School Description: The Life Learning Academy (LLA) is an SFUSD charter high school for students with profound histories of school failure and truancy. Our mission is to create a nonviolent community for students who have not been successful in traditional school settings. LLA welcomes students into an ‘extended family’ that motivates everyone to give and receive support, develop responsibility and judgment, and build the academic, vocational and social skills necessary to be successful.

The high school was developed out of the Juvenile Justice Local Action Plan under the Mayor’s Office in 1997, and was researched and implemented by the Delancey Street Foundation. For 20 years, Life Learning Academy has successfully supported high-need students from the San Francisco Bay Area to thrive. In addition to our extended day program, workforce development, and award-winning educational curriculum, many of our students need more comprehensive support than we currently provide. Many experience unstable or unsafe living situations that interfere with their ability to learn and flourish. To address this gap we broke ground in March 2018 on the Life Learning Academy dormitory. The first phase is the construction of a student dorm for 24 students on our Treasure Island campus.

The long-term vision of the Life Learning dormitory is to create a new, state-of-the art campus where the majority of students live while attending high school, and during the transition to stable adulthood after graduation. Additionally, we are looking forward to demonstrating the efficacy of this approach for changing the trajectory of troubled students’ lives, and replicating the model across the U.S. among disconnected, unstably housed teens. We are looking for a Development Coordinator who understands the value and promise of this model, and wants to contribute to Life Learning Academy’s development team to accomplish this vision.

Position Summary: We are seeking a Development Coordinator to facilitate Life Learning Academy’s fundraising process. This person will primarily work behind the scenes to support organization leadership and other ambassadors in their outreach and follow-up with prospects and donors. This person will be our quarterback (or our point guard, or center midfielder, depending on your taste for sports analogies) – putting ambassadors in position to succeed. S/he is highly organized, can follow procedures, and is willing and eager to help others. S/he is a person with very strong detail orientation and follow-through. S/he is a person who is not intimidated by the prospect of nudging leadership to follow through on their commitments. S/he is skillful at maintaining long-term relationships with people.

Not least important, s/he will be committed to and driven by the organization’s mission to create positive lives for low-income young people. S/he will be motivated to disrupt the cycles of poverty and homelessness through innovations in education, housing, and youth workforce development. S/he will be warm, friendly, and enthusiastic.

We are looking for someone who has experience implementing a moves management system.

Position Profile:
Status: Exempt, flexible full time
Location: San Francisco, California
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer


Research and Identification

  • Research donor prospects, including individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Provide ambassadors with background information on the prospects in their portfolio
  • Contribute to strategy development for engaging with prospects, helping ambassadors and donors find a fit with Life Learning’s values

Coordination and Management

  • Oversee donor engagement, including moves management for 200 prospects
  • Ensure ambassadors are meeting their targets for engaging with prospects and moving them through the moves management process
  • Assist ambassadors in meetings, preparation, and strategy, sometimes joining ambassadors in meetings with prospects
  • In collaboration with the Salesforce administrator, diligently use the relationship management system for all touch points to ensure there is documentation of engagement with prospective, past, and current donors
  • Prepare monthly reports to track development progress using existing dashboard and tracking tools

Events and Communications

  • Assist with events logistics and coordination
  • Occasionally act as Life Learning Academy’s lead ambassador with external partners and at events
  • Coordinate and sometimes develop donor communication materials, such as quarterly updates, newsletters, recognition and gratitude materials
  • Coordinate seasonal giving campaigns
  • Oversee social media and web-based communications


  • 2 years of nonprofit development experience  
  • Experience using a moves management system
  • Proven track record of successful relationship management
  • Passion for innovations in education and housing
  • Committed to increasing the range of opportunities available to disadvantaged youth
  • Ability to engage and inspire others to believe in the organization’s mission and vision through oral and written communications. Excellent communication skills with a range of audiences, including individual donors, corporate sponsors, philanthropic foundations, community-based partners, representatives from the education field, politicians, and others
  • Strong organizational skills, negotiation and communication abilities
  • Diplomatic and good-natured
  • Self-motivated, strong time manager with equally strong task prioritization skills
  • Candidate must be able to work after normal business hours and travel to events on occasion

Compensation and Benefits: Annual salary range of $70,000-$85,000 with a generous benefits package and strong organizational culture of maintaining a balance between work life and non-work life.

How to Apply: Send (1) a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications, and (2) a resume to cblazer@llasf.org.