Project and Development Manager Opportunity
Rene Yung Communications Design - San Francisco, CA

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We are a dynamic multidisciplinary studio working on cutting edge art and civic engagement projects that connect place, history, community and culture. Projects include public art, installations, and design, and a multi-platform storytelling and research project, ”Chinese Whispers,” about the Chinese who helped build the American West. This large scale project includes site-specific storytelling productions, an online mapping and research project, and a program of innovative public engagement events. The studio works with fee-based design projects and commissions, and cultural projects underwritten by grants, sponsorships and individual donors.

For more information about the project please visit

The key responsibility of the Project and Development Manager is to monitor and manage day-to-day project operations, and proactively drive and execute project development to help us establish Chinese Whispers in its next level as a robust creative and social enterprise. Building and expanding the revenue base through both earned and donated funds will be a high priority. This is an exceptional opportunity to be part of an exciting team innovating multi-platform cultural projects that serve the public good, and to grow with the project.

This position is for 32 hours per week.

Project and Administrative Management:

  • Develop work plan for, and manage overall studio scheduling for multiple projects, monitor project progress and deadlines, and coordinate with project team on project deliverables
  • Serve as primary contact for clients, subcontractors, suppliers, funders, and interns
  • Produce job costing and administrative reports, light bookkeeping and filing
  • Provide project research support as needed
  • Manage office supplies and equipment

Development and Communications Management:

  • Devise and implement development plan focusing on “Chinese Whispers” in coordination with Project/Artistic Director and Development consultant, with a target 12 month goal of $150,000 implementation funding for a Bay Area storytelling production and for prototyping an interactive mapping website, both of which have completed project development.
  • Monitor and routinely report on development plan progress and adjust as needed, in coordination with principal and consultant;
  • Maintain grants calendar and update in conjunction with development plan, manage deliverables including RFQs, grant deadlines, proposal preparation, budgets and reports
  • Develop and facilitate project partnership/sponsorship opportunities
  • Implement and manage online fundraising campaign as appropriate
  • In conjunction with the Project/Artistic Director, manage funder and partner relationships.
  • Plan and implement public engagement and fundraising events
  • Create and maintain communications calendar for e-newsletter, announcements, PR, blog posts, social media and mailing lists
  • Coordinate with staff graphic designer and subcontractors on implementation of communications items
  • Contribute to content generation for blog posts and social media
  • Provide PR support and/or develop general PR for project events

Other Duties as Assigned


  • At least 1-1/2 years of project management experience in nonprofit administration
  • Proven fundraising experience, including experience preparing grant proposals, accurate budgets and reports, and monitoring and managing grants/budgets
  • Mac and Microsoft Office proficiency, with excellent knowledge of Excel
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, with ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive prose
  • Strong time management skills and ability to multi task
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Strategic thinker and problem solver, a team builder and active listener
  • Self-motivated, organized, flexible, resourceful, with a high level of integrity and honesty, and strong work ethic
  • Excellent people skills to interact with colleagues and third parties including advisors, partners, media, and vendors
  • Demonstrated understanding of arts and culture field, and concern for social justice
  • Technologically savvy and comfortable with social media environment
  • Ability to work some evening and weekend hours
  • A valid driver’s license, current insurance and access to a vehicle,


  • Experience working in the creative sector
  • Knowledge of QuickBooks, Filemaker, Mailchimp or other online mailing management platform desirable

Please submit a resume with 3 references, cover letter, and 2-3 grant and development writing samples to rene@ with “Project and Development Manager-YOUR NAME” in the subject line. Please submit only Word or PDF documents. Your cover letter should include your reasons why you want this position. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Questions can be directed to the same email address.

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