About Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Breakthrough Silicon Valley launches talented but underserved middle school students on the path to college, while at the same time inspiring high school and college students to become educators. While ambitious in our goals, BTSV works: a stunning 99% of BTSV graduates are accepted into four-year colleges and 74% of BTSV Teaching Fellows are inspired to pursue a career in education as a result of their summer experience.

BTSV’s tuition-free program provides year-round out of school time academic support, advising, and advocacy for a diverse group of talented students, most of whom come from under-resourced communities and are first in their family to go to college. Through our students-teaching-students model, BTSV also provides a consummate professional development experience in education by providing talented high school and college students the opportunity to design and teach classes under the direction of seasoned education professionals.

Located in San Jose, California, Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an affiliate of The Breakthrough Collaborative, a leading national service organization that acts as the national voice for 24 Breakthrough sites across the country.

The Position

Breakthrough Silicon Valley is looking for a Development Manager who’s passionate about educational equity and BTSV’s mission, and who can communicate and collaborate with students, families, and external stakeholders to amplify our impact.

You engage in both high-level, strategic thinking, and in executing critical processes that drive the day-to-day development activities of the organization. You can switch between internal and external roles easily and frequently, as some days you are working diligently at your computer to track and analyze donor data, while another day you are pitching volunteer opportunities and “selling” BTSV’s mission to strangers at a corporate volunteer fair. You are a problem-solver who takes initiative, is highly organized, attentive to detail, and process-oriented. You understand that open communication and strong leadership are paramount, alongside an ambitious attitude and desire to drive continuous improvement within yourself and the BTSV team. You are comfortable using databases, CRMs, social media, email marketing tools, and creative software, and are always excited to add more technical skills to your toolkit.

The Development Manager reports to the Sr. Director of Development.

Areas of Ownership

  • External Communications: Create and disseminate high-quality, effective, and engaging video, print, and digital collateral to ensure that BTSV’s mission is consistently articulated across multiple channels in a compelling way.

  • Volunteer Engagement: Build and maintain relationships with volunteers and corporate social responsibility teams, with the aim of converting volunteers into donors. Collaborate with program staff to incorporate volunteers into BTSV student events (such as the annual resume writing workshop and Career Exploration Day) and facilitate mutually beneficial and meaningful student/volunteer interactions.

  • Development Operations: Lead the management of BTSV’s Salesforce database, including gift processing and acknowledgements, building reports, and financial reconciliations.

  • Event Management: Provide logistical support for BTSV’s fundraising events, especially the annual Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough Student benefit, by managing ticket sales, interfacing with vendors, coordinating with event committees, and more. Shepherd Board members and donors at BTSV student events and program visits.

What background and skills do you have?:

  • At least five years of experience in a development, event planning, and/or marketing role, preferably at a nonprofit organization

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and execute multiple time-sensitive priorities with precision and integrity

  • Proficiency with Salesforce or another similar CRM

  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud, Canva, or similar design tools

  • Experience with website content management systems (SquareSpace, WordPress) and email marketing tools (Mailchimp)

  • Experience creating social media content that engages diverse audiences

  • Comfort with basic photo and video editing

  • Ability to quickly build relationships with everyone from students and volunteers to donors and Board members

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and a tactful, diplomatic communication style

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and always exhibit a high level of discretion

  • “Breakthrough Spirit”: You’re a collaborative team player who is committed to excellence and open-minded, demonstrates a growth mindset, thinks creatively to solve problems, and works with a sense of humor and humility.

  • Commitment to Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s mission and goals as well as a passion for educational equity

  • Bachelor’s degree

Bonus points if:

  • You have experience at a nonprofit youth development or educational organization, particularly one focused on college access for first-generation students and students of color

  • You’re bilingual (Spanish or Vietnamese)

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary range for this position is $65,000-$80,000. BTSV typically makes salary offers between the range minimum and the range midpoint, taking into consideration the candidate’s qualifications, our budget, and internal equity.

  • Health benefits: Medical, dental, and vision coverage, with 100% of employee premiums and 50% of dependent premiums covered by BTSV

  • Retirement Benefits: 401(k) plan with immediate 3% company match

  • Paid time off: 15 days plus 11 holidays and two “shut-down” weeks

  • Professional development fund for professional growth and learning opportunities

Location and Hours

This is a hybrid position. You will have the flexibility to regularly work from a home office; however, this role requires attendance at meetings at BTSV’s main office at Herbert Hoover Middle School (1635 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126) and occasional travel to BTSV’s program sites and events in the San Jose area, so candidates must be local to the Bay Area in order to be considered. Occasional evening and weekend work is also required.


COVID-19 Information

BTSV requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (one dose of Johnson & Johnson, two doses of Moderna, or two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech). Proof of vaccination must be provided prior to your first day of employment. Employees may request accommodation if they have a qualifying medical condition or on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs and practices.

BTSV is also continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation locally and will continue to comply with all state, county, city, and/or school district directives on PPE, social distancing, vaccination, and remote work as they evolve.

Application Process

Apply online through this site. Please indicate where you heard about the position in your cover letter. We will review applications on a rolling basis.

BTSV engages with individuals of all backgrounds and we are committed to embracing diversity within our organization, including developing a team who represents the communities we serve.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, BTSV is committed to providing employment opportunities to all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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