Development Manager, Partnerships (E & I)

Full Time


Democracy Fund is a foundation working to defend American democracy and challenge it to be more open and just. Created by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, Democracy Fund has made more than $200 million in grants to support free and fair elections, a vibrant and diverse public square, effective and accountable government, and a just and inclusive society. In addition to grantmaking, Democracy Fund advocates for better solutions and works with partners to grow philanthropic support for our democracy. To learn more, visit and


Democracy Fund champions leaders and organizations that defend democracy and challenge our political system to be more open, just, resilient, and trustworthy. We believe that experimentation, learning, and adaptation are key to the health and resilience of any system, whether it is our organization or the American political system. As grantmakers, we focus on listening and being of service to our grantees, who are visionaries and our collaborators, and on ways we can more deeply embed diversity, equity, and inclusion as values central to the success of our work and mission.  

The Philanthropic Partnerships team works to bring new resources and leadership to the democracy field in the hopes of expanding its reach and potential. Using Democracy Fund’s expertise, rigor, and systems approach, the Philanthropic Partnerships team helps donors strategically invest in innovative, successful nonprofits working to strengthen our democracy.

Democracy Fund is seeking a Development Manager to join the Philanthropic Partnerships team to manage a fundraising and partnership development portfolio that supports our Elections and Governance programs. These two programs are central to the organization’s mission and critical to achieving an inclusive, multi-racial democracy that is open, just, resilient, and trustworthy. A major element of Democracy Fund’s strategic vision, the Development Manager role and the Philanthropic Partnerships team do not raise funds for our foundation but provide a service to the fields in which we work.

  • Our Elections Program, which seeks to create more free and fair elections, includes initiatives aimed at promoting voting rights, developing a modern system of election administration, and defending against attempts to sabotage and undermine our election system.
  • Our Governance Program, which seeks to create more representative and accountable governing institutions, includes initiatives to prevent and hold government accountable for abuses of power and explore ways of developing a more representative political system by changing its rules and structures, as well as diversifying the composition of its leadership.  

The successful candidate will be part of our Philanthropic Partnerships team, work to grow its infrastructure and influence, and serve as a trusted advisor who can seamlessly manage shifting priorities and stakeholders across our growing network. The role requires a demonstrated track record of cultivating donor relationships, developing fundraising strategies for complex program areas, and securing six-figure gifts.

This position reports to the Senior Director of Philanthropic Partnerships and collaborates closely with the Elections, Governance, and Communications teams, as well as with senior leadership across the organization.

The Development Manager’s primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:



  • Develop and implement a robust strategy that supports the Elections and Governance programs and seamlessly engages donors through events, networks, reports, collateral material, and other communications.
  • Research and identify new prospects and potential partners with the program teams to develop customized strategies for deepening and expanding our work.
  • Combine strong operational and frontline fundraising skills to raise organizational and programmatic profiles and grow support from peer funders.
  • Support or contribute to the management of joint funding that Democracy Fund leads or participates in, including developing governance structures, donor engagement strategies, and communications.
  • Work in close coordination with partners and colleagues to effectively engage and deploy Democracy Fund’s president, program leadership and partnerships staff to cultivate new and existing funders.
  • Coach, train, and partner with frontline program staff on using best practices, creating and reviewing materials, and managing relationships.


  • Participate in donor calls with program leads and develop engagement and follow-up strategies. Act as a frontline fundraiser for the Philanthropic Partnerships team.
  • Produce and attend high-level events with senior staff and build direct relationships with donors and their advisors.
  • Work with the Senior Partnerships Director to manage the development of investment materials, including landscape updates and giving opportunities.
  • In collaboration with the teams for Strategy and Learning, Research, and Communications, help report impact and learning back to donors.
  • Track donor engagement across multiple teams to ensure alignment and transparency.


  • Serve as a team player with the ability to build strong relationships and work seamlessly in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Work effectively with staff at all levels, balancing projects and priorities for multiple team members.
  • Work to develop and support strong cross-organizational connections with other administrative staff and the Operations and People team to build and refine systems.
  • Contribute to a team culture that values collaboration, positivity, and transparency and that strives for impact through continuous improvement and learning.
  • Provide editorial, creative, and technical support to team members.
  • You will be supported in developing your own competencies as part of our organization-wide commitment to ongoing professional development.


  • Passion for strengthening American democracy.
  • Deep commitment to racial equity and justice.
  • A high level of integrity that embodies and reflects Democracy Fund values.  
  • Minimum five to seven years of frontline fundraising experience with high-paced, fast-growing organizations.
  • Strong track record of building relationships and collaboration across a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Proven savvy working directly with ultra- or high-net-worth donors or other VIPs.
  • Familiarity with pooled funds, fiscal sponsorships, and other collaborative grantmaking vehicles a plus.
  • Excellent project management skills, with a proven track record of taking concepts from idea to implementation, ensuring consistent internal and external goals, objectives, and deadlines.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills required.
  • Self-starter; ability to work independently and build new relationships.
  • Proficiency in Salesforce and Microsoft Office tools.
  • Willingness to travel at least monthly, perform occasional evening and weekend work, and attend staff events.
  • Bachelor’s degree required (or equivalent experience).
  • Preference to have this position based in either New York City or the San Francisco Bay Area, with the expectation of occasional travel to Washington, D.C. 


Salary range begins at $101,740.50 per year.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume through our Jobs page. Applications submitted without a cover letter or lacking the desired years of experience will not be considered. Take this opportunity to tell us about yourself and why you're interested in joining our team. No calls please. 

Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.


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