Advancement Manager

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Southern California safe, healthy, and clean. Heal the Bay mobilizes L.A.’s diverse communities to protect our coastline, revitalize our urban waterways and speak out for smart water policies. For more than three decades, we’ve been the guardian of the Bay – protecting the health of beachgoers and animals alike.

ACTION We conduct hundreds of beach and community cleanups each year, informing people about the root causes of pollution along the shoreline and in their neighborhoods.

ADVOCACY We push for strict water-quality regulations, holding polluters accountable for the plastic pollution and harmful bacteria fouling our region.

INSPIRATION We operate an award-winning aquarium underneath the Santa Monica Pier, urging visitors to protect the region’s most important natural resource – our ocean.

EDUCATION We train the next generation of stewards, with more than 100,000 students joining us each year for science-based field trips, classroom presentations and community events.

Heal the Bay has an annual budget of over $4 million and more than 15,000 members. Our Advancement team is passionate about helping companies, foundations and donors Heal the Bay in a variety of ways. Whether it’s time, talent or treasure the advancement team will find the best way for donors to make a lasting impact.


Position Summary:

The Advancement Manager is a critical role responsible for supporting the Director of Advancement, COO, and CEO as it relates to the Advancement Department. This role has 3 primary areas of responsibility:

  1. Fundraising Events – Planning and Activation
  2. Strategic & Operations Support
  3. Donor Relationship Management


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Fundraising Events – Planning and Activation

This role is responsible for the planning and activation of all fundraising events, including the annual Gala. The candidate should have experience in managing an event team and staging $500,000+ events. As the needs of the organization evolve, this role will take on the planning of additional events with average revenue goals of $10,000-50,000.

  1. Strategic & Operations Support

This role provides direct strategic support to the Director of Advancement (DOA), COO, and CEO. In this function, the Advancement Manager is responsible for creating and communicating strategic objectives for the department to the executive team. Additionally, they are responsible for documenting priorities set by the board and executive team and communicating them to the Department.

  1. Donor Relationship Management

This role supports both Major Donor and Standard Donor Categories and provides relationship support on behalf of the DOA. They also work with the rest of the department to manage ongoing donor support for Sustainers, One Time Giving, and Annual Donation value categories.


Skills, Experience and Education

  • Highly organized, completing tasks fully and well
  • Good self-starter
  • Communicates effectively and with a solution in mind
  • Salesforce or similar CRM experience
  • Articulate with good writing skills
  • Comfortable in conversation with donors across all giving levels
  • Microsoft suite, power point a plus
  • Event experience


Hours and Compensation:

This position is a full-time nonexempt position. Compensation includes accrued vacation and sick time as well as retirement/health/dental/vision/life benefits. Occasional deadline-related work may be required during evenings and weekends throughout the year.

Compensation: Starts at $24/hour ($50,000 equivalent) based on experience.

How to Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to Carrie Maloney, Advancement Director. No phone calls please.

Physical Demands

The employee is occasionally asked to reach with hands and arms; the employee is regularly asked to talk or hear.

Heal the Bay is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits to promote diversity in our workforce.