Development Manager

Scope of Work

The Development Manager has responsibility for initiating, directing, and managing SAAF’s annual fundraising activities, including but not limited to all major events, 3rd party events, and special event social media. During these events, the Development Manager will be responsible for directing the actions of all volunteers and staff who are assisting with the event. The Development Manager participates in the creating and monitoring of the agency-wide development plan. The Development Manager reports to the Associate Director of Development. Position duties include but are not limited to:

Functional Responsibilities

  • Oversees budgeting, direction, coordination, and implementation of SAAF’s major special events, including AIDSWALK, Out Brunch, and Jell-O Wrestling. Serves as the point-of-contact, resource and ensures successful coordination of 3rd party special events.
  • Works closely with the Director of Development and the Associate Director of Development in identifying and soliciting prospective event underwriters.
  • Will be responsible for maintaining and engaging with a select donor portfolio, specifically our monthly recurring givers and small event-holders.
  • Lead event project management, ensuring tasks are completed according to schedule and to SAAF’s standards.
  • Manages all staff and volunteers who participate in SAAF events. This management is done directly by assigning tasks and by working with the Development and Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Tracks event participation, donations, demographics, and other pertinent data to ensure goals are met and to provide historical data for planning future events.
  • Solicits and appraises bids and awards contracts for events and other activities within the position’s responsibility.
  • Attends, and where appropriate staff, all relevant meetings, and events-related committees. Provides leadership to events’ steering committees.
  • Conducts research on fundraising events to enhance the effectiveness of SAAF’s events, including industry best practices and trends within non-profit development.
  • Responsible for event-related social media including giving direction to the Marketing Manager on content ideas, themes, and scheduling.
  • Respond to event social media inquiries or comments.
  • Work with Marketing Manager to coordinate all event marketing materials and needs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience implementing fundraising, events, and/or communications activities.
  • Experience in using social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, as part of development campaigns or event planning and management.
  • Very strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Experience developing, implementing, and monitoring detailed work plans for events and other relevant activities.
  • Experience in maintaining the confidentiality of high-value information, such as donor records.
  • Experience working in situations with high cultural and personal differences in age, ethnicity, and lifestyle.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills in both large groups and one-to-one.
  • Experience in non-profit work, especially in the role of development or event planning.
  • Substantive experience supervising staff and/or volunteers.
  • Creative thinker with the ability to take events to the next level.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and phone communication skills.
  • Experience with budgeting and budget management for events.
  • Experience with marketing and media relations, specifically in advertisement solicitation, press release creation, and setting up media-friendly events.
  • Excellent speaking and public presentation abilities, including large-group organized presentations, small-group meetings over food, and one-to-one conversations.
  • Experience in and commitment to team approach both within an organizational division and throughout an organization.


Pay Grade: 106 $43,114-$52,815 DOE. FLSA Status: Exempt 


Health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 401(k) with matching, long-term, and short-term disability insurance. 12 paid holidays per year, 4 weeks of PTO per year to start in addition to 40 hours of sick leave. Access to SAAF Health Clinic on-site for primary care needs.

To Apply

Submit a letter of interest and resume with dates of employment to:
Yvette Bass, Recruiting & Retention
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
375 S Euclid Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
email to or visit

Affirmative Action

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.
People who have used drugs, have performed sex work, people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, those who have experienced housing insecurity, people who have received harm reduction services, and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C are strongly encouraged to apply.

Physical Requirements

This job is a sedentary job, as defined by the Social Security Administration, CFR. CFR § 404.1567. Physical exertion requirements:
(a) Sedentary work. Sedentary work involves lifting no more than 10 pounds at a time and occasionally lifting or carrying articles like docket files, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required occasionally, and other sedentary criteria are met.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management as required. Management reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

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