About Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Breakthrough Silicon Valley launches talented students who have been historically excluded from higher education on the path to college, and inspires high school and college students to become the next generation of leaders, advocates, and educators. BTSV’s seven-year college access and success program, which supports students from 7th grade to first year of college, has proven to be effective in preparing these students for college: a stunning 99% of BTSV graduates attend college immediately after high school.


BTSV’s tuition-free program provides year-round out-of-school time academic support, counseling, and advocacy for a diverse group of talented students, most of whom come from under-resourced communities and will be the first generation in their family to go to college. Through our students-teaching-students model, BTSV also provides a consummate professional development experience providing talented high school and college students the opportunity to understand the K-12 system and the drivers of educational inequities, and to design and teach classes under the direction of seasoned educators.


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 25 Breakthrough sites across the country.


The Position

Breakthrough Silicon Valley is seeking a dynamic and highly organized individual with a passion for our mission and demonstrated skills in event management, volunteer coordination, fundraising, and producing impactful communications to join our team as a Development Events Manager. This role is crucial in orchestrating and overseeing BTSV’s volunteer and fundraising events.


Areas of Ownership

  • Event Planning and Execution: Plan and execute volunteer and fundraising events from start to finish. Manage event timelines, budgets, vendor selection (catering, A/V, graphic design) and more to ensure logistics are seamless and all participants have a positive experience. Address challenges and unexpected issues during events promptly and efficiently.

  • Volunteer Management: Partner with the VP of Development to achieve a corporate fundraising goal through strategic corporate volunteer management. Recruit, train, and manage volunteers, and foster a positive and engaging volunteer experience.

  • Communications: Manage and produce all communications related to events, utilizing various methods including printed materials, social media, and annual production of a promotional film. Effectively communicate event details and fundraising goals to volunteers, donors, and stakeholders.

  • Fundraising Strategy and Administration: Maintain accurate records of volunteer information, donor contributions, and event outcomes, using platforms such as Salesforce and OneCause. Utilize data to evaluate event success and inform future planning. As needed, support stewardship efforts and oversee timely and accurate entry of gifts and acknowledgements.

  • People Management: Train and manage seasonal interns and the AmeriCorps Volunteer Engagement Coordinator. Facilitate learning experiences to enhance their skills in event planning, volunteer engagement, and communications.


The Development Events Manager reports to the VP of Development.


What background and skills do you have?:

  • At least 5 years experience with significant event management, donor and volunteer engagement, and external communications responsibilities. 

  • Proven experience in planning and executing successful volunteer and fundraising events.

  • A stickler for grammar with strong writing skills.

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills with the ability to communicate clearly and appropriately with internal and external stakeholders. 

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Ability to lead and motivate volunteers and work collaboratively with diverse teams.

  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and experience in achieving fundraising goals.

  • Proficiency with Salesforce or a similar CRM.

  • Proficiency with OneCause or similar event management software.

  • “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


Bonus points if you have:

  • Experience managing interns or other direct reports.

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

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

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

  • Comfort with basic photo and video editing.

  • You’re bilingual (Spanish or Vietnamese).

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.


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 role is $75,000-$90,000. BTSV typically makes salary offers between the range minimum and 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 75% of dependent premiums covered by BTSV.

  • Retirement Benefits: 401(k) plan with immediate, fully vested 3% company match.

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

  • Professional development fund for professional association memberships and to pursue growth and learning opportunities.


Location and Hours

This is a hybrid position. You will typically work from BTSV’s San Jose Unified School District office (1635 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126) three days per week, with the flexibility to work from a home office when in-person work is not required. As BTSV is an “out-of-school time program,” occasional evening and weekend work, as well as travel to offsite programs and events in the San Jose area, are also required. Candidates must be local to the Bay Area or planning to relocate in order to be considered.


COVID-19 Information

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


Application Process

Apply through this site and attach your resume and cover letter as PDFs. 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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