Development Manager

Reports to: Director of Development and Communications
Revised: May 2021

Organization Description

Mission Economic Development Agency – Building on its 48-year history, and rooted in San Francisco’s Mission District, MEDA is advancing a national equity movement by building Latino prosperity, community ownership and civic power. Our direct service programs serve 8,000 individuals each year through rental and homeownership counseling, small business development, digital literacy, workforce development, financial education and free tax preparation. We also devote resources to research and evaluation, community organizing and advocacy. In the process, MEDA is helping to develop best practices in the field, and shares its model across the state and country.

MEDA is the lead backbone agency for the Mission Promise Neighborhood (, a neighborhood based effort to improve education and create family economic stability for Mission District families through a cradle- to college- to career continuum of services. MEDA recently launched two new programs- Community Real Estate development and a federally certified CDFI, Fondo Adelante, to further respond to the needs of the community it serves.

Position Description

The Development Officer is part of a six-person Development and Communications team. The Development Manager will be responsible for leading in managing fundraising systems as well as researching, writing and monitoring grants to various types of funders including federal, state, local government, foundation and corporate funders. The Development Manager is a strong project manager, writer, relationship builder, and strategic thinker who is passionate about MEDA’s mission to support the Latino community in the SF Mission District. This position is supported by a strong development team and able to work and learn from seasoned professionals in the nonprofit field. This position requires being in the MEDA office in San Francisco the majority of the time. Some remote work is permitted.

Grant Writing, Management, and Relationship Stewarding:

  • Develops, writes, and project manages proposals and reports to corporate, foundation, and government funding sources. Monitors proposal guidelines and deadlines. Works with MEDA staff to gather financial and programmatic information and research and evaluation data. Proposals range from approximately $50,000 – $30M.
  • Cultivates and stewards institutional relationships, including scheduling meetings, site visits, and other engagement opportunities.
  • Design programmatic strategies in collaboration with the Director of Development and management team members.
  • Supports capital requests for MEDA’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) – Fondo Adelante with funders as needed.
  • Initiates meetings with program staff and potential external partners to design program strategies and develop comprehensive proposals.
  • Actively participates in other MEDA fundraising activities, including galas, individual donor fundraising events, and site visits.
  • Conducts regular prospect research to support MEDA’s full scope of funding needs and develops funder cultivation strategies.
  • (Shared) Together with the development team, tracks and manages Grants Calendar to ensure proposals are executed on time.
  • (Shared) Together with the development team, ensure that Salesforce grants database accurately reflects status of all grants and contains accurate documentation of requests, reports and contracts.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred.
  • Successful track record of fundraising for a nonprofit organization, with three to five years of experience in grant writing
  • Experience in writing government grants, including local, state, and federal
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Ability to effectively collect, analyze, organize, distill and present information
  • Strong networking skills and a demonstrated ability to liaise and build relationships with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and prioritize while working to meet multiple deadlines
  • Knowledge of community development, housing, education, and/or other core areas of MEDA’s work a significant plus
  • Ability to work both independently and also as a team player
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Spanish language fluency (verbal and written) a plus


MEDA offers a competitive benefits package, including 100% covered medical insurance for employees and their families, medical, vision, retirement savings plan, 4 weeks of paid time off earned in first year, paid holidays, and a robust professional development program. We pride ourselves in having a family-friendly work environment, promoting work-life balance, and spending time as a team through retreats and “fun days” to help us better serve our community.


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