Position Title: Development Manager

Salary: $70,000-$90,000, dependent on experience
Hours: ​Full-time, Exempt; 40 hours per week

DIY Girls mission is to increase girls’ and gender-expansive youth’s interest and long-term success in technology, engineering, and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. DIY Girls provides STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) – based educational programs and workshops designed to promote girls’ and gender-expansive youth’s engagement and exploration with technology, encourage self-confidence, and support aspiration to technical careers.


The Development Manager will directly support the Director of External Affairs and Communications with meeting or exceeding the yearly revenue targets while identifying strategies for year-to-year growth. The Development Manager will co-supervise the Development and Communications Associate, and supervise contracted consultants as needed. 

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), Exempt level position. Salary: $70,000-$90,000, dependent on experience. Benefits include: Vacation Time; Sick Time; Personal Time; Parental Leave; Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance; 401(k) and nonelective employer contribution equal to 4% of your eligible compensation; 13 paid holidays. This position will report to the Director of External Affairs and Communications and is a hybrid position (remote and in-person). Our office is located in San Fernando (Northeast San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles), with some travel to school and partner sites.


The key tasks and areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

Grant Management (40%)

  • Manage a continuous pipeline of grants and reports to ensure timely submission
  • Write and submit letters of intent, grant proposals, and reports to funders
  • Develop annual grant projections and lead grants strategy and implementation 
  • Research prospective corporate, foundation, and government grants to identify new funding opportunities
  • Continuously monitor philanthropic trends in grant opportunities within the Los Angeles region and nationally in STEM/STEAM fields

Gala and Event Planning (30%)

  • Lead the planning and execution of our annual gala to ensure the financial success, including securing and managing sponsorships, coordinating honorees, and serving as staff liaison to our Gala Committee
  • Collaborate with an event planner as needed for seamless event execution

Relationship Management (20%)

  • Cultivate and manage relationships with corporations and foundations
  • Identify and engage corporate sponsors in partnership/engagement opportunities
  • Support the Executive Director with funder site visits and meetings 
  • Meet with new, prospective, and ongoing funders and host funders at program sites
  • Present to funders and prospective funders about our work and mission, articulating the impact and importance of our programs
  • Represent the organization at networking events and fundraising functions

Other Duties (10%)

  • Support with individual and major donor engagement and fundraising campaigns as needed
  • Co-supervise the Development and Communications Associate to ensure timely tracking of development activities including events, relationships/contacts, donations, grants, gift acknowledgments, and fundraising results
  • Oversee the continuous documentation and refinement of development department policies and procedures
  • Collaborate with the Director of External Affairs and Communications to ensure that all communications and development strategies are aligned
  • Perform other duties as assigned to support the organization’s goals and initiatives


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with a passion for DIY Girls’ mission, excellent organization skills, consistency, and reliability. The successful candidate will effectively lead and manage development activities, partner with the Director of External Affairs and Communications, and work collaboratively with the team.

Specific requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Preferred minimum 2-3 years experience in non-profit development, including grant writing/management, event planning, and relationship management with funders
  • Knowledge of philanthropic landscape in Los Angeles
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve goals
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail, task prioritization, and project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate donor and funder relationships
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Ability to produce high-quality work in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with Salesforce, Airtable, or other fundraising CRM platform preferred
  • Must be available on occasional evenings and weekends for networking and fundraising events
  • Livescan Fingerprinting and T.B. Test will be required

Physical requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to push, pull, carry, and lift up to 20 pounds at times

To Apply: Please email a resume, cover letter briefly describing your experience and interest in the position, and either a grant proposal or other writing sample to careers@diygirls.org with the subject line “Development Manager.” Any application missing requested documents will not be considered. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

DIY Girls is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of DIY Girls to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.