0991 Manager I, Corporate & Foundation Relations

Recruitment #PEX-0991-074150



0991 Manager I, Corporate & Foundation Relations,

SFUSD Development Team


Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 57,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 132 schools in the city of San Francisco every year. We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose, and that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, and equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile.  Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.


What It Means to Work Here

When you join our team at SFUSD you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused organization that approaches public education as a social justice movement, requiring broad collaboration across an array of strategic partners. In 2014 SFUSD created an inspiring statement, Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic plan, Transform Learning. Transform Lives. SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco. As a CORE district, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025. 


Who We Want

We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to unleash our children’s potential. We want people who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, problem solvers and who are comfortable in a community of continuous learning.


As the 0991 Manager I, Corporate and Foundation Relations, you will serve as a development leader and integral team member for SFUSD’s Development Team, and will be an essential part of a dynamic team responsible for providing support to the Board of Education, Superintendent and SFUSD’s Chief Development Officer with coordinating and executing on the District’s bold district-wide fund development plan. You will be responsible for the creation and management of a well-coordinated, strategic development plan to cultivate and solicit and steward major investments from foundations, corporations and government resources. This position works directly under the Chief Development Officer to establish long-term partnerships, strengthen existing relationships and initiate new contacts within the corporate and philanthropic sector and provides strategic direction and oversight of all stewardship activities in order to maintain strong communication ties with investors and prospects. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, this position will also manage the day-to-day operations and oversight of the Development team, the Management Assistant, and the District’s 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


You will serve in a critical fundraising capacity that will help SFUSD strategically engage funders, improve communications, and increase our district’s private revenue. We expect our 0991 Manager I, Corporate and Foundation Relations to:

  • Design, implement and manage a comprehensive proactive development plan focused on expanding and enhancing corporate and foundation relationships by directing and coordinating activities related to obtaining financial support.
  • Manage and grow SFUSD’s network of institutional partners.
  • Collaborate with all SFUSD Central Office Departments to be sure that a strategic process is applied to all solicitations to maximize the rate of funding success; ensure that internal measures are being taken to further corporate and foundation relationships, and meet the expectations of corporations, foundations and their executive leadership.
  • Maintain a dynamic portfolio of key corporate and foundation contacts and secure new levels of institutional support through grants, marketing/public relations/recruitment partnerships, sponsorships, and other charitable initiatives.
  • Build a case for significant investments that will be built upon strong, multifaceted relationships with key corporations and foundations and is responsible for initiating and managing corporate and foundation grant solicitations at SFUSD.
  • Draft high quality proposals, grant requests, partnership appeals, letters, emails, and other fundraising communications to support best practice corporate and foundation engagement.
  • Participate in budget development of the Department and grant proposals by providing detailed justification and persuasive arguments for proposals or initiatives.
  • Act as a source of information for corporations and foundations about SFUSD priorities, programs and administration of gifts/grants.
  • Advise on corporate sponsorship policy and review language in grant agreements for policy compliance.
  • Support the Manager of Stewardship and Evaluation with the management of acquisition, renewal, stewardship, recognition and annual recaps of investments.
  • Manage operations associated with the Spark SF Public Schools Board of Directors, Investor Gatherings and the annual Spark Gala.
  • Participate in weekly meetings and activities lead by the managers of the Development team and support as needed.
  • Monitor the work of and coach the 1842 Management Assistant in their role.
  • Use the broadest possible range of on-line and off-line resources, including conversations with board members, other volunteers and staff, conduct research on new prospects to determine propensity and capacity.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the SFUSD by assuming primary responsibility for special projects as assigned and performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned in a timely, thorough, and professional manner.


The strongest candidates will have:

  • Knowledge of urban public school landscapes including policies, politics, education practices and funding
  • Experience with Annual Fund and major gifts capital campaigns
  • Experience with estate and planned giving
  • Ability to engage, inspire, and influence people
  • Ability and passion to make a compelling case for investing in public schools and public education
  • Ability to raise significant philanthropic dollars from corporations and foundations.
  • Demonstrated record of managing and implementing a comprehensive fund development program and producing charitable contributions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to convey information to a variety of audiences (e.g., large groups, staff meetings, executive briefings, public board meetings, memos)
  • Ability to define and implement effective business practices
  • Ability to quickly master new technology and systems
  • Experience and success with effective communication to large groups of employees
  • Strong analytic and systems thinking necessary to interpret data to inform goals and strategy, as well as build infrastructure where none exists
  • Ability to coordinate and manage complex cross-functional projects with multiple competing priorities or perspectives
  • Ability to manage ambiguity, risk, and changing direction of projects and strategies
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and management skills and high professional standards for work quality
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in high-pressure situations that require sound decision making



Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. / B.S) from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public or business administration, accounting, finance, economics, social sciences, education or related fields, or other subject areas closely related to a specific departmental program or function.
  • Five (5) year full-time equivalent experience performing professional-level management and/or administrative duties in functional areas such as: program/office/operations management, budget development and/or administration, development and administration of contractual agreements and/or grants, or other closely related functional areas.


What We Offer

SFUSD offers a competitive salary of $87,867 - $117,156 annually commensurate with experience in a similar position. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including dental and vision plans, a defined benefit pension plan, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options and vacation time. We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.


How to Apply

  • You will be prompted to electronically attach a letter of interest, resume, list of professional references and any applicable credentials or licenses.  
  • Our Human Resources team will then review your entire application to determine your eligibility status and contact you directly should you move forward in the process.


San Francisco Unified School District is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. SFUSD does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic prot

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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