Development Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: GEO offers a competitive salary in the $60Ks



Start Date


Application Deadline



1725 DeSales St., NW, Ste. 404
United States


Position Description

The Development Manager works as part of the 3-person development team to raise money through grants and conference sponsorships to support GEO’s work. The Development Manager contributes to the development of the annual fundraising strategy and helps execute the plan to raise between $2.5M - $3.0M in grants and sponsorships annually. S/he is responsible for writing all of GEO’s grant reports and proposals, manages the Leadership Circle and Key Account programs, and works with the Director of Development to steward GEO’s program officers. The Development Manager is an excellent writer with previous experience writing grant reports and proposals. S/he has experience as a project manager, specifically in mobilizing colleagues around a shared goal. This person has a commitment to providing excellent customer service, both to external stakeholders and internal staff. The Development Manager reports to the Director of Development and should expect to travel once per quarter.

If you were working with us, here are some of the things you would have done last week:

  • Gathered information from your colleagues about a grant report that you are writing

·        Developed talking points for why GEO is focused on racial equity that the development team can use when discussing GEO’s strategy with funders

  • Reached out to potential members to make an ask to be part of GEO’s Leadership Circle
  • Worked with GEO’s conference host committee to raise sponsorships for an upcoming event
  • Wrote a customized letter of intent for a new funder of GEO’s

·        Contribute to work and/or working groups outside of development that are helping to advance GEO’s organizational culture and work on racial equity

  • Researched potential professional development opportunities for yourself in preparation for a goals conversation with your supervisor



·        Five to eight years of relevant work experience with a background in development/fundraising

·        Demonstrated experience corresponding with foundations with specific experience writing grant proposals, grant reports and key messages from senior staff

·        Proven project management experience, including attention to detail, ability to manage multiple relationships simultaneously and timely follow through

·        A critical thinker who is able to draw connections between a funders priorities and an organization’s work

·        Experience documenting and sharing an organization’s work on diversity, equity and inclusion

·        Curiosity to understand different perspectives and cultures

·        A self-starter who is also willing to help and support other colleagues’ work

·        Commitment to and experience working in the nonprofit sector

·        Experience using a fundraising database (Salesforce preferred)


GEO offers a generous benefits package, including 100 percent employer paid health insurance, three weeks of vacation, twelve sick days, a 7 percent employer retirement contribution, a commitment to professional development and growth, along with a Metro accessible location in downtown D.C.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject line: GEO Development Manager. GEO will review applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. We will give preference to applications received by September 21, 2018. We will not consider applications without a cover letter. In your cover letter, please address the following:

·        Where did you see the position posted?

·        Why are you a good fit for this position?

·        How have you drawn connections between a donor/foundation’s interest and the nonprofit you were raising money for?

·        What appeals to you about working at GEO?