Campaign Project Manager at the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)

June 15, 2021 |  

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].  The cover letter should be page 1 of your resume and sent as one PDF.  The letter should specifically outline the reasons for your interest in the position, your particular skills and experience directly related to this position, and how you learned about the job opportunity.


About CCST

California’s most pressing public policy issues require solutions that engage the State’s extraordinary research and innovation enterprise.  CCST is a nonpartisan nonprofit created via the California Legislature in 1988 to provide objective advice from California’s leading scientists and research institutions on policy issues involving science and technology (S&T). Despite California’s rich intellectual capital and long tradition of crafting future-facing policies, structural barriers prevent its policymakers from readily accessing the S&T expertise in research institutions resident in the state.  CCST works with a range of government, research, and philanthropic partners to build more agile, inclusive, and impactful S&T advisory frameworks; elevate policymaker awareness of the S&T contributions of California’s research institutions; and foster a more diverse and inclusive network of S&T-savvy policy leaders.

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Core values

The pillars of our organizational identity, our core values of service, independence, and partnership are anchored in our foundational commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Service We are driven by a desire to serve and see S&T applied to public policies that provide all Californians with opportunities to participate and prosper.  We connect our diverse network of S&T experts with policymakers to help them fulfill their missions.
  • Independence  As a nongovernmental, nonpartisan institution, we operate independently of organizations and individuals with a stake in the outcome of State policy decisions. We engage inclusively with S&T experts from a broad range of disciplines and lived experiences, serving as honest brokers of their knowledge and perspectives.
  • Partnership We work across institutions, partnering with academic, research, governmental, philanthropic, and other communities to leverage their collective expertise and diverse perspectives to fulfill our mission.


Position Overview: Campaign Project Manager

The Campaign Project Manager works closely with the Director of Philanthropy to drive CCST fundraising campaigns for two major private-public partnerships that support the goal of a more resilient and equitable future for all Californians: the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program and the Disaster Resilience Initiative.  This position focuses on day-to-day execution of campaign strategy and logistics, ensuring that deadlines are met and revenue targets are achieved.  The Project Manager plays a key role in helping to build enduring relationships with individual and institutional philanthropists, including private foundations.  (Funding relationships with government agencies and partner institutions are handled separately.)  The position is located in Sacramento, though working remotely may be considered.


Reporting Relationships

Position reports directly to the Director of Philanthropy and works closely with CCST staff, board, donors and other CCST stakeholders.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Implement fundraising plan and manage workflow for a $30M fellowship endowment and private support for a $10M disaster resilience-focused science advisory initiative
  • Oversee moves management process, ensuring forward momentum on strategies and solicitations and documenting moves in Salesforce
  • Manage and maintain prospect pipeline, including by providing ongoing prospect research
  • Manage production of campaign materials, including proposals, pitch-decks, briefings, and presentations
  • Schedule donor meetings and ensure that solicitors are fully prepared with meeting materials
  • Manage cultivation and stewardship activities, including campaign communications, events and salons (live and virtual)
  • Track and produce campaign-specific grant reports according to deadline
  • Ensure that campaign gifts and pledges are correctly documented, tracked and acknowledged
  • Produce revenue and progress reports as needed
  • Help plan and manage logistics for meetings of the Resource and Development Committee
  • Other duties as requested by the Director of Philanthropy



  • 3-5+ years of experience in progressively challenging project management roles, preferably fundraising, political campaign and/or nonprofit sector projects
  • Autonomous; takes initiative and has a history as an accomplished self-starter
  • Excellent communication and organization skills; ability to manage complex workflows and drive results to timelines
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, with ability to work as a team member both remotely and within an established office structure
  • Strong research, planning, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to establish priorities and maintain focus across multi-faceted and interconnected campaigns
  • Strong writing skills, with experience creating presentations and proposals; design and desktop publishing skills a plus
  • Experience with grants and grant writing a plus
  • Experience with Salesforce or other advanced donor or contact management database, including experience with lists and report production, a plus
  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality. Experience working with board members, high-net worth individuals and charitable foundations a plus
  • Passion for the mission of CCST and commitment to upholding our core values and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our team and work
  • Experience working in a science- and/or policy-based organization is a plus
  • Proficiency with CRM, Microsoft Office; experience with Asana, Slack helpful
  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree helpful


Salary Range

$70,000 – $105,000



  • Competitive salary and 403b match
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance options
  • Relocation assistance
  • Some telework may be negotiable following our return to the office
  • Huge nonprofit vision (we need you to build the future and do meaningful work every day that motivates you)


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Application review will begin July 12th.


The California Council on Science and Technology is an equal opportunity employer. We make hiring decisions based on qualifications, merit, and our organization’s business needs. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy, or any such status protected under federal, state, or local law.

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