Development Manager – Tuolumne River Trust – Tuolumne River Preservation Trust – San Francisco, CA

The Tuolumne River Trust has an immediate opening for a Development Manager to oversee the planning and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising plan that will increase and diversify the Trust’s base of support to protect and restore the Tuolumne River. With a clear vision and a mature development program we are ideally poised to leverage greater support for our work. The Development Manager will be central to the success of this effort by increasing our capacity to capitalize on funding opportunities through membership, major donors, grants, online presence, special events and planned giving. This individual will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Finance Director, Paddle to the Sea Coordinator, program staff, and the board of directors to implement the plan and reach our fundraising goals. This is a great opportunity to join a fun, energetic team working to take a successful organization to the next level.

Duties and Responsibilities

Developing and implementing an annual fundraising plan to meet budget goals;
Planning and implementing a direct mail program;
Managing the major donor program by working with the board and program staff to cultivate existing major donors and prospects and identify new prospects;
Overseeing a comprehensive grant program including researching foundations, corporate and government grant opportunities, cultivating funder relations, writing proposals and working with program staff to meet proposal and reporting deadlines;
Planning and coordinating a series of fundraising events;
Oversight of the Trust’s online presence to ensure consistent messaging and marketing across all programs;
Developing the Trust’s membership newsletter and coordinating program staff participation;
Preparing fundraising reports for, and participating in, the board’s fundraising committee;
Participating in the annual budget process;
Working collaboratively with colleagues in promoting the goals and objectives of the organization;
Building the Trust’s capacity to ensure the long-term health of the watershed;
Other duties as they arise.


Bachelor’s Degree;
2-5 years of development experience in a non-profit organization;
Demonstrated experience leading a team to reach set performance objectives;
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to compellingly articulate the Trust’s mission and work to different audiences;
Demonstrated ability to establish and cultivate relationships with people from different backgrounds and perspectives;
Strong computer skill and some familiarity with membership/donor databases;
Experience with event planning;
Commitment to the long-term success of Tuolumne River Trust;
High energy level, flexible, self-motivated, and self-confident;
Highly organized and detail-oriented;
Experience working independently with minimal supervision;
Team player.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated success in researching, identifying and submitting proposals to secure foundation, corporate and government grants;
Experience in river or environmental conservation;
Familiarity with the environmental/conservation funding community;
Demonstrated ability to “make the ask” from major donors;
Experience with website administration and content development using WordPress.

Additional Details

The Development Manager will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area or Stanislaus County. The position will require some travel to the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley, and Foothills. The salary is competitive and depends on experience. The Trust provides excellent benefits including medical, vision, dental, chiropractic care, life insurance, matched retirement, career advancement allowance, generous paid time off and a flexible schedule. We are an equal opportunity employer.


The Tuolumne River Trust promotes the stewardship of the TuolumneRiver and its tributaries to ensure a healthy watershed, from YosemiteNational Park to the San JoaquinRiver and the San Francisco Bay-Delta. Founded in 1981, the Trust is the only organization working throughout the watershed, linking Sierra and Valley conservation issues and forging strong ties between rural mountain and valley regions and Bay Area urban communities. The Trust has an annual budget of more than a million dollars, 8 employees, a cadre of consultants, and offices in San Francisco, Modesto, and Sonora.

The Trust won permanent protection for 83 miles of the TuolumneRiver in 1984 and defeated a proposed hydroelectric project on the ClaveyRiver in 1994. We expanded our scope in 1995 to include the lower reaches of the Tuolumne by playing a major role in winning higher river flows for wild salmon runs and pursuing several floodplain restoration projects. In 2001, the Trust launched the Bay Area Program and convinced the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to drop plans to expand the Hetch Hetchy system that would have increased their ability to divert water from the River by as much as 50%.

Current projects include: a) recovery from the 257,000 acre Rim Fire, which burned approximately 20% of the watershed, b) relicensing of the Don Pedro Dam, which regulates streamflows in the lower Tuolumne River c) building public support for watershed stewardship by connecting the public to the River through education and outreach, d) educating schoolchildren in the Bay Area and Central Valley about the importance of the Tuolumne River to our region; and e) improving water use efficiency in the Bay Area so that more water is left in the river to ensure its health.

By linking mountain, valley, and Bay Area conservation issues, and connecting people to the River through outings and education, the Trust is building broad support for watershed stewardship. Our strategic approach melds advocacy, education, collaboration, scientific inquiry, and litigation when necessary to address threats and take advantage of conservation and restoration opportunities.

To Apply
This position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin on April 7, 2015. Please send an email with cover letter, resume, three references, and a 2-page writing sample as attachments with subject heading “Development Manager” to For more information, visit: