Development Manager

Position title: Development Manager

Employment type: Full-time

Application deadline: Deadline extended to August 8, 2021

Salary range: $52,000-$55,000

About EarthGen

The next generation will inherit two interconnected crises they did not create: climate change and social injustice. EarthGen guides and supports youth, educators, and school communities across Washington state to become leaders for a healthy environment. Through EarthGen’s science-based, action-oriented programs based in K-12 schools, young people gain the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to think critically, act with purpose, and bring others together to solve the challenges we face. With a focus on diverse communities, EarthGen works to ensure that every young person can learn and take action to create a just and sustainable world.

Position Summary

The Development Manager is a new position at EarthGen and will be essential in helping to grow philanthropic support for our mission. They will work collaboratively and creatively with the Director of Advancement and Communications Manager to expand EarthGen’s community of donors and supporters and position the organization for long-term growth.

The ideal candidate will have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills and a strong understanding of community-centric fundraising. They will have the capacity to create trusting, positive relationships with donors and partners and be skilled at developing and executing fundraising and stewardship events and activities. A passion for the mission of EarthGen and a commitment to racial equity are essential. The Development Manager will report to the Director of Advancement. EarthGen offers a collaborative, flexible, and fun working environment and a commitment to supporting staff members’ professional growth.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Fund Development & Donor Relations:

  • Manage a portfolio of base and mid-level individual donors ($1-$999), including creating moves management plans for current and prospective donors.
  • Craft and deliver fundraising communications and storytelling campaigns that center the communities we serve and engage our donors.
  • Manage 2-3 annual fundraising campaigns, including developing appeal letters, emails, and social media posts.
  • Support fundraising and stewardship events and activities, including managing the annual fundraiser.
  • Coordinate and support the corporate sponsorship program.
  • Implement donor acknowledgment processes, including donation receipts, thank you calls, and letters.
  • Assist with writing grant proposals and donor impact reports.

Database Management:

  • Ensure donor database records are maintained and accurate. 
  • Oversee gift entry and generate donor acknowledgment letters.  
  • Manage queries, reports, and dashboards required to support a data-driven fundraising strategy and monitor progress on an ongoing basis.

Required Qualifications

  • Passion for EarthGen’s mission and a commitment to equity and environmental justice.
  • 2+ years of development or communications experience in a nonprofit, education, or public service environment.
  • Proven ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects at the same time; excellent time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort interacting with donors, partners, and new friends of the organization.
  • Excellent written communication skills in a range of contexts.
  • An energetic, flexible, collaborative, supportive, and proactive approach to work.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with donor databases, Salesforce or Little Green Light a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience seeking out and cultivating relationships that lead to increased funding and/or engagement.
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental studies, communications or another relevant field.


The Development Manager is a full-time, salaried position. (We are open to this position being part-time for the right candidate.) Some flexibility around work hours will be required, including occasional evenings and weekends.The salary range is $52,000-$55,000 per year, depending on experience, plus full benefits (medical/dental/vision, 403b retirement plan). Time off includes 10 paid holidays, seven Sick and Safe Leave days, and 20 vacation days in the first year.

EarthGen is committed to providing a flexible work environment. Our office is located in the Good Shepherd Center in the Wallingford neighborhood in Seattle, and currently staff work a combination of remote and in-person schedules.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a 1-page writing sample (preferably a fundraising writing sample such as an appeal letter, newsletter article, grant proposal excerpt, donor email, sponsorship request, etc.) as one document in Word or PDF format.

In your cover letter, outline 1) your experience with the requirements listed above and
2) why you are a good fit for this position.

Email all materials to with the subject “Development Manager – [your name].” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted through August 8. The target start date is September 1-15, 2021.

EarthGen values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and members of ethnic minorities to apply. EarthGen is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws.