Development Manager

Job Title: Development Manager
Position Status: Full-time, 40 Hours/Week
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Position Reports To: Executive Director
Application Deadline: Priority deadline is January 18, 2019. Position will be open until filled.
Salary: $38,000/year

MOVE Texas is a grassroots, nonpartisan nonprofit organization building power in underrepresented youth through civic education, leadership development, and issue advocacy. We put young people on the front lines of civic engagement statewide, basing our efforts from our headquarters in San Antonio and our satellite branches in Laredo, Seguin, San Marcos, and Austin.

Over the year, we’ve grown from three to 14 full-time staff and have increased our annual budget by 900%. And we’re just get started!

The Development Manager will report to and works closely with MOVE Texas’ Executive Director to make sure we are making it rain (financially that is) to support our growing team and out-sized impact throughout Texas. We’re looking for an individual with a passion for fundraising, an unrelenting hunger to hit goals, and the desire to be part of the one of the best (and damn good looking) teams in all of Texas.

What You’ll Do:

Lead MOVE’s Grant Writing and Grant Management:

  • With the support of the Executive Director, identify and grow our grant portfolio grants from new and existing institutional donors, including private and family foundations
  • Write targeted proposals, narrative reports, and timely updates tailored to donors’ interests, requirements, and type of support
  • Lead on grants management, including working closely with the Executive Director and Deputy Director, to ensure compliance

Build and Maintain our MOVEment Makers, Our Grassroots Monthly Donor Program:

  • Acquire new MOVEment Makers through call time, in-person meetings, leadership class competitions, and events
  • Develop and maintain relationships with our existing MOVEment Makers
  • Plan and host monthly happy hours in cities we work in across the state, partnering with local restaurants and bars to support our efforts through in-kind donations

Lead Our Small Individual Donor Relations (where small donors make single-time contributions between $100-$499):

  • Develop and maintain relationships with our existing individual and business donors
  • Identify and build relationships with prospective new donors
  • Schedule one-on-one meetings and make fundraising asks
  • Follow up on outstanding pledges
  • Write and send thank you notes in a timely fashion
  • Keep in touch with donors throughout the year and engage donors in program and organizational work, such as events or campaign actions

Provide Support to the Executive Director for Medium Individual Donor and Major Donor Work (where medium donors make single-time contributions between $500-$4,999 and major donors contribute $5,000 or more):

  • Support the ED in scheduling meetings, researching prospective donors, and accompanying the ED to in-person meetings in Texas and possibly throughout the country (as schedules allow)
  • Support the logistics planning, sending invitations, staff and board preparation, and execution of Jeffersonian dinners, special events, and end-of-year gala

Complete Important Administrative and Communication Tasks

  • Maintain excellent notes on all contact with and information about members and donors
  • Prepare financial reports for the board and major donors
  • Clean the donor database, verify email addresses, and ensure we have current contact information for all contributors
  • Draft and deploy newsletters, rapid response fundraising emails, social media pitches

During election cycles, all staff are required to work in the field serving young people. Other duties as assigned.


  • Ideally, you’d have some proven fundraising experience. We’d love to see at least 2 years as a grant writer, small, medium or major donor work or comparable development work. And we’d invite applications from candidates with less experience but who possess the other qualifications.
  • Excellent writing skills: You have the ability to quickly and professionally prepare and proofread development materials, including grant proposals, reports, thank you notes, 1-pagers, etc.
  • Strong relationship-builder: You are personable, have a genuine interest in getting to know people and can carry a conversation, especially with individuals who may hold a number of different identities than you (across race, class, gender, etc.).
  • Ability to make a strong fundraising pitch: You have demonstrated experience, or can quickly learn, how to make an effective fundraising ask that gets donors to a yes.
  • Effective project manager: You are extremely organized, with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability and eagerness to quickly learn: You are excited to hear feedback and can quickly implement and adapt to it.

Women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to (header subject: MOVE Texas Development Manager). The priority deadline for this position is Friday, January 18th. Position is open until filled.