Senior Development Officer, Program and Business Development

Job Type

Full Time




1828 L Street Northwest
Suite 1200
District of Columbia
United States


FLSA Designation: Exempt

Pay Band: 4 Senior Officer/Specialist


The Senior Development Officer for Program and Business Development is responsible for supporting the grant proposal development and submission process to U.S. government agencies, private foundations, corporations, and other potential donors and funding sources. The person serving in this position works closely with American Councils program and administrative teams, overseas staff, as well as existing and potential funders to develop new programs and activities for the organization. The Senior Development Officer collaborates with department staff to develop proposals and will be responsible for extensive writing and editing of submissions to a variety of funders. The position reports to the Director of Program and Business Development.


• Identify, research, promote, and pursue resource development opportunities that result in new funding in support of American Councils’ strategic goals.

• Develops and prepares primary and supporting materials for proposals and donor solicitations.

• As needed, serves as coordinator of the proposal design and creation process. 

• Supports other development staff engaged in proposal development.

• Assists in the final quality control review and approval of proposals and helps ensure accuracy of narrative, budget feasibility, and timely submission of all grant proposals.

• Other relevant tasks, as required.


• Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or other relevant field

• Three to five years’ experience writing grants and developing funding proposals for a non-profit or education organization 

• An understanding of the organization’s programs, goals, and financial needs

• Demonstrated ability to prepare successful funding proposals for a variety of sources

• Outstanding writing and editing skills (samples required)

• Experience in project costing and budget preparation  

• Strong organizational and planning skills and attention to detail

• Familiarity with a variety of funders including the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the World Bank, foundations, private corporations, and others

• Experience working in the education, international development, student exchange, and/or non-profit sectors

• Understanding of federal and non-federal grant and contract types and grant regulations

• Team player with strong interpersonal and communication skills that allow for effective collaboration with program personnel

• Ability to work independently as needed to complete assigned tasks within strict deadlines

• Demonstrated expertise with MS Office 

• Experience with graphics programs and tools preferred (such as InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat Pro)

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – American Councils is committed to taking affirmative steps to enhance employment opportunities for minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities, and strives to ensure that meaningful employment and promotional opportunities are maintained for everyone. American Councils’ commitment to equal employment opportunity is based not only on federal requirements, but also on a longstanding commitment to maintaining a diverse workforce reflective of the communities in which we operate.


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