization

·        Experience guiding or determining program or agency strategic priorities, and implementing plans to achieve those priorities

·        Experience supporting members of a Board of Directors and/or board committees highly preferred

·        Demonstrable knowledge of grant writing requirements and fund-raising strategies required

·        Demonstrates ability to meet challenges with creativity, and resourcefully obtain and create content

·        Excellent written communication skills demonstrating a command of technical and storytelling language; includes the ability to write persuasively, clearly and concisely and to blend information from multiple sources into a single, effective document

·        Excels at articulating programmatic and agency goals, outcomes, objectives, and evaluation strategies for funders

·        Demonstrated attention to detail and time-management skills, ability to interpret and analyze statistical data and other data found in reports relevant to programs or projects

·        Self-directed and highly organized; can work effectively with minimal supervision

·        Strong proficiency in MS Office, Excel; comfort with database programs



Felton Division: Administration

Position: Full-time, Health Benefits, Vacation/Personal/Sick time

Reports to: Director of Business Development



All responses must include: 1) Cover letter summarizing your relevant achievements and interest in the position; 2) Resume or C.V. that highlights your experience and work history; 3) At least one writing sample of two or more pages that contains your grant writing (or other relevant writing). Responses that do not meet these requirements will not be reviewed. Thank you in advance for your consideration of joining the Felton team!




Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance (PPO or HMO options)

403(b) retirement plan

Employer paid life insurance

Employee Assistance Program

Flexible Spending Account (both medical and dependent care)

11 Paid holidays

21 days of Paid Time Off

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement