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Fundraising and Development Manager

Job #13.08.2002.05 Category: AdministrationLocation: Parkinson's Institute
Job Description:

The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center seeks an energetic and experienced fundraising and development professional who wants to grow within and leave their fingerprint on the evolution of our entrepreneurial organization. Reporting to the Director of Development, Marketing, and Communications, this person will play an instrumental role in creating and implementing a robust fundraising and development strategy at the Parkinson’s Institute.

You will thrive in this position if you possess the following traits and qualities:

    • Rainmaker
    • Creative and compelling storyteller
    • Juggler, able to manage multiple and quickly changing priorities
    • Sense of urgency
    • Grace under pressure
    • Collaborative
    • Highly organized
    • Detail-oriented
    • Results driven, but patient and flexible
    • Resourceful and disciplined
    • Observant and intuitive
    • Convener and consensus builder
    • Thoughtful and strategic
    • Proactive
    • Self-aware
Primary responsibilities of this position include: day-to-day fundraising and development operations, and building the Institute’s individual giving program with a strong focus on cultivation and stewardship of mid-level prospects and donors. Position will also provide significant support to the Director with major gifts. Also responsible for liaising with third party fundraising events/programs, managing special events, projects, and programs, and facilitating workplace giving applications and campaigns.

Day-to-Day Fundraising and Development Operations

  • Serve as the first point of contact for prospective donor and current donor questions, needs, and concerns.
  • Work with the Director and Donor Services Manager to streamline donation processing and gift entry, and to implement best practices and top-notch customer service for donors.
  • Work with and support the Donor Services Manager to ensure timely and accurate data/gift entry and generation of acknowledgement letters and other donor recognition.
  • Deliver timely internal and external notifications regarding donors/donations as needed.
  • Assist with data and constituent record clean-up and consolidation.
  • Build queries and generate reports and mailing lists as needed.
  • Uphold and communicate our shared responsibility for ethical fundraising and development practices and patient/donor confidentiality.
  • Integrate fundraising and development activities with efforts across the Institute.

 Individual and Major Giving

  • Empower a donor-centered approach.
  • Play a significant role in the creation and implementation of donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
  • Conduct prospect/donor research and wealth screenings.
  • Personally and successfully manage and move a portfolio of mid-level prospects and donors.
  • Identify potential leadership volunteers who can support future special events, projects, and programs.
  • Support the Director with execution of Board Members’ personal fundraising strategies.
  • Work with the Director and Donor Services Manager to strengthen the Institute’s direct mail program.
  • Integrate our direct mail and online giving with individual/major giving strategies and marketing/communications efforts.

Special Events, Projects, and Programs

  • Work with the Director, colleagues at the Institute, and vendors/consultants as appropriate to conceptualize, plan, and manage donor cultivation and stewardship events, including: luncheons, receptions, dinners, presentations, and tours.
  • Work with the Director to build and launch Parkinson’s Institute signature fundraising event(s), programs, and other branded vehicles for donor engagement.

The Fundraising and Development Manager will support other Development, Marketing, and Communications functions as determined by the Director. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: basic administrative duties, volunteer management, mailings, website and online presence social media, press and media, and staffing of educational programs.

Job Requirements:

In addition to demonstrated success in the above areas of work, our ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Fast on their feet and responsive to direction and feedback.
  • Able to foster and nurture relationships with internal/external gatekeepers and stakeholders.
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Mature problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Strong project and time management abilities.
  • Able to work successfully both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience.
  • 4+ years in a fundraising and development role.
  • Computer literate and Microsoft Office proficient.
  • Able to lift 35 pounds.
  • Flexible and willing to work evenings and weekends, as needed.
  • Website and social media savvy a plus.
  • Raiser’s Edge experience is strongly desired.
  • Previous fundraising and development experience within non-profit voluntary health and/or a medical research organization is advantageous.


We encourage all applicants to review our website to familiarize themselves with the Parkinson’s Institute before applying ( In addition to a resume and references, interested applicants should include a cover letter describing their qualifications, interests, potential contributions, salary expectations, and how they learned of this opportunity.  Applicant packages without a cover letter will not be considered.


Please send correspondence by one of the following methods:


Mail to: Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center, 675 Almanor Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Fax to: 408.734.8427




675 Almanor Avenue | Sunnyvale, CA 94085
408.734.2800 main | 408.734.8455 fax (Main) | 408.734.9208 fax (Clinic Secure)