CAA Development Manager

Salary: $75,000 – $100,000
Hours: Full-time
FLSA status: Exempt
Location: San Francisco
Reports to: CAA Managing Director of Development
Deadline: Open until filled
Posted: Jun 2024

About Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA)

Chinese for Affirmative Action was founded in 1969 to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States. Today, CAA is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander community. We advocate for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial and social injustice. At the grassroots level, our community building work nurtures the ability of immigrants to participate fully in civic life. These activities include direct services, leadership development, and civic engagement with limited-English proficient newcomers and immigrants on issues that impact our community. At the systemic level, CAA leads advocacy, communications, and movement building work to improve public policy and shape public discourse. We produce community-based research, publish policy analyses and recommendations, influence opinion through media, organize to engage elected and government officials, and nurture a range of progressive coalitions. In 2014, CAA helped to launch the Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE) network that focuses on long-term movement building, capacity infrastructure, and leadership support for Asian Americans committed to social justice. Including CAA, there are currently 11 partnering member groups with unique strengths. Fiscal sponsorship, administrative, and operational support is provided centrally for all of these groups so they can focus on their core programs. In 2020, CAA was one of the founding organizations of Stop AAPI Hate (SAH), a U.S.-based coalition dedicated to ending racism and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAs & PIs). SAH strives to advance the multiracial movement for equity and justice by building power for our communities, working in solidarity with other communities of color, and advocating for comprehensive solutions that tackle the root causes of race-based hate. We are committed to supporting our employees to thrive in service of our mission by providing generous benefits, which include 100% health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employee coverage and 65% for dependent coverage; employer-funded health reimbursement account; paid time off; and professional development stipend.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Managing Director of Development for Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), the Development Manager is responsible for the acquisition, cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation of CAAs’ individual donors through direct mail, e-communications, and special events. The Development Manager is the project manager for all Development publications. The CAA Fund Development team works collaboratively to inspire support for CAA to meet our annual budget, which is $7.2MM.

Key Responsibilities

Direct Mail:

  • Manage and implement appeal mailings and newsletters Work with Managing Director of Development and Major Gifts Manager to strategize on content for appeal and stewardship mailings Draft appeal letters, produce photo/graphic inserts, and oversee mail-house and in-house production Draft and coordinate e-appeals and other e-communications Collaborate with AACRE capacity team for list generation to produce segmented mailing lists and review lists for accuracy

Leadership Circle:

  • Support Major Gifts Manager in managing and building a portfolio of prospective and major donors including prospect research
  • Create and update content and protocols for new donor welcome materials
  • Draft acknowledgements and other correspondence
  • Develop and manage donor e-communications program
  • Manage cultivation and appeal mailings for the annual report and newsletter
  • Meet with and steward Major Donors as needed

Recurring Giving:

  • Plan, market, and manage recurring giving program

Special Events:

  • Plan and manage annual reception, annual Leadership Circle and Legacy Society donor appreciation events, donor forums, and other stewardship and cultivation events including coordinating vendors and event registration, and tracking budgets and expenses Work with Advocacy, Policy, and Programs teams to invite donors to organizational events Draft content and manage design and production of save-the-date and invitation mailings and evites Work with the Managing Director of Development and Major Gifts Manager to identify potential event honorees and speakers

Planned Giving:

  • Support the Major Gifts Manager to grow, market, and manage the Center’s planned giving program


  • Work with design and writing consultants to develop content for donor newsletters and the annual report
  • Manage and produce donor newsletters and the annual report
  • Work with appropriate staff to create the annual report donor lists

Gift Processing and Database Management:

  • Work with the AACRE capacity team to ensure proper recording, documentation, and timely acknowledgement of donors
  • Perform data hygiene to ensure donor records are current and accurate
  • Pull reports and prepare data for list reviews
  • Track fundraising metrics

Administrative Management:

  • Provide meeting support: scheduling, note-taking
  • Organize digital files
  • Coordinate timelines and workflow using management software (e.g., Asana)


  • Accomplish select writing assignments for individual giving program as needed
  • Assist other department staff in times of high volume work
  • Complete other projects and tasks as assigned by the Managing Director of Development, including support around special projects related to CAA Board of Directors


  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of Chinese for Affirmative Action, including a commitment to social justice, equity, and civic engagement
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission, values, and aspirations, and be able to render these values into practice
  • Minimum of 3 years of Development experience including individual giving responsibility and events management experience
  • Database experience required including developing queries and reports; experience with Sales Force and EveryAction preferred
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills, including proven ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks under tight deadlines and in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, including ability to anticipate problems and use judgment appropriately to plan solutions
  • Self-starter, able to work independently and as a member of a team, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Strong attention to detail with a high level of accuracy
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong digital literacy, with proficiency in Google Suite applications
  • Highly relational with strong ability to build relationships with donors, vendors, colleagues, and partners
  • Strong desire to learn and grow professionally
  • Highly organized with the ability to deliver on commitments in a timely manner
  • Experience with managing data in Salesforce or comparable CRM
  • Professionalism, initiative, and personal responsibility
  • Integrity, grace under pressure, and a sense of humor
  • Ability to travel; valid driver’s license
Don’t check off every box in the requirements listed above? Please apply anyway! If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to still consider submitting an application.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to In the subject line, please write “Development Manager.” In your cover letter, please address the following questions: Why are you interested in CAA and this role? What employment experience of yours meets the key responsibilities and qualifications of this position, and why? CAA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply. We will also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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