Development Manager

  • Nonprofit Part Time
  • Oakland

Website Warrior Films

Bearing Witness / Creating Change

The Opportunity:

Part Time Development Manager

We are seeking a Development Manager to help drive the next generation of change-making filmmaking with us here at Warrior Films.

Warrior Films is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by Academy and Emmy nominated filmmaker Frederick Marx. Most known for HOOP DREAMS, Frederick is director of over 15 films including Journey From Zanskar, Boys to Men, and Veterans Journey Home. Frederick & Team work to tell inspirational stories of people and communities around the world that often get overlooked, passed-by or taken advantage of.

The organization’s mission, “Bearing Witness | Creating Change” drives the work we do.  While we’ve had the great fortune to positively impact countless lives around the world we feel like we’re just getting started.  Which is where you come in.

The ideal Development Manager is someone who can exude passion for Warrior Films’ mission and motivate individual and institutional funders to support this mission.

The Development Manager is a clear and persuasive writer, a perceptive and careful listener, and adept at identifying big and small opportunities to strengthen connections between our supporters and our work.

The ideal candidate is an experienced manager of funder and donor relationships.

Core Responsibilities

Strategy Development & Board of Directors Coordination

Participate in the development of an annual fundraising plan by providing reports, insights, and strategic thinking.
Research viability of new fundraising tactics and strategies in preparation for development of annual fundraising plan.
Assist Frederick Marx in coordinating the Board of Directors including scheduling and preparing materials for meetings, preparing quarterly fundraising updates, and supporting Board engagement in fundraising.

Individual Donor Relationship Management

Manage and update donor data in our Compass360 32,000+ CRM database, including updating individual donor records, organizing donor contact information for mass emailing, and producing fundraising reports from the database.
Prepare materials to communicate with donors including appeal letters, thank you letters, event reports, letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and annual reports.
Plan and coordinate creative, strategic, and meaningful fundraising events and activities including management of project timelines, logistics, guest lists, materials, and programming.
Create and update donor appreciation content on our website.
Maintain all donor and fundraising digital and hardcopy files.

Institutional Grants Management

Warrior Films currently does not receive much foundation grant support, however, we see this as a potential area of fundraising growth for the organization and want to develop this funding stream. Towards that end, the Development Manager will:

Identify potential foundation funding opportunities and create systems to track and manage these opportunities.
Articulate our organizational accomplishments and aspirations in grant applications and reports.
Manage all deadlines and workflows for LOIs, grant applications, and reports including internal deadlines for collection of information to ensure on-time submission and high rate of successful funding requests.
Evaluate and recommend new funding opportunities in alignment with Warrior Films’s strategic priorities and programmatic work.

Maximize Utilization of Existing Assets

Assess the Warrior Films and Frederick Marx Library of Assets, to date including:
15 films
2 books
Multiple essays and other publications
Over 80 blogs
Dozens of media appearances and interviews
3 Video recordings of public talks
12 professionally recorded songs and many as yet unrecorded.
At least 70 workshops, including over 20 as key facilitator.
Ordained Rinzai Priest with over 30 years’ study and practice of Buddhism and meditation.
10 commissioned and freelance films made as an independent contractor.
Lifetime mentorship of 20 individuals and filmmakers.
Coordinate these assets with ongoing donor engagement strategies.
Recommend, design, and execute new fundraising strategies in alignment with these assets.

Who We’re Looking For

Ideal Qualifications

5+ years of relevant fundraising experience, including grant writing and management, individual donor engagement, database management, and event planning.
Excellent oral and written communication skills including ability to translate complex issues and multiple programs into cohesive funding proposals.
Experience preparing non-profit budgets for funding applications including applications for purpose-restricted funds and lobbying.
Experience with donor database management, creating mass emails, and creating donation reports.
Experience evaluating and recommending foundation funding opportunities that align with organizational strategic priorities.
Experience planning fundraising events.
Experience writing and preparing personalized funder communication materials (e.g., thank you letters, reports, invitations).
Impeccable organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.

The Position

The Development Manager is a half-time contractor position. Contractor need not be geographically located in Oakland, CA. This position is supervised by the Founder of Warrior Films, Frederick Marx. The salary for this position is $25K per year maximum, with an hourly rate of $26 per hour based on work of 20 hours per week. There are no benefits, and contractor is responsible for making personal tax payments.

To Apply

Please address a cover letter to the “Warrior Films Hiring Committee” and submit along with a resume to

Warrior Films values and specifically seeks applicants who are people of color, low income, immigrants, women, veterans, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid people. We welcome applicants who thrive in the pursuit of social justice.

Warrior Films provides equal employment and advancement opportunities to all staff members. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and skills. Warrior Films does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, size, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, familial status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

About Frederick:

A filmmaker for over 40 years, a Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Special Achievement Award, Frederick is also a writer and public speaker.  See Wikipedia and IMDB.  His company Warrior Films harnesses the power of personal stories and unleashes them as good medicine to heal society’s wounds. The sharing of our human experience, on an individual and collective level, as deeply as possible, is where the key to a positive future lies. It is through this process that our society as a whole can make the massive shift it needs to make.

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