Manager of Philanthropic Engagement

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,320




United States


 The Search


The National Women’s Law Center seeks a talented and experienced Manager of Philanthropic Engagement to coordinate and build the Center’s annual giving program. Reporting directly to the Director of Philanthropic Engagement, the Manager of Philanthropic Engagement will focus on the annual fund and individual donors as a key member of a team that is expanding networks of and deepening relationships with individual, corporate, law firm, and foundation donors for this leading women’s rights organization. This is an exempt position.

Overview of NWLC


We are passionate champions of national and state policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential throughout their lives- at school, at work, at home, in their families, and in their communities. We are committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for women who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and women who are low-income – and we make change happen. We are proud to have been on the front lines of virtually every major advance for women since 1972, benefiting women, their families, their communities, and the nation. The Center has a staff of more than 80 and an annual budget of more than $18 million. For more information on the Center, visit

 Key Responsibilities


  • Managing and implementing the Center’s comprehensive annual appeals program, including developing strategies to garner new donors and increase sustaining gifts, retention rates, and average gift amounts.
  • Drafting and preparing direct mail appeals, email appeals, cultivation correspondence, and donor materials with a high degree of customization—including coordinating with relevant vendors as necessary.
  • Coordinating with the development, communications, and program staff to seamlessly integrate offline and online messages, fundraising collateral, and donor engagement experiences—with an emphasis on the development of a compelling case for support and donor-facing print and digital collateral.
  • Directly managing a portfolio of individual donors, including existing and prospective donors, securing renewals and increasing their support over time.
  • Working closely with the Director of Philanthropic Engagement and members of the development team on a variety of fundraising  and cultivation initiatives, including the annual gala, regional events, the Nancy Duff Campbell and Marcia D. Greenberger Leadership Legacy Fund, and planned giving program.
  • Collaborating closely with the Development Database Manager to identify donor trends and track donor engagement, while utilizing donor analytics to facilitate pipelines for senior staff.
  • Engaging in prospect research.
  • Engaging in other duties as assigned.

 Key Relationships


  • The Manager of Philanthropic Engagement will report directly to the Director of Philanthropic Engagement. The Manager will collaborate with the Vice President for Development and key program staff, as well as the President and CEO, COO and Chief of Staff, and Senior Vice President for External Affairs as well as colleagues in Development, Finance, and Communications. The Manager will oversee relevant projects delegated to the Development Assistant and Development Interns.

 The Ideal Candidate


The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following attributes:


  • Genuine passion for and understanding of the mission of the National Women’s Law Center and the rights of women and girls;
  • At least three years of development experience, including experience in individual donor engagement, annual fund and pipeline management, donor data analytics, and related writing experience;
  • Superior oral and written communications skills, including the ability to write in compelling language about the Center’s work;
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and engage diverse audiences and to build long-term relationships, including experience leveraging executive-level staff to achieve fundraising success;
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted projects, meet deadlines, be a self-starter, and perform well independently with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment;
  • Sound judgment and ability to exercise discretion when dealing with confidential information regarding the Center’s business and sensitive donor information; high degree of self-motivation, personal discipline and integrity;
  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or similar database) and prospect research tools required;
  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment;
  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule when required.



A minimum salary of $55,320 will be provided to the successful candidate having a Bachelor’s Degree and three years of relevant experience. Compensation will be both competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.

To Apply


Please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications, resume, and list of references. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please send materials to and include position title in the subject line. Hard copies may be addressed to: Human Resources Department, National Women's Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, FAX: 202-588-5185. Applications accepted until position is filled.


The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities, women, men, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, veterans, and LGBTQI individuals.

  • Reasonable Accommodations

As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at or you may send the request by mail to:


National Women’s Law Center

ATTN: Human Resources Director

11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20036




Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement