Associate Development Manager (Full Time)

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), headquartered in Oakland, CA, is a US-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to unite communities to save coral reefs. Working with people around the world—from fishermen to government leaders, divers to scientists, Californians to Fijians—CORAL protects our most valuable and threatened ecosystem. We lead holistic conservation programs that improve coral reef health and resilience and are replicated across the globe.

The Development team is responsible for fundraising from both individual and institutional donors to support our programs and operations. We have set an aggressive vision for growth and increased conservation action throughout this decade to address the serious threats affecting coral reef ecosystems and the human communities they support.

Position Description

We are seeking a full-time Associate Development Manager to be based out of our headquarters in Oakland, CA. The Associate Development Manager is responsible for helping to meet revenue goals in support of CORAL’s expanding programs and general operations through managing and growing a portfolio of institutional and individual funders. The Associate Development Manager will work in close partnership with the Development Director, Conservation Grants Manager and Development Coordinator in our team’s efforts to execute our fundraising strategy. Our strategy will elevate and enable our organization to raise more than five million dollars annually.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Administer and implement our fundraising strategy with an emphasis on relationship management, project management and grant management
  • Support various development initiatives including but not limited to written appeals, planned giving, donor house parties, CORAL’s international council and an annual prize event
  • Assist with programmatic strategic planning to ensure alignment with proposal development and report needs (i.e. helping to articulate outcomes, objectives, activities, milestones, indicators etc. as well as complete project description sheets, grant summary docs, planning materials, processes etc.)
  • Effectively utilize the Salesforce database for relationship management by tracking open activities, cultivation notes, key deliverables and new prospects
  • Actively seek new sources of funding and maintain or grow existing sources of support
  • Cultivate and provide superior stewardship to institutional and individual funders
  • Maintain a thorough calendar of due dates for applications and reports
  • Ensure active communication with program staff to meet relevant deadlines
  • Work closely with program staff on the development of new proposals and reports, including writing narrative and creating budgets
  • Work with finance staff to ensure high level of communication and accurate reporting on individual project budgets
  • Work with marketing and communications staff to develop donor communications for direct mail and various online properties
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Three to five years professional experience in development, client management, project management or relatable experience
  • Ability to proactively plan and be extremely organized in order to handle multiple priorities and tight deadlines
  • Commitment to process excellence, efficiency and accountability
  • Donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship skills to maintain and grow existing sources of support
  • Experience working with grant proposals and institutional donors
  • Ability to communicate well internally, with staff from numerous departments, and to communicate well externally, with prospective and current donors
  • Extensive writing and editing skills – someone who is a creative, clear and active writer
  • A sense of humor, commitment to candor and desire to be a part of a collaborative team
  • Proficiency in constituent relationship management databases (Salesforce preferred)
  • Commitment to and familiarity with environmental conservation, particularly around oceans
Working Conditions

Candidate must have the ability to communicate via telephone, read and understand written communication, and generate written communications manually and using a computer. Candidate must also have the ability to sit or stand at a desk for up to eight hours per day, lift and move documents and supplies not to exceed 25 lbs., and bend to file and retrieve documents. Work conditions may require rare international and domestic travel, including to remote locations.


Full-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Development Director. The position offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and generous benefits package

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit in one document:

  • A cover letter (with salary requirements)
  • Resume

Applications must be submitted to; please include Associate Development Manager in the email subject line. Please note that due to the volume of applications expected, we are not able to respond to each individual applicant.