Job Type

Full Time




1060 Howard Street
San Francisco
United States


About Swords to Plowshares

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities. Believing that war causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield, our mission is to heal the wounds of war and to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to end homelessness and poverty among those we serve. To learn more about Swords to Plowshares, please visit our website at


As a member of the Resource Development & Communications team, the Development Specialist will coordinate fundraising and cultivation events, and manage a strategic corporate engagement program primarily focused on volunteer projects and corporate sponsorship opportunities. 


  • Work with RDC Director to plan and manages logistics for fundraising events, including but not limited to: The annual Veterans Day Dinner, Legal Reception, Summer Concert, SF Pride and other cultivation events
  • Establish and monitor a yearly events budget
  • Serve as liaison for vendors servicing events and responsible for venue coordination, catering and securing in-kind donations as needed
  • Serve as primary contact for the Veterans Day Dinner Auction, including solicitation, donor communication and auction reconciliation and follow-up
  • Work with RDC director to solicit and engage with event sponsors, with a focus on new event sponsors
  • Maintain and order supplies for cultivation events
  • Manage a corporate volunteer program, serving as liaison with corporate partners and internal staff to foster volunteer engagement opportunities
  • Work with the RDC Director to strategically develop corporate partnerships and prospects through volunteer opportunities and conduct ongoing research on prospective corporate partners
  • Use Salesforce and other tools to track engagement, activities and opportunities with external partners
  • Spearhead conversations with program staff to develop an annual wish list and calendar of volunteer opportunities
  • Recruit volunteers from corporate and community partners to serve on-site or at cultivation events; train and manage volunteers (and internal staff as needed)
  • Work with Communications Manager to habitually promote volunteer opportunities and highlight corporate partnerships
  • Work with Communications Manager to develop and execute a volunteer appreciation campaign, with content aimed at transition from action to philanthropy
  • Other tasks and special projects as assigned by Director of RDC
  • Work with Development team to discover event sponsorship and corporate volunteer funding opportunities and complete applications as needed
  • Establish systems to track volunteer hours for matching grants and work with Individual Giving Associate to implement techniques to increase Workplace Giving
  • Prepare donor lists and reports as needed



  • Undergraduate degree


  • Two (2) to three (3) years of experience working in a non-profit setting in a communications, outreach or development role or relevant experience


  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing) with internal and external stakeholders
  • Meticulous attention to detail; takes pride in quality of work
  • Outstanding organizational skills and demonstrated ability to meet project deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population, including embracing the agency’s Cultural Humility Initiative
  • Ability to fulfill essential responsibilities within what would be considered reasonable accommodations


  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Products
  • Proficiency with online research
  • Proficiency with Salesforce or other donor database


Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits:

  • Excellent medical and dental packages
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution
  • 17 vacation days in the first year
  • 12 holidays every year
  • Wellness program

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

(No calls please)

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in Swords to Plowshares, where/how you found out about this career opportunity, and your salary requirement. Email the cover letter along with your resume to

Please include the exact title for this position in the subject line of your email: Development Specialist

Swords to Plowshares is an inclusive employer and we are proud of the rich diversity among our staff. Please join us!