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Development Manager

Reports to:

Director of Development

Hours and location:

This full-time position is on-site at the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA), headquartered in Washington, DC. NCLA will move to Ballston in Arlington, Virginia, at the end of 2024.


This position is ideal for someone wanting to join a growing, collaborative, engaged alliance. As NCLA’s name suggests, it is committed to creating a movement of lawyers and others to defend civil liberties in a new way. NCLA engages in constitutional litigation to remove administrative agencies’ unlawful tools and tactics.

The Development Manager must be deeply committed to NCLA’s mission and possess sufficient experience to recruit donors alongside the Director of Development and President of NCLA.

This position offers a unique opportunity to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States from a position in a civil liberties organization.

The Development Manager should be able to collaborate proactively with the Director of Development and the Communications Department. NCLA has a substantial development program seeking a development manager who will bring experience and skills to help advance a culture of excellence, entrepreneurial passion, and strategic action.


-Recruit and maintain individual NCLA donors, providing regular cultivation for each donor level in consultation with the Director of Development. This includes regular updates and progress reports to major donors, demonstrating the impact of their contributions and the organization’s effective use of funds.

-Recommend and help implement strategies to enhance and grow existing donors’ giving levels.

-Inform donors about numerous ways to support NCLA that will address their philanthropic and financial goals.

-Maintain accurate and updated donor information in Salesforce when communicating with donors.

-Obtain donor testimonials for direct mail, the NCLA website, and other marketing materials.

-Create/write compelling fundraising proposals and presentations tailored to individual donors, highlighting the alignment between their philanthropic goals and NCLA’s mission.

-Research & evaluate individual donors’ financial capabilities.

-Support and participate in meetings with existing NCLA donors to solicit and steward their support.

-Collaborate with the President and Director of Development to analyze demographic and other data, identifying the most appropriate prospects within the donor base.

-Maintain a deep understanding of NCLA focus areas.

-Fulfill any other duties and responsibilities the Director of Development assigns.


-Bachelor’s degree is required.

-Minimum of 4 years of nonprofit fundraising experience.

-Proven record of successfully soliciting and securing individual gifts; experience with planned giving or foundations a plus.

-Strong oral and written communication as well as listening skills.

-Must be an initiative-taker, demonstrating strong initiative and capacity to manage time and competing priorities and meet timelines/deadlines.

-Persuasive writing and oral presentation skills, with the ability to articulate NCLA’s mission and impact effectively over the phone.

-Personable and flexible.

-High degree of professionalism, integrity, and confidentiality in handling sensitive donor information.

-Comfortable and efficient working in a dynamic organization and being a collaborator supporting others.

How to apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:


-A cover letter detailing your interest in/passion for NCLA’s mission

-Describe how your experience relates to the requirements and responsibilities of this role

-Salary based on experience

-Two writing samples of fundraising communications

-References are appreciated but not required at this stage