Work for Save The Bay

Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay since 1961. Save The Bay engages more than 50,000 supporters, advocates, and volunteers to protect the Bay from pollution and reckless shoreline development and make it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. Save The Bay is leading a region-wide effort to re-establish 100,000 acres of tidal marsh that are essential for a healthy Bay. Volunteers from the community, local businesses, and schools work with our science team to perform hands-on restoration of the Bay shoreline. Save The Bay inspires the next generation of Bay activists through our award-winning restoration education programs. 

Available Positions:

Chief Development Officer

Development Associate, Grants

Students, recent grads or anyone looking to make a big difference for the Bay, please check-out our Office Volunteer Program for hands-on experience working with our dynamic teams. 


Chief Development Officer

Reporting to the Executive Director, with responsibility for a five-member development team, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will help shape Save The Bay’s strategies and plans for its next 50 years of impact.

The CDO directly supervises an Associate Director of Development, a Director of Major & Planned Gifts, and a Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager. In addition, the CDO serves as a member of the organization’s senior management team. 

Over the next several years, the CDO will be responsible for aligning development strategies and tactics with new organizational strategies, and will be accountable for significantly increasing Save The Bay’s return on fundraising investment. The CDO will be charged with increasing the depth of Save The Bay’s major gifts program, and will partner with the Executive Director and board leadership to continue to grow and strengthen the board’s philanthropic reach and impact.

This is an exciting moment for Save The Bay. The organization is pivoting toward new strategies that will address the biggest threats the Bay will face in the decades ahead: Significant population growth across the Bay Area, sea level rise, and increasingly extreme weather due to climate change. To address these new pressures and remain relevant to today’s rapidly changing landscape, we will take on new, more proactive political stances, shift our focus to include new threats and opportunities, and pursue solutions that benefit not just the shoreline but the whole Bay Area and its changing demographics. Over the course of our organizational history we have effectively saved the Bay from being filled in by developers; now we must help save the Bay Area as a sustainable community, with a healthy Bay at its heart. 

This is an opportunity for a creative, intellectually curious fundraising professional to play a key leadership role in one of the Bay Area’s most revered and influential environmental organizations at a pivotal point in its organizational life. Save The Bay provides a highly professional yet relaxed, congenial work place with a commitment to work-life balance. Save The Bay has a highly engaged membership, dozens of active volunteers, and a mature fundraising department with a strong mix of restricted and unrestricted income. 

Professional Qualifications

Save The Bay is seeking a polished and ambitious fundraiser with working knowledge of the full suite of fundraising methods. The successful candidate will be a collaborative, relationship-oriented professional. S/he will have a combination of personal and professional experience that reflects a deep commitment to Save The Bay’s mission.

The next CDO will help shape Save The Bay’s strategies and plans for its next 50 years of impact. S/he will be a thought partner to the Executive Director and an empowering manager for the development team. 


  • A track record of success and increased responsibility in fundraising roles
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and supervise a team to a high performance level
  • A minimum of five years of experience in major gifts fundraising
  • Excels in identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major donors
  • Proven ability to recruit, coach and empower high level fundraising volunteers
  • Strong planning and analytical skills; proven ability to develop and implement fundraising strategies in alignment with long-range organizational goals and high return on investment
  • A sense of humor and an open, collegial approach to problem-solving
  • Equal comfort pitching in with volunteers at a restoration site and dining with major donors at a private home overlooking the Bay
  • Management experience in a large fundraising department preferred
  • Strong experience with online engagement strategies and understanding of best practices in online and social media fundraising

To Apply

Leadership Search Partners, a retained executive search firm, is conducting this search on behalf of Save The Bay. Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a letter outlining qualifications, a salary history, and a resume as separate Word or PDF documents to with “Save The Bay” in the subject line. Applicants will receive immediate consideration; position is open until filled.

Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority for Save The Bay.

Development Associate, Grants 

The Development Associate supports ambitious goals for institutional fundraising. The Associate is responsible for producing quality grant proposals and reports, coordinating donor events and communications, ensuring the accuracy and integrity of funder data, and providing donor stewardship.

This position requires superior writing and editing skills, attention to detail, timely decision making, database skills, and relationship management experience. The successful Development Associate enjoys being part of a dynamic team, and enjoys working with volunteers. They have a passion for Save The Bay’s programs and mission to protect and restore San Francisco Bay.

This part-time, 20 hours per week, position reports to the Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager and works with the Chief Development Officer, Executive Director, Development Coordinator, and program staff.

Grant Writing and Administration – 40%

  • Support organizational portfolio of 100+ institutional donors, including strategy and tactical support for staff solicitors to reach income goals
  • Write, proofread and edit (grant proposals, reports, letters, blog, newsletter and other communications projects as assigned)
  • Maintain calendar of grant deadlines, run monthly task reports for solicitors, provide support and follow up
  • Conduct donor research and prospect identification to build donor prospect pool
  • Ensure that donor records are current and maintain institutional files in Salesforce
  • Create fundraising reports, list pulls and other database reports as needed

Special Projects – 10%

  • Supervise fundraising volunteer for timely and accurate results; provide positive in-office experience
  • Document protocols and procedures
  • Other projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of professional experience, including some grant writing, information systems, and administrative experience
  • Exceptional research, writing and editing skills in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent attention to detail and deadlines, high-quality data management and takes initiative to improve processes for optimal efficiency
  • Aptitude to rapidly learn and manage database software (Salesforce)
  • Volunteer management experience preferred but not required
  • Valid California driver’s license
  • Able to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Clean background check


This position is part time. To apply for this position, email with Development Associate in the subject line.