Development Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary based on experience and education.



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



1701 K Street Northwest
Suite 1200
District of Columbia
United States


Position Summary

Under the direction of the Senior Director of Development, the Director of Grants and Donor Relations will work with staff and members of the NCL board to provide logistical and administrative support for the raising, processing, and acknowledging of major gifts, identifying corporate foundation grants for all departments and programs, as well as streamlining the donor database for cultivation and stewardship. This position at NCL will be integral to carrying out key organizational goals of diversifying revenue sources, while maintaining the strong relationships already in existence.


Grants/Proposals (15%)

  • Support the Senior Director of Development with an emphasis on research, writing, and editing prospects, proposals and partnerships in tandem with emerging trends in philanthropy
  • Prepare, submit and maintain deadlines for applications to corporate foundations to meet agreed income target goals and reporting
  • Manage, analyze and streamline grant tracking charts for finance and development departments
  • Assist in the development of budgets and financial reports for programs and departments

Annual Giving (35%)

  • Play a significant role in long-term planning, including an initiative geared toward operational excellence
  • Implement and manage a comprehensive program to cultivate, steward, acknowledge and recognize alumni of NCL’s teen consumer literacy program
  • Work with senior NCL staff to develop and implement a strategy for significantly expanding corporate support to include prospecting, networking to explore connections to funders, and relationship building
  • Devise and use consistent, accurate, and appropriate information-sharing mechanisms for stewarding prospects and donors
  • Plan and implement multiple direct mail and email appeals annually, with a high degree of customization and emotional appeal. Involves working with the Communications team to coordinate with printers, mail-fulfillment vendors, and key NCL staff.
  • In collaboration with the Communications team, compile and maintain up-to-date language regarding NCL programs, develop and maintain collections of current research, statistics, and citations regarding NCL’s work for use in grant submissions and other Development communications; create marketing packages to position NCL , its access to policy makers, and its events as an attractive and effective use for marketing dollars; implement a robust calendar for donor-centered communications

Donor Relations (10%)

  • Manage stewardship and recognition for donors through phone calls, emails, direct mail, annual reports, semi annual bulletins, special events and other activities
  • Develop a strategy for cultivating existing and potential sponsors and informing them on a regular basis of activities associated with NCL’s activities and achievements
  • Work closely with senior NCL staff members, including the Executive Director, on mailings and communications to key NCL partners, including thank you cards, birthday and holiday cards, event invitations, and NCL updates
  • Assemble donor folders for events and meetings

Event Management (20%)

  • Work with senior staff, board members, host committee and event consultants to set goals for NCL’s Annual Awards Dinner including incremental revenue, renewal, upgrade revenue and lapsed sponsors
  • Help support and manage logistics for a variety of NCL programmatic events, large and small
  • Develop and manage all income and expense budgets, invoicing and sponsorship benefit fulfillment
  • Work with the Communications team to prepare appropriate marketing and public relations efforts and outreach
  • Plan and execute small and large events to engage funders, including fireside chats, receptions, membership meetings, breakfast briefings etc

Database Management and Gift Processing (20%)

  • Oversee the day-to-day integrity of database and database procedures; identify and eliminate duplicate records
  • Enter constituent data for all individuals and organizations, including address updates, constituent demographics, and relationship links
  • Maintain donor database constituent codes
  • Enter returned mail address corrections or other such change of address notification
  • Maintain donor records and new gift entry
  • Produce custom data queries, exports, financial reports and assist with general analysis of data as it relates to fundraising, financial reconciliation and donor recognition
  • Assist with confidential research for update of businesses information, including contact persons for "Primary Contact" for businesses
  • Assist with conducting research on individuals, corporations, and foundations for prospect activity and maintain integrity of data
  • Maintain record-keeping systems, including hard copy and electronic files, calendars, and spreadsheets
  • Maintain and produce lists for email campaigns, event invitations, semi annual bulletins and annual reports


  • Extremely detail-oriented and proven ability to work well under deadline 
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and complete work independently
  • Superior program and project management experience
  • Exceptionally strong writing, editing, and oral communication skills
  • Four to six years’ experience in development, fundraising, and major gifts and/or foundations
  • Demonstrated direct responsibility for raising significant funds for other non-profit organizations
  • Experience with online fundraising campaigns and grassroots advocacy efforts, social media and growing trends in philanthropy outreach
  • Familiarity with CRM software; familiarity with DonorPerfect Online a plus
  • Understanding of foundation and individual philanthropy and demonstrated record of achieving results
  • Ability to balance the needs of multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience with event planning and/or client services a plus.
  • Outgoing personality and a good sense of humor
  • Ability to interact positively with colleagues, board of directors and donors, especially in challenging situations
  • Bachelor's degree


NCL is competitive with other nonprofit public interest organizations. Full-time employees receive health, dental, disability and life insurance benefits, vacation and sick leave; and direct payroll deposit. The League also offers a 401(k) retirement plan. The National Consumers League is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit your cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Development Department, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006; or by fax to 202-835-0747; or by email. No phone calls, please. Candidates who are contacted for an interview may be expected to take a writing test.