A career with the Bay Area Ridge Trail is challenging and rewarding. We currently have the following job opening on our staff:

Development and Communications Manager

Overview: The Development Manager reports to the Development Director and is responsible for providing integral support in serving and cultivating the Ridge Trail’s 3,000 active donors through concise and inspiring communication and detailed campaign execution. Located in the beautiful Presidio, this is a full-time exempt position and is an exciting opportunity for someone who is interested in a career in nonprofit fundraising. We are proud to promote hard-working, inspired individuals. Promotion to Associate Director is available for the right person. Flexible hours and less than full-time are a possibility, if desired.


  • Under the direction of the Development Director and aid of a Direct Mail consultant, plan and coordinate annual fund programs.
  • Track and analyze results and recommend and implement changes to optimize results.
  • Help create, maintain, and reforecast a yearly direct marketing budget.
  • Process donations and gift acknowledgement letters accurately and in a timely manner and assist with fulfillment of donor and sponsor benefits. Processing will be shared with support staff.
  • Maintain donor database, including donor updates and donations tracking and reporting.
  • Assist with database maintenance and cleaning.
  • Provide high quality customer service and problem solving by responding to member questions, issues and concerns. Follow up with members in a timely manner by mail, phone and email correspondence.
  • Process special event and reception registrations and RSVPs.
  • Assist in prospecting and donor research using online resources. Help create and maintain donor and prospect lists and profiles.
  • Track proposal and reporting deadlines for all foundations and corporations.
  • Assist Development Director through reporting and analysis as needed.
  • Make fundraising presentations to the Board of Directors.
  • Assist with planning and execution of donor and member cultivation events, including: tabling, receptions, and trail outings and events. Occasional evening and weekend participation may be required.


  • Create and maintain social media content and update web page content. 
  • Assist in composing, editing and sending electronic communications including: enews, blog posts, donor videos, and interactive displays.
  • Assist with design and proofreading for materials such as letters, invitations, brochures and announcements.


  • A love of trails and a deep desire to inspire that love in others!
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm for the mission and a passion for trails and open space.
  • Demonstrated interest in fund development.
  • Experience in coordinating and executing direct mail programs.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain good working relationships.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  • Skill to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to shift priorities, work and meet deadlines independently, while keeping supervisor informed.
  • High level of computer proficiency is a must; including Microsoft Office, database management, and social media. Salesforce, Adobe CC (Photoshop, InDesign) and wordpress knowledge a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work experience.
  • Able to work nights and weekends occasionally, travel in the Bay Area, and possess a California Driver’s License. Access to a car is helpful.
  • Ability to hike or ride on rugged trails and lift 25 pounds.
  • 2-5 years experience in non-profit membership, fundraising, and/or marketing. Event planning/support experience a plus.
  • Knowledge of Bay Area trails, outdoor recreation and/or advocacy is a plus.

Please provide:

  • One-page cover letter
  • Salary requirements
  • Brief resume
  • 2-3 work samples that demonstrate experience in individual giving and campaign strategy (e.g. funder proposal, donor profile, contact report, campaign plan, direct solicitation content for campaigns, etc.)

The Council strives to pay competitive salaries within the nonprofit community and compensation is based on experience. Benefits include paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, medical, dental and vision coverage, and 401K plan.

To Apply:
The Council is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse team. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and salary objectives to careers@ridgetrail.org and indicate “Development and Communications Manager” in the subject line. Please visit www.ridgetrail.org for more information about the Ridge Trail.

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