Since 1985, Playwrights Project has been empowering people of all ages and backgrounds to voice stories through theatre, inspiring individual growth and meaningful community connections. Programs include playwriting programs in schools and disenfranchised communities (primarily system involved youth and adults), a statewide playwriting contest for youth, community performances, and professional productions: Plays by Young Writers (winning scripts from the contest) and Mosaic (plays by adults in our community programs).

The Development/Marketing Manager, full-time (30-40 hrs/wk), orchestrate fundraising and marketing efforts to increase awareness and support of Playwrights Project. This position works closely with staff and related committees, under the guidance of the Executive Director.



  • Manage development planning and implementation
  • Research donors and funding opportunities
  • Draft grant proposals and other funding requests with the Executive Director
  • Track program compliance with donor requirements
  • Prepare reports and thank you letters 
  • Participate as the staff liaison on Development and Special Events Committees 
  • Coordinate conduct fundraising events with staff and committee members


  • Work with Program Managers to support compliance with protocols and funding requests 
  • Observe programs periodically to experience programs for reporting and communications


  • Manage marketing, media, PR and social media, supported by Administrative Assistant
  • Lead the preparation/distribution of press releases, newsletters, update online messaging
  • Work with Executive Director and graphic designer to create marketing materials
  • Assist in representing organization to the public, donors, press and partners

Individual Donors

  • Coordinate efforts to deepen involvement of current donors, encourage program participants to contribute to PWP, attract new donors, and generate lead gifts
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships between donors, board and staff 
  • Organize and keep current documentation on donors and prospects


  • Assist with developing budgets for contributions and fundraising activities 
  • Maintain records of gifts in DonorPerfect, cross checking accuracy with finance staff 
  • Monitor costs related to areas managed (e.g. fundraising, marketing, and special events)



  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Fundraising skills: grant writing, distilling information, clear engaging messaging  
  • Passion for theatre and arts education
  • Proficient/Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google products is required
  • Action oriented; creative visioning and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and planning skills
  • Strong commitment to meet and exceeding expectations 
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively with others 
  • Cultural competency and ability to work with diverse populations
  • Integrity to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner 
  • Professional image and demeanor 


  • Post-secondary education in a related field or commensurate experience


  • Ability to read, write and speak English fluently
  • Ability to read, write and speak Spanish fluently (not required, but preferred) 


  • Able to sit for prolonged periods of time at meetings, desk, computer
  • Able to view a computer screen for an extended period of time 
  • Able to speak into and use a telephone
  • Able to lift and transport up to 25 pounds


  • Fast-paced work with multi-level distractions
  • Requires a balance of independent work and collaboration 


  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays, as needed
  • Must be able to satisfy requirements for security clearances at correctional institutions
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license and auto insurance


  • Salaried/Nonexempt
  • Annual Salary: $47,840-$54,080 DOE
  • Health care stipend available

Submit your resume and a cover letter (2-page maximum) to: [email protected]. Please indicate in the Subject Line: Development/Marketing Manager. Resumes and cover letters will be accepted until job is filled. Please direct all inquiries to: [email protected]