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Reporting to and working closely with the director of development, the development manager leads the work related to small, mid-level, and recurring individual giving and foundation funding at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee. Primary responsibilities include managing relationships with individual donors, including planning and implementing cultivation and stewardship activities, donor research, and managing reporting for individual giving.  Accomplishes department objectives by supervising the Development Associate and organizing and monitoring work processes.


The development manager will be responsible for accomplishing specific objectives and activities related to institutional fundraising, including but not limited to:

Relationship Management

  • Serve as main point of contact for all small, mid-level and recurring donors and execute cultivation and stewardship plans for these donors.
  • Energetically and proactively cultivate and nurture relationships between Washington Lawyers’ Committee donors and donor prospects, board members, volunteers, and other key constituents.
  • Prepare meeting briefs for Washington Lawyers’ Committee senior staff when meeting with donors; including agendas and other miscellaneous communication collateral.
  • Use data and metrics to help achieve fundraising goals including identifying and developing a pipeline of mid-level and major gift prospects.
  • Develop and maintain the grant program including solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship for each grant along with measurable goals for the grants program.
  • Work effectively with the development team, program staff, and volunteers to foster a culture of philanthropy across the organization.

Project Management

  • In collaboration with the director of development, lead the design, creation (including copywriting), and project management of annual digital and mailed fundraising appeals, including analyzing campaign results, and creating reports to use in planning future appeals
  • Draw on donor communications best practices to originate content, review design, and work with the communications department to implement all donor communications and marketing, including monthly emails/newsletters, organizational brochures and one-pagers, and an annual impact report
  • Project manage to keep the director of development current on and prepared for all upcoming applications, reports, and information needs

Development Operations

  • Organize files and documents to make compiling attachments easy and to facilitate reporting by always easily finding original documentation.
  • Provide accurate and timely documentation of donation income and work with financial staff to provide reports and information for accounting and planning purposes.
  • Accurately input donor data and ensure data integrity in Raiser’s Edge
  • Design, update and maintain donor reports to evaluate fundraising progress and planning efforts
  • Use Raiser’s Edge to enter and track relevant information, build contact lists, and produce and evaluate progress
  • Prepare and support Washington Lawyers’ Committee board of directors and staff in fundraising and donor relations

Staff Management

  • Supervise junior development staff on a daily basis.
  • Set the annual goals, priorities and work plan of junior development staff.
  • Assess the work performance of junior development staff and identify areas that need improvement
  • Provide regular feedback to and guidance for junior development staff.


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • 2-5 years of nonprofit grant writing experience
  • Experience writing all types of grants, especially program-restricted ones
  • Experience writing 6 to 7-figure grants
  • A born project manager with a knack for working backwards from a deadline to create a work plan
  • Diligently mindful of deadlines
  • Accustomed to working on multiple projects with different deadlines simultaneously
  • An independent worker, self-starter, self-initiator, and self-manager
  • A succinct and directive communicator who responds readily and closes loops
  • A natural information-sharer so that everyone is always looped in
  • An empathetic and inspiring manager who motivates their direct reports
  • A faatic for follow-up so that you get what you need, when you need it
  • A writer by heart and interest who can tailor tone, voice, and style as needed
  • A collegial editor, who can offer specific, encouraging feedback to bring a piece of writing to its best iteration


The salary of $75,000, plus a generous benefits package will be provided to the successful candidate.

This position is a hybrid position with three core days required to physically be in the
office located in Washington, D.C., and up to two days of telework. We will be participating in person when it is necessary to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients as well as the most effective advocacy.

Attached is the job posting that includes the full description. See here.


Interested applicants should submit a (1) resume, (2) cover letter and (3) a writing sample representative of development work to wlcjobs@washlaw.org with “Washington Lawyers’ Committee Development Manager” in the subject line.

Applicants are accorded an equal opportunity for selection without regard to actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, or political affiliation.


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