Associate Fundraising/Development Manager

Strategic Energy Innovations Published: April 8, 2021
San Rafael, California
Job Type
Fundraising / Membership / Admin/ Gen Mgmt / Program Management /

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Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is seeking an Associate Fundraising/Development Manager to support the full spectrum of SEI's programming. This position requires a multitasker who is excited to support the growing impact of our team’s sustainability workforce education, training, and leadership building programs, from kindergarten to early career.

This full-time regular position will initially be based remotely out of your home, and later (when it is safe to do so), will be working onsite at our main office in San Rafael, CA, as well as possible future intermittent travel and field support (eventually when it is safe to travel). The position requires flexibility for occasional evening and weekend work. Typical working hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 to 5:00 p.m. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 


SEI is a non-profit organization based in San Rafael in the Bay Area, CA, dedicated to building leaders to drive sustainability solutions.

  • For over 23 years, SEI has partnered with schools, communities, and businesses to develop a sustainability leadership pathway from elementary school to early career.

Our flagship programs educate and empower students and emerging professionals to create thriving, resilient communities. Our staff works within teams to support each other on projects and to creatively develop new and effective models. We're looking for a resourceful individual to join our team who enjoys leading and supporting multiple concurrent projects and has the ambition to grow with our organization. More details on our programs and services can be found at:  


The Associate Fundraising/Development Manager will support the growth of SEI’s programmatic activities under the direction of the Executive Director as well as other program directors and managers. We are looking for candidates who can work comfortably and professionally with a diverse set of colleagues, partners, clients and program participants.  The Associate Fundraising/Development Manager will be involved in all phases of fundraising projects, from partnership development, to design, planning, budgeting, project management, grant writing, submission, evaluation, and reporting. This team member will collaborate with staff and external partners contributing to fundraising projects, providing appropriate direction, support, and project management.


  • Lead and/or assist on fundraising initiatives, including partnership development, but with an emphasis on grant writing.  
  • Research and expand strategic funder contacts and target list.
  • Collaborate with SEI’s Communications team to grow our organization’s reputation as an innovator, expert and thought partner by supporting program staff to represent SEI and our programs externally at select conferences, workshops, meetings, and events.
  • Assist with all aspects of our fundraising initiatives, including funder identification and tracking, outreach, grant design, planning, budgeting, grant writing, project management, grant submission, and maintaining the administrative structures that enable fluid program evaluation and reporting.


  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced coursework a plus) and work experience in fundraising, relationship building, and project management. Master’s degree welcome.
  • Ability to efficiently transform a programmatic vision into a concise and compelling written narrative. Grant writing experience is explicitly desired.
  • Broad and deep understanding of education and workforce development for equity, as well as sustainability, climate change, energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, green infrastructure, and building science concepts and topics, strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge, experience, and skill with networking, partnership development, public speaking, group presentations.
  • Understanding of the organizational mechanisms of city governments, non-profit and for-profit organizations, school districts, high schools, and colleges highly desired.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Evidence of strong verbal and written communication, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Experience and ease developing relationships and skillfully working with colleagues, partners, clients, and constituents.
  • Prior people management, mentoring, career coaching, and supervision experience and aptitude, including ability to convey direction in a positive, constructive, and succinct manner. In particular, coaching and mentoring experience working with individuals who experience systemic and/or individual barriers to employment. 
  • Aptitude for interpersonal rapport building and working collaboratively with others.
  • Track record of successful task prioritization and execution, ability to juggle overlapping deadlines, and deft management of a growing body of work with timely fulfillment of associated tasks & deliverables.
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills and ability to self-manage and follow through to ably and reliably meet multiple, concurrent deadlines.
  • Strong experience with and interest in various information technologies along with competency across the Google and Microsoft suites of office software (e.g.: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Aptitude to quickly learn industry- or project-specific software.
  • Ability to work under direct supervision, collaboratively in teams/ partners, or independently.
  • Experience in and the drive to address racism and create race equity with team members and programmatically.


SEI offers a competitive starting salary for this position of $66,000 plus company-paid medical, sick and vacation, and 13 paid holidays per year.


This position requires applicants to perform the following tasks: Read/comprehend, write, perform calculations, communicate orally, reason and analyze, use fine finger movements, use a computer and mouse, sit, stand, walk, drive a motorized vehicle, carry and/or lift up to 40 pounds, reach above shoulder level, bend, squat, crouch, kneel, push/pull, grasp.


  • Qualified applicants should click "Apply" below to email a resume AND cover letter to SEI describing how their interest, qualifications, and experience are a perfect match for this position.
  • Please include “Associate Fundraising/Development Manager” in the subject line of your email.
  • No phone calls please.  


SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity. We believe that a wide array of perspectives contributes to creative climate solutions where all communities thrive. We strive to reflect diverse communities, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. A commitment to work and learn within an anti-oppression framework is required.

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