Advancement Manager

Location: San Diego, CA
Reports To: Executive Director
Status: Full-time / Exempt
Salary: $60,000 – 70,000 DOE/NEG. + performance incentive

Our Mission

To create safer schools and communities through education and inspiring children in the restorative principles of accountability, compassion, forgiveness, and peacemaking.

Our Story

We are shifting the culture and climate in schools across the country, creating a better environment for children to learn and thrive. Since our founding more than 25 years ago, the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF), has been committed to improving outcomes for youth by delivering a continuum of services that bolster social-emotional health, resiliency and equity in education. Our programming follows a project based learning model designed for children ages 6 to 16, as this is the critical time when belonging and becoming are critical to healthy social-emotional development. TKF programs create safer schools and communities by educating and inspiring youth in the restorative principles of accountability, compassion, forgiveness, and peacemaking. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, our work is driven by restorative and social justice principles that celebrate diversity and collaboration.

And this work has never been more critical. The COVID shutdown, isolation and frequently loss of family members and caregivers has traumatized children across the country, disproportionately in communities of color. With our expertise in social emotional support and healing, TKF is playing an important role in helping the country return to normalcy.

Based in San Diego, we have begun a national expansion of our Safe School Model, with sites in Pennsylvania, Colorado and plans for further expansion throughout the country. Preparations are under way for the development of the TKF Training Institute for Peace and Forgiveness, with an emphasis on expanded training of educators, parents, and students. From our current team of 12 members and annual budget of $800,000 these plans will expand TKF’s mission exponentially.

Our History

TKF was founded in 1995 following the senseless murder of 20-year-old Tariq Khamisa, by 14-year old Tony Hicks. Recognizing victims on both sides of the gun, the families came together in the spirit of healing to launch TKF. In compassion and true restorative justice, TKF worked tirelessly to secure Hicks’ release from prison in 2019. TKF is a true testament of the healing power of forgiveness as a catalyst for humanity’s greater good. For more information, please visit:

Position Summary

This newly created position is an exciting opportunity to join a fast-growing organization with ambitious plans for the future. The Advancement Manager will play a central role in laying the foundation that will support our vision and programs for the next 5-10 years. Reporting to and working closely with the ED, this position will be involved in almost every area of the organization and will serve on our 3-person leadership team, alongside the ED and Program Director. The Advancement Manager will also be the right-hand to our ED, serving as a thought partner and sounding board for key decisions. The role requires flexibility and a growth mindset, as the position will likely evolve and expand over time as we continue developing as an organization.

This is an opportunity for a passionate philanthropy professional to reimagine and relaunch our fundraising and marketing efforts. As a small, tight-knit team, we highly value individual initiative, flexibility and fresh thinking. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Advancement Manager will have full responsibility across all areas of development. This includes campaigns, individual giving, major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, and corporate sponsorships. Donor stewardship and gift management activities will also fall under their area of responsibility, as will working with our consultants to organize special events and support grant writing activities. They will be entrusted and encouraged to think creatively about how TKF can reach its development and marketing goals with creative new strategies and tactics.

The Advancement Manager is a high-profile position that requires polished communication and public relations skills. As a community liaison, the right candidate will be well versed in our programmatic impacts and be able to translate that into persuasive public messaging. This person will represent TKF at community and networking events, with the aim of building alliances and reinforcing community partnerships. This person will also oversee external communications and marketing to include content development for brochures, newsletters, social media, press releases, and website updates.

This is an exciting time to join TKF as we are in a period of rapid expansion both within and outside of the San Diego region. We have recently added online programming and a training institute to our suite of services. These new endeavors will expand our reach as an organization and create additional growth opportunities for the Advancement Manager.

Focus allocation:

  1. Development (50%): lead TKF’s efforts to grow and diversify revenue from a range of sources including philanthropy, grants and service contracts.
  2. Growth (30%): assist in scaling the organization in a way that is thoughtful, well-supported and financially sustainable.
  3. Marketing (10%): build awareness of TKF’s programs by connecting with school districts and educational organizations around the country.
  4. Product development (10%): assist in shaping TKF’s services and packages to best meet the needs of donors and the educational entities we serve.

Priority areas for this position include:

  1. Conducting a top-to-bottom review and analysis of our current development function; recommend changes and upgrades as needed.
  2. Analyzing our current marketing strategy and tactics; make adjustments to ensure they are fully coordinated with and support our fundraising efforts.
  3. Partnering closely with the Executive Director to create a new development plan, clearly defining our fundraising strategy and milestones.
  4. Building awareness in the donor community about our history and impact through effective marketing, brand building and storytelling.
  5. Identifying and securing new donors while strengthening relationships with our existing supporters.

Duties & Responsibilities

Fund Development

  • Lead our efforts to expand our donor portfolio and diversify our funding sources.
  • Partner with the Executive Director to create and launch a comprehensive annual fund initiative.
  • Oversee our donor stewardship and gift management efforts.
  • Design and implement creative promotion and recognition tools for donors.
  • In partnership with our grant writer, oversee all phases of grant development, including identification, writing, editing, production and follow-up reporting.
  • Manage our grants pipeline and portfolio with a deadline-driven and highly collaborative approach.

Marketing Management

  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, develop and implement a comprehensive marketing plan with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to,  design, direct mail, writing copy, special events management, public relations, and website.
  • Build the TKF brand and manage our social media presence to maximum effect.
  • Create compelling impact stories to share with donors, sponsors, media and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate the creation of marketing collateral materials including design, production, printing and distribution.

Stewardship & Gift Management

  • Oversee the team processing gift receipts, acknowledgement and fulfillment of gifts, grants and pledges and maintenance of electronic and hard copy files; work with the Executive Director to ensure consistency between the donor database and accounting system.
  • Implement a prospect system to identify and secure new donors while ensuring existing donors are continuously engaged, recognized and appreciated.
  • Plan and manage fundraising events, including logistics, attendance, invitations and pre/postevent follow up; implement strategies to convert event donors to  organization donors.
  • Work with the Executive Director on donor cultivation events.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Attributes & Work Style

  • Acts with humility, self-awareness, and an unyielding ethical standard.
  • Demonstrates persistence, a strong personal initiative, and a drive to complete projects.
  • Recognizes untapped potential and leverages these opportunities.
  • An effective ambassador and storyteller; a true “people-person.”
  • Listens attentively to others. Asks clarifying questions to gain a better understanding.
  • Works effectively in team environments, actively participating in joint problem solving.
  • Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • Highly dependable; arrives to meetings prepared and on time; honors work commitments; follows through on what was agreed upon; meets deadlines.
  • Adheres to rules, regulations and policies; positively contributes to implementing changes.
  • Deals with issues directly, in a respectful and timely manner.

Candidate Profile

  • Connects authentically to our mission of boosting the social emotional well-being of the students we serve, with a focus on restorative practices and social justice.
  • Passionate about education, young people and creating impact by helping them overcome trauma, inequity and other barriers to success.
  • Brings a solid understanding of restorative practices and social emotional learning.
  • Demonstrated commitment to our core values of equity, diversity and social justice.
  • Capacity to grow with the organization and take on an expanding leadership role; hungry to learn and for personal and professional growth opportunities.

Skills, Abilities, & Experience

  • Understanding of educational systems and funding mechanisms.
  • Flexibility for occasional travel locally and nationally.
  • Track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and results; highly organized with strong project management skills.
  • Experience with digital marketing and social media.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, top level prospects and community partners.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience in the following areas:
    • Fundraising/development/advancement/philanthropy
    • Digital marketing, social media and content development.
    • Branding campaigns and communications
  • Solid understanding of fundraising strategies, systems, and processes.
  • Good business acumen; able to devote attention to both short-term and long-term objectives.
  • Knowledge of grant writing and management practices.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Sarah Thompson, Director, Blair Search Partners
1855 First Avenue, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101