Fund Development Manager

FLSA Classification: Exempt

Reports to the Fund Development Director

About the Organization

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) is an independent think-and-do tank that believes in the potential of all students. We work tirelessly to close the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color. We convene educators, school system leaders and the community to pilot and scale evidence-based solutions that advance school quality in Duval County.

JPEF has a highly engaged and diverse board, significant fiscal resources and talented staff to drive the work of the organization. The fast-paced and entrepreneurial organization has more than a decade-long track record of helping the school district to significantly improve outcomes for students through innovative, community- focused, and data-driven solutions.

Position Summary

The Manager of Fund Development helps manage and support JPEF’s ongoing fund development efforts, including administration of the donor database/constituent relationship management (CRM) tool; managing the recruitment and engagement of the Ignite young professionals affinity group; and planning and execution donor engagement events including the biennial EDTalks event. Reporting to the Director of Fund Development, the Manager will work closely with other Jacksonville Public Education Fund staff members to advance organizational goals and strategy; ensure the alignment of our efforts; engage in collaborative learning, planning and action; measure impact and make continuous improvements. 


Fund Development Management & Support 

  • Together with the Finance & Administration Director, co-manage the customization and implementation of JPEF’s donor database/CRM. Responsible for the integrity and on-going maintenance of prospective and current donor records to include timely data entry, processing and maintenance of gifts and grant records, regular analysis and reporting on donor activity, and ad hoc reporting requests. 
  • Manage JPEF’s Young Professional/ Philanthropist affinity group, developing and implementing strategies to deepen their engagement with JPEF’s efforts to improve public education, including creating/ updating and managing the plan, managing to budget expectations, recruiting and retaining members, leading in efforts to achieve measurable goals to expand and deepen engagement, and preparing data-based reports to measure progress and drive continuous improvement.
  • Help engage and steward existing donors at all giving levels by sending gift acknowledgement and follow up letters, greeting cards, invitations to special events, and by supporting the President and Fund Development Director to make personal calls to thank donors. Prepare gift renewal letters and invoices to existing donors.
  • Coordinate with the Fund Development Director and Associate on grant and budget planning, with the responsibility of ensuring that the details and status of grants and proposals are properly recorded in the donor database and other tracking systems.
  • Research prospective donors, as well as private and corporate foundation grant opportunities.
  • Assist the Fund Development Director to prepare for meetings and presentations to donors and donor prospects, including the Board’s Development Committee.
  • Lead the planning and implementation of ED-Talks, a biennial convening of approximately 400 people where JPEF brings national thought leaders to Jacksonville to rally our community behind the shared goals we are setting to close the opportunity gap, including literacy disparities, and diversifying the pool of effective teachers.
    • Together with the Fund Development Director and the Board Development Committee, identify potential keynote speakers for the event, and once selected, coordinate contracts.
    • Secure sponsorships for the event.
    • Develop a plan to include organizational roles and responsibilities. o Coordinate the theme, entertainment, decorations, floor plan, food, and overall event experience. o Vendor selection and contract negotiations for event production.
    • Convene production meetings with the production team and media partner, ensuring alignment between all event roles.
    • Participate in the script review for the event, led by the Director of Marketing and Communications.
    • Event walk-through and execution, manage the day-of event flow.
    • Collaborate with JPEF’s Engagement & Partnerships Director on the messaging that will connect the ED Talks donor event with the ED Talks + Action strategic impact planning event.
  • In partnership with the Fund Development Director and Engagement & Partnerships Director, secure sponsorships and in-kind support for the EDDY Awards, an annual event that celebrates Jacksonville’s teachers of the year and highlights best practices that we promote through our work,
  • Coordinate donor engagement events that recognize, steward, and further cultivate current donors, volunteers, and prospects, increasing their engagement with the organization. Work collaboratively with Development staff and volunteers to create and hold strategic, data-driven, branded, mission focused events that are well attended, planned, and executed effectively.


  • Actively participate in internal meetings, work sessions and retreats with a focus on collaborating cross-functionally, strategizing and evaluating effectiveness.
  • Support other efforts as overall JPEF strategies and priorities dictate.
  • Develop internal processes and systems to effectively manage work streams. 


Education/Career Experience

Bachelor's degree.

Three years of philanthropic experience in a non-profit, fundraising and event experience required.

Experience administering a donor database/CRM such as Donor Perfect or Salesforce.

Skills Knowledge and Abilities

Strong problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to consistently take initiative.

Ability to maintain and respect the sensitive, private and confidential nature of information related to grants, donors, advisors and the organization.

Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize deliverables, and handle unanticipated demands and requests.

Excellent interpersonal skills, adaptability, and a collaborative style with ability to engage colleagues at all levels.

Confidence to work internally and externally with various leaders, partners, staff and consultants to support the organization’s efforts.

Experience and comfort working with Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Office applications, Teams), Adobe Acrobat Pro, online communications tools (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and various web-based applications. 

Additional Qualifications

Clear commitment to the importance of providing a high-quality public education for all students in Jacksonville, particularly low-income students and students at low-performing schools.

Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, start-up like environment.

Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline- and goal-driven organization.

Excitement and openness to continued learning and development.

Knowledge of Jacksonville is preferred but not required.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, vision and life insurance is included, along with a matched 401(k) retirement plan.

Commitment to Diversity

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund encourages individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and résumé́ in PDF format to with the subject line “Manager, Fund Development.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.





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