Job Opening: 

Development & Financial Innovation Manager

Seeking a nonprofit Development & Financial Innovation Manager who believes in the power of story and grassroots movements for social justice. Our dream is a movement of movements with the power, creativity, and vision to change the world by changing the stories that shape our collective destiny — join us!

Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS) is a national movement-building organization dedicated to harnessing the power of narrative for social change. We provide training and strategic support to social justice organizations and alliances to change the story on the issues that matter most.

Job Description

Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS) is seeking an experienced Development & Financial Innovation Manager who can help us maintain and increase our annual budget to accommodate our growing, in-demand story-based strategy trainings and movement-building work. This position will be key to helping support some of the most exciting movements of our time, including racial justice, just transition, and new economy movements.

This is a full-time exempt mid-level position that will be part of the Development Team. The position will start with a 3-month probationary period to determine fit. Oakland-based applicants preferred, but position can be worked remotely from anywhere in the US.

We invite you to join our creative and powerful team!

Primary Responsibilities

1. Fundraising & Development (60%)

  • Manage the development, implementation, and evaluation of annual fundraising strategies, and project management of all fundraising activities, including foundation fundraising, fundraising appeals and special events.

  • Lead and facilitate the CSS Development team, including coordinating the Board fundraising committee

  • Funder cultivation, relationship management, and communications, including planning and coordinating funder briefing events when applicable

  • Lead process for writing grant proposals and reports, including some grant writing

  • Grants management, including tracking deadlines and deliverables

  • Manage the development and implementation of individual donations through major gifts and grassroots fundraising programs

  • Represent CSS’s mission in meetings with funders and donors, and at networking events

  • Coordinate fundraising-related opportunities; prep and deploy Directors

2. Supervision & Leadership (10%)

  • Serve as an active member of the Development Team with organizational directors

  • Supervise part-time grant writer, and other potential development and finance staff

  • Coordinate with Program Team to ensure alignment between fundraising and programming strategies

3. Regenerative Development & Finance (20%)

  • Research non-traditional funding models & structures (i.e. passive income streams, program-related investments, mission-related investments, and self-sustaining resource strategies)

  • Managing implementation of non-traditional funding models with teams across the organization (i.e. Development, Finance, or Program Teams)

Additional Responsibilities (10%)

The Development & Financial Innovation Manager will be integrated into a strong organizational culture (as appropriate relevant to areas of responsibility) of regular internal communications, organizational development meetings, and mechanisms to promote ongoing team-building, smooth and transparent information-sharing, and alignment with organizational values.

Who We're Looking For

Ideal candidates have 3-5+ years experience in nonprofit Development; have successfully cultivated new funders and have been awarded multi-year foundation grants; have experience managing annual budgets; and understand that fundraising is organizing.

CSS seeks applicants committed and excited about supporting social justice issues in diverse multiracial, cross-sectoral movements. We want creative, bold, imaginative applicants; team players with excellent time management skills who deliver high quality results on tight timelines; and people with a demonstrated commitment to fundamental social change.


  • Interest in alternative finance for nonprofits and self-sustaining strategies

  • Embody a strong belief in the CSS mission, work within the framework of CSS values and commit to CSS goals and Theory of Change

  • Familiarity with foundation fundraising strategies and/or nonprofit philanthropy

  • Ability to read and analyze project budgets and financial reports

  • Successful grant-writing experience

  • Manage daily work with an eye on both long- and short-term goals

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Ability to stick to deadlines and follow through on commitments

  • Familiarity with Google Calendar and Google Docs/Sheets

  • Experience and cultural competency working in an anti-racist environment

  • Some travel for meetings or events required; including quarterly travel to Oakland (if working remotely).

Additional Valuable Skills

  • At least 3 years experience in nonprofit fundraising

  • Familiarity with social entrepreneurship and social enterprises

  • Familiarity with impact investing and mission-related investments

  • Experience with grassroots fundraising

  • Experience with Salesforce

  • Familiarity with Quickbooks

  • Experience working with remote teammates

  • Familiarity with story-based strategy

  • Bilingual Spanish-English speakers


$57-66k annual salary dependent on experience; comprehensive benefits package including 100% employer-covered medical, dental, vision, wraparound coverage; paid holidays, vacation and sick time; stipends for cell phone, self-care, and supplies/technology, among other benefits.

How to Apply

Send resume/CV, cover letter, and three references to with “[Your Name]: Development & Financial Innovation Manager” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter why you are interested in working with CSS, and your qualifications for the position. Please send your application materials in PDF format, with your last name in each file name.

Position starts date as soon as early August 2019.  

Position open until filled — we will be reviewing applications and inviting folks for interviews during the second half of April 2019.

Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS) is a values-based organization with a deep commitment to building transformative culture and challenging racism, sexism, homophobia and oppression in all its forms. CSS is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds and challenging historic patterns of political marginalization and oppression. People of Color, working-class people, differently-abled people and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.