Manager, Community Development

About the position:

The focus of the role is to support and develop First Book volunteer opportunities that drive impact in communities nationwide.  This will involve facilitating and supporting activities of high-impact Advisory Boards, managing innovative volunteer engagement opportunities that further First Book’s mission to provide new books and educational resources to kids in need.

The Community Development Manager is the point of contact for First Book volunteers to include First Book Advisory Boards and Friends of First Book volunteers.  The Manager is responsible for facilitating volunteer-led activities including fundraising, book granting, training, outreach and implementation of youth based and/or episodic volunteer opportunities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Aid Advisory Board Chairs to recruit members and develop and monitor the activity of volunteer-led Advisory Boards
  • Assist the department with meeting or exceeding its departmental goals via intradepartmental and cross-functional teamwork
  • Assist Advisory Boards and Friends of First Book volunteers with developing and implementation of fundraising, community outreach, registration, and volunteer recruitment strategies
  • Identify, cultivate, and train new leads resulting in the creation of new volunteer-led Advisory Boards
  • Manage and pilot Friends of First Book volunteer opportunities
  • Collaborate with various First Book teams to help facilitate the development and implementation of local, regional, and national caused-based marketing, fundraising and community outreach initiatives
  • Promote First Book’s mission in local areas through public speaking, volunteer motivation, and media outreach
  • Serve, when appropriate, as First Book’s regional spokesperson
  • Participate in First Book National Book Bank and First Book Marketplace book distributions


  • Candidate must excel in a fast paced, multi-tasked,  team-oriented environment
  • Candidate must possess exceptional organization and time management skills
  • Entrepreneurial, solution-oriented approach to opportunities and challenges
  • Must be self-motivated, energetic; have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexible and adaptable, motivated by change
  • Be a strategic thinker
  • Candidate should be equally effective in team and independent situations

Education and Experience

  • BA/BS required
  • Prior work experience managing volunteers and supporting volunteer-based fundraising efforts is required.
  • Successful track record of meeting and exceeding goals
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and use of social media
  • Applicants Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) are encouraged to apply

To Apply:

Candidates are invited to submit a resume, and a cover letter that details your interest in the position, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please be sure to put CD Manager in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.