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Development Manager

Skoll World Forum

Skoll World Forum

Sales & Business Development
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2023

Fall 2023
Priority deadline for applications is October 13, 2023. Anything received after that date will be kept on file and considered if the position is not filled.
Vice President of Development
The Partnership team works in a hybrid capacity. This position will be based in Los Angeles, and will be a combination of working remotely, in our Downtown LA office, and at Partnership schools.

Launched in 2007, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ mission is to transform schools to revolutionize school systems, empowering all students with a high-quality education. The Partnership is a non-profit, in-district partner to LA Unified, not a charter network. As an independent nonprofit organization, the Partnership serves 13,550 students across 20 LA Unified schools in Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles, and Watts. The Partnership works within the LA Unified School District context, which includes honoring all collective bargaining agreements for its teachers and school staff. To learn more about the Partnership, our mission, and how we approach our goals, please visit our website.

The Partnership is seeking a self-motivated and results-driven Development Manager to provide strategic support in its private and public fundraising efforts. The Development Manager will serve as a key member of the organization’s Development Team, and will oversee grant management, facilitate grantmaking and reports, manage logistics for events and meetings related to fundraising and stewardship, and oversee the administration of incoming gifts. The Development Manager will act as a liaison between the Development, Finance, and Program Teams, creating consistent lines of communication to ensure the Partnership delivers on the goals, objectives, and activities outlined in grant proposals, while also sharing the Partnership’s impact with funders by submitting reports in a timely manner. In addition, the Development Manager assists with general fundraising activities, including prospective and current donor research, preparation of briefs for donor meetings, donation and acknowledgment processing, communications, and event support. The Development Manager reports directly to the Vice President of Development. This is a full-time, year-round position.


The Partnership is committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in classrooms and in our home office. The Development Manager will be someone who is committed to implementing these values in creative ways when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.

Grant Management (60%)

Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward strategic and mission-aligned grant opportunities
Manage the grant writing and submission process, including writing grant proposals, developing grant budgets, and compiling supplemental materials such as organizational and school-site data and financial information
Oversee grant agreements, reporting, and documentation, ensuring compliance with individual grant requirements
Implement and monitor grant management tracking and calendar systems to ensure timely and accurate submissions to funders
Oversee the facilitation of grants across teams and functions through meeting facilitation, project management, and cross-team communication
Maintain an organized electronic filing system for all aspects of the grants cycle, including  grant application materials, agreements and disbursements, correspondence with funders, and program materials related to grants
Collaborate with the Finance Team to oversee tracking of grant funding and allocation to award budgets

Development Admin (30%)

Support donor prospecting through research on mission-aligned foundations, corporations, and individuals with giving potential
Oversee Development Team data management, including grant awards, proposals, and contact information of funders, donors, and prospective donors
Generate donor acknowledgement letters and other correspondence, as needed
Maintain internal financial records related to funding and collaborate with the Finance Team on financial reconciliation and the annual audit
Prepare presentations and other materials for fundraising meetings
Prepare and submit grant agreements in a timely and accurate manner
Keep informed of best practices in philanthropy and fundraising, and implement improvements to the Partnership’s grants management process, systems, and overall fundraising strategies
Assist with Development and fundraising related website and newsletter updates
Provide additional support to the Development Team, as needed or assigned

Events & Engagement (10%)

Support project management and day-of logistics for fundraising events, corporate events, and donor meetings, including school visits and days of service
Represent the Partnership with foundations, corporations, and other nonprofits, as needed
Assist in planning and communications with fundraising campaigns

At least 3-5 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and development
Demonstrated experience in grant writing, solicitation, management, and reporting
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex ideas simply and succinctly
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Working understanding of K-12 public education sector is preferred
Experience and comfort with project management
Proficiency in database management is a plus (Partnership uses Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge)
Highly organized with excellent attention to detail
Adaptable with shifting priorities and competing demands
Experience with data collection and integration into the grant cycle
Ability to work collaboratively across differences in work styles and skill sets
Strong computer and technology skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
The ability to travel between school sites and Partnership home office
A deep belief in the power of our communities, as well as the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values
A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment for all team members

All Partnership team members are expected to learn, grow, and model the following organizational competencies:

Anti-racism: Acknowledges and actively seeks to disrupt the systemic racism that exists within educational systems and society which oppress the students and communities we serve
Root Cause Analysis: Proactively makes time to examine the underlying causes of challenges, and identifies and addresses their root causes
Long-Term Thinking: Focuses on long-term strategies and goals as the key to realizing the Partnership’s mission of empowering all students with a high-quality education
Teaming & Collaboration: Builds and contributes to a strong team culture that promotes a sense of belonging for all team members
Psychological Safety: Feels freedom to express oneself openly and honestly, and to be one’s authentic self
Learning & Growth: Continually seeks to learn, grow, and improve in order to best serve our students and communities

The starting salary range for this position is $74,375-$79,688. The Partnership also offers a robust benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their dependents; a 403(b) retirement program with employee match and vesting; parental and sabbatical leaves; a professional development allowance; and generous paid time off.


The Partnership’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion extends to our compensation practices. Our goal is to ensure that salaries are fair for all staff members who hold many intersectional identities, and we set salaries based on a robust compensation model grounded in consistency and transparency. Exact salary for this position is dependent on the relevant skills and experiences that the candidate brings to the role.

Partnership for LA Schools is a contractor with Los Angeles Unified School District and has implemented a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policy. All new employees are required to be fully vaccinated a week before their start date unless they are approved for an accommodation due to a medical reason or because of a sincerely held religious belief.

Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will submit your documents using our online application system here:


Research shows that women and individuals from systemically marginalized communities are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications. While this job description outlines the major responsibilities and requirements to be successful in this role, the Partnership is committed to considering all applicants who are passionate about our mission and can see themselves excelling in this role – including those with diverse and non-traditional work experience.

For technical assistance, assistance for applying with a disability, or questions, please email Melanie Liu, Senior Manager of Home Office Talent & Org Culture, at

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to – and actively pursues – diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. The Partnership prohibits discrimination based on race (including traits historically associated with race such as hairstyle), creed, color, religion, registered domestic partner status, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship status, age, military and veteran status, medical condition, genetic information, political affiliation, pregnancy or childbirth, physical disability or mental disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance or regulation. The Partnership also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of these characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, training, transfer, wages, benefits, termination, and all other privileges, terms, and conditions of employment.