Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, Community, Social Services, Nonprofit, Public/Society Benefit
4 Year Degree
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Washington DC area
Travel: up to 15% travel
Application deadline: April 3rd, 2020
The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) seeks its first development manager. NCEL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes a nonpartisan network of over 1,200 state legislators nationwide to advance a pro-environment agenda. The organization has grown significantly over the past five years and is funded primarily by national and regional foundations.
NCEL’s new development manager will lead efforts to identify and cultivate relationships with potential funders, deepen relationships with existing funders, and develop the strategies, systems, and practices to build a more robust, well-rounded fundraising operation. In addition to building relationships with private foundations, they will design and launch the organization’s first individual donor strategy to engage its 1000’s of alumni and current members as financial supporters. They will also work closely with the executive director and development committee to develop comprehensive strategies, involve board members in fundraising, and build durable, reliable internal processes and systems.
The ideal candidate is a seasoned fundraising professional with a track record of cultivating strong relationships, attracting new supporters and/or customers, and developing new initiatives, systems, and processes from the ground up.
Duties and Responsibilities
Fundraising strategies and planning (20%)
Work with executive director to develop specific fundraising targets
Create annual fundraising work plan to define and coordinate fundraising efforts across all relevant staff and board members
In the first year, design strategies, timeline, and plan to launch NCEL’s first individual donor strategy in partnership with executive director and development committee
Fundraising implementation and execution (40%)
Research and build relationships with targeted private foundations and other funders
Oversee, manage, and support fundraising efforts of board members and executive director
Identify prospective donors and cultivate relationships
Assist with grant proposal and report writing
Solicit funds to reach fundraising goals
Ensure proper donor stewardship and engagement
Constituent engagement (20%)
Develop constituent engagement strategies to engage members and alumni as donors
Develop and implement strategies, in partnership with communications coordinator, to help new, current, and alumni members feel deeply connected to the NCEL network
Develop and manage fundraising systems and procedure (20%)
Develop and launch systems, write policies and procedures, create necessary tools and templates, and institute protocols to ensure NCEL adheres to best practices for donor acknowledgment and stewardship
To apply for the development manager position, email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
Salary history (last 5 years)
Three professional references
Professional writing sample (2-pages maximum)
In subject line, write “Last Name, First Name, Development Manager”
Deadline: Applications must be received electronically by 5:00 PM eastern on Friday, April 3rd.
Minimum of three to five years of fundraising experience
Experience designing and executing successful fundraising strategies and campaigns
Strong writing, communication, and public relations skills
Ability to work at a strategic level and a detailed tactical level
Experience setting up effective internal fundraising systems, procedures, and operations
Familiarity with foundation research
Bachelor’s degree in business or nonprofit administration, communications, marketing, or a related field or equivalent combination of alternate educational and work experience
Available to travel as required for meetings with partners and prospects
Demonstrated interest in public policy, government relations, environmental advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and/or politics.
About National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL)
NCEL empowers a nonpartisan network of legislative champions to protect, conserve, and improve the natural and human environment.
Created by and for state legislators, NCEL provides resources on environmental issues through legislative research, organized events, and facilitated collaboration between lawmakers working on similar issues.
By connecting legislators to their peers, convening them at national and regional meetings, providing personalized assistance, and creating a supportive community, NCEL empowers state lawmakers to advance a pro-environment and conservation agenda, and unite against polluting interests.