Development Manager

Oakland, California
Jun 19, 2019
Jul 19, 2019
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Bishop O’Dowd High School

Development Manager

Bishop O’Dowd High School is seeking a creative, dedicated, and results-oriented Development Manager to play a critical role in parent and alumni relations and fundraising. The Development Manager will join O’Dowd at a pivotal time in its 70-year history as the school is currently advancing a significant campus development project.  The Manager will advance the School’s growing parent and alumni relations and fundraising initiatives, working in concert with a dedicated and experienced Development team.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Development Manager will play a leadership role in the management and execution of the School’s parent giving program.  In addition, the Manager will manage a portfolio of 25 leadership parent donors with the goal of securing annual gifts of $5,000 and above.  In the area of Alumni Relations, the Manager will support alumni communications and manage two alumni events – the Beer Garden and the Night at the Theater.  This is a full-time, 11 month exempt position with a benefits package.  Other duties, as assigned, in addition to the key responsibilities noted below. 

Parent Giving

Parent Pledge Program:

  • Oversight of program execution including, parent visit scheduling and follow-up, overall participation, reporting and communications
  • Participate in parent meetings, along with other department members, to discuss giving at O’Dowd and solicit parent pledges.
  • Manage the communication streams for the program including the gift acknowledgements, admissions and registration materials and donor recognition opportunities
  • Other work in support of the parent pledge program

Special Gifts:

  • Maintain a portfolio of parent donors (gift potential $25k+)
  • Utilize moves management methodology to engage, cultivate and solicit assigned donors

Alumni Relations                                                                                      

Alumni Events:

  • Manage, coordinate logistics and create/execute the marketing plans for two events – the Beer Garden and the Night at the Theater
  • Grand Reunion – serve as liaison to several alumni classes
  • Coordinate event logistics for small alumni events such as the Task Force and the Summit


  • Provide support for our volunteer reunion fundraisers
  • Assist with other campaigns such as student philanthropy
  • Thank you calls to donors


  • Provide oversight for alumni communications in partnership with alumni relations and marketing colleagues
  • Identify and research post-worthy alumni news and updates to share across platforms
  • Raiser’s Edge (RE):
  • Identify, research and/or enter relevant data info into RE and produce reports to support research, cultivation and engagement
  • Enter articles & class notes from Dragon Magazine into constituent records


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Meticulous organizational, project, and time management skills - must have strong ability and desire to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Outstanding skills and background in customer service and outreach expected
  • Experience in Catholic or independent school settings desirable
  • Experience in non-profit fundraising or marketing preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required and Raiser's Edge preferred
  • Ability to interface with constituents in a school environment (faculty, staff, students), board members, alumni, and parents
  • Experience in managing and motivating volunteers in a non-profit environment a plus
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Willingness and ability to work nights and weekends, as required



Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references with your application. Pre-employment background screening is required for all positions.

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