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Manager, Individual Giving

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  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • 60,000-75,000 USD / Year
  • Salary: 60,000-75,000

Jobs for the Future

About JFF:

Jobs for the Future (JFF) drives transformation of the American workforce and education systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all.


About the position:

The Individual Giving team works across all units to support strategic fundraising from high-net-worth individual (HNWI) donors. We seek out new funding opportunities and support existing relationships between JFF and high-capacity donors by doing prospective funder research, identifying and assessing funding opportunities as well as raising JFF’s visibility among donor networks. JFF is highly regarded among institutional funders, postsecondary institutions and learning providers, and major employers as a vital actor at the intersection of research, policy, and practice with a focus on systems change. The Individual Giving team will be central to JFF’s ability to build capacity and impact under-resourced communities for generations to come.

Reporting to the Senior Director, Individual Giving and Engagement, in this newly created role the Manager will help the team build an entirely new and robust individual giving practice. This person will also work closely with the Senior Director to identify and track high-net-worth individual (HNWI) donors. The Development Manager will be a key member of the team as they will be supporting JFF in building a bold, aspirational, and successful individual giving practice and donor engagement program to provide critical unrestricted and organizational capacity investments that will help JFF realize an ambitious vision for impact. This is an exciting opportunity for someone to support JFF’s mission of equitable economic advancement for all.


What you’ll do:

Individual Giving Activities

Work closely with Senior Prospect Researcher to prepare individual donor and prospect briefings for President and CEO, CDO, and Senior Director of Individual Giving and Engagement
Participate in strategy, planning, and implementation of individual giving program activities
Coordinate logistics and prepare all materials for individual donor and prospect meetings
Generate and track all individual donor acknowledgement letters
Respond to individual donor inquiries and requests for assistance
Assist Senior Director, Individual Giving and Engagement by attending events/meetings to support in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding HNWI donors and prospects
Support the Senior Director in creating and implementing systems for the individual giving program
Communications & Events

Cultivate strong working relationships with JFF staff including the Events team to support individual giving related activities for JFF events such as Horizons, the organization’s annual conference
Serve as the point person for all individual major donor cultivation events (about 5 per year) which includes coordinating event logistics, maintaining guest lists and invitation lists, preparing event materials and working with Senior Prospect Researcher to gather attendee profiles and briefings
Attend and participate in development events and meetings
Maintain individual giving calendar of activities
Donor Data Management

Track individual donor and prospect engagement activity in database, including event attendance and notes from meetings or correspondence with JFF staff
Maintain accurate records for all individual donors and prospects
Analyze and strategically segment donor data and generate regular reports
Who you are:

You possess high energy and passion for JFF’s mission and the ability to apply JFF’s core values to all areas of your work
You bring approximately 3 years of professional experience with prior exposure to supporting fundraising/marketing, or other administrative processes which include supporting a development team
You are a flexible self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to seamlessly pivot between being an individual contributor and working in close collaboration with teammates and cross-functional stakeholders; you know when to pull in others for their expertise and how to manage up and across in order to complete projects
You are comfortable with changing deadlines and can maintain focus when confronted with shifts in priorities and competing deadlines
You pay attention to detail, are extremely organized and are committed to accuracy with the ability to take initiative, and have a desire to complete work accurately
You possess effective communication skills and can communicate ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing while being comfortable handling confidential information with discretion
You are comfortable leading conversations and building relationships with external high-stake individuals
You have experience using a fundraising CRM (Salesforce experience preferred), and are adept at using project management software
You are a curious and adaptive learner with a track record of quickly getting up to speed, whether you are building content expertise or learning new tools (i.e., database management concepts; familiarity with technology-enabled or –based process management systems a plus)
You are driven by results and informed by data. You know how to identify problems and create informed and comprehensive strategies to make progress and get results
You model inclusive leadership, working effectively with colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds, and building and stewarding an organizational culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion
You build positive, effective, collaborative cultures and teams wherever you work
You are a curious and adaptive learner, with a willingness to take in new information, perspectives and data to inform your work
You demonstrate a growth mindset and a desire to continuously improve in your work
You are able and willing to travel up to 10 times a year. This includes traveling to the Boston office to meet with the Development Team and participate in both team and organizational retreats, as needed. (Note: JFF requires Covid vaccination for all work-related travel.)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at JFF:

JFF is committed to sustaining a diverse community with a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and encouraging to all. JFF fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and cultivates diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, JFF strongly encourages people impacted by the criminal legal system to apply.



Positions at JFF are not eligible for employer-visa sponsorship or open to F-1 student visa holders.


All JFF employees are required to be fully up to date on their vaccinations against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption has been requested and a reasonable accommodation approved.


JFF offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and skills.

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