The Oakland REACH, Development Manager

The Oakland Reach - Oakland, California or Remote - Full time


Did you know that less than 30% of Black and Brown kids in Oakland are on reading level? The Oakland REACH is a 501c3 organization determined to disrupt these systematic educational inequities in Oakland’s public schools.

Five years ago, The Oakland REACH’s co-Founder & CEO, Lakisha Young, set out with a small group of fellow Black and Brown parents on a mission to empower Oakland’s most underserved communities to demand high-quality schools for their children. Today, The Oakland REACH is leading a national conversation about parent power. If you want to be fired up by their energy, conviction, and success to date, check out their recent features on, Scripps, and NPR.

The REACH pulls on every lever possible to get kids learning. They’ve combined both advocacy and direct programming work to make real change: They lead the passage of The Opportunity Ticket policy through the Oakland Unified School Board; created and ran a Literacy for All campaign to increase the literacy of the whole family; and designed and launched the Hub to provide high-quality instruction and programming for students and socio-economic supports for the whole family. The REACH’s work always centers around solutions — rather than call on system leaders to “do something,” The REACH shows what works and says, “do this.”

The future is uncertain. But what The REACH does know for certain is that “business as usual” has never worked, and going back to “normal” is not an option. In 2022, external conditions — including the continued pandemic and a tough local political climate — will inevitably impact students’ access to a high quality teaching and learning. With that as the backdrop, The REACH knows they will need to continue to navigate unchartered territories when it comes to accessing high quality education. But they are ready. They have proven they can lead the way through complexity by being nimble and responsive, scaling impact, and always keeping families first.

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The Oakland REACH is seeking a Development Manager (DM) to join the organization’s dynamic Development Team and to support a comprehensive development strategy to meet fundraising goals across diverse revenue streams, with a goal of raising $5.4M in FY22.

Reporting to the Director of Development (DoD), the Development Manager will support the CEO and DoD in development efforts among a variety of external stakeholders including individual, foundation, and corporate donors. The ideal candidate will be a strong relationship builder who enjoys communicating and collaborating with a range of people. They will have experience juggling multiple priorities in a fast-paced work environment, managing projects and working behind the scenes to produce successful outcomes. The candidate will be driven by an unwavering commitment to The Oakland REACH’s mission and values.

The Development Manager will coordinate key development functions, oversee our database and donor management systems, and maintain data integrity to ensure that REACH has the necessary resources to sustain its growth. The Development Manager will also partner closely with finance, communications, and other staff to support The REACH’s ability to raise critical funds that will sustain the organization and expand its impact over the long-term.

This position is remote within the state of California, with the expectation of travel as needed.


Key Responsibilities of the Development Manager include:

  • Annual Fundraising: Oversee the organization’s annual fundraising campaigns, coordinate and execute donor communications and proactively manage the pipeline of current and prospective donors to ensure cultivation occurs.
  • Systems and Data Management: Oversee, maintain and update the organization’s donor database (Salesforce), and establish related systems and processes to track all activity, measures of success, and make data driven decisions. Strengthen systems around processing and acknowledging gifts, and long-term stewardship of funder relationships while recognizing donors at their specific giving levels. Work with Finance to reconcile development records with accounting records. Conduct thoughtful donor research and ensure data integrity to help prepare the Director of Development and CEO for outreach and meetings. Provide updates and ensure progress to fundraising goals at regular team meetings.
  • Grants Management: Partner with the Director of Development and external grant writers, to ensure submission of timely grant reports and proposals. Collaborate with the finance team to track how grant money is being spent. Conduct prospect research on institutional funders that would support The REACH, and be the point person for initial contact with prospective funders.


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Development Manager candidate will be/have:

  • Demonstrated commitment to The Oakland REACH’s mission and programmatic goals.
  • A proactive self-starter with the ability to multitask, establish, and rearrange priorities.
  • A process oriented thinker with strong organizational skills, attention to detail and strong project management skills.
  • Experience with a customer relationship management (CRM) tool.
  • Experience leveraging technology to enhance efficiency and analyze data.
  • Proficiency using Google Suite and eager to learn new technologies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of public education and charter schools is preferred, but not required.
  • Relentless results-orientation.


This full-time position offers a competitive salary range of $65,000-95,000 and robust benefits including medical, dental, retirement, and monthly reimbursements for cell phone and internet costs. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume and cover letter online at For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Corina Ramos at or at 732.621.0108.

The Oakland REACH is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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The Oakland Reach

The Oakland REACH’s co-Founder & CEO, Lakisha Young, set out with a small group of fellow Black and Brown parents on a mission to empower Oakland’s most underserved communities demanding high-quality schools. The Oakland REACH continues to lead a national conversation about parent power.
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